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Renslow: Golf gives back, unites community

Giving back to the community and, more specifically, supporting local charities has developed many wonderful partnerships between golf clubs and nonprofit organizations.

At a national level, the PGA Tour’s combined contributions totaled $130 million in 2012 and are approaching the $2 billion milestone all time. In the Gold Country also, many charities work together with golf clubs to increase awareness and raise funds.

Recently, at the Alta Sierra Country Club, a number of wonderful organizations have benefitted through the game of golf. To name a few, the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, Hospice of the Foothills and local schools have raised thousands and educated the community through this great game. Each event was part of a fabulous day for golfers to have fun with their sport and support these well-respected programs.

Upcoming, on June 29, is the annual golf tournament to raise monies and awareness for the Fire Protection Council and Nevada County Law Enforcement, affectionately known as “Guns & Hoses.” This is a memorable day with Grass Valley’s finest, emergency vehicles displayed on property and a couple of helicopters coming to rest on the first fairway, brought to you by CalStar and the California Highway Patrol.

Not only do the events include a fun day of golf, often there are putting contests, ball drops (no, not that), on-course awards, lots of food and, naturally, a bunch of free stuff from sponsors and contributing vendors.

If you would like participate in the 11th annual Guns & Hoses Golf Tournament, send me an email.

Or if your organization could benefit from a golf tournament fundraiser, give your local golf professional a call. He would be proud to help your program and the community through this great game.

John Renslow is general manager and director of golf at Alta Sierra Country Club. Please contact John with your questions or comments at

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