Michigan Golf News |
April 6, 2007 - Vol. 7, No. 14
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AMERICA'S VALUE GOLF DESTINATION
Golf Packages From $47.00 Per Day
Santee South Carolina http://www.santeetourism.com
THE NATURAL: CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF GREAT GOLF-PLAN NOW TO JOIN US IN 2007
Golf Package for 2007 http://golfthenatural.com
Video: The Natural Golf Course and Jerry Matthews
TREETOPS RESORT- CELEBRATING THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE JONES MASTERPIECE
Golf Packages for 2007
Video: Robert Trent Jones and Treetops
THE MICHIGAN GOLFER: MICHIGAN'S INTERNET PORTAL FOR GOLF
Michigan Golf News Archives http://www.michigangolfer.com/news.html
Michigan Golfer Magazine http://www.michigangolfer.com/#pastissues
Michigan Golfer Television http://michigangolfer.tv/archives.html
Edited by Art McCafferty-Producer/Publisher, GLSP
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__/ APRIL CALENDAR
__/MGN ON THE ROAD
Augusta-Jack Berry Honored
Ypsilanti -Eagle Crest GC
__/ NEW MICHIGAN GOLF SHOWS
Manistee Golf Preview with Doug Bell
Shanty Creek Resort Preview
__/STREAMING VIDEO AT THE MASTERS
__/MINZEY GIVES US SOME GROANERS
__/REVISED-GOLF DIGEST TOP 100 GOLF COURSE 2007-2008-MICHIGAN
__/AND LET THAT BE A LESSON TO YOU
__/CRYSTAL OFFERS GOLF DEMO DAYS
__/EWGA GEARS UP
__/A CELEBRATION OF JACK BERRY-MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
__/10 TOP STORIES FROM JACK BERRY
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
__/ ASSOCIATION LINKS
__/ ARCHIVES-MICHIGAN GOLFER
2007 MICHIGAN GOLFER CALENDAR-APRIL
05-08 The Masters, Augusta National, Augusta
14 MIAGT at Fieldstone GC, Auburn Hills
27-28 Free Gaylord Golf Weekend
28 MIAGT at Fore Lakes GC, Kimball Township
MGN ON THE ROAD
Augusta, Georgia -The Masters
Wednesday evening, Brian Whitcomb, President, PGA of America presented Jack Berry with thePGA Lifetime Journalism Award. Besides Berry, other people picking up award hardware that evening included Tiger Woods, Gary Player, Nancy Lopez, Judy Rankin, Lorena Ochoa, The Harmons and James Finegan. And how was your day?
On hand to give Berry a hand, were his daughters, his wife Bonnie Humm and friends Terry Moore and Greg Johnson. A five minute video had greetings from PGA professional and owner of Treetops, Rick Smith, some asides from Moore and Johnson and some video clips of Berry interviewing Dan Pohl, Elaine Crosby and Gary Wiren
As award dinners go, it was fast paced with acceptance speeches kept to a modest length. Berry's award was last his acceptance speech the longest, but it killed. Remember, here was an individual getting an award for his words and they did not fail him here. He thanked his family, his mentors in the writing game, the early days reporting from The Masters. He also gave shout outs to our great Michigan golf courses as well as those in his adopted Ireland.
Our Michigan Golfer cameras were there and we will have more on this story in months to come.
Santee, South Carolina
Lake Marion GC
As the world's best golfers played Augusta National course, we took on one of Santee, South Carolina's best, Lake Marion GC. The course opened in 1978 and was designed by Eddie Riccoboni. Three years ago, they reshaped and planted all of their greens with MiniVerde, a unique ultra dwarf bermuda grass. The purpose was to provide the golfers with a putting surface that would allow balls to run faster and truer. When my ball finally did get to their greens I found this to be true. It was a wonderful day and a perfect course to stretch those atrophied winter muscles.
We enjoyed the golf, weather, course and new friendships we made today. We were paired up with Clive Drown and Tom DuMont, both of Kitchener, Ontario. They were just finishing up their fourth day of golf and were leaving after our round. They had praise for the Lake Marion course and enjoyed the other Santee area courses as well. At Lake Marion, they liked the variety of holes that were presented to the golfer, the excellent greens, the best they had played while in Santee, and the calibre of service. This was their second trip to Santee, in other years, they have gone to Alabama, or Myrtle Beach. The course parking lot had a lot of cars from Ontario, Michigan and Ohio. Drown and DuMont indicated that Santee has what Canadian golfers are looking for; quality golf courses, reasonable prices, clean and affordable lodging and some of that warming South Carolina weather.
Today, we will play another course, before heading back to Michigan on Saturday. We will have more information on Santee golf, next week.
Golf Packages http://www.santeetourism.com
Ypsilanti-Eagle Crest Resort
Westopped by the Eagle Crest Resort to check out the progress on the hotel's renovation. We also chatted withDave Horstman, the pro for the past five years, and now the new GM. Horstman says, he is on a mission to increase Eagle Crest's market share in the metro area's corporate golf outing business. In addition, he wants to increase the rounds of the locals and also have them feel more at home in the clubhouse. He has felt that the complex had begun to price itself out of their markets and that they needed to continue providing a quality golf experience, but at a more reasonable price.
The hotel is in the process of a substantial makeover. 80% of the rooms have undergone remodeling with the others being completed within the next couple of months. The old Players Club is now vacant and will be turned into a ballroom to accommodate the wedding and banquet markets. The current lobby bar will be expanded and become the main hotel bar. The hotel exterior has been repainted with a variety of earth tones and the parking lot is getting repaved. It is a Marriott hotel and will reflect that quality upon the renovation's completion later this year.
NEW MICHIGAN GOLF SHOWS
Manistee National Golf Preview
Host professional, Doug Bell, chats about the upcoming season at Manistee National. Manistee National, which features 36 holes of golf and lodging, is one of the courses in the Osprey Recreation Group.
Shanty Ceek Resort
Brian Kautz is the new Director of Golf and Club Operations at Shanty Creek. Kautz has his course knowledge down in our video, and also brings the viewer up to date with some of the changes now happening since the new ownership has taken over.
STREAMING VIDEO AT THE MASTERS
If you can't find a television set to check out what's happening at this year's Masters, the folks at Augusta National are offering enough online video to satisfy even the most ardent fans at http://Masters.org.
The coverage began earlier this week with live streaming video of the player interviews. On Wednesday, the Par 3 Contest was aired, and from Thursday on, visitors can watch live coverage of Amen Corner.
On Thursday, a new tradition began when Arnold Palmer took his place on the first tee at Augusta National Golf Club to hit the opening drive. You can see the video and Arnold's comments orfor the truly golf-obsessed, there's even a live Web cam on the driving range.
Taken from the GCSAA Newsweekly
REVISED-GOLF DIGEST TOP 100 GOLF COURSE 2007-2008-MICHIGAN
10. Crystal Downs CC
17. Oakland Hills CC. South
46. Archadia Bluffs GC
63. Lost Dunes GC***
83. Tullymore GC
A Tip of the Tam toPete Han, the PGA Head Golf Professional at Lost Dunes Golf Club for pointing out my gaffe in last week's list. If you have seen Lost Dunes, you know that it certainly belongs on the list. Thanks, Pete.
AND LET THAT BE A LESSON TO YOU
Jeff Lesson tells us that his highly successful "Lesson on Golf" began its 11th season last week. The show is on WXYT 1270 AM on Saturdays from 7-8. It also appears on the schedule at WWJ 950 AM (Weekend morning features) featuring the best in places to play, travel, equipment and pro pointers.
CRYSTAL OFFERS GOLF DEMO DAYS
Crystal Mountain Resort is holding this year's Golf Demo Day on May 26.Crystal's Golf Demo Day allows golfers to test out clubs from Callaway, Ben Hogan, Titleist, Cobra, Cleveland, Tour Edge, Power Bilt, Square Two, Nancy Lopez and more. Crystal Mountain Golf School instructors will also be giving FREE 15-minute lessons all day.
Taken and edited from a Crystal Mountain release
A minor point, in the info on Huntmore Golf Club you stated "Huntmore, originally called the Michigan Golf Club" It was correctly called the Golf Club of Michigan.
As much as I hate to see courses closing a list of courses that closedsince 2000 and courses that changed names since 2000 would be interesting. Also private clubs that have changed to semi-private or public (such as Chemung Hills and Coldwater).
Thanks and I enjoy your newsletters. Maybe you should include your e-mail address in newsletter so people can contact you more easily.
*Editor's Note: Thanks George and a Tip of the Tam for your sharp eye. I will include my email address as you propose. And...I will begin to assemble a list of those courses that have closed since 2000. Cheers.
EWGA GEARS UP
The EWGA Championship, the largest amateur women's golf competition in the United States, begins in April at local chapters of the Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA). From April through July, depending on the area's golf season, local competitions will be held by the 120 EWGA chapters found throughout the United States and Canada.
At the chapter level, EWGA members compete in individual stoke play in five flights based on USGA handicaps and a scramble team competition. Low gross and low net winners in each flight and the winning scramble team then compete in one of 15 semi-final competitions held throughout the United States. (see locations below). Semi-final winners will compete in the 36-hole championship finals at the Hermitage Golf Course in Old Hickory, Tennessee on September 7 - 8, 2007. Now in its 12th year, this annual competition had 2455 participants in 2006.
Michigan has three EWGA Chapters
Taken and edited from a Niehoff Marketing Associates release
A CELEBRATION OF JACK BERRY-MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
This past Wednesday, Jack Berry was honored by the PGA with a Lifetime Journalism Award. All of us in Michigan, should be proud of the great contributions he has made during his half century of covering golf. We thought it appropriate to bring you a video sampler of Jack Berry interviews and stories.
Ken Devine and The Last Hurrah
The Ryder Cup
The Golf Reporters
The Heather at Boyne Highlands
True North and Jim Engh
The Michigan Golf Hall of Fame
95th Amateur at Boyne Highlands
Chuck Kocsis The Best There Ever Was
Gary Wiren and Hickory Golf
Golfing In Ireland
Dave Hill's Ryder Cup Memories
Michigan Golfer Television http://michigangolfer.tv Over a half million viewers in 2006.
MINZEY GIVES US SOME GROANERS
Truisms for Puns
* I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.
* Police were called to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
* Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now.
* The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference.
* To write with a broken pencil is pointless.
* When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.
* The short fortune teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
* A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
* A thief fell and broke his leg in wet cement. He became a hardened criminal.
* Thieves who steal corn from a garden could be charged with stalking.
* We'll never run out of math teachers because they always multiply.
Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to one of our best contributors, Dr. Jack Minzey, for his latest offering.
Also from Minzey is this golf trivia game.
Click here and have fun:
COMING IN APRIL-THE SPRING ISSUE OF THE MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE
Jack Berry: Mike Biber and Osprey SA
Terry Moore: Jack Berry and the PGA Lifetime Journalism Award
Art McCaffery:Gaylord Golf Mecca Celebrates its 20th Anniversary
Norm Sinclair: Keith Gornick, Gaylord's Class Act
Art McCafferty: Tom Bendelow Remembered
Terry Moore: A Slice of Life
MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE'S TOP 10 LISTS FOR 2006
10 TOP STORIES FROM JACK BERRY
Teahers of the Decade
Q & A with Hale Irwin
Michigan Golf Course Hall of Fame-Oakland Hills
Michigan Golf Course Hall of Fame-Country Club of Jackson
Michigan Golf Course Hall of Fame-Detroit Golf Club
Golf Canada's Rockies
Hockey Was Aldridge's First Love
U of M's Lloyd Carr
GOLF COURSE VIDEOS ON MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
Buck's Run with Jerry Matthews
Rose Creek-with Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest
Timberstone @ Pine Mountain with Jerrty Matthews
The Bull at Pinehurst with Jack Nicklaus
The Loon with Mike Husby
The Majestic at Lake Walden with Jerry Matthews
The Natural at Gaylord with Jerry Matthews
True North with Jack Berry and Jim Engh
Tribute with Gary Koch, Rick Robbins and Keith Gornick
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