Michigan Golf News|
February 21, 2003, Vol. 3, No. 8
Edited by Art McCafferty
__/ MGN ON THE ROAD
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TV SHOW-London Golf Expo
__/ GOOGLE NAMED BRAND OF THE YEAR
__/ HORNUNG'S AND THEIR KANGAROO KAGE
__/ BEAVER CREEK ANNOUNCES GOLF PACKAGES
__/ KAY MCMAHON OF INNERFORM GOLF RECOGNIZED AS TOP TEACHER
__/ OLYMPICS TALKING LIVE WEB, WIRELESS COVERAGE
__/ FOREST DUNES SELECTED IN TOP TEN YOU CAN PLAY
__/ YOUNG AMERICANS GOLF GUIDE
__/ FOX HILLS GOLF AND BANQUET CENTER GRABS COVER OF GOLF BUSINESS
AS COURSE OF THE YEAR
__/ RED HAWK CELEBRATING ITS FIFTH BIRTHDAY
__/ HOLE IN ONE CLUB
__/ QUOTE OF THE WEEK
__/ GOLF CALENDAR
MGN ON THE ROAD
Many of us will be attending the West Michigan Golf Show that starts today. This has been a solid show over the years and a real barometer of the upcoming season.
We dropped by the offices of Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and Associates to see Quentin Lutz, the VP of Global Business Development. True to his title, Quentin was grabbing a flight that night to head out to the Munich Golf Show. Not only is Arthur Hills/Stever Forrest et.al hot in America, they are also picking up steam in Europe. They are getting rave reviews with their Quinta da Marinha Oitavos Golfe layout in Cascais, Portugal. Golf World said that the architects had "ruthlessly preserved" the wild environment. And that, "Layout is a brilliant test of golf." They are also hard a work in Gothenburg, Sweden building the Hills Golf Club.
Just think what it would be like to have the word Global on your business card, If I had started the Global Golfer 22 years ago instead of the Michigan Golfer, I could be putting out at Scott Base in Antarctica and reporting it to all the fine folks at Christ Church.
MICHIGAN GOLFER TV SHOW-LONDON GOLF SHOW
The Michigan Golfer visited the London Golf Show in early February to take the pulse of the Canadian golf market. 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.
Congrats to Claudio and Terrie Demarch for a great show.
24/7 Always On
GOOGLE NAMED BRAND OF THE YEAR
In 2002, Google became synonymous in the public imagination with Internet search -- so much so that readers of Interbrand's BrandChannel.com site voted Google the brand of the year. The search company displaced last year's winner, Apple, and beat out Coke and Starbucks.
BrandChannel.com asked readers to rate brands on the impact they had on their lives in 2002. Out of 1,315 respondents, Google received 15 percent of the vote for the top spot, beating Apple's 14 percent share. Coca-Cola ranked No. 3 with 12 percent, followed by Starbucks with 11 percent.
Last year, Google ranked No. 4, garnering 10 percent of the vote for brand of the year.
By Brian Morrissey http://www.internetnews.com
HORNUNG'S AND THEIR KANGAROO KAGE
Hey Art, I thought I would follow up on you and Terry Moore's thoughts on the PGA Merchandise Show. I wanted to let you know that Hornung's got best new product of the show with their Kangaroo Kage. An article appeared in Golfweek Magazine to that effect.
Submitted by Peter Allen of Hornung's
BEAVER CREEK ANNOUNCES GOLF PACKAGES
Beaver Creek and The Natural offers Gaylord's best golfing packages starting at just $69.95. Golf packages still include lodging, cart, unlimited golf mid-week [$15 replay surcharge is required for Fri-Sun.], and continental breakfast. If you are interested in playing courses other than The Natural we can accommodate special rates to most courses in the Gaylord Golf Mecca.
Book your golf package now and receive 10% off if paid in full by March 1, 2003. [not valid for "Canadian at Par" weeks. or any other discounts.]
Please call us, toll free, at 1-877-295-3333 and the Reservations Staff will be happy to assist you in finalizing your packages.
KAY MCMAHON OF INNERFORM GOLF RECOGNIZED AS TOP TEACHER
Golf Magazine has recognized Kay McMahon, Director Of Innerform Golf, in the Top 475 Teachers, and in the region top 8 for Michigan, and the only one noted on the lakeshore in Southwest Michigan.
McMahon, the Director of Innerform Golf Academy in Saugatuck, Michigan, was quoted as saying, "I'm thrilled with such an honor and proud to be in the state of Michigan!" McMahon's past honors include election as the1995 LPGA National Teacher of the Year, recognition as a Top Teacher by 2001 Golf Magazine and 2001 Golf Digest Magazine, and LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Western Section Teacher of the Year in 1995, 1993, 1991, and 1990. McMahon served as National President of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division in 1998 and 1999, and is a member of both the LPGA and the PGA of America.
McMahon has been with Innerform Golf since May 2001. A native of Minnesota, yet previously teaching in the Palm Springs, California, for 25 years, McMahon was recruited to lead Innerform Golf through the vision of Steven Ringelberg, owner of HillTop Center. Her accomplishments include appearing on the Golf Channel with Peter Kesseler, on Golf Academy Live, played in 3 U. S. Women's Opens, written numerous articles for Golf for Women Magazine, contributed as a teaching editor for Golf Digest Magazine, authored a book called Golf, and speaks at various national and international workshops and seminars
OLYMPICS TALKING LIVE WEB, WIRELESS COVERAGE -- The International Olympic Committee is negotiating with the European Union over the possible broadcast of live images from the 2004 Olympics on the Internet and cell phones. IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies confirmed the negotiations to The Associated Press on Monday but gave no details. EU officials strongly favor the involvement of new media in broadcasting sports events. But for the 2004 Games, such deals could complicate arrangements with NBC, which has the TV rights for United States.
FOREST DUNES SELECTED IN TOP TEN YOU CAN PLAY
Forest Dunes Golf Club has been selected by Golf Magazine to its prestigious list of "Top 10 You Can Play" in America.
In a tranquil setting surrounded by eight-square miles of forested state land, former British Open Champion, Tom Weiskopf, designed this superb, traditional, modern classic for the ages. The course measures 7,104 yards from the tournament tees down to 5,097 from the forward tees. Even better, Forest Dunes has incorporated Junior Tees into the course design for kids to play. Holes from the kid's tees measure from 411 yards down to 94 yards.
The fifteen-acre practice facility is also adequately equipped to handle any golf shot. The facility features a duel-ended range, undulating teeing areas to practice different shots and short game, as well as a two-acre putting course.
Forest Dunes is a semi-private golf club with additional memberships coming soon. Similar to other national membership clubs around the country, Forest Dunes will allow limited public access during the membership build out period.
Taken and edited from a Golf Marketing Service press release
"Art- good afternoon. Just was reading through your latest email and noticed the section "People on the move". Matt Thompson, has been promoted to the Head Golf Professional position. I am still the Director of Golf." Todd Campbell
Todd sorry for the Bogey info. Art
YOUNG AMERICANS GOLF GUIDE 2003:Junior Golf -The Game, the Player, Programs, Events & Competitions"
A copy of the above book hit my mail box this afternoon. E.A.Duval from IWantz Publishing of Grand Rapids is the author. The companion but barren website is http://www.youngamericansgolf.com At first blush, it seems to be a fine book to give to a Junior Golfer. While it seems to state the obvious, I harken back to my early days in golf and recalled that things were not so obvious then. The book has some nice tips on travel, getting ready for tournaments, rules, national junior programs, colleges and universities that specialize in golf, equipment and a nice section on terms and definitions. The book is $24.95 Good luck to yet another Michigan golf book author.
FOX HILLS GOLF AND BANQUET CENTER GRABS COVER OF GOLF BUSINESS
AS COURSE OF THE YEAR
Congrats to all at Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center for their NGCOA Golf Course of the Year Award. They made the cover of Golf Business and have a nice story inside.
RED HAWK CELEBRATING ITS FIFTH BIRTHDAY
Red Hawk is entering it's 5th season of golf. We have made subtle improvements each season such as adding a new front (ladies) tee to our awesome 2nd hole as well as adding a fairway approach to our difficult par 3 14th hole. We have added new irrigation heads where needed, extended cart paths, and enlarged teeing areas. While other courses seem to be struggling in this economy, Red Hawk is thriving due mainly to the unbelievable job Art Hills did with the design as well as a superintendent and maintenance crew which is second to none. We are especially proud of being named "Best Service in the Midwest" in a golfer's poll last season as well as being named a top 5 Michigan course by three publications.
PGA General Manager
Red Hawk Golf Club
HOLE IN ONE CLUB
Our first hole in one of the year comes from John Clark of Farmington Hills, .On January 28, John holed out a nine iron on the 6th hole at Tangolunda Campo de Golf Club at Huatulco Oaxaca, Mexico. This mighty feat was witnessed by Alan DeRienmaker of Harbor Spring, MI.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"The hardest shot in golf is the 90-yard wedge, where the ball has to be played off a tree, bounce back into a bunker, hit a stone, bounce onto the green, roll to the cup, hit the pin and drop in the hole. That shot is so tough I've only made it once" Zeppo Marx
MICHIGAN GOLFER TV SHOW-GARLAND AND MATTHEW
The Michigan Golfer cameras caught up with "Golf Nuts" author Ron Garland and Sid Matthew of "The Life and Times of Bobby Jones", at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. Golf Nuts is the hottest selling golf book in the industry and "The Life and Times of Bobby Jones is destined to do very well. Join these authors as they discuss the merits of their books.
24/7 Always On
Gull Lake View is requesting your participation in the 2003 “Places to Play” survey offered by Golf Digest. This survey rates golf courses based on their condition, service, pace of play and overall value. Stonehedge South and North were awarded 4 stars for the 2001-2002 season and Gull Lake View East & West and Bedford Valley each received 3 Omega stars. We could not have achieved this great accomplishment without the help of our loyal patrons. Please cast your vote by March 15, 2003 on www.golfdigest.com/ptp_reviews/
or through your Golf Digest subscription. We greatly appreciate your support.
Gull Lake View is looking forward to celebrating our 40th Anniversary in the golf business. We have many exciting opportunities this year for the nearby golf enthusiast. Our prime location in Augusta, Michigan, only one hour from Grand Rapids and Lansing, provides a wonderful opportunity to play 54 holes of golf in one day! A short two-hour drive from Chicago or Detroit allows for a great last minute golf vacation as well. So please join us this summer to celebrate our 40th year in the golf business.
For package information, daily green fees, 2003 seasonal memberships or to sign up to receive local and package specials please visit www.GullLakeView.com.
Here’s to Birdies & Pars!
The Scott Family
& The Staff of
Gull Lake View
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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