Discount golf player card available from The First Tee

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By Mike Gildea

How you can play just about every golf course in Brunswick County for a green fee of $25?
Buy The First Tee of Brunswick County Player Card. The 2013 edition of the card is on sale now. As last year, 29 Brunswick County courses are available for one-time play for $25.
Included among the courses are venues such as the Thistle, Leopard’s Chase at Ocean Ridge, Cape Fear National in Leland and Bald Head Island. All of the proceeds from card sales are donations to The First Tee of Brunswick County) for its myriad of golf programs for kids.
“The player card is a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer for your favorite golfer. Not only is it a gift they can use year-round, but you are helping support our program when you purchase the card,” said Rebecca Albin, executive director of The First Tee of Brunswick County.
“It’s an unbeatable deal,” says former Tour pro and The First Tee Program & Academy Director Terry Mauney. “All you have to do is play just five to six of our courses and the player card has paid for itself.”
Carol Petrea, chair and co-founder of The First Tee of Brunswick County’s parent foundation, noted, “The player card is the bedrock of our fundraising.It underwrites our ability to reach over 7,000 Brunswick County kids each year through our various in-school and after school programs.”
 “We are extremely grateful to our golf course owners and operators for their support of the Player Card,” Albin said. “Brunswick County golfers become a part of The First Tee of Brunswick County’s mission of impacting young people through golf when they purchase the card.”
Gene Weldon, golf director at the Thistle Golf Club and creator of the player card, explained the rules.
“The player card is only available to county residents with a valid Brunswick County driver’s license,” he said. “When you use it, the clubs will ask to see that license when you check in. The card costs $100 and allows Brunswick County residents to play each of those courses once for $25 with a 48-hour advance booking. The card is valid year round in 2013. When calling for a tee time, golfers must identify themselves as player cardholders before they request a tee time.”
These are player card venues: Bald Head Island, Brick Landing, Brierwood, Brunswick Plantation, Cape Fear National, Carolina National, Carolina Shores, Crow Creek, Farmstead, Meadowlands, The Lakes, Lockwood Folly, Magnolia Greens, Oak Island, Ocean Ridge (Leopards Chase, Lion’s Paw, Panther’s Run, Tiger’s Eye), Oyster Bay, The Pearl East/West, Rivers Edge, Sandpiper Bay, Sea Trail (Byrd, Jones, Maples courses), St. James (Founders Club, Players Club) and Thistle Golf Club.
Bald Head will not honor the card between Labor Day and Memorial Day.The four Ocean Ridge Courses require 24-hour notice.
Sign up now by going to www.TheFirstTeeBrunswickCounty.org, where payment may be made online by credit card or call (910) 754-5288 for more information.