Michigan Golf News
October 17, 2003, Vol. 3, No. 42
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__/ MGN ON THE ROAD
New York-- Kingston, Woodstock, West Point
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-DOUBLE FEATURE-FRENCH LICK AND CANADA
__/ NAME IS SORTA THE SAME
__/ MICHIGAN GOLF,SKI AND TRAVEL SHOW OPENS THIS WEEKEND
__/ NGF CUSTOMER LOYALTY AND SATISFACTION PROGRAM
__/ TWIN BIRCH GC,OAKLAND UNIVERSITY AND SCENIC CC DO WELL AT THE
2003 BUICK SCRAMBLE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
__/ WOMEN IN THE GOLF INDUSTRY II, MEET IN ORLANDO
__/ CHRIS HILL LEAVES GREAT LAKES GOLF
__/ QUOTE OF THE WEEK -GOLF'S 20 LAWS
__/ GOLF CALENDAR
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MGN ON THE ROAD
Kingston, Woodstock, West Point, Rhinerock, New York
There are 85 delicious courses waiting for you in the Hudson Valley of
New York State. Here to attend a wedding, we did not get the chance to
tee it up, but did drop by a couple of courses to check out the area.
We are also in the Catskills region of New York State that boasts 98
peaks over 3,000 feet. Therefore, it is safe to stay, there are some
outstanding mountain and valley courses in the area. The fall color
was at about 40% and it was awesome. They have more hardwoods then we
do and the difference is noticeable. The golf prices are very
reasonable, with many courses over in the double sawbuck range. The
name courses approach Michigan's wwith the Hudson National Course
coming in at $100, New York CC $115 and , Centennial GC at $125. I did
not get a chance to stop by the proshop of the West Point GC, but it
was hilly and green and somewhat reminiscent of our up north resort
courses, i.e. Crystal Mountain.
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-DOUBLE FEATURE -FRENCH LICK AND CANADA
Joe Louis, was a great boxer, but everybody was in his
pocket on the golf courses at French Lick. The arrival of the first
gasoline golf carts at French Lick brought about a caddies revolt with
many of the carts ending up in the Lick. Bing Crosby loved the place,
but his game abandoned him on the Ross course. These and other stories
await you with our continuing series of "The Caddies of French Lick".
We take our final 2003 look at Outstate Outaheres in Canada. Our
wonderful neighbor offers a number of great tracts at reasonable
prices. You can golf the Sarnia -Lambton area, or go north to the
Sault Ste Marie side to golf Crimson Ridge. Or you can see our friends
at the Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood or venture farther East to
Muskoka and Quebec.
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NAMES SORTA THE SAME-WHEN THE SAINTS COME MARCHING IN
St. Clair Shores Golf Club Saint Clair Shores
St. Ives Golf Club Stanwood
St. John's Golf & Conference Center Plymouth
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club Saint Ignace
St. Joe Valley Golf Club Sturgis
NGF CUSTOMER LOYALTY AND SATISFACTION PROGRAM
The NGF's National Golf Foundation) Customer Loyalty and Satisfaction
Program, now has more than 400 courses using the program and the
number of surveys in the system exceeds 100,000. The program enables
facility operators to analyze, track and monitor customer behavior in
order to develop a one-to-one relationship with customers and increase
The large number of courses and surveys enhances the feedback mechanism
built into the program, making it possible for golf operators to
compare their course with competing facilities more accurately. The
result of the comparable data collected gives golf operators an
estimate of wallet share, or percent of a customerís rounds played at
the course. Many operators have been surprised by both the wallet share
numbers and by the golf facilities that are truly competitive with
Created in response to current market conditions and the growing need
of facilities to increase revenues and the number of rounds played,
the program provides detailed information about what customers value
most, enabling facility operators to gain a better understanding of
their customer base. The public version focuses on wallet share,
customer loyalty, customer profiles, satisfaction vs. importance of
facility features, competitive analysis and media habits of customers.
For more information on the public, private or resort versions of the
program, contact the NGF at 561-744-6006.
MICHIGAN GOLF, SKI AND TRAVEL OPENS FRIDAY
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 will have 1000 sq.ft of ski equipment." said McCann. She also
indicated that quite a few golf retailers have signed up and therefore,
there should be some great equipment prices.
Some of those on hand will be Boyne, Blue Mountain,Greater Big
Rapids,Mackinac Island, St. Ives, St. John's, Waynesville CC and many
TWIN BIRCH GC,OAKLAND UNIVERSITY AND SCENIC CC DO WELL AT THE 2003
BUICK SCRAMBLE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Five-person teams from Iowa and Arizona captured the net and gross
titles, respectively, today at the 2003 Buick Scramble National
Championships in Orlando. Both teams received trophies from the
world's number one golfer and Buick Scramble Honorary Chairman, Tiger
The official Web site of the Buick Scramble,
http://www.buickscramble, has complete
coverage of the 2003 Buick Scramble National Championships, including final
Buick Scramble National Championships
CLUB, CITY, STATE, PGA PRFOESSIONAL, FINAL ROUND, TOTAL SCORE
Brown Deer GC , Coralville, Iowa, Sean McCarty, 57, 216
Twin Birch GC , Kalkaska, Mich., Mark Hill, 56, 221
Red Tail GC , Devens, Mass., Ryan Fountaine, 52, 222
Pike Run GC , Ottawa, Ohio, Davey Snyder, 52, 224
Chesley Oaks , Cullman, Ala., Barry Holt, 55, 224
Sycamore GC , North Manchester, Ind., Quinn Griffing, 56, 225
East Liverpool CC , East Liverpool, Ohio, Michael Spiech, 57, 225
Gateway National Golf Links , Madison, Ill., Shawn Barnes, 54, 225
Stonecreek GC , Phoenix, Ariz., Jon Stanley, 54, 226
Whitmoor CC , St. Charles, Mo., Tobin Scott, 58, 226
CLUB, CITY, STATE, PGA PRFOESSIONAL, FINAL ROUND, TOTAL SCORE
Apache Stronghold GC , San Carlos, Ariz., Dave Kluver, 56, 227
Eagle Mountain GC, Brigham City, Utah, Chris Marx, 56, 229
Fox Bend GC , Oswego, Ill., Bryan Luedtke, 59, 230
Redwood Empire G&CC , Fortuna, Calif., Greg Senestraro, 54, 230
Killeen GC , Killeen, Texas, Greg Antunes, 59, 231
Walking Stick GC , Pueblo, Colo., Mike Zaremba, 57, 232
Wildwood G&CC , Cape May Court, N.J., David Smolsky, 62, 233
Highland's Ridge CC , Avon Park, Fla., Jimmy McMullen, 59, 234
Plum Brook CC , Sandusky, Ohio, Ian Miller, 59, 234
El Macero CC, El Macero, Calif., Ken Mayberry, 57, 234
Oakland University GC, Rochester, Mich., Larry Hamilton, 60, 234
Ridgeway G&CC , Neenah, Wis., Ryan Helminen, 60, 235
King's Grant G&CC , Fayetteville, N.C ., Kevin LaVertu, 58, 235
Houston National GC , Houston, Texas, Ken Kelley, 60, 235
New Richmond GC, New Richmond, Wis., Scott Cole, 61, 235
Links at Carillon , Plainfield, lll., Jeff Yackley, 59, 236
Bull at Pinehurst Farms , Sheboygan Falls, Wis., Fred Fritchen, 59, 236
McMinnville CC , McMinnville, Tenn., Hank Patton, 60, 237
Black Rock GC , Hagerstown, Md., Dirk Schultz, 61, 237
Cricket Ridge CC, Batesville, Ind., Kent Lockwood, 62, 237
Cotton Creek GC, Gulf Shores, Ala., Rick Gehr, 63, 238
Albany GC , Albany, Minn., Paul Wellenstein, 62, 238
Scenic CC, Pigeon, Mich., Gary Lewandowski, 62, 238
Woods GC, Green Bay, Wis., Bill Lindmark, 61, 239
WOMEN IN THE GOLF INDUSTRY II, MEET IN ORLANDO
The second annual Women in The Golf Industry meeting will be held Nov.
30-Dec. 2, in Palm Desert, CA. The theme for the gathering is " Goals
for Golf & And Life."
Two morning sessions will include roundtable discussions and seminars
on career topics and will explore new challenges women are facing in
their day-to-day business lives. In addition, WIGI member Debbie
Steinbach, co-author of Venus on The Fairway,
will provide a golf clinic. Steinbach is also national spokesperson
for Rally for The Cure.
Women in The Golf Industry was founded in December of 2001 to provide a
networking group for women who work in the golf business. The
organization has a web site at http://www.wigi.info created by
Meritsoft of Toronto, Canada.
For more information, contact:
Kathy Bissell 904-273-8078,
CHRIS HILL LEAVES GREAT LAKES GOLF
Chris Hill, publisher of Great Lakes Golf for the past three years, has
taken a position as national sales manager for Shoreline Creations in
Holland, MI. They produce "Group Tour" magazine and "Student & Youth
Traveler" magazine. He is began his new job this week.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK-GOLF'S 20 LAWS
20 Golfing Laws
LAW 1: No matter how bad your last shot was, the worst is yet to come.
This law does not expire on the 18th hole, since it has the
supernatural tendency to extend over the course of a tournament, a
summer and, eventually, a lifetime.
LAW 2: Your best round of golf will be followed almost immediately by
your worst round ever. The probability of the latter increases with the
number of people you tell about the former.
LAW 3: Brand new golf balls are water-magnetic. Though this cannot be
proven in the lab, it is a known fact that the more expensive the golf
ball, the greater its attraction to water.
LAW 4: Golf balls never bounce off of trees back into play. If one
does, the tree is breaking a law of the universe and should be cut
LAW 5: No matter what causes a golfer to muff a shot, all his playing
partners must solemnly chant "You looked up," or invoke the wrath of
LAW 6: The higher a golfer's handicap, the more qualified he deems
himself as an instructor.
LAW 7: Every par-three hole in the world has a secret desire to
humiliate golfers. The shorter the hole, the greater its desire.
LAW 8: Topping a 3-iron is the most painful torture known to man.
LAW 9: Palm trees eat golf balls.
LAW 10: Sand is alive. If it isn't, how do you explain the way it works
LAW 11: Golf carts always run out of juice at the farthest point from
LAW 12: A golfer hitting into your group will always be bigger than
anyone in your group. Likewise, a group you accidentally hit into will
consist of a football player, a professional wrestler, a convicted
murderer and a tax agent -- or some similar combination.
LAW 13: All 3-woods are demon-possessed.
LAW 14: Golf balls from the same "sleeve" tend to follow one another,
particularly out of bounds or into the water (see Law three)
LAW 15: A severe slice is a thing of awesome power and beauty.
LAW 16: "Nice lag" can usually be translated to "lousy putt."
Similarly, "tough break" can usually be translated "way to miss an easy
LAW 17: The person you would most hate to lose to will always be the
one who beats you.
LAW 18: The last three holes of a round will automatically adjust your
score to what it really should be.
LAW 19: Golf should be given up at least twice per month.
LAW 20: All vows taken on a golf course shall be valid only until the
sunset of the same day
Taken from http://www.golfjokes.co.uk
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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
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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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