As the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 2016-17 sports calendar draws to a close, we have a lot to celebrate with several national championships including the two highest profile sports—football and men’s basketball, not to mention the recipient of the Heisman Trophy. Indeed, it has been a great year. One celebration that has been a long-standing tradition in the Conference is our mountain golf outing. As I extend a heart-felt invitation to you to attend, Grandfather Mountain is closed due to snow and ice. I promise it will be gone when we tee it up!
The late Hugh Morton, who owned the Grandfather Mountain and loved the ACC from its very beginning, began an event 58 years ago to treat coaches, conference officials, member-school athletic officials and the media to spring “ACC Mountain Gold Outing”. His purpose for the Outing was to enhance the family atmosphere and relationships of the Atlantic Coast Conference through a relaxing time together after the battles of the season were over. He must have succeeded because the Outing is still going and the ACC is arguably the best conference in the country thanks in no small part to its family relationships!
This year’s Outing starts Sunday, May 7, and concludes on Tuesday, May 9. We hope you can attend as much of the Outing as your school permits! Golf is always the MVP of the ACC Outing, but great fellowship, delicious meals, and a beautiful mountain setting also make up the all-conference first team.
Our rotation consists of four of North Carolina’s finest golf courses. We begin with informal golf at the Donald Ross classic Linville Golf Club on Sunday afternoon. A highlight of the Outing is our Sunday (coat and tie) reception and dinner at Grandfather Gold & Country Club. We always have had a special after-dinner program, and this year our speaker is Frank Beamer, known for his great golf game among other things! In addition to his talk, Frank will take questions.
Monday morning is golf at Grandfather Golf & Country Club, ranked as the #1 private golf course in North Carolina. Monday afternoon we play the Hound Ears Club, one of the most enjoyable courses in the Southeast. Monday evening dinner is on your own. Excellent local restaurants include American, Mexican, Italian and Cajun cuisines.
Tuesday morning’s golf is at the Elk River Club, one of North Carolina’s top ten ranked courses and a Signature Jack Nicklaus design. Following gold is lunch and awarding prizes.
Tom McAuliffe, head pro at the Sugar Mountain Golf Club and a popular friend of the Outing, has invited ACC Outing participants to be his guest for golf (including carts) any day during the Outing, including Tuesday afternoon. Sugar is one of the finest executive courses in the state, if not the finest.
This year, the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Orange Bowl and and Florida Citrus Sports (Russell Athletic Bowl) help sponsor the Sunday reception/dinner and Monday/Tuesday lunches (Note the significant drop in food charges on your Participant Charge Sheet!). Sponsors make the event possible and affordable, and we are EXTREMELY grateful to them! The Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) serves as the Outing’s co-host, and helps administer the event.
More information about the Outing is found in the response form that is enclosed. Again, we hope you will be able to join many other good friends of the Atlantic Coast Conference and our host clubs as we treat you to a well deserved break.
P.S. As I have said the past couple of years, I’m getting up there—I’m now even par in golf years and sometime in the future, I will be a year or two over par, so let’s enjoy each Outing as if it were the last and hope I end up “shooting 80” in golf years before I retire!
If you are an ACSMA member who is interested in attending this event, please download the full form and registration sheet below and mail it to ACSMA Executive Director Dave Goren.