Michigan Golf News
March 11, 2005, Vol. 5, No. 11
We are proud to present a series of videos celebrating both the Ryder Cup at
Oakland Hills CC and a preview of Ryder Cup 2006 to be held at the K Club in
Ireland. So grab a Guinness and click on to one of the following shows, hosted
by MG's Vanessa Bell. Brilliant!
The Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies
Donald Trump kicks off the opening ceremonies that features past Ryder Cup
Captains, Governor Jennifer Granholm, The Saginaw High School Drumline, Donald
Trump and the official presentation of the 35th Ryder Cup teams.
A Visit With Members of the Sam Ryder Family
Vanessa Bell chats with her Ipswich, England neighbors, the Sam Ryder family
about the 35th Ryder Cup, their famous ancestor and past Ryder Cups they have
Breakfast with the Irish
Vanessa Bell joins the Irish Ryder Cup contingent for breakfast, entertainment
and information about the upcoming 36th Ryder Cup in 2006. The entertainment
is supplied by dancers from the Heinzman School of Irish Dance
Ryder Cup Celebration at Henry Ford
You will need to put on your dancing shoes for this show, as some lively Irish
music provides the backdrop for our look at the great items on display at Henry
Ford. Our Irish visitors put this visit right at the top of their list of
favorite Ryder Cup memories.
An Evening at Dick O'Dow's
Ben Crenshaw was but one of many that stopped by this terrific Irish themed
watering hole to wet their whistle. The event was sponsored by the Irish
Tourism Board. Harp and Guinness beers and Irish music were all flowing freely
on this joyous event. On hand to fill their hands with frosted mugs were Jack
Berry, Tonia Branch, Vanessa Bell, William McMachan, Rosie and Brandon Zylstra,
Dave Richards, Phyllis Barone, Kevin Frisch, Craig Brass, Jason Deegan, Irish
singers and the representatives of the Ryder Cup 2006.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
The Otsego Club 54 Hole Blowout
Bay Mills Resort and Casino/Wild Bluff-Brimley
Shanty Creek Resort & Club
Video: Schuss Mountain Ski Shop
Michigan Golf Show, Novi Expo, March 11-13
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Boyne Falls-Mountain Grand Lodge
Gaylord-Treetops, Otsego Club, Marsh Ridge and The Loon
Grayling-Golf and Canoeing
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MICHIGAN GOLF SHOW
__/ THE PAR SHOP IN MENOMINEE JUST EAGLED
__/ GOLF COURSE DEVELOPMENT SLOW-DOWN CONTINUES IN 2004
__/ 5TH ANNUAL WENDY'S CHARITY CLASSIC LPGA PRO-AM SETS DATE
__/ FOX HILLS RANKS No. 1 NATIONALLY IN GOLFER DEVELOPMENT
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER RADIO SHOW DEBUTS ON MICHIGAN TALK RADIO FOR 2005
__/ SLEEPING BEAR HAS NEW CHILDREN'S BOOK
__/ LPGA TIP OF THE WEEK
__/ CALENDAR OF GOLF EVENTS
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MGN ON THE ROAD
Novi-The Michigan Golf Show kicks off today at the Novi Expo Center.
Be there or be square as the latest edition of America's largest consumer golf
show opens the 2005 golf season. Laurie McCann, reports that upwards of 30,000
golfers will attend the show and visit the 450 vendors in the next three days.
Golfers can test the newest equipment, check out the latest courses, get some
incredible golf show deals and dare I say it, yes, you can even stop by our
booth, say hello and get a free hug.
Friday 4pm - 9pm
Saturday 10am - 8pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Things are starting to heat up in Boyne Country as the Mountain Grand Lodge and
Avalanche Bay readies for a May opening. Julie Ard, Director of Communications
for Boyne, is getting used to hard hat hair days giving people tours of the
facility. We taped a show with Julie as we toured the facility with Michigan
Skier Television host, Jim Neff and his wife Ann. The show will be up later this
month on our Michigan Travel Television site.
The lush fairways of the Golf Mecca are still a foot and a half below that white
gold that brings snowmobilers, snowboarders and skiers north. Paul Beachnau, Ex.
Director of the CVB is expecting a great year. We bumped in to him at Diana's,
the popular breakfast and lunch hangout. Don White, the PGA professional of
Marsh Ridge, was holding court at the Logmark, a local watering hole at the
Otsego Club. Don indicated that he is going to be concentrating on building
up his golf school at the resort. Scott Chesley, the real estate guru of the
north introduced us to the new cabins they are building at the Otsego Club.
Trisha Chandler was beaming as their resort was filled for the week by hundreds
of EMU students taking classes there.
Dave Bebble, superintendent and Wes Morgan, Assistant professional at The Loon,
are looking for another strong year at the course. The golf show business this
year has been good for them. Bernice Ramsay, one of the new owners of the Beaver
Creek Resort was holding down the resort while her husband was at the Ford Field
RV Show. They have been busy sprucing up the place since their purchase of it
from Larry Bowden. Bowden will be returning from his Florida digs for the
Michigan Golf Show. Steve Helmer, head professional at The Natural, indicated
that the Midland Show was well attended. Pine Cone Accommodations has continued
to be a booking monster up north. Sandra Snook has worked hard to create and
develop lodging packages for ski and golf in the Gaylord area. Kevin McKinley,
assistant pro at Treetops, was in full ski gear as he entertained the Snow
Gophers from Chicago. Treetops is doing some interesting things on the ski side
to attract more skiers.
This year's theme in Grayling is Golf and Canoeing. Bob Koutnik, of Fox Run is
one of the people behind the movement. Irene Geiss-Wilson, Director of the
Grayling CVB, championed the marketing idea. She was a little distracted
during our visit, as her husband will be shipping out to Iraq this week.
PREMIER OF THE NATURAL AND THE MAJESTIC AT LAKE WALDEN VIDEOS AT
THE MICHIGAN GOLF SHOW
The Michigan Golfer Television Show, http://michigangolfer.tv will preview two
new programs from the series, "The Golf Course and the Architect". Jerry
Matthews, one of the most prolific golf course architects in America, describes
his work on The Natural in Gaylord and The Majestic at Lake Walden in Hartland.
The shows will preview at the Michigan Golfer booths 420-422. Please stop by
and see these great videos, soon to go on the web.
SHOWTIMES- BOOTH 420-422
12:00- The Natural Golf Course in Gaylord with Jerry Matthews
12:15- Timberstone Golf Course with Jerry Matthews
12:30- The Majestic at Lake Walden in Hartland with Jerry Matthews
12:45- The Rose Golf Course with Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest
1:00- The Loon Golf Club in Gaylord with Mike Husby
Golf course owners that are interested in our Internet Television and DVD
treatment, stop by and see us at our booth.
THE PAR SHOP IN MENOMINEE JUST EAGLED
Mizuno recently recognized The Par Shop in Menominee, Michigan as their Fitter
of the Year. "Our expanding custom fitting program has become a major part of
our club business, and we are very fortunate to have customers like this year's
winner," said Dick Lyons, Vice President and General Manager, Mizuno USA Golf
Division. "Providing golfers of all levels the highest quality products to
maximize performance is the ultimate goal of our custom fitting program, and
with the support and expertise of our customers, Mizuno has become an industry
leader in the club fitting arena."
SLEEPING BEAR HAS NEW CHILDREN'S BOOK
Sleeping Bear Press is releasing "P is for Putt: A Golf Alphabet". It is in the
same series as "H is for Home Run" and "Z is for Zamboni"
³P is for Putt and G is for golf and C is for this classic children's book, a
marvelous introduction to the sport kids can learn early and play for life. G
is also for grandson, my first, and this will be in his hands soon, because we
also know that T is for Tiger, and hope springs eternal.²Leonard Shapiro,
GOLF COURSE DEVELOPMENT SLOW-DOWN CONTINUES IN 2004
The number of new courses being built has decreased every year since 2000,
according to data compiled by the National Golf Foundation (NGF). In 2004, there
were 150.5 course openings and 62.5 verified closures (in 18-hole equivalents),
for a net gain of 88 courses, representing a net increase of approximately
one-half of one percent. The 2005 forecast is for 150-160 18-hole equivalent
course openings. In contrast, nearly 400 18-hole equivalents opened in 2000.
Including course openings and closings, the total number of U.S. golf facilities
stands at 16,057, breaking the 16,000 mark for the first time. Adjusting for
9-hole and 18-hole-plus facilities, there were 14,988 18-hole equivalents at
Of the new courses, 102.5 are open to the public and 48 are private. Real
estate-related courses accounted for 59% of new development in 2004. Real
estate has consistently driven 40 to 60% of new course development and is
expected to continue to do so. However, the overall number of new real
estate-related courses is lower than in the 1990s.
NGF also tracks the development pipeline of courses that are in planning or
under construction. As of December 31, 2004, there were 320 18-hole equivalents
under construction; 410 that have begun the in-planning phase; and another 261
that have been proposed (pre-planning stage).
The full golf course development report, including a description of the total
supply of U.S. golf courses, is available in Golf Facilities in the United
States, 2005 edition. For information about the report, call NGF at
MICHIGAN GOLFER RADIO SHOW DEBUTS ON MICHIGAN TALK RADIO FOR 2005
This Friday, MGN goes to the airways for the second year, as Michigan Skier
radio personality, Jim Neff turns over the Friday morning 10:40-11:00 A.M.
slot on the Michigan Talk Radio Network to golf. Shawn Peterson is again the
host for the show that features MGN. For Michigan Talk Radio Network stations,
go to http://michigantalkradio.com
LPGA TIP OF THE WEEK
This week's tip courtesy of Pat Kimball, Mainlands Golf Course,
Pinellas Park, Fla.
New Golfers in the Bunker
In the grass, put a tee about l inch above the toe of the club and another l
inch forward. Swing the club back and through, sweeping the grass, from one
tee to the other. Then, put a ball 2 inches in front of club on the grass and
do the same thing as if the ball were not there. Do this a few times, then, go
into the bunker to practice and do the same thing (including tees). Sweep the
sand the same as the grass, swinging the club back and through.
5TH ANNUAL WENDY'S CHARITY CLASSIC LPGA PRO-AM SETS DATE
Nearly 30 LPGA Tour Professionals will once again tee it up at the Country Club
of Jackson this summer to help raise money for the Dave Thomas Foundation and
adoption programs specifically in Michigan and northern Ohio. Hosted by
Jackson's own LPGA Tour veteran Elaine Crosby, this pro-am has raised over a
half million dollars for adoption in four years. Each year, Crosby invites her
talented and friendly LPGA peers to come to Jackson to help support the cause
and give over a hundred amateurs that rare chance to play with a pro. This
year's tournament will be held Monday, July 11.
Individuals and businesses interested in sponsoring or playing in the event
should contact Tournament Director Sue Fracker at 517-784-4094 (x145).
Sue Fracker firstname.lastname@example.org
FOX HILLS RANKS No. 1 NATIONALLY IN GOLFER DEVELOPMENT
Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center has been honored as the nationıs leading golf
course in player development. The National Golf Course Owners Association
(NGCOA) has given the 2005 Player Development Award to Kathy Aznavorian and
Sandy Dul Mily, the sisters who are the owners of Fox Hills and the force
behind the Fox Hills' determination to grow the game.
"Fox Hills demonstrates an above-and-beyond approach to making adults and
juniors feel welcome to the game of golf,² explained Mike Hughes, who is the
Executive Director of the NGCOA. ³Their camps, clinics and investment in
developing a short course and practice facility illustrate that Kathy, Sandy
and their great team are serious about player development. Fox Hills wears
'beginner-friendly' on its sleeve, and we're proud to honor them."
Edited from a release from Resort and Golf Marketing
I can't believe what I read in MGN last week. The idea of somebody having to
pay to be a photo assistant makes me sick. Photo assistants should be paid,
not have to pay. This is the same kind of logic Runner's World is using in
giving a t-shirt to people writing race summaries rather than paying the going
rate for a publication and publisher of their size.
Frog Prince Studios
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