The Bush Family Classic for Gary's House
The Bush Family Classic, formerly known as the George HW Bush Cape Arundel Celebrity Classic, presented by Bass Pro Shop is held every year in June at the historic Cape Arundel Golf Club, where Phil Mickelson currently holds the course record, since shooting a 60 (9 under par) on October 2, 2006.
Named after our 41st President, who attended nearly every year since its inception in 2002, the tournament benefits Gary's House. This hospitality home, operated by Mercy Hospital, located in Portland, Maine, is a tribute to Gary Pike, a life-long Kennebunk resident who died at a young age from a rare cancer.
The tournament is a 2-day event beginning on Monday evening, June 15 with the Gala.
Dress code is cocktail attire, but we don't mind if you want to break out your best suit and tie! The evening begins with a silent auction with cocktails and tasty bites. Then we enjoy a scrumptious dinner and rowdy live auction where you will find sports tickets, original artwork, exciting travel experiences, authentic historical items, and so much more. We've been known to have personal items from the Bush Family, including the 41st President's briefcase!
A distinguished volunteer who has made an impact on Gary's House will be presented with the "Point of Light" award, based on a term the 41st President used in his 1988 Presidential nomination speech.
On Tuesday, June 16, the day begins with a chef's breakfast, and celebrity meet and greet. Opening Ceremony is at 9:30AM followed by a 10AM shotgun start. Along the river view course, you will be treated to a Maine feast including local fresh lobster rolls, chowder from the famous Maine Diner, and local craft beer from Shipyard. The day ends with a casual ceremony under the tent at the clubhouse, where the Raynor Cup is awarded to the winning team.
Whether you want to vacation like a President or just take in the sites, Kennebunkport offers something for everyone. Our beaches are breathtaking. Our chefs offer creative and inventive cuisine. Our spas indulge your senses.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where Should I Stay?
There are MANY fabulous places to stay from quaint B&B’s to ultra-chic hotels.
Is The Tournament Open To The Public
We do not allow spectators
Can I Buy a Ticket To Attend The Dinner, But Not Golf?
What Is The Tournament Format?
We play a best ball scramble.
Will I Have Celebrity On My Team?
Some of our celebrities play in the tournament. Some of them will greet you on the course and take a stroke with your team.
What About The Weather?
This tournament is rain or shine. If it is very wet, to protect the course, we will not use carts. In extreme conditions, the tournament may not be played. We do not have a rain date, as many of our guests are here from across the United States. Check the forecast before your arrival, you may need to pack your rain gear!
I Need More Information! I Want To Talk To A Live Person
We’d love to hear from you. Please call the Event Director, Lana Wescott at 207.229.3866 or Email her at WescottL@NorthernLight.org