2020 Platinum Passport - Wisconsin Golf Book FAQ's
Frequently Asked Questions For A Great Wisconsin Golf Experience
By Brian Weis
The Platinum Passport is a joint venture between the GCOW (Golf Course Owners of Wisconsin) and the WSGA (Wisconsin State Golf Association). More than $350,000 has been raised over the years, which went to the WSGA Foundation and the GCOW was able to establish scholarships and also funded tourism and legislative efforts.
When you buy the Platinum Passport for $369 you will pay NO GREENS FEES at 63 courses and enjoy 114 free rounds of greens fees. THAT'S RIGHT - ZERO GREENS FEES.
Jeff Schwister, Executive Director at the Golf Course Owners of Wisconsin, shares commonly asked questions about the program.
The Platinum Passport Sounds to Good to Be True - What is the Catch?
No catch!! The Passport is the best deal in golf and what you see listed is exactly the deal you will get!
You get FREE greens fees at 63 courses - how is that true?
It is TRUE! We have received great working relationships with many of the courses in the state through the GCOW and the WSGA and these courses are offering the greens fees for FREE for this program
What does 114 FREE rounds exactly mean?
It means that since most of these golf courses are offering a FREE TWOSOME that the owner of the Platinum Passport at most courses can bring a guest and that there are FREE greens fees for TWO (2) people.
FREE Golf? Do we have to pay for carts?
In most cases yes. Since this golf is 100% DONATED to us, the only revenue the course receives is in cart fees, through their pro shop, food, etc. If you have TWO (2) golfers, both will have to pay the cart fee.
Are their restrictions?
YES. Most courses have different restrictions, while some may have none. Some have day of the week, time of the day, etc restrictions. Again, since they DONATE this too us, some of their blackout times are when they are busy with regular tee times.
Can I golf a course more than one time with the Platinum Passport?
No. The Platinum Passport is a booklet with "Tear-out" pages for each of the 63 courses. So once that "Page" is used, it is done. However, if you and a friend each buy a passport, you could use your Passport at a course once and then go to the same course with his Passport another day.
If I cannot get to a course, can I let my friend take the Passport book to use with someone.
YES. Although we don't always promote that you can share the book, in reality you can. If you cannot get to a course up north like Stevens Point CC, you may give someone the book to use. HOWEVER - DO NOT tear out the course page, give them the entire Passport book. If page is torn out of the book before turned in at the Pro Shop, they can refuse to accept it, so keep book, and pages intact.
Can I buy more than one Platinum Passport and is there a discount if I do?
YES. For every Passport you buy after one, we will take $40 off the next books up to FOUR. So 2 books (-$40), 3 books (-$80), 4 books (-$120).
Can I take more than one person with the Passport?
Of course, you can have a foursome if you want. However ONLY TWO (2) people get FREE greens fees, if that is the restriction. The other members of their group would just have to pay the courses regular rate for tee times. That is why many groups buy TWO (2) Passports so they get FOUR (4) FREE greens fees!
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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