ForeBatten Foundation auction offers incredible private club access opportunities for a great cause

Major championship host courses and other exclusive clubs are opening their doors for winning bidders.
Golf course architect David Kahn and wife Karen started the ForeBatten Foundation to raise awareness of and funding for research into Batten disease, which afflicts thousands of children, including their daughters Amelia and Makenzie.

Batten disease is a rare genetic condition that affects around 1 in 12,500 children. Symptoms including vision deterioration and seizures begin to present in children from 2 to 10 years old. From there, things go downhill fast: mental impairment, loss of speech and motor skills and more seizures are the common elements of this horrible disease's progression.

David Kahn is a golf course architect, and one half of a partnership with fellow former Tom Fazio associate Tim Jackson. Together, they have built a solid resume of varied, high-profile projects. They redesigned the Dunes Course at prestigious Monterey Peninsula Country Club a stone's throw from Pebble Beach. They designed PXG founder Bob Parsons' second course and Bad Little Nine at Scottsdale National Golf Club in Arizona. They even designed the putting courses at the first PopStroke location in Florida. Their star is rising in golf course design.

Kahn and wife Karen have twin daughters: Amelia and Makenzie. Amelia was diagnosed with Batten disease just before her seventh birthday. The same diagnosis fell on Makenzie shortly thereafter.

Thanks in part to a profile two years ago by GOLF Magazine's Alan Shipnuck, the golf world has begun to rally around the Kahn family, drumming up both awareness of the disease and valuable funding meant to investigate it and seek more effective treatment and, someday, a cure. Currently, children diagnosed with Batten disease do not generally live past their early 20s.

The Kahns started the ForeBatten Foundation, which has rallied support and funding for research related to . the disease. Open donations are welcome, and the foundation also hosts periodic events to boost awareness and fundraising.

Also running now is a huge auction full of donated rounds of golf, memorabilia and more, all meant to help battle the disease. It's running until Monday, March 2.

ForeBatten Foundation auction: 10 notable private golf course access opportunities

One lucky threesome will get to tee it up at Oakmont, with proceeds from their winning bid going to the ForeBatten Foundation.

Golf and lunch for 3 at Oakmont Country Club
Note: The 9-time U.S. Open host course, known as one of America's most fearsome tests of golf, scarcely needs much introduction.
Current bid as of press time: $5,100

Golf for 3 at The Maidstone Club
Note: Maidstone flies under the radar in the Hamptons with the likes of Shinnecock and National Golf Links nearby, but that's just the way this very private club prefers to be.
Current bid as of press time: $4,000

Golf for 3 in 2021 at Winged Foot Golf Club
Note: Winged Foot will be busy this year, hosting the 2020 U.S. Open in June at its West Course. Winners of this item will get to walk the grounds where the pros played next season.
Current bid as of press time: $3,800

Golf and lunch for 3 at Austin Golf Club
Note: Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw designed the course for this quiet club west of Austin, with a membership that includes Sergio Garcia. It's one of the toughest tickets in Texas.
Current bid as of press time: $2,500

Golf for 4 at The Renaissance Club in Scotland
Note: The Renaissance Club is a private club around the corner from Muirfield an hour east of Edinburgh. It hosted the 2019 Scottish Open.
Current bid as of press time: $1,000

36 holes of golf, dinner and overnight lodging at Redtail Golf Club
Note: Redtail is one of several hyper-exclusive clubs in Canada, with just a reported 80 members.
Current bid as of press time: $2,200

Golf for 4 at Kohanaiki and Nanea
Note: Kohanaiki is an upscale real estate-driven Rees Jones design, while Nanea is a David McLay Kidd design and financier Charles Schwab'e own private course.
Current bid as of press time: $1,500

Golf for 3 at Baltimore Country Club's Five Farms East Course
Note: Five Farms East is one of A.W. Tillinghast's best-known designs. It hosted the 1928 PGA Championship, 1988 U.S. Women's Open and several other high-profile championships.
Current bid as of press time: $1,500

Golf and lunch for 3 at Pine Tree Golf Club
Note: Ben Hogan called Pine Tree the best flat golf course in the world. The Dick Wilson design is a joy to play.
Current bid as of press time: $1,050

The list of big-time private club access opportunities goes on and on, from Riviera to Fishers Island to Oakland Hills to Baltusrol and beyond. There are also some more middle-tier opportunities that won't break the bank but will still help the cause. Click here for the full list.

Golf for 3 at The Summit Club
Note: The newest club developed by Discovery Land Company, Summit is located in Las Vegas and has a Tom Fazio course, plus Discovery's famous food-and-drink "comfort stations."
Current bid as of press time: $1,200

Golf and lunch for 3 at Pine Tree Golf Club
Note: Ben Hogan called Pine Tree the best flat golf course in the world. The Dick Wilson design is a joy to play.
Current bid as of press time: $1,050

The list of big-time private club access opportunities goes on and on, from Riviera to Fishers Island to Oakland Hills to Baltusrol and beyond. There are also some more middle-tier opportunities that won't break the bank but will still help the cause. Click here for the full list.

Other golf items available in this year's ForeBatten Foundation auction

Breakfast or lunch with Jack Nicklaus, followed by golf for 4, at The Bear's Club
Current bid as of press time: $40,000

Shadow golf course architect Bill Coore for a day
Current bid as of press time: $1,600

Golf for 3 with former NFL MVP Joe Theismann at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club
Current bid as of press time: $1,200

2019 official Masters flag signed by Tiger Woods
Current bid as of press time: $850

1986 Masters memorabilia signed by Jack Nicklaus
Current bid as of press time: $250

To see the full list of auction items available from the ForeBatten Foundation, click this link.

Tim Gavrich is a Senior Writer for GolfPass. Follow him on Twitter @TimGavrich and on Instagram @TimGavrich.
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