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"Bring-In the New Year 2019!"

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, Florida

Wednesday, January 2nd - Saturday, January 5, 2019

Three Nights / Four Days of Fun - Fellowship - Fairways!

(Add'l. nights available (before & after event) at STRONG ASGA DISCOUNTS compared to The Ritz-Carlton online rates!)


In early January 2018, 167 ASGA members visited The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, FL and experienced one of the coldest 4-day period in island history. Highs were barely over freezing each day and golf was essentially called-off for most days. Not wanting to repeat the chill, we've decided to move south - way south - near the shores of Miami, Florida, where temps will be in the 75- to 80-degree range. We anticipate another great turnout because the hotel has given us a great rate since we're visiting when most travelers have returned home from their New Year's celebrations. So explore the various tabs on this website and sign-up soon. Save additional when you room with a friend; otherwise, we guarantee we can pair you with a same-gendered roommate if you register by December 2nd. We've got two great courses for our primary golf and two additional (day before and day after) rounds for the die-hard golfers.


455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, FL 33149      PHONE - 305-365-4500

To visit the hotel's website, click here


IMPORTANT:  We have reserved a block of rooms our peak nights (Wednesday - Saturday).  You can register at any time, however, when we fill-up the block we have reserved, we will seek to add more rooms, but there is no guarantee rooms will be available as the public will be reserving rooms during this time period as well. So please don't assume you can wait until the last minute to register.  And if you know you'll have a roommate, please try to get both of you to register around the same time if possible.

Things To Do in the Miami Area

Lots of things to do . . . so click here and start exploring.  You'll see activities such as . . .

  • Jet Boat Miami.
  • Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Boat Cruise.
  • Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.
  • Miami Art Deco Walking Tour.
  • Key West Day Trip from Miami.
  • Key Largo Glass Bottom Boat Cruise.
  • Explore Little Havana.
  • Shop Bayside Marketplace.

Package Pricing - See Below.  Our rate is so low, you could easily pay for NINE more years of ASGA membership and not pay the price the public would pay for this same event.  (And although gratuities are included in all items in your package price, please be sure to take care of your room and wait staff if you feel "moved" to do so!)

This is a "Reunion Event," Open to Current and Former Members, Married or Not. Spouses of former members welcome to attend with former member.

For ASGA members, keep in mind that you must be an ASGA member at the time of the event in order to attend. To join ASGA or renew your dues, go to   Not sure when your dues expire, go here.  For former members or spouses of former members, you cannot register online but will have to use the printed form to register.


Included in all packages is the following:

  • Three (3) nights' stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Florida
  • Two (2) rounds of golf.  Crandon Golf Course on Key Biscayne and Miami Shores Country Club. 
  • First night's welcome reception (cash bar) - hotel to furnish chef's choice of hors d'oeuvres.
  • Three (3) $10.00 breakfast vouchers to use towards The Ritz-Carlton buffet or continental breakfast
  • Two (2) dinners (first dinner at Crandon GC directly after our round on Thursday plus a final award's dinner on Friday night. Location TBA.)
  • Welcome gift, Program and Pairings Guide, Nametags, ASGA Prize Certificates for winners of competitions  
  • All resort service fees and taxes. Resort fee includes:  In-room high-speed internet access (6mb), wireless and wired; unlimited local calls; beach relaxation experience which includes two (2) chairs and one umbrella; use of beach recreation equipment including kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and floats; one-hour fitness class per day. Registered guests use of the Spa's steam, sauna and Jacuzzi.
  • 10% discount on spa services for all attendees.

At guest's discretion, porterage gratuities are $11.00 per person round trip and room attendant gratuities are $5.00 per day.




STANDARD PACKAGE - You have a Roommate, $959.00  (If you purchased this package on your own you'd pay a retail price of $1,698 per person.)

ROOM-BY-YOURSELF PACKAGE - $1,369.00  (Retail Price if purchased on your own: $2,920.  Retail Price for the room alone for three nights for one person is $2,444, inclusive of taxes and resort service fees, according to The Ritz-Carlton website on 11/07/18.)


We'll play Crandon Golf Course and Miami Shores Country Club as our main two rounds.  Click on the GOLF TAB at left for more details on the golf portion of the package including the OPTIONAL rounds of golf on day-of-arrival and day-of-departure.

Non-Golf Package:  Deduct $275.00 from either package price. You still get the dinner after golf at Crandon GC. 

Airfare is NOT INCLUDED in any package.  See the "Getting There" link on left for airport information and resort address.

All taxes and resort service fees have been included in all package pricing.


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Emails / Updates

It is our policy to email updates to attendees during and after the registration period.  If you do not have email or access to email, we rely on you to stay updated on the event by checking-in with this website from time to time.  All emails that update, modify or alter any detail of this event will have links to this page for your later review.  ASGA is not responsible if you do not read or receive emails once you're registered.  Continue to check back to this site for updates.

To make sure you get all the emails, use this form to add your email.  Note:  Even though you submit your email to us, they may not always be welcomed by your inbox. This is especially true with emails ending in or  In order to have the best chance for our emails to get into your email account, please add these two email addresses to your address book in your email account:


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Chat with Others

We used to call this page the FORUM page but it's essentially a place where attendees can post questions, offer to be a roommate, or announce that you're looking for a roommate, etc.  Just click on the link below and post something . . . then keep checking back to see if you have an answer.

Join the discussion


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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel + Extra Nights at Discounted Rates!

From The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne's Website . . .
Retreat to an island oasis, located just 20 minutes from Miami International Airport, yet is worlds away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Miami. At The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, the spirit of the Caribbean beckons, inviting you to gaze out at the ocean, inhale the mango-scented breezes and relax in the luxury of our Miami family resort.
The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is one of the most iconic hotels located along the five-mile barrier island of Miami.  The resort boasts two pools, a family-friendly pool with cascading waterfall and separate adult tranquility pool for couples and honeymooners, nestled amongst the lush tropical surroundings, making it ideal for both family vacations and luxury getaways. Featuring indulgent nightly tequila tastings and world-class dining in one of the resort’s five-globally inspired dining destinations, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami will exceed even the most discriminating guest’s expectations. Yet, with the largest tennis center of any Ritz-Carlton worldwide, nearby Crandon Golf Course, full-service destination spa and fitness center, daily Ritz-Kids program, our luxury resort in Key Biscayne, Florida undoubtedly appeals to discerning young guests as well.



Under our group contract with The Ritz-Carlton, we all stay in what are called "Run of House" rooms, i.e. any room within the hotel. If you are interested in an ocean view or ocean front hotel, please contact the office AFTER you have reviewed the hotel's website to determine which kind of room you would like, then we will contact the hotel for a discounted rate. 

To visit the hotel's website, click here



If you arrive oDecember 31 or January 1, ASGA room rate, for a standard room, will be $699 per night, inclusive of taxes and resort service fee.  Retail (online) rates for those nights are $1,278 per night, inclusive of taxes and resort service fee, based on double occupancy.

If you wish to stay up to three (3) days afterward, ASGA room rate will be $360 per night, inclusive of taxes and resort service fee.  Retail (online) rates for those nights are $589 for Saturday night, $713 for Sunday night and $600 for Monday night.  If you're sharing the room, each party will pay half these rates.

Rates do not include breakfast or any voucher towards breakfast.


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Courses.  On our first day of package golf (Jan. 3), we will play Crandon Golf Course 5-minutes from the hotel with a 12:30 pm shotgun.  Forecaddies will be provided to each foursome.  Walk in the steps of Senior PGA Tour members Gary Player, Ray Floyd, Lee Trevino and Chi Chi Rodriguez who teed-off at this home of the Champions Tour for the past 18 years. 

At Crandon Golf, men will play the green tees at 5,883 yards; ladies will play the yellow tees at 5,366 yards.  A copy of the scorecard can be reviewed here.

Course address:  6700 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL 33149.  Phone: 305-361-9129.

On our second day of package golf (Jan. 4), we will play Miami Shores Country Club. This course is a beautiful layout and, as the director of golf says, will be a "joy to play." We will shotgun this course at 9am. 

At Miami Shores Country Club, men will play the gold tees at 5,511 yards; women will play the red tees at 5,031.  A copy of the scorecard can be reviewed here.

Course address:  10000 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, FL 33138   Phone: 305-795-2360

Golf Play Format.  We will play our own ball each day using the USGA Rules of Golf

Golf Cancellation due to Weather.  Crandon GC has a policy of full refund if the course closes the course due to rain, extreme casual water and/or unplayable conditions. If there is a light drizzle, the course will not close.  We are awaiting policies on other courses and will be posting this information to the website soon.

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne runs a shuttle to various points on the island, and specifically to Crandon Golf Course, however, realize it is a shuttle utilized by others staying at the hotel. ASGA will have a "Need-a-Ride / Give-a-Ride" form at registration whereby you can set-up a ride to the various courses if you wish. 

Optional Rounds of Golf - We will offer two optional rounds of golf, for fun with no competitions:

Day-of-Arrival - January 2 - 11:30 tee times - Melreese Country Club adjacent to Miami International Airport.  Rate including green fees & cart: $140

Day-of-Departure - January 5 - 9:00 tee times - Miami Beach Golf Club.  Rate including green fees & cart: $247.75.


BLUE MONSTER AT DORAL ADDED 12/05/18 - We have been allocated four tee times for this course at Doral at a cost of $251.45 for cart, green fees and taxes, as follows:

Saturday, January 5 at 1:10 and 1:20pm

Sunday, January 6 at 1:10 and 1:20pm

Sunset on these days is 5:44pm which should allow ample time to play.

Obviously, you'll need to make arrangements for an additional night or two hotel's stay in Miami, either at The Ritz-Carlton or other location.

If you're interested in playing Doral, and you have already registered for this event and want to add this option, you will need to sign-up by calling 980-833-6450, 8:30am to 2pm, M-F, eastern time.

If you have not yet signed up for the New Year's event, you can sign-up for the Doral option when you register.

You cannot sign-up using the PDF registration form as the Doral option is not on that form. 

Non-Golf Package:  Deduct $275.00 from either the standard or room-by-myself package price. You still get the dinner after golf at Crandon GC. 


Competition and Prizes.  First and second place team winners with scoring based on the two (2) best net balls out of each foursome and closest-to-pin competitions on certain par 3s.  Winners will be announced at our final nights' award's dinner. ASGA $25 Prize Certificates will be awarded to the winners.  Prize Certificates are good toward $25 off your annual ASGA dues, $25 off any upcoming ASGA-National-sponsored multi-chapter event for up to one year, or an ASGA-logoed golf shirt (incl. shipping). Certificates expire approximately one year after this event is over and are non-transferrable and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.

Golf Club Storage.  The hotel will store your golf clubs upon arrival so you don't have to take your clubs to your hotel room. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to take your clubs and gear to the courses each day as they are ALL OFF PROPERTY.  When you get to The Ritz-Carlton, leave your clubs with the bell stand. Make sure your name is on your golf bag.  Also, make sure you have your name on each of your clubs. ASGA provides a set of 14 labels as part of your membership. If you don't have your name and contact phone on each of your clubs, go here to order a set. Allow 7-10 days for processing. When you leave the hotel, be sure to remember to pack your clubs!

Caddies.  Forecaddies are included at the Crandon Golf Club course.  This is one caddie per foursome, not an individual caddie. This will hopefully speed-up play as the sun sets into the ocean at Key Biscayne on January 3rd at 5:42 pm.  

ASGA or the staff at any of our courses reserve the right to modify the time of play schedule based on the number of players as we get closer to the event. Simply put, if we don't have enough for a shotgun, we do straight tee times.


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In all packages, the following will be included:
  • Welcome Reception Wednesday night (chef's choice of food) - cash bar
  • Three (3) $10.00 breakfast vouchers to be used towards The Ritz-Carlton buffet or continental breakfast
  • Two (2) dinners (first dinner at Crandon GC directly after our round on Thursday plus a final award's dinner on Friday night. Location TBA.)

Food Allergies and/or Special Dietary Needs:  If you have a special dietary need, e.g. gluten free, meat free, fat-free, pork-free or a nothing burger, etc., you must notify us ahead of time, prior to the event and at the time you register preferably.  Notate that on your registration form somewhere or email the event leader, Tom Alsop at least 72-hours prior to the event so that we may notify the Food and Beverage Director at the Resort. Please DO NOT ask right prior to the food function as there will be no time to take care of your needs. Once we are at a particular venue, it is UP TO YOU to notify the restaurant/venue staff who you are and that you are the one with the special dietary need and you've notified Tom Alsop 3-days in advance.  We will not try to find you (thank you!).

Please be advised that certain functions, such as breakfast or other times when buffets are present, pork (bacon/sausage) may be on display. 


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This website gives you the general itinerary.  The final itinerary will be printed in the Program & Pairings Guide and emailed to you as a PDF a few days prior to the event. Also, you'll be given a printed copy of the Program & Pairings Guide at the registration table upon checking in at the ASGA area.


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Who's Coming

This page will list all members who are actually signed-up (and paid) for this event. By signing up, you have given us permission to post your name here. If you do not wish your name posted, please email indicating such or indicate it on your registration submission.

Note:  This is not a complete list.  Some members have asked that their name not appear on this public list.

Signed-Up as of 12/14/18

Robert Doyle Albany
Pamela Bean Atlanta
Randy Koster Atlanta
Rich Cotter Boston
Nancy Haven Boston
Jim Reynolds Boston
Tom Alsop Charlotte
Linda Blinks Chicago
Kamal Dagher Chicago
Ed Horak Chicago
Loren Mercola Chicago
Cindy Pausic Chicago
Candace Tidwell Chicago
LC Alexander Dallas-Ft. Worth
Donna Ewen Delray Beach
Bradley Davidson Denver
Martha Devine Denver
Susan Lewis Falmouth, ME
Joe Fasi Hartford
Dona Jaschke Houston
Rebecca Branson Indianapolis
Claudia Skarvinko Jacksonville
Gregory Holland LA-Orange Co.
Ellen MacDonald LA-Orange Co.
Linda Cunningham Myrtle Beach
Joe Cifune North Jersey
Donna Orlando North Jersey
Amy Rattner North Jersey
Cathie Zehnacker North Jersey
Dana Burch Orlando
Setsi Day Orlando
Vince Cloud Palm Beach Co.
Nancy Shepard Palm Beach Co.
Carol Van Arkel Palm Beach Co.
Diane McGarrigle Philadelphia
Janel Schliesmann Sarasota
Susan Kraus SE Michigan
Beth Perry SW Florida
Laura DeCillis SW Florida
Emil DePaoli SW Florida
Nancy Lowrey SE Florida
Kevin McCrum SW Florida
George Cavagnaro The Villages
Bill Hurst The Villages
Dimple Pfuhl The Villages
Patricia VanHorn The Villages
David Bath Washington, DC
Ed Harper Washington, DC
Steven Heckelman Washington, DC
Ellie Hochman Washington, DC
Jack McCririe Washington, DC
Gayla Moilenan Washington, DC
Pat Sims Washington, DC
Deb Swedberg Washington, DC



Getting To The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

There's a high probability that if you're driving to this venue, you'll have some sort of GPS with you.  So here's their information to put into your system:


455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, FL 33149      PHONE - 305-365-4500

To visit the hotel's website, click here


If you're flying, you'll want to fly into Miami International Airport (MIA) which is located about 15 miles from the hotel. No shuttle service to the hotel is available, however, we suggest Uber or Lyft or a taxi to get you to the hotel. 

Hotel Parking (Should You Rent a Car?) - The Ritz-Carlton, as do most Ritz-Carltons, does not have self-parking available.  Valet parking is $40 (assuming a new rate for 2019 doesn't come into place!) and is not included in any package price. Consider sharing the cost of a rental car with others in your chapter or friends arriving about the same time at the airport.


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Travel Protection

Travel Protection is NOT INCLUDED in this event, however, you may purchase travel protection (trip insurance) on your own.  This can cover you for a number of issues, including but not limited to your airfare, your registration fee, and other expenses.  See policy for details by going here.


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Local Weather

On Key Biscayne island (Miami area), we expect beautiful warm weather this winter.  To get the latest 10-day outlook, click here.


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Terms and Conditions

For our Terms and Conditions, Indemnification, etc., click here.

To see our complete cancellation policy, click here.

Cancellation.  There is a 25% cancellation fee on or prior to 12/03/18.  Absolutely NO refunds after 12/03/18. If your plans change, you can sell your position to another member.  Please do not ask ASGA to sell it.  Transfer fee is $25.

See our complete cancellation policy here.


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Miscellaneous Links

Click here to go to The Ritz-Carlton Spa.  Our attendees receive 10% discount at the spa. You can book a time online.  Make sure you book your spa treatment during times not conflicting with your golf rounds.


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Contact ASGA

If you have questions of a general nature, please contact Tom Alsop, the event host by clicking here.

If you have questions regarding your room, roommate, payment, etc., please contact Irene Matthews at You can also contact the office at 980-833-6450, 9am to 2pm, M-F, Eastern time.

The mailing address for registration forms and/or checks:   1122 Industrial Drive, Suite 107, Matthews, NC  28105


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Register for Event

In order to attend, you need to register for this event. You'll need to make sure that you are a member at the time of the event.  To see when your dues expire, go here.

If you're not a member, annual dues are $79.  Go to to become a member and enjoy this trip with savings you would not get without an ASGA membership.

You can sign-up for this event online or use the PDF Registration Form if you're mailing a check or faxing-in your registration form.

You'll need your member number and password first. If you don't have it, request it by sending an email to our office manager:


One Last Opportunity Regarding Travel Protection

Travel protection is YOUR option. You can receive a free and instant quote on travel protection and it's something you should consider before registering.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON TRAVEL PROTECTION - this site will give you your actual cost of travel protection.

Before you submit your registration form online, you will be prompted to reply to one of these two options regarding travel protection:

(  ) By submitting this registration, I am declining travel protection offered through this website or other source.

(  ) I am submitting this registration for myself and I will apply for travel protection either through this website or other source. (Travel protection (trip insurance) must be purchased within five (5) days of registering.


Register with Paper (PDF) / Mail-in / Fax-in Form . . . click here

Register Online . . . click here


The mailing address for registration forms and/or checks:  1122 Industrial Drive, Suite 107, Matthews, NC  28105


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