Michigan Golf News
August 1, 2003, Vol. 3, No. 31
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__/ MGN ON THE ROAD
We stopped by Boyne Mountain to see what progress has been made on
their new H2O Waterpark hotel. There is a new sign for the hotel, but the work
stoppage is still apparent. There a new real estate development over
by the Top Notch and Superbowl chairs. Of special note was the 50-60
single engine planes that were at their tie downs at the Boyne airport.
We were the guest of Peter Fitzsimons, Director of the Boyne, Harbor
Springs and Petoskey CVB, while in town to tape the Little Traverse Bay
U Outta Regatta and had a chance to catch up with some of the golf news
in the area. This taken from the Guide put out by the Petoskey News-
to impress-Bay Harbor
By the way, Highland Hideway located on Pleasantville Road is a great
B&B. We highly recommend it. http://www.highlandhideawayresort.com
MUSKOKA , CANADA
Muskoka Golf Trail. An Ultimate Golf Vacation!
If you are looking for an exciting golf destination, The Moskoka Golf
Trail should be at the top of the list. Just two hours north of Toronto are
some of the very finest golf courses you will find anywhere, and the dining
and lodging is equally outstanding.
We began with a stay at the Deerhurst Resort where Brenda MacPhee and
Brent Lavers took the time to fill us in on what their 400-room facility has
to offer. Quite simply, everything! From two great courses - Highlands
and Lakeside - to a full-blown after dinner musical production, Deerhurst
lives up to its very catchy motto, " One visit, and you 'll never resort to
anything less. "
We then moved on to meet with Tracy Ford of Delta Muskoka Resorts. She is equally enthusiastic about what her three properties have to offer:
excellent lodging and dining at the Grandview, Sherwood and Rocky Crest
coupled with two beautiful, well groomed championship courses,
including a Mark O'Meara design. It was hard to leave our stay at Rocky Crest, a
most comfortable full-service resort situated on the banks of crystal-clear
A short drive south near Gravenhurst is one of the finest resorts in
Canada with the unlikely name "Taboo." Here we found five-star lodging and
dining along with the home course of Canada's pride and joy, Mike Weir. Golf
Professional Greg Cupido is most proud of his course and frankly he has
every right to be, because it is excellent on all counts.
Also on Lake Joseph is a private club that extends courtesy only to
those staying at Muskoka Golf Trail resorts. Greg McMillan did a fine job in
showing us why this course is an important part of the Clublink chain.
Just up the road is an all-new Nick Faldo design slated to open next
spring. Director of Operations Kevin O'Donnell gave us an extended cart
tour and this is definitely a course that will be receiving tons of
accolades. Pre-Cambrian rock is prominent throughout the Muskoka region
and when you play the "Rock" you will quickly discover where the name
Many thanks to Carolyn Purcell and Robert Warrington of Ultimate Golf
Vacations who took excellent care in putting this wonderful journey
together. They didn 't miss a beat!
Look for complete details on the Muskoka Golf Trail in a future issue
of the Michigan Golfer.
Thad and Anita Gutowski
RAY HEARN AND PAUL ALBANESE GOLF ARCHITECTS
The Grande, The Strategic at Foxhills, Moose Ridge, Hemlock, Island Hills and now Yarrow are among the terrific golf courses that have come from the nimble minds of Ray Hearn and Paul Albanese. Join our host Bill Shelton as he chats with Paul Albanese about the philosophy of their golf course design firm.
THE HAIG VISITS CADILLAC
Walter Hagen had the opportunity to stop by one of his old haunts a
month ago, as he visited Pilgrim's Village. It was here that The Haig spent
many a wonderful summer away from the crowded and busy world of suburban
Detroit. It was also here that he penned his biography, "The Walter
Hagen Story". Join our host Bill Shelton, "The Haig" and guests Steve
Knaisel, Ron Anderson and Carol Potter from Cadillac as they recall their
remembrances of Walter Hagen.
Michigan Golfer Television
Th Chris Lutzke/Pete Dye designed Eagle Eye Golf club is now open. For
further information contact 517-351-3500 or visit their website at
Michigan serves as the 15th state and 24th stop in which the PGA TOUR/USA Youth Golf Clinics have introduced area youths to the game of golf. The clinics precede and run adjacent to the Buick Open. The program is the initiative of the PGA TOUR and USA Network in which 29 clinics spanning the United States are scheduled to eventually introduce the game of golf to over 10,000 youths nationwide in 2003.
Canon4Kids, which seeks to help locate missing children across America,
will create additional awareness about a local missing child during
thisweek's (July 28 - August 3) stop on the PGA Tour at the Buick Open in
Grand Blanc, Michigan.
Canon4Kids, created by Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging
and a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), is a collaborative effort with
PGA Tour golfer Briny Baird and the National Center for Missing & Exploited
At the Buick Open and during all remaining 2003 tournaments in which he
plays, Mr. Baird will place the digital photo of a local missing child
on his golf bag along with the phone number (1-800-THE-LOST) for people to
call if they recognize the child or have any valuable information.
The digital image on Mr. Baird's golf bag at the Buick Open shows Dwan
Christian Sims. Dwan was last seen in Livonia, Michigan, on December
11, 1994, at the age of four. He disappeared while shopping with his mother
at the Wonderland Mall. D wan now is 12 years old.
Created in 1984, NCMEC has aided law enforcement officials in the
searchfor more than 89,000 missing children. More than 73,000 children have
been recovered as a result. For more information about NCMEC, call
1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678), or visit http://www.missingkids.com"> .
Mike Virgintino, Canon U.S.A., 516.328.4825, firstname.lastname@example.org
LPGA Tour Professional Kelly Robbins, along with her father and Golf
Instructor, Steve Robbins, will be hosting The Kelly Robbins Family
Golf Clinic and Challenge at The Golf Center in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
August 5, 2003. Sponsored by Nippon Shaft, manufacturer of superior performance golf shafts endorsed by Kelly Robbins, this clinic is open to junior golfers and their parents that are members of The Golf Center.
The Robbins family and Nippon Shaft have tailored the clinic and skills
challenge toward junior golfers aged 8-15. Steve and Kelly Robbins,
along with various junior golf professionals and instructors will be
available for questions and tip giving. The clinic will be held for a full hour
with a focus on basic golf fundamentals from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
From 3:00 - 4:00 P.M.., various contests will be held in order for the
junior golfers to test their skills in front of the Robbins family and
instructors. Special awards will be given to the Skills Challenge
winners. All participants will be awarded individual prizes as well. Robbins
will also be available for autographs!
Kelly has been a member of the LPGA Tour since 1992 with 9 career
victories including the 1995 McDonald's LPGA Championship. She has been a member of 5 consecutive US Solheim Cup teams from 1994. Kelly ranked 16th on the Year-End LPGA Tour Money List in 2002.
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Our cameras and host, Jennie McCafferty, dropped by the Inn at Bay
Harbor to chat with Maureen Vipperman and visit her spa, do some stretching
with Eric Huffman and his yoga school and then have a conversation with
Brian Sanderson of their golf complex. This is one of Michigan's great
resorts. If you have not been there, you can check it out with our show.
Ypsilanti's Civil War Muster
Halloween on Mackinac Island
The Michigan Legacy Art Park
Washtenaw: County Your Advantage
Labor Day Celebration: The Crysler Art, Eats and Beats Festival in
Pontiac, and the Detroit Jazz Festival
The Little Traverse Bay Yacht Club's Ugotta Regatta at Harbor Springs
MICHIGAN TRAVEL TV SHOW
Presented by GMAC Mortgage Stroke Play Results July 28-29 Qualified - Match Play Qualifiers
1st Brendan Gielow Muskegon 71 71 71 213 Stroke Play Champion
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Sports, taken together, are still America's favorite activity, topping
entertainment activities by 52% to 48% in 2002, according to the
LeisureTRAK report. The popularity of sport and recreational activities
has declined from 63% in 1993 but has been rising since dropping to 49% in
1999. Sports and recreation achieved a favorite-activity level of 56%
in 2001, which was the highest since 1997.
Fitness sports bucked the overall downward trend. At 30%, fitness as a
favorite activity in 2002 equaled its highest level of the past 10
years. While many sports lost popularity in 2002, fitness sports gained. The
popularity of exercising, for example, reached a nine-year high in
2002. Also in 2002, 5% of all American reported having gone to a health club
or spa in the past three months, up from 2% of all Americans in 1998.
Team sports have endured a steep decline in the past 10 years - from
favorite status with 11% in 1993, falling to 3% in 2002.
The LeisureTRAKÆ Report, produced by the Leisure Trends Group, Boulder, Colo., is based on a quarterly poll of 1,000 American adults age
16-older, with results projectable to the U.S. population. Additional data from
the LeisureTRAK survey can be found at http://www.leisuretrends.com. For
more information, call (888) 732-7373.
NSGA RESEARCH NEWS
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What are the latest trends in group exercise and personal training
programs? Which clients do these programs appeal to most and what
types of fitness equipment are most in demand? To answer these questions, IDEA Health & Fitness Association surveyed 20 leading program directors,
business owners and personal trainers from a wide variety of fitness
venues, and their responses comprise the 2003 IDEA Trendwatch.
IDEA 2003 Trendwatch Specifics:
What People Want
Balance, Agility and Posture Training -- Popular with new exercisers,
athletes, baby boomers and older adults.
Kinder, Gentler Formats like Yoga and Stretch -- Popular with
and prenatal women, older persons, baby boomers, new exercisers and
One-to-One Personal Training -- Popular with all age groups, especially
seniors and baby boomers as well as women.
Partner Training (defined as two clients sharing one trainer) --
Popular with persons on a limited budget, women, husbands/wives,
friends, and business colleagues.
Post-rehabilitation Training -- Popular with post-operative patients,
females with osteoporosis, older adults, and baby boomers.
Small Group Training (defined as three to five clients working with one
trainer) -- Popular with all ages and fitness levels plus it has the
of reduced fees-per-sessions with multiple persons sharing the cost of
Programs Gaining Popularity
Yoga, personal training, core conditioning/abs classes, Pilates,
stretching/flexibility, group strength training, fitness assessments
Exercise Equipment Gaining Popularity
Stability ball, elliptical trainer, Pilates reformer or training tools,
core equipment like Reebok core board or BosuÆ, weighted bar and indoor
NSGA RESEARCH NEWS
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10/17-18 Fall Golf, Ski and Travel Show- Novi Expo
03/05-07 12th Annual Michigan Golf Show- Novi Expo
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