GCOW Fall Meeting

 Tuesday, November 15

Western Lakes GC

 W287 N1963 Oakton Road

 Pewaukee, WI 53072

Fall Meeting Agenda

Cost: $40 per person

10:00 am – Registration

11:00 am – David Spiegelberg, Regional Tourism Specialist

David will speak on the specific endeavors that the Department of Tourism is doing to attract tourism revenue and efforts to grow the game of golf.

Included is:

* How can individual courses utilize the Dept. of Tourism to promote their events, programs, golf course, etc.

* Is there any way The Dept. of Tourism Grant Program would be able to be utilized by our courses, etc

Noon – Lunch

1:00 p.m. – Jim Chiolino, Deputy Equal Rights Division Administrator and Director of the Labor Standards Bureau for the State of Wisconsin

Jim Chiolino has worked for the Department of Workforce Development since 1991 and in the Equal Rights Division since 1993. Jim will speak about some rules and regulations that affect golf course owners such as:

* Seasonal vs year-round employment

* Employee Benefits for part time/seasonal vs full time/permanen

* Minimum wage and wage and hour regulations 

* Other issues that affect you as a small business owner

2:00 p.m. – GCOW Associate Member “SPEED DATING”!

GCOW Associate Members will each be at a table. Owners and guests will sit at any table they want. Each Associate Member will then have 10 minutes to present what they do and how they can help GCOW Owners. When the bell rings, owners and guests rotate to the next table! We will continue until everyone has visited all GCOW Associate Members.


3:30 p.m. – Open Discussion (Time Permitting). Topics can include:

* Social Media & Methods of Communication to your Golfers (Facebook, Twitter, Text Messaging, etc.)

* POS Systems – What Does Everyone Use, Pro’s and Con’s?


CLICK HERE to download registration form

You may also register by emailing the GCOW at jeffs@gcow.org or call (414) 443-3568. 



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Golf Course Owners of Wisconsin

The mission of the Golf Course Owners of Wisconsin (GCOW) is to provide education and advocacy on behalf of its members and to promote golf throughout the state of Wisconsin. The GCOW, established as a non-profit association in 1984, is a member of the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA). It is governed by an elected board of directors.


The GCOW is an association that supports the golf course owners and operators in the State of Wisconsin. By representing and working on behalf of Wisconsin's courses, we serve to promote, protect and educate its members of all sizes.


We aspire to provide many benefits for golf course owners including:

In addition, by becoming a member of the GCOW, all courses also become members of the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOAand receive all the benefits they provide such as Smart Buy Programs, LIST SERVE and many more programs and services.


To accomplish its objectives, the GCOW has created strategic partnerships with the Wisconsin State Golf Association (WSGA), PGA – Wisconsin Section, the Wisconsin State Department of Tourism, and the Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association (WBBA).


The GCOW offices are in the Golf House of Wisconsin, located at 11350 W. Theo Trecker Way, West Allis, WI 53214.  We are proud to share offices with the PGA--Wisconsin Section and the Wisconsin State Golf Association (WSGA). 

For more information please contact Jeff Schwister, Executive Director of the GCOW at jeffs@gcow.org or (414) 443-3568.



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Allied Associations

Golf House of Wisconsin
National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA)
PGA-Wisconsin Section (PGA)
Wisconsin Golf Course Superintendents Association (WGCSA)
Wisconsin State Golf Association (WSGA)
Wisconsin Women’s Public Links Golf Association
Wisconsin Women’s State Golf Association
Wisconsin Golfer Magazine
Wisconsin Golf Yearbook

Industry Partners

Tourism Federation of Wisconsin (TFW)
Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association (WBBA)
Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association
Wisconsin Restaurant Association
Tom Sutton Midwest Classic Golf
Midwest Food Expo
The VGM Club
UW-Stout Golf Enterprise Management (GEM) Program – On Campus Program
UW-Stout Golf Enterprise Management (GEM) Program – Online Program

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