Michigan Golf News
October 8, 2003, Vol. 3, No. 41
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__/ MGN ON THE RAIL
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-DOUBLE FEATURE
"THE CADDIES OF FRENCH LICK" and "JEFF DANIELS COMEDY GOLF JAM"
__/ NAME IS SORTA THE SAME
__/ HORSESHOE BAY REVISITED
__/ THE BIG BREAK, BREAKS BIG
__/ 16TH WEST MICHIGAN GOLF SHOW MOVES TO DEVOS PLACE, FEB 6-8, 2004
__/ MICHIGAN GOLF, SKI AND TRAVEL VENDOR NUMBERS ARE UP
__/ LINK UP 2 GOLF RECORDS GAINS IN SPENDING AND ROUNDS PLAYED
__/ BASEBALL PLAYOFFS NOW DOWNLOADABLE
__/ NEFF NOTABLES
__/ UPPER DECK CONTEST GIVES MADISON HEIGHTS TEEN CHANCE TO BE COACHEDBY TIGER WOODS
__/ BOBBY JONES COMES TO LIFE IN NEW MOTION PICTURE AND BOOK
__/ HOLE IN ONE CLUB
__/ QUOTE OF THE WEEK
__/ GOLF CALENDAR
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MGN ON THE RAIL
The MGN is taking the week off to Amtrack to a wedding in New York.
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-DOUBLE FEATURE
We are taking the week off, but for those that missed it, we would like
you to visit Craig Brass's report on the Jeff Daniels Comedy.Golf Jam.
You will love the "Dueling Brandos", yell "Stella" and Forrest Gump's
description of golf. All of it now on Michigan Golfer ITV
THE CADDIES OF FRENCH LICK- We also want to invite you to view the first
three segments of a five part Golfumentary on "The Caddies Of French
Dave Harner, the head professional at French Lick Resort and Spa, is
the host for "The Caddies of French Lick. Joining our host are the
Caddies of French Lick; Oral Carnes, Junior Carnes, Louie Roach, Bill
Kellams, John Parker, Jack Carnes and Wayne Carnes. This is a terrific
series and we hope you enjoy it.
NAMES SORTA THE SAME
El Dorado Golf Course Walled Lake
Eldorado Golf Course Mason
Eldorado Golf Course Cadillac
HORSESHOE BAY REVISITED
"Good Day Art, I was very disappointed in the " Top 16 Wisconsin
Courses" article you ran in the MGN that on one voted for Horseshoe
Best Wishes Brian Lussier
Robbins & Associates International
Brian, when we put the article together, it was with the understanding
that Horseshoe Bay was private and as such would have been left off our
public course list. When finding out from you that Horseshoe Bay will
not be private until NEXT year we are reprinting the list with the
addition of Horseshoe Bay. We are also running the article that we did
in 2001 about Horseshoe Bay.
Top 17 Golf Courses in Wisconsin
Blackwolf Run-The Meadows-Dye
Blackwolf Run The River-Dye
Grand Geneva Resort and Spa-The Brute
Horseshoe Bay-Robbins and Lussier
Trappers Turn- North/Packard
Kettle Hills-Valley and Rolling Hills nine hole courses (18)
Horseshoe Bay GC
Door County's Horseshoe Bay GC, located near Green Bay, is Wisconsin's
answer to Traverse City's Mission Point Peninsula. It is a rich area of
history, recreation, fun and water.
Horseshoe Bay GC was designed by Rick Robbins and Brian Lussier.
Robbins also worked with Gary Koch in designing Otsego Club's
The golf business is the culmination of an 80-year dream of the Frank
Cowles family. They were visionaries in the dairy business in Wisconsin
and extremely successful. Their barn shaped clubhouse is a replica of
the famous Cowles barn of the past. It is also home to Murphy's Bar and
We thoroughly enjoyed the course and found that the traps worked in
that they seemed to find everybody's game. The course features little
water, but numerous traps. There were a number of outcroppings of rock,
primarily because they only could dynamite just so much of the course.
The Double Delicious 13th hole provides a double fairway and the 14th,
named, Udderly Dangerous, can live up quickly to its name. The 18th
hole, which finishes next to the members clubhouse is a spectacular
hole that drops down through a limestone walled boundary on the one
side and a sharp drop-off in back of the green, where golfers will be
able to view Horseshoe Bay. This is a very special hole and is one that
will bring you back.
Rick Robbins indicated that they wanted to create a modern golf course
with a 'turn of the century feel. It certainly has all of that. It is a
semi-private course, so you need to call for additional information.
(Horseshoe Bay GC will turn private in 2004)
THE BIG BREAK, BREAKS BIG
The Big Break, a 10-part original series that debuted on The Golf
Channel, October 7, will be a huge hit.
The premise, ten men get the chance of a lifetime to make their dreams
of playing professional golf a reality, takes place at Treetops Resort.
Rick Smith, the owner of Treetops, an instructor for many PGA Tour
stars and one of The Golf Channel's rising stars is co-host of the
Rick introduced the players on a special edition of the Golf Academy.
http://thegolfchannel.com just prior to the show' debut. The show runs
on Tuesdays at 9:00.
16TH WEST MICHIGAN GOLF SHOW MOVES TO DEVOS PLACE, FEB 6-8, 2004
The West Michigan Golf Show will be moving into the new $211 million
DeVos Place convention center on February 6-8, 2004 in downtown Grand
The state-of-the-art DeVos Place, featuring a huge pillar-free
hall, high ceilings, convenient move-in/out, and improved traffic
pattern for patrons and exhibitors alike, will move the West Michigan
Golf Show to "the head of the class".
Taken and edited from a PR release from Terry Moore
LINK UP 2 GOLF RECORDS GAINS IN SPENDING AND ROUNDS PLAYED
Link Up 2 Golf, an industry wide adult player development program
managed by The PGA of America and the National Golf Course Owners
Association with the support of GOLF 20/20, posted substantial gains
across the board in spending and rounds played by new and existing
golfers in 2002.
New golfers on average spent $885 on golf and played 13 rounds
following participation in Link Up 2 Golf, up 29% and 44% respectively
from the $688 and 9 rounds posted by Link Up 2 Golf participants in
The survey, conducted by The PGA of America and Issues and Answers
Network Inc., and carrying a +/- margin of error of 4.25%, showed
increases for new and existing golfers who participated in Link Up 2
Golf in 2002. Collectively, rounds played among these participants
increased by 33% over 2001 results. Golf-related revenues rose 15%
among the two groups, including golf fees, playing lessons, golf
equipment and food and beverage.
Other highlights of the study of 2002 participants are:
75% of new golfers and 100% of existing golfers who participated in the
program continue to play golf; a combined retention rate of 82%
New golfer rounds increased from 0 to an average of 13
Existing golfer rounds played increased from seven to 22
New golfer spending averaged $885
Existing golfer spending rose from $401 to $1,198
51% of new golfers and 39% of existing golfers purchased golf clubs
either during or soon after completing Link Up 2 Golf 23% of the 2002 Link up 2
Golf participants signed up for additional lessons
Complete results will be outlined at the upcoming GOLF 20/20 conference
scheduled Oct. 19-21 in St. Augustine, Fla.
Taken and edited from a PR from Jamie Carbone of the PGA
MICHIGAN GOLF, SKI AND TRAVEL VENDOR NUMBERS ARE UP
Laurie McCann of the Novi Expo Center indicated that the number of
exhibitors for their golf, ski and travel show are up from a year ago.
"We were a little disappointed in our ski exhibitor turnout, but it is
our first year with it and it should build," said McCann
BASEBALL PLAYOFFS NOW DOWNLOADABLE
Attention Cubs and Red Sox fans: Now you can relive your teams'
long-delayed moments of glory the past few days pretty much forever.
Yep, TV broadcasts of Major League Baseball's playoff and World Series
games can now be purchased as file downloads through MLB.com.
Announcing availability of the games, Dinn Mann of Major League
Baseball Advanced Media said, "While the best ways to watch baseball
continue to be at the stadium or on television, MLB.com offers
consumers the chance to relive new and classic games and to build their
digital MLB libraries." Each game file costs $3.95. Windows PC users
may store the game on as many as three computers and also burn it to a
CD. Digital rights management technology is provided by MLB's tech
Taken from The Great Lakes IT Report for Oct. 8, 2003 "Matt Roush"
*Editor's Note- You can download Michigan Golfer Television for free.
BOBBY JONES COMES TO LIFE IN NEW MOTION PICTURE AND BOOK
With Bobby Jones coming to life as the subject of a major motion
picture --A Stroke of Genius -- and the upcoming 75th anniversary of
his winning of the Grand Slam, Sports Media Group (an imprint of Ann
Arbor Media Group) has launched its first book in honor of golf's most
"Bobby Jones: Portrait of a Champion", chronicles the legendary
golfer's career from the ill-tempered youth to his rise to American
hero status. Historian and award-winning author Sid Matthew says of
legendary O.B. Keeler's book, "For some unknown reason this book has
been a well-known secret for over half a century." Matthew would know.
He has written several popular books on Jones and has a major Jones
film on his resume.
The book will hit the bookstores in October, and having enough orders
from its accounts to sell out the first printing, Sports Media Group
already has the book back on press for another 5000 copies. With A
Stroke of Genius scheduled for release in April of 2004, and 2005
marking the 75th anniversary of golf's only Grand Slam, interest in
Jones will be high. Bobby Jones: Portrait of a Champion will serve as
an entertaining reference for those who want to learn about his career
in a more intimate way. O.B. Keeler, who traveled over 150,000 miles
with his friend celebrity subject, reveals a personal side of Jones
that helps golf fans understand what made him truly special as a player
and as a person.
Bobby Jones: Portrait of a Champion is available in hard cover and has
a suggested retail price of 17.95.
What's the difference between a girlfriend and wife?
What's the difference between a boyfriend and husband?
What's the fastest way to a man's heart?
Through his chest with a sharp knife.
Where does an Irish family go on vacation?
A different bar.
UPPER DECK CONTEST GIVES MADISON HEIGHTS TEEN CHANCE TO BE COACHED BY
Only a year out of high school, Detroit-area teen and current steel
shop worker Tommy Brickweddle has won a once-in-a-lifetime chance to
continue his education. Except class will take place not in the halls
of higher learning, but on a golf course, and with an instructor that's
been known to bend a bit of metal himself (off the tee, that is): Tiger
One of 14 winners in Upper Deck's ""wing with Tiger" sweepstakes,
Madison Heights, Brickweddle, 19, beat the odds in making his way to
the Oct. 13 clinic. His entry was chosen among nearly 20,000, a record
for the three-year old contest.
Brickwiddle works with his dad in the same steel shop, has played golf
since the age of 12, and shoots in the 90s. He counts Maple Lane
(Sterling Hills, Mich.) G.C. among his favorite local courses.
HOLE IN ONE CLUB
DIANE EVOLA SHOOTS A HOLE IN ONE AT SUMMIT GOLF CLUB
JOHN HAGLUND SHOOTS A HOLE IN ONE AT SCHUSS MOUNTAIN GOLF CLUB
On September 19, 2003, John Haglund of Grand Ledge, Michigan drove an
ace (hole-in-one) with a 4 wood on hole # 4 (209 yards) at Shanty Creek's
Schuss Mountain Golf Club. This is the first time that John has shot a hole-in-
On September 20, Diane Evola of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan drove an
ace (hole-in-one) with a 7 wood on hole #3 (109 yards) at Shanty Creek's
Summit Golf Club. This is the second time Diane has shot a hole-in-one.
Submitted by Shanty Creek
QUOTES OF THE WEEK-THE BIG BREAK (selected responses to last night's
"(sigh) more reality TV is causing my television to find itself in the
'off' mode more often than not. This really would be a 'made for TV'
moment only. Do we really need more forms/ways for guys to make it to
35974.6 in reply to 35974.1
OK for the short run. Very boring in the long run. Who wants to see
third rate golf professionals duke it out in skills tests?!! I don't
even watch the skills contests with the PGA Tour pros.
Why doesn't TGC come to my local club and film me and my golfing pals
as we square off for an exciting Saturday morning match?!!!
From: GumbyWeir Sep-11 5:57 am
To: STEVGOLF (12 of 178) 35974.12 in reply to 35974.10
Who wants to watch 4 hacks play.....
1st tee- cold top your driver, tee up another and declare it your
mully, hit the big banana into the cabbage. Foot wedge, tip up, chunky
3 iron from 150 yds, chunked chip, skulled chip across the green, chip
on, 3 putt from 8 feet. Open your 3rd beer of the round and record a 4
for par and head for the 2nd tee box......
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09/28-30 Pepsi Fall Charity Invitational, Treetops, Gaylord
09/30 Tournament of Club Champions (Men and Women) Egypt Valley, Ada
10/17-18 Fall Golf, Ski and Travel Show- Novi Expo
10/19-21 The GOLF 20/20 Conference, World Golf Village, Florida
11/14-16 The International Golf Show is November 14-16, 2003 at the
Toronto Congress Centre.
11/30-12/02 MGCOA Annual Conference Lansing
01/23-25 Atlanta Golf Show
01/29-02/02 PGA Merchandise Show-Orlando, Florida
02/06-8 West Michigan Golf Show, DeVos Place
02/13-15 London Golf and Travel Expo at the Western Fair Event Centre
03/05-07 12th Annual Michigan Golf Show- Novi Expo
03/19-21 6th Annual Lansing Golf Show- Lansing
03/19-21 Chicago Golf Show
Tour and Association Calendars
Golf Association of Michigan a href= "http://www.gam.org/champ/schedule.cgi
Michigan Section PGA http://www.Michigan.PGA.com
Michigan Golf Course Owners Association http://mgcoa.org
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America http://www.gcssa.org
Canadian Tour- http://www.cantour.com/schedule.php
European Tour- http://www.europeantour.com
Hooters Tour- http://www.ngahooterstour.com
Futures Tour http://futurestour.com/Schedules.html
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