MAY 2017 SPOTLIGHT-A-MEMBER
Year Began: 1990
How many staff/volunteers do you employ? 15
Fox Run was established during Michigan’s golf boom in 1989 by a group of local businessmen and opened to the public in 1990. Bob Koutnik, originally hired as the Club’s Golf Professional was soon promoted to General Manager. Bob and his wife Geri bought the club in 1998 and are beginning their 20th season as owners of Fox Run.
What product or service does your business provide?
Fox Run is an 18 hole par 72 public golf course built on 225 acres of hardwoods. You’ll find gently rolling fairways, heather roughs, natural marshes, exceptional greens and lots of wildlife. There are four sets of tees to offer golfers of all abilities a fun yet challenging round with great variety; sooner or later you’ll need every club in your bag! The Bay City Times once said Fox Run’s signature holes, Numbers 3, 4 and 5 are “a trio of holes that stand up as one of the most intriguing, challenging and contrasting set of holes you will find anywhere.” Fox Run has consistently been rated 4 stars by Golf Digest, Places to Play and has a green grass practice facility with a short game area and two putting greens. If you’re thinking of taking up the game of golf, lessons are provided by Bob Koutnik, a 25 year member of the PGA of America as a Class A Golf Professional. Several levels of membership are available starting at only $175 for the season. Our Pro Shop carries a great selection of men’s and women’s apparel and outerwear in the latest styles that can be worn on or off the course. And you don’t need to be golfer; everyone is welcome to come in and shop around. Fox Run also carries a wide array of golfing equipment and accessories. We hold a Demo Day each season where golfers can come out and try the complete line of PING golf clubs while also getting expert advice directly from a PING rep. The date is June 2nd from 4 to 7 pm and the public is invited with no charge or obligation.
What is a product/service that you provide that people may not know?
Our Fox Den Restaurant and Bar is open to the public for dinner Tuesday through Friday offering a great selection of not only burgers and sandwiches but some of the best Mexican fare around. Our chef makes his own sauces, dips and salsas along with daily specials and healthy options. Fridays are extra special with our Fish Fry & Rib night. We use only authentic cod and the ribs are BBQ St. Louis style with homemade sauce. The best deal around is our 9 & Dine special. You can play 9 holes of golf including cart and then enjoy a delicious dinner for only $25 per person any Tuesday through Friday evening beginning at 4 pm.
Fox Run is an ardent supporter of our military. In fact, when the PGA of America began the Patriot Award program, Bob Koutnik was the Michigan’s section unanimous choice as the first recipient of this prestigious award. We offer military greens fees and club memberships at special rates as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to all our men and women of the military, including veterans. Fox Run also hosts numerous golf outings on behalf of the military throughout the season raising thousands of dollars for causes such as the Patriot Day Folds of Honor and the National Guard Family Support Group.
What is a unique fact about your business that people may not know?
Fox Run was once named “One of the Best” courses to hold an event by Michigan Living Magazine. This still holds true today. We excel with groups holdings fund raisers, family reunions, corporate outings, or private groups. From the initial planning stages to the final wrap-up, our dedicated and experienced team can personalize the event to make it one everyone will enjoy and remember.
Families and kids are very special at Fox Run. We encourage them to come out, spend some time together and learn the game by making every Sunday after 1 pm ‘Kids play Free” time. With each paid adult, 2 kids 16 and under can play free.
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Not only are Bob and Geri committed to offering each and every golfer the best golfing experience, they’re also committed to the Grayling community in which they live. Bob serves on the Crawford County Economic Development Partnership; the Beaver Creek Grayling Utilities Authority; the 4 Mile Economic Development Alliance; and is a past president and current Vice President of the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association. Geri serves on the Executive Board of the Grayling Regional Chamber of Commerce, is the Chamber liaison and a member of the Ambassador’s Club; is a member of the 4 Mile Economic Development Alliance; and serves on the Organization Committee of Grayling Main Street.
“We believe in being active involved members of the community in which we live. And golf plays into this philosophy. It teaches you so many life lessons. There’s a saying, “it’s more than just a game”. In life you have your ups and downs; you wake up not knowing what the day will bring. And in golf you have your good shots and bad, never quite knowing which it will be. How you deal with them is what counts. There’s always the next hole or the next day, another chance. Golf is a game you can play throughout your entire life, from adolescence to old age. It never stops teaching us about ourselves.” Come out and play!