Michigan Golf News|
February 14, 2003, vol. 3, no. 7
Edited by Art McCafferty
__/ MGN ON THE ROAD
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TV SHOW-MISSISSIPPI GOLF ADVENTURE
__/ PERSONNEL MOVES
__/ REEBOK'S TERRY TATE OFFICE LINEBACKER TO BREAK UP GLSP SHOWS
__/ GOLF CLUB OF MICHIGAN ON THE BLOCK
__/ FOX HILLS UPDATE
__/ MCCAMLY PLAZA ROLLS OUT THEIR GOLF PACKAGES FOR THE YEAR
__/ WEST MICHIGAN SHOW UPDATE
__/ GREENSCAPE DESIGNS UPDATE
__/ QUOTE OF THE WEEK
__/ GOLF CALENDAR
MGN ON THE ROAD
We met up with Dave Gunderson, of Golf Connex, who also just returned from the PGA Show. Dave will be working with Michigan AAA this year as well as the folks from TeeTime King, to make sure golfers can register some of their tee times online.
we stopped by our old friends, Foster Braun and Gary Baker who were celebrating the 5th anniversary of their "Internet Advisor" show on WJR. They were on hand to help us launch the Michigan Golfer online site in the mid 90's and our Michigan Golfer TV show in March of 2001. I was coming back from the London Golf Show and worried about making the 4:00 show, but customs moved us through pretty fast. It was nice listening to the final minutes of the Michigan basketball while in the tunnel. Congrats to WJR for wiring the tunnel. We will contribute to their celebration by putting up their party on our Michigan Travel show today. Check out
24/7 Always On
The London Golf Expo is a terrific show. Claudio and Terrie Demarch have done a nice job in providing a friendly venue for people to come in out of the Canadian cold and to start thinking about the upcoming golf season. Michigan was well represented with Garland, Thunder Bay Resort, Double JJ Ranch, Doherty Hotel, Flint Area CVB, Lakeview Hills Golf and Resort, Golf Manistee, Otsego Club and The Michigan Golfer on hand.
On the Canadian side they were celebrating some new course openings. New this year are Paris Grand Golf Club, Paris; The Legends at Niagara, Niagara; Whistle Bear GC in Cambridge; Rebel Creek in Petersburg. There were some old Canadian favorites at booths that included, Widder Station, Ironwood and Pike Lake. Area destinations represented at the show included, Mississippi, Virginia, Trumbull County, Ohio, Bermuda and Malaysia.
Claudio, indicated that the numbers were up for Friday and he was sure that the trend would continue for the remainder of the weekend.
Crystal Mountain Resort
I have been coming to this fabled resort for 25 years. During that time, I have seen Crystal Mountain grow lift by lift, golf course by golf course, building by building, amenity by amenity and smile by smile.
The new Kinlochen is the latest of the additions to the resort and it is a killer facility. As I keyboard this newsletter I am in the top suite of the facility, named Kellie. I have a roaring fire going on the in fireplace, a hot cup of coffee on the stand beside me and an absolutely astounding view of Buck' Run, one of Crystal Mountain's great trails. Yes, there are times when being a golf writer is absolutely terrific. We were guests of the resort to do a television show on Jeanne Thoren's Ski School for our Michigan Skier TV Show.
We also did a segment for our upcoming "Golf Schools and Academies" show with Brad Dean, Director of Golf.
MICHIGAN GOLFER TV SHOW-MISSISSIPPI GOLF ADVENTURES
Host Bill Shelton, returns to his roots, as he takes some time to play some Mississippi golf.
Bill was born in Mississippi, the son of a preacher man. During his college years he was involved in the campus radio show on sports and really liked doing that. However, education called and he went on to excel in the field, serving as President of Eastern Michigan University for 11 years. Bill is how President Emeritus of EMU and also serves as a faculty member in the College of Education's Educational Leadership program.
Join Bill, as he visits some exceptional golf courses in his home state. Mississippi, like every other state in the union, is anxious to attract some golfers from our state. I am sure that after this show, you will be intrigued by the possibility of visiting the state. http://mississippi.org
24/7 Always On
The very popular Trisha Chandler has joined the sales staff of the Otsego Club. This Swiss Miss, will blend in beautifully with the International flavor of The Otsego Club. Justin Lauder is the new GM at The Preserve GC in Fenton. Justin previously worked at St. John's Golf and Conference Center. Matt Thompson has been promoted to the Director of Golf at Garland.
REEBOK'S TERRY TATE OFFICE LINEBACKER TO BREAK UP GLSP SHOWS
One of the biggest advertising stories this year is the success of Terry Tate, the Official Linebacker of Reebok. USA Today columnist, Michael McCarthy, had this to say in his February 4th column, "Take that Nike! ". Since Tate's debut in a 60 second-ad during the Super Bowl Jan.26, Reebok says about 1.9 million consumers have visited its Web site and 1.6 million have downloaded the first of Tate's four Web films. It says visits to the online store have quadrupled."
The success of the Reebok site http://www.terrytate.reebok.com/watch.asp coupled with the awesome success of BMW's site, http://bmwfilms.com is proof positive, that Internet Television is the next big thing.
GLSP is proud to carry the Terry Tate commercials in many of our upcoming network shows. Look for Terry to appear in our Michigan Golfer, Michigan Runner, Michigan Skier, Michigan Travel and Running Network shows.
GOLF CLUB OF MICHIGAN ON THE BLOCK
Golf Club of Michigan, LLC has put their course up for sale to pay off existing debt. "The owners had great visions but simply ran out of money to complete the development," said Dan Weiner, the Bloomfield Hills-based attorney for the partners in Golf Club of Michigan.
Taken from an article by Paula Gardner of Business Direct Weekly
FOX HILLS UPDATE
Fox Hills' web site has been completely updated for 2003. Also, learn how you can win free golf in their Winter Fox Hunt. You can Join them for a special Gourmet Wine Dinner on Valentine's Day at 7:00 P.M. at The Golden Fox.
Their Frost Bite Delight will be held on Saturday, February 22. So get out your warmest jacket and furriest hat to play nine holes of golf in a two person scramble format that includes, hot beverages and chili.
You can also visit their site http://www.foxhills.com/golf/index.html for links to their golf camps and golf clinics information.
Taken from the Fox Hills newsletter.
Leigh Thurston Greenscape Designs dropped us a line to let us know what they have been up to.
"Art, we just finished a first phase of an improvement program at Glenhurst Golf
Course in Redford. Over half of the improvements are now in place. It will
be wrapped up next fall. We are modifying three holes and building three
new greens to improve the layout, safety, and lengthen the course where
possible. We are adding tees and renovating tees to insure sufficient
teeing area for all players. We are also implementing a complete bunker
renovation to add a little drama and make sure they are all drained. Three
new timber bridges will be installed to improve circulation. The landscape
will also be enhanced by planting over 100 trees and shrubs.
We also made some major irrigation improvements to the Pierce Lake Golf
Course in Chelsea last year. The well production is less than desirable in
the area. So an existing small pond at the northeast corner of the golf
course was enlarged and deepened, and a transfer line installed to pump
water to the large irrigation pond at the southeast corner of the site last
spring. In the fall we enlarged and deepened the irrigation pond to store
significantly more water to manage drought periods. The excavation spoils
were used to build mounding, new tees, and a large bunker in front of the
sixth green. A rear tee was added in the hillside on hole #4 making a very
dramatic tee shot over wetland and pond. A first phase of cart paths were
also installed. The County would like to develop continuous cart paths.
We have also been doing a bunker and drainage renovation at Plum Brook Golf
Course in Sterling Heights over the last two years. Bold bunkers with white
sand have been added to provide drama and direction to the holes. That work
will be finished next fall.
Harry Bowers, is still doing some work in Florida and has leads for new courses
elsewhere. But, like most architects, we are not seeing much work in
WEST MICHIGAN SHOW UPDATE
The West Michigan Golf Show, to be held February 21-23 at the Grand Center, Grand Rapids, is bigger and better than ever before, filling three halls with everything you need to get the most out of the game. With over 100 booths ranging from the top golf resorts to specially priced merchandise and equipment, here 's just a sample of the exciting things you 'll find here at the show:
Par 3 Challenge
Sponsored Harvey Lexus and Harvey Cadillac, the Par 3 Challenge is sure to be one of the show 's highlights.
Headliner Wally Armstrong & Expert Seminars
All golfers, novices and seasoned players alike, will want to take advantage of free seminars hosted by some of most respected instructors in the country.
Headline speaker for the entire show will be Wally Armstrong who competed in more than 300 PGA Tour events.
Other seminar leaders include Rolla Frisinger, a tireless advocate for junior golf programs and founder of the Power-Bilt Junior Tour. Rolla returns this year to discuss "Developing Your Junior Golfer ". Also returning is 1995 LPGA Teacher of the Year Kay McMahon, covering such topics as "Swing Basics 101 ", and "Coaching Your Partner: How to Play & Practice Peacefully. "
Show hours are 4 pm- 9 pm on Friday, Feb. 21; 10 am 7 PM on Saturday, Feb. 22; and 10 am 5 PM on the 23rd. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $3 for children (6-14) and free to children 5 & under. For complete show details, discount coupons, and purchasing tickets online, visit www.WestMichiganGolfShow.com or call 616-447-2860.
Taken from a press release from WMGS
MCCAMLY PLAZA ROLLS OUT THEIR GOLF PACKAGES FOR THE YEAR
Cameron Wallace, the new Director of Golf/Sales Manager for McCamly Plaza Hotel has put together the 2003 golf packages available at the terrific property. For those that can not wait to get the information at the golf shows, you can email Cameron at McCamlyCam@aol.com and she will email you a PDF file that you can print out that has all the info you need.
Director of Golf / Sales Manager
McCamly Plaza Hotel
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"The number one thing about trouble is...don't get into more." -Dave Stockton
02/14-16 Chicago Golf Show-Chicago- http://www.imggolfexpo.com/
02/21-23 IMG National Golf Expo I-X Center, Cleveland, OH
02/21-23 Atlanta Golf Show -Cobb Galleria, Atlanta, GA
02/21-23 West Michigan Golf Show-Grand Rapids
02/21-23 Cleveland Golf Show-Cleveland http://www.imggolfexpo.com/
02/21-23 Cincinnati Golf Show-Cincinnati- http://northcoastgolfshows.com/
02/24-25 NGCOA Annual Trade Show-Palm Springs, CA
02/28-3/02 5th Annual Lansing Golf Show-Lansing Center
02/28-3/02 Indiana Spring Golf Show-Indianapolis
03/07-09 11th Annual Michigan Golf Show-Novi Expo Center
03/07-09 Wisconsin Golf Show
03/15 Midland Golf Show- Holiday Inn Conference Center
05/06 Fuller Cup-Prestwick Village Golf Club, Highland
05/20-23 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships, Birck Boilermaker Golf
Complex (Purdue University) in West Lafayette, Indiana
06/02-03 Taylor Made/adidas State Pro-Am- Boyne Highlands Resort
06/10-11 Club Car Michigan Senior Open- Bedford Valley
06/16-22 Farmers Charity Classic, Egypt Valley GC, Ada
06/17-21 Michigan Amateur Championship, Belvedere GC, Charlevoix
06/20 Vintage Club Golf Classic-Elmbrook GC, Traverse City
06/23-26 Detroit Newspapers Michigan Open-The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort
06/30-07/02 Michigan Girls Championship
06/30-07/01 ESPN Par 3 Shootout-Treetops Resort
06/30-07/03 Great Lakes Junior Masters Golf Championship, Stonebridge, Ann
07/07-08 Shanty Creek Classic, Bellaire
07/07 Father and Son Championship, Paint Creek, Lake Orion
07/14-16 Fifth Third Bank Michigan Women's Open Tournament presented by Detroit Newspapers-Crystal Mountain Resort
07/14-15 GAM Women's Mid Amateur Championship, Glacier Club, Washington
07/08-14 Ford Senior Players Championship, TPC of Michigan, Dearborn
07/21/23 Detroit Newspapers Tournament of Champions-Boyne Mountain Resort
07/28-31 Michigan Junior Boys Championship, Battle Creek CC, Battle Creek
07/28-29 Michigan Senior PGA Championship,The Loon, Gaylord
07/28-08/03 Buick Open, Warwick Hills GC-Flint
08/11-13 GAM Championship, Grand Haven GC, Grand Haven
08/18-20 Michigan PGA Championship-Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire
08/18-19 GAM Women's Championship, Clio CC, Clio
08/18-24 Bay Mills Open, Brimley-Wild Bluff GC
08/25-26 GAM Women's Senior Amateur Championship, Crystal Mountain,Thompsonville
08/28-29 GAM Men's Mid-Amateur Championship, Treetops, Gaylord
09/08-11 Lincoln Mercury Classic-Pine Lake CC
09/03-04 GAM Men's Senior Amateur Championship, Lakewood Shores Resort, Oscoda
09/13-14 Michigan Net Amateur Championship, Pilgrim's Run
09/20-21 Atlas Matches, The Loon, Gaylord
09/30 Tournament of Club Champions (Men and Women) Egypt Valley, Ada
10/19-21 The GOLF 20/20 Conference, World Golf Village, Florida
Tour and Association Calendars
Golf Association of Michigan http://www.gam.org/champ/schedule.cgi
Michigan Section PGA http://www.Michigan.PGA.com
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America http://www.gcsaa.org
Canadian Tour- http://www.cantour.com
European Tour- http://www.europeantour.com
Hooters Tour- http://www.ngahooterstour.com
Futures Tour- http://www.futurestour.com
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