About the Forsyth Country Club Celebrity Pro-Am
All proceeds from this event will go to The First Tee® of the Triad. The First Tee (www.TheFirstTeeTriad.org), an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, has as its mission to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character-development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Since its inception in 2010, the tournament has raised nearly $750,000.00 for the local chapter.
Format: Best Gross Ball plus Best Net Ball of Fivesome. Teams will consist of one Carolinas PGA Professional, one celebrity guest, and three members. 75% handicaps will be used for the event. Professionals will play from the black tees, male amateurs will play from the blue/white combination tees, and all female amateurs will play from the red tees.
Presenting Sponsor- $25,000
Presenting Sponsorship includes company name in tournament title on all printed materials, 6 entries in the tournament field, three banners with company name and logo prominently located on-site at event, and ten extra invitations for two to both evening parties.
Gold Sponsor- $15,000
Gold Sponsorship includes company logo on all printed materials, 3 entries in the tournament field, two banners with company name and logo prominently located on-site at event, and five extra invitations for two to both evening parties.
Silver Sponsor- $10,000
Silver Sponsorship includes company logo on all printed materials, 2 entries in the tournament field, one banner with company name and logo prominently located on-site at event, and three extra invitations for two to both evening parties.
Bronze Sponsor- $5,000
Bronze Sponsorship includes company logo on all printed materials, 1 entry in the tournament field, one banner with company name and logo prominently located on-site at event, and one extra invitation for two to both evening events.
Hole Sponsor- $1,000
Hole Sponsorship includes a banner displayed on-site at the event and one invitation for two to both evening events.
Schedule of Events
Sunday, June 11
Practice Round Times will be reserved
Pairings Party in the Ballroom - 7:00 - 11:00 PM.
Dinner and open bar for contestants and guests including live entertainment - Teams will be drawn at 8:00 PM
Monday, June 12
Breakfast in the Grill - 7:30 - 9:00 AM
First Round begins at 9:00 AM Shotgun Start
Lunch served during the round. Beverages on the course
Cocktail Reception following the round
Evening Party / Silent Auction including dinner, open bar and live entertainment - 7:00 - 11:00 PM
Tuesday, June 13
Breakfast in the Grill 7:30 - 9:00 AM
Final Round begins with 9:00 AM Shotgun Start
Lunch served during the round - Beverages on the course
Cocktail / Awards Reception following the round
The Golf Course
A Donald Ross Golf Course
After more than 100 years of golf at Forsyth Country Club (FCC), a strong case could be made that the golf course has never been better. Starting as a 9-hole layout with sand greens soon after the Club was founded in 1913, the course was upgraded to a “real” 9-hole course by A.W. Tillinghast on the property that today contains the back 9. In 1920, Donald Ross was hired to give FCC a true championship 18-hole course.
Today, Ross is regarded as one of the best, if not the best, golf course architects in history. In Golf Week’s “100 Best Classic and 100 Best Modern Courses”, Ross tops all other architects with 26 to his credit.
Over the years, however, small and large changes were made to the course, and much of Ross’s genius had been lost. Recognizing that FCC owned a truly spectacular piece of real estate with significant elevation changes right in the heart of Winston-Salem, and that the course routing was still intact from possibly the greatest golf course architect ever, the next step was obvious. In 2007, Ross restoration specialist Kris Spence was hired to restore and update the course and to bring back the classic elements of Ross courses that make them so highly regarded.
The result is a great classic layout, updated for today’s game, and showcasing the latest advancements in turf quality. A1/A4 bent grass greens provide smooth, fast surfaces for greens that replicate Ross’s original design. Several unique architectural features restored from Ross’s original work at FCC include the rugged “Bear’s Mouth” hillside on #8, the mounds known as the “Coffins” on #16, and the “Hornet’s Nest” cluster of bunkers on #18. Classic Ross bunkering of flat sand bottoms and steep grass faces require that golfers must think their way around the course. Ross is famous for his green complexes, and some of Forsyth’s greens have distinct shoulders and steep fall-offs while others are low to the ground. Regardless, all will accept low running shots, making the course playable and fun for all ages and abilities.
Playing to a par of 71 or 70, depending on how #8 is set up, Forsyth is 6,784 yards and plays to a course rating of 72.8 at par 71 and 72.2 on the par 70 layout. The practice facility is second to none with extensive driving range tee space, a complete short game facility with two greens and 5 sand bunkers, and a large putting green. The course has been getting rave reviews from members, as well as guests and course raters from all over the South. Michael Fay, executive director of the Donald Ross Society, summed up his recent visit by saying “Forsyth Club and Kris Spence have done a great job with this Ross restoration. I’m blown away!”