Wednesday, November 1, 2023 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM EDT
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Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club 
1010 Midland Road
Southern Pines, NC 28387

Driving Directions 


David Norman 
North Carolina GCOA 

Featured Speakers

Del Ratcliffe
Ratcliffe Golf Services
North Carolina GCOA President


Eric Kuester
Vice President
Pinehurst Resort


Janeen Driscoll
Director of Brand Communications

Mark Poole
NC Dept of Commerce


Chris Valauri
Valauri Group
North Carolina GCOA Lobbyist


Rhett Graham
Wells Insurance


Mike Mueller
PGA of America

   Owners Panel Discussion

David Taylor
Pinnacle Golf

Thank You Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Supporting Sponsors


VIP Reception presented by


Diamond Partners: Beard Equipment, Revels Turf & Tractor

* Diamond Partners register as VIP for up to 4 people*

Gold Sponsors:  Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply, Rain Bird, Smith Turf & Irrigation, Wells Insurance

*Gold sponsors register as VIP for up to 2 people*

Silver Sponsors: Sagacity Golf, Ron Garl Golf Design, Cybergolf 

*Silver Partners register as VIP for 1 person*

Bronze Partners: Allegra Marketing Print Mail, Club Prophet Systems, Hilda W. Allen Real Estate, Yamaha

Annual Meeting Partner: Carolinas PGA


2023 North Carolina Golf Leaders Forum
Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Presented by 

The North Carolina Golf Leaders Forum is an event aimed at networking and targeted discussion of the most pressing and significant issues in golf today. This could range from broad trends to club insurance needs to player development, staffing, finances in an inflationary climate, you name it. Every participant is invited to have their say as leaders share ideas!

Aiming for collaboration, the setup features a hollow square seating arrangement for inclusivity. It promotes open dialogue on diverse topics. Speakers include Eric Kuester (Pinehurst), Janeen Driscoll (USGA), Mark Poole (NC Dept. of Commerce), Chris Valauri (NC GCOA Lobbyist), Rhett Graham (Wells Insurance), and Mike Mueller (PGA of America).

The forum is open to all North Carolina owners, operators (whether or not NGCOA members at present) and their guests and/or CMAA members, Carolinas PGA Professionals, CGCSA members, vendors and club reps, including board members.  Bring a foursome for great team-building & networking!

A rarity among Donald Ross masterpieces, Mid Pines Golf Course remains exactly as the world renowned architect built it in 1921 and impeccably restored by Kyle Franz in 2013. The renovation was honored with GOLF Magazine’s Best U.S. Resort Renovation and Restoration of the Year. The course was designed to fit perfectly into the natural landscape, as was Ross’s signature approach. The events includes golf at Mid Pines, followed by a FREE Reception with your favorite beverages.

Golf at Mid Pines GC


Putting Contest at the Reception


***Wednesday, November 1***


8:30 a.m.
Registration & Networking / Coffee Station

9:00 a.m.
Welcome / Introductions, Del Ratcliffe, President NC GCOA

9:10 a.m. – 11:30
North Carolina Golf Leaders Forum

 Pinehurst Update and “Marketing Tips in the Current Environment,” Eric Kuester, Vice President, Pinehurst Resort

USGA Update “Big Things in North Carolina,” Janeen Driscoll, Director, USGA Brand Communications; Jordan Booth, USGA Green Section

 PGA Career Services Update, Mike Mueller, PGA

 Break (on call)

 “The Business of Golf in North Carolina,” Mark Poole, NC Dept. of Commerce

 “Government Relations Update,” Chris Valauri, Valauri Group

Open Forum

11:25 a.m.
Concluding Remarks, Del Ratcliffe

11:30 a.m.

12:35 p.m.
Golf, Mid Pines – contest prizes

5:15 p.m.
Reception, Open Bar, Mid Pines


Event Fees

Full Registration (Annual Meeting & Golf)
Annual Meeting, Breakfast, Buffet Lunch, Breaks, Golf & Reception


Annual Meeting Registration Only
Annual Meeting, Breakfast, Lunch, Breaks


Sponsorship includes recognition on event website, emails, and at the event

Speaker Sponsor


Breakfast Sponsor


Lunch Sponsor


Hole Sponsor


Your support helps us provide an great program at a resonable cost. Thank you for your consideration and support!

For online payment, registrants will receive a Square invoice after completion of registration. If you would like to pay with a check, please disreguard the invoice and send a check to to NC GCOA, 15 Quail Run Dr. Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103 or you can pay at the door.

Meeting Attire: Business Casual (sport coat optional)

Board of Directors

Del Ratcliffe, PGA, President, Ratcliffe Golf Services, Inc.

Scott Knox,Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club

Kelly Miller, Pine Needles/Mid-Pines

Mark Stewart, Tobacco Road

Tim Tilma, Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club


David Norman, Executive Director

Tyler Eastham, Chapter Executive
Chris Valauri, NC GCOA Lobbyist