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Breezy Point

Local Golf
August 17, 2017

RJ Smiley

The Playboy Bunnies made the Playboy Clubs famous. There was a "Bunny" hidden on the cover of every issue of Playboy Magazine. So naturally the beverage cart girls at the Playboy Resort were Bunnies.

Growing up in the 50's all my friends knew where their dad hid the current issue of Playboy. Whenever we got the chance we would sneak a peek, carefully unfolding the "center fold" to view the magnificent Playmate of the month. The magazine that Hefner started in 1953 played a huge part in the Sexual Revolution. Hugh Hefner, his magazine and private member's only Playboy Clubs changed America!

Opened in 1968, the Playboy Club Resort and Hotel at Lake Geneva, WI gave playboys, in their minds, a chance to live like Hef for a day or two. In addition to great food, exotic cocktails and big time entertainment, Hefner built two golf courses. The Brute golf course at the Playboy Club instantly became known as one of the nation's best tracks. With 68 sand bunkers and lightning fast greens, that averaged 8,000 square feet, The Brute became a "must play" for anyone who was a golfer. (The Brute remains as one of Wisconsin's finest golf courses.) In 1971 the club opened a sister course, designed by Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye, with a Scottish flavor called the Briar Patch.

The resort, with the trademark Playboy Bunnies as beverage cart girls, became the PLACE to reward and entertain corporate big shots and executives.

The reward for the winners of the corporation's annual sales contest was treated to four days and three nights at the Playboy Club Resort. Lavish award dinners and team building events were conducted during the evening so these company heroes could enjoy the marvelous golf courses during the day.

Mad Mike, the company's repeat sales leader, was known for his extremely hard work during the week, but he was even better known for his drinking and chasing women on the weekends. He was a good golfer, but his passion was chasing anything wearing a skirt - let alone a Bunny costume.

On the second hole, the beverage cart Bunny, a tall shapely olive skinned beauty with shiny black hair, flashed her movie star smile at Mike. She sold him a double scotch on the rocks. When he gave the Bunny a $10 tip, she batted her long false eyelashes at him and said in a slow southern drawl, "Why thank you sir. That was extremely kind."

As she drove away, Mike boldly stated, "I am having Bunny for dessert tonight!"

The players in his foursome smiled, but deep in their hearts they knew that Mad Mike, the company's best salesman, just might get it done.

The dark haired Bunny returned about every three holes and each time Mad Mike gave her a big tip and became a little more aggressive. She just played along. Mike was hammering down those double scotches so his cup would always be empty as she approached again. The sales pros were playing for some sizable money and Mike was having a hard time playing as the doubles were getting to his head.

His group had slowed down and the trailing two foursomes of award winners were pushing Mad Mike's group. On the 17th hole a blind, over the hill tee shot, Mike pushed his tee ball far to the right. The grass in the rough was tough and a member of Mike's foursome suggested that Mike abandon his ball and return to the tee. In a drunken slur Mike shouted, "My 5 minutes are not up, just keep looking. We have three presses riding on this hole."

The following foursome took their time on the green and proceeded to the 17th tee not knowing that the group in front was still within range. The first players tee shot took off right and kept going. As the second player was about to hit, a golf cart came flying over the hill, the driver frantically waving his arms. As he got nearer he shouted, "That ball hit Mad Mike in the side of the head and knocked him cold."

Now, as the two foursomes were gathered around Mike who was just starting to blink his eyes and slowly shake his head, the beverage Bunny showed up. "That is a nasty lump on the side of your head let me give you some ice to put on it as your friends take you to the hospital."

All Mad Mike got was a PIECE OF "ICE" from the Bunny.

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