Christmas to come early for golfers


Au GRES — The most wonderful time of the year is coming early again this year at the Knoll View Golf Course during the annual Christmas in July Golf Outing scheduled for Saturday, July 14.

The charity event, sponsored by the Kiwanis Christmas 4 Kids Committee, encourages golfers to dress up for the Christmas season, and there will be prizes and drawings.

Event Coordinator Deb Dieleman said all funds go toward helping financially dependent families in the county with Christmas expenses.

“We raise the money in Arenac County and it stays in the county,” Dieleman said. “We try to buy our items through the local merchants so that it comes back to the county, too.”

She said the program usually gives kids items such as hats, gloves, toys and books.

Dieleman said all the golf carts have Christmas decorations and people have a good time.

“Everybody has fun at the outing,” she said. “Some teams really get into it.”

The costs are $65 per person, $260 for a team or $325 for a full corporate team sponsorship, which includes the chance to have a name displayed on a hole sign.

Golfers will have the chance to win a 2018 Chevrolet, courtesy of Richardson Chevrolet Buick Ford, for a hole-in-one on hole 3.

Dieleman said this event has been going on for around six years and is the only fundraiser, other than donations, that goes toward raising money for families for Christmas.

“If we did not do this event, we would not be able to provide Christmas for the families in Arenac County,” she said. “We have always managed to cover the needs for the county with our program. Arenac County has always taken care of their own.”

Dieleman said last year the event raised more than $7,000 with 22 participating teams.

Included in the event will be a chicken dinner at the end. There is a limit of 36 teams, and the deadline to register is July 9.

There will be a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

For more information, contact Knoll View Golf Course at 989-876-4653 or Dieleman at 989-305-2963.


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