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Beat The Pro
With a $5 donation to the Ronald McDonald House, you can attempt to Beat The Pro at select golf courses this summer. Any golfers that beat the tee shot of our Celebrity Pro on the designated Par-3 hole will win a sleeve of commemorative Beat The Pro balls. The golfer with the shot closest to the tee will win a sleeve of balls, a $100 gift certificate to the host golf facility, and an invitation to compete in the Beat The Pro Championship at The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme.

At the Championship participants will compete for the following great prizes:

GRAND PRIZE: Summer of Golf –
Passes for 4 - 18 Hole Rounds of Golf with cart,
At each of the 10 - 2014 Beat the Pro Courses
(Passes good through the 2015 Season)

2ND PRIZE: 1 Set of Tour Edge Irons, Woods, and Bag
3RD PRIZE: 32” Samsung LCD Television
4TH PRIZE: A Tourneau Designer Watch
5TH PRIZE: A Blue Ray Disc/DVD Player

Take a midweek golf break and join us for Beat The Pro at the following courses. Mention Beat The Pro when you pay for your round of golf during the events and receive a special discount! See you on the green!

2014 Beat The Pro Schedule
All events are 4pm-7pm

Wednesday, May 21 Tradition Golf Course at Treetops Resort in Gaylord (989-732-6711). Discount rate is 18 holes with cart for $35.00 or 9 holes for $25.
Wednesday, May 28 Forest Dunes in Roscommon (989-275-0700). Discount rate is 18 holes after noon for $85! Plus $10 from each round booked will be donated to Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan.
Thursday, June 5 Wawashkamo Golf Club on Mackinac Island. Discount rate is $25 off the regular rate for 18 holes with cart.
Wednesday, June 11 Tullymore in Stanwood (800-972-4837). Discount is 18 holes for $59.
Tuesday, June 17 The Wolverine at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme (800-236-1577). Discount rate is 18 holes with cart for $45.
Thursday, June 26 Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek Resort and Club in Bellaire (800-678-4111). Discount is 18 holes for $36.
Tuesday, July 8 Wild Bluff Golf Course in Brimley (888-422-9645). Discount is $20 off the regular rate for 18 holes.
Wednesday, July 16 Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville (800-968-7686). Discount is 18 holes with cart for $35.
Tuesday, July 22 Manistee National Golf and Resort in Manistee (231-398-0123). Discount is TBA.
Thursday, July 31 Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms in Suttons Bay (231-271-2020). Discount rate is 18 holes with cart for $39.

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    SUTTONS BAY - The cherries are out at the Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms. If you go to their clubhouse restaurant in Suttons Bay, you can get a Cherry Chicken Salad that includes their Bahle Farms Sweet Cherries right in the recipe.
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    Beat The Pro: Tullymore

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    GAYLORD - Beat The Pro is back, and so are the beautiful vistas of the Treetops resort in Gaylord.

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