Michigan Golf News
April 22, 2005, Vol. 5, No. 17
Bay Mills Resort and Casino/Wild Bluff-Brimley
Home of the 54 Hole Blowout
Shanty Creek Resort & Club
August 9-21 Detroit Newspapers Michigan PGA Pro-Am
Golf Packages http://www.shantycreek.com/golf/package.html
Edited by Art McCafferty-Producer/Publisher, GLSP
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__/ MGN ON THE ROAD
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
- Acme-Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
- Grayling- Golf and Canoes
- Traverse City-Park Place Hotel Turns 75
- Williamsburg- HighPointe GC
- Ypsilanti-Washtenaw CC
- Boyne's New Mountain Grand Lodge and Avalanche Bay- A Preview
- 2005 Bay Mills Open Players Tournament-A Preview
__/ OTSEGO CLUB OPENS WITH APRIL DEALS
__/ JEFF DANIELS COMEDY GOLF JAM X-THE GRAND FINALE
__/ BOOKS; NEWS AND REVIEWS
__/ GRAND RAPIDS GOLF TOUR TEES OFF INAUGURAL SEASON
ON MAY 7
__/ DEMO CLUBS ANYONE?
__/ GOLF YOUR DAYLIGHTS OUT
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER STARTS SECOND SEASON OF
CANADIAN RADIO-CHOK RADIO- SARNIA
__/ WITH APOLOGIES TO MRS. GORSLINE
__/ THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL WAS A TRAIN
__/ PRESIDENTS CUP CAPTAINS VISIT WHITE HOUSE
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER RADIO IS NOW HEARD ON MLIVE.COM ON THE
SHAWN PETERSON SHOW
__/ HICKS AND TOCCO GRAB A CHECK
__/ CALENDAR OF GOLF EVENTS
__/ TOURNAMENT SCHEDULES
__/ MICHIGAN GOLF NEWS ASSOCIATION SUBSCRIBERS
__/ ASSOCIATION LINKS
Michigan Golfer Magazine-
- Spring Issue -April 29th-
- Arnold Palmer: 50 Years of Michigan Memories-Text and Video
- 2005 Michigan Tournament Play-Kelly Hill
- Slice of Life- Terry Moore
- 50 Years of Golf -Art McCafferty
- Coming to Computer Screens Everywhere -April 29th-
MGN ON THE ROAD
Mike DeAgostino, Public Relations Manager of the Grand Traverse Resort,
indicated that the pool area has been upgraded, a new phone system has
been installed, the hotel is wireless and that the golf courses are doing
some terrific April business and are ready for a great summer.
Grayling and Kalkaska
Grayling's theme this year is Golf and Canoe Adventures. On the golf side,
the group consists of the Graying Country Club, Fox Run, Twin Birch and
Grandview. We stopped by to chat with owner Mark Hill at Twin Birches and he
indicated that they created six new tee areas last year, thus adding another
couple hundred yards. Their slope rating increased from 117 to 127 on this
6300 yard course. Paula Ryan, GM of Grandview, and her crew are looking to
increase their rounds for the year. One only has to look out the back door
of the clubhouse to see the inspiration for their name.
Amy Parker, GM, Bill Knopp, Director of Sales and the entire Park Place Hotel
are gearing up for their Diamond Jubilee Celebration in May. Parker
indicated that they have spent over a million dollars in room upgrades
for this venerable property. The rooms and furnishing are indeed spectacular.
The Park Place Hotel has some great stay and play packages for the TC area.
Ben Croftchik, GM of High Pointe GC, indicated that they are coming off
a good year and that the early spring has been great for golf. He also
indicated that they are moving into the entertainment area with their
Savoy Swings in the summer. High Pointe was the setting for "An Evening
With Tom Doak", the designer of the course and now recognized as a world
class golf course designer. Michigan Golfer Television will be showing
those festivities a little later this year.
I live by one of Michigan's century old golf courses, Washtenaw CC.
My son got his first golf lesson from Randy Ersksine and my daughter got
her first job there. The course has been a steady influence and great
neighbor during the 25 years I have lived near it. I have been watching
the change of seasons for decades as I go for my running workouts.
It is my Dorian Grey, as superintendent John Durant keeps the course
forever young, while I continue my own journey toward the century mark.
Listed below are some of our Michigan Centurions.
Harbor Springs. Designed by Dave Foulis
Harbor Beach Golf Course (Private)
Wequetonsing Golf Club (Private)
Kent Country Club (Private). Designed by Donald Ross
Les Cheneaux Club & Golf Link (Public)
Saginaw Country Club (Private) Designed by Tom Bendelow
Wawashkamo Golf Club (Semi-Private) by Alex Smith
Washtenaw Country Club (Private)
Silver Lake Golf Club (Public
Grand Hotel Golf Course (Resort)
Manistee Golf and CC (Semi-Private) Designed by Tom Bendelow
Pine Grove Country Club (Semi-Private)
Ann Arbor Golf & Outing Club (Private)
Sault Ste. Marie Country Club (Semi-Private)
Hillsdale Golf & Country Club (Private)
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION SHOW
2005 BAY MILLS OPEN PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP-A PREVIEW
The new Director of the Bay Mills Open is Rob Lussenhof. Rob became
the Director of Golf at Wild Bluff in 2004 and now takes over the helm
from its prior directors, Mike Husby and Judy Mason. In our show our
reporter, Jennie McCafferty, chats with Rob about some of the changes this year.
SNEAK PREVIEW OF BOYNE'S GRAND MOUNTAIN HOTEL AND AVALANCHE BAY-A PREVIEW
Jim Neff stops by Boyne and gets the latest update on the soon to open
Mountain Grand Lodge and Avalanche Bay. Jim put on his hard hat and joined
Boyne representative Julie Ard as they toured the new facility. The project
represents the planning of both Steve and the late Everett Kircher. The
Memorial Day opening of Avalanche Bay is going to kick off the Michigan
tourist season with a big splash.
OTSEGO CLUB OPENS WITH APRIL DEALS
The Otsego Club is open for business with some good deals. The
Classic is $20 with cart and the Tribute opens this weekend at $35 per
person with cart. If you want to stay at the Resort, they are offering
a room and 18 holes for $69. This spring special is valid for the remainder
of April 2005.
JEFF DANIELS COMEDY GOLF JAM X-THE GRAND FINALE
Actor Jeff Daniels, Executive Director of The Purple Rose Theatre
Company in Chelsea, Michigan celebrates reaching his one million dollar
goal for net revenues for The Purple Rose from ten years of Comedy Golf
Jams. Daniels will host the Tenth and Final Jeff Daniels Comedy Golf Jam
on Monday, June 6, 2005 at the Polo Fields in Ann Arbor.
In addition to their foursome participation, Corporate Sponsors at the
$5,000 level receive a celebrity fifth or an option to bring a fifth,
a night at the Purple Rose Theatre for foursomes and spouses, a ≥Sponsors
only≤ drawing to win a scholarship for one teen of choice to attend the
Purple Rose Teen Intensive Acting Class, the company name emblazoned on
shirts, balloons, banners and holes, and the benefits of a foursome at
the $2,500 level: breakfast, lunch and dinner, hole signage, recognition
at the event in Purple Rose Programs and in bright lights in the lobby
for on year.
The Tenth and Final Jeff Daniels Comedy Golf Jam will be at the Polo
Fields Golf and Country Club, located on Zeeb Road off I94 in Ann Arbor.
The Golf Outing begins at 10:00 AM and ends with a banquet and music by
bugs Beddow Band. Dow Automotive is the Tournament Sponsor. Call Judy
Gallagher, Purple Rose Theatre Company Development Director at
734-433-7782 for details.
You can see both the 2003 and 2004 Jeff Daniels Comedy Golf Jams on
Michigan Golfer Television http://michigangolfer.tv
BOOK NEWS AND REVIEWS
"The Search for the Perfect Golf Club"
by Tom Wishon
This book is not for eveybody, which is why it has such appeal. For the
golfers in this world that make clubs, talk about clubs, buy clubs and
read about clubs: this book is for them.
After this read, you will be able to talk about grips, spines, shafts,
flex, loft, weight, length, fittings, torque, swing speed, sweet spot,
putter hop, spring effect and wedge bounce.
Sports Media Group
Ann Arbor, Michigan
"Saving Par: How to Play the 40 Toughest Shots in Golf
by Todd Sones with John Monteleone
I thought every golf shot was tough, but according to Todd Sones, there are
really only 40 such shots. Sones does a nice job at categorizing these shots
and giving the golfer an explanation as to how to pull them off. Do you know
how to fade, draw, hit a knockdown shot, hit a ball below your feet, above
your feet, hit a ball uphill, hit a ball downhill or pitch from a tight lie
to a tucked pin? Well Sones does and he shares this and 30 plus other tough
shots with the reader.
"P is for Putt: A Golf Alphabet"
by Brad Herzog and Illustrated by Bruce Langton
"Grab a glove and grip a club, Golf with letter G. Give a great big hand
to the grinning gallery.", and so goes the alphabet in Brad Herzog's "P
is for Putt: A Golf Alphabet" book. This is a great little read to give
to a young child that has shown interest in the game. There are others
in the series like "Z is for Zamboni," and "H is for Home Run". They all
seem to do a nice job in introducing sports to the next generation.
Sleeping Bear Press
THE MICHIGAN GOLFER INTERNET TELEVISION SHOW
COMING IN MAY
"ARCHITECTS AND THEIR GOLF COURSE DESIGNS" -A SERIES
THE WORK OF JERRY MATTHEWS
"THE NATURAL GOLF COURSE-WITH JERRY MATTHEWS AND LARRY BOWDEN"
"THE MAJESTIC AT LAKE WALDEN-WITH JERRY MATTHEWS AND BILL FOUNTAIN"
* NOW PLAYING*
WILD BLUFF GOLF COURSE-WITH MIKE HUSBY AND BILL SHELTON
THE LOON GOLF COURSE-WITH MIKE HUSBY
THE TRIBUTE GOLF COURSE-PREVIEW SHOW-WITH RICK ROBBINS AND BILL SHELTON
TREETOPS WITH ROBERT TRENT JONES, JACK BERRY, TERRY MOORE, RICK SMITH AND BILL
SUNDANCE GOLF COURSE-PREVIEW SHOW-WITH JERRY MATTHEWS
PHEASANT RUN GOLF COURSE/THIRD NINE-PREVIEW SHOW-WITH STEVE FORREST AND BILL
ROSE CREEK GOLF CLUB-WITH ARTHUR HILLS AND STEVE FORREST
THE BULL AT PINEHURST-WITH JACK NICKLAUS AND DAVID BACHMANN
THE GLSP INTERNET TELEVISION NETWORK http://www.golfthechief.com/tournament/
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