Michigan Golf News
November 18, 2005, Vol. 5, No. 47
BAY MILLS RESORT AND CASINO/WILD BLUFF GOLF COURSE
Video: 2005 Bay Mills Open Players Tournament Preview
-with Rob Lussenhof
SHANTY CREEK RESORT & CLUB
Golf Packages http://www.shantycreek.com/golf/package.html
MARSH RIDGE & THE NATURAL-TWO GAYLORD LEGENDS NOW STAY AND PLAY
Stay-Marsh Ridge Web: http://MARSHRIDGE.COM/pages/942232/index.htm
Play-The Natural Video: http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/natural/
OTSEGO CLUB & RESORT-GAYLORD
Home of the 54 Hole Blowout Golf Package
Golf Packages http://treetops.com/golf_rates.php
Video: Coming to MG-TV Pepsi Fall Charity Invitational-October 7
GOLF SHOW CALENDARS
WEST MICHIGAN GOLF SHOW
West Michigan Golf Show, DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, February 10-12
Edited by Art McCafferty-Producer/Publisher, GLSP
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Ann Arbor-Ann Arbor Golf and Outing Club, Forest Lake GC
Ypsilanti- Washtenaw CC
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-GOLF SHOW WEEK
__/ GOLF ROUNDS RISE IN SEPTEMBER
__/ MICHIGAN SKIER INTERNET TELEVISION KICKS OFF ITS FIFTH YEAR
__/ THE DALY PLANET TO APPEAR ON GOLF CHANNEL
__/ HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2006 LPGA TOUR SCHEDULE
__/ PALMER COURSE DESIGN'S ED SEAY RECEIVES
DAVE MARR MEMORIAL AWARD
__/ TREETOPS NAMED MICHIGAN GOLF COURSE OF THE YEAR
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER FALL ISSUE NOW ONLINE
__/ "GROWING THE GAME" REPORT RELEASED
__/ BOOK REVIEW: "LINES OF CHARM" BY GEOFF SHACKELFORD
__/ GOLFWEEK HONORS AMERICA'S BEST 100 RESIDENTIAL GOLF COURSES
__/ CALENDAR OF GOLF EVENTS
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MG ON THE ROAD
Ann Arbor-Ann Arbor Golf & Outing Club and Lake Forest Golf Club
Ann Arbor Golf & Outing Club
We are on the trail of 100 year old Michigan golf courses this year and
Ann Arbor Golf & Outing Club is one of our first visits. This nine
hole small private club is located on 38 acres just south of the
University of Michigan's football stadium. The actual date of the Club's
formation cannot be verified but it is generally thought to be 1890. In
addition to nine holes of golf totaling just over 2500 yards with a men's par of 33 (36 for women), the facilities include a clubhouse with dining
rooms and a tennis house with two courts.The 100 + year old courses will be featured in a Kelly Hill article in our winter issue of the Michigan Golfer.
Lake Forest Golf Club
Owner Gilda Johnson has added a new addition to their clubhouse this
year. The new dining and banquet area gives the facility the trappings to
further serve their growing list of clients.
The club has been the host of the Bank of America Futures Classic for
the past five years. Gilda indicated that the Future's future is not
clear. Tough economic conditions have contributed to the difficulty of
attracting sponsors to the event and a decision has yet to be made for
the 6th edition of the tournament.
Videos: 2003 Tournament
Ypsilanti -Washtenaw Country Club
Washtenaw Country Club is another100-year-old club located in Washtenaw
In the fall of 1898, two young, well-to-do Ypsilantians Cora (Cornwell)
Henry, having just returned from a summer vacation on Martha's
Vineyard, and I. Newton Swift, a student at Yale, introduced to their friend Daniel L. Quirk, Jr. "a wonderful game" being played on the East Coast. Convincing a friendly farmer on the west edge of town to allow them to sink three decapitated tomato cans in his freshly cut hay field, the
threesome invited friends to join them for the new game of golf.
Enthusiasm for the game was infectious. On July 11, 1899, a group of 15
Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor residents met and officially formed Washtenaw
Country Club. Signers of the Articles of Association included A.A. Van
Cleve, S.E. Dodge, R.W. Hemphill, Jr., E.C. Cornwell, J.B. Colvan, H.S.
Platt, Charles D. Church, Henry W. Douglas, William Gardam, David B.
Dodge, D.L. Quirk, Jr., I. Newton Swift, W.L. Pack, Duane Spalsbury and
David R. Morford.
On July 18, 1899, the club was incorporated.
While it has been acclaimed "the second oldest golf club in Michigan,"
Washtenaw actually is the third. Detroit Country Club was started as a
nine-hole layout in about 1889, while Saginaw Country Club started its
course in early 1899, a few months ahead of Washtenaw.
Taken from the Washtenaw Country Club website.
Video http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/christiana/ (Paul Albanese chats about the bunker work his firm as done at Washtenaw CC)
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
Review and Preview of Michigan Golf Shows
Laurie McCann chats with Jennie McCafferty during last year’s Michigan
Golf Show, about the show, its over all make up and their new 2006 home
at the Rock Financial Showplace.
West Michigan Golf Show
Jennie McCafferty chats with Carolyn Alt of the West Michigan Golf Show
during last year's show. This is one of Michigan's great golf shows and
this year, the headliner will be Bart Lower of Big Break II and IV.
GOLF ROUNDS RISE IN SEPTEMBER
Rounds played in the U.S. rose 1.0% in September 2005 vs. September
2004, according to the National Golf Foundation. Round played had also
decreased 0.3% in both August and July. The reporting is based on data
from operators at 1,903 golf facilities.
Year-to-date rounds played are 0.6% behind the 2004 pace. Discounting
the Central/South Florida (up 35.7% when compared to hurricane affected
rounds in 2004), the best performing regions in September were the
Mid-Atlantic up 8.0%), the Southeast (up 7.8%) and Northwest (up 7.3%). The
worst performing region was the Lower Midwest (down 5.7%).
The best performing region year-to-date through September was the Gulf
Coast (up 3.6%), which NGF said is sure to change given the destructive
path of Hurricane Katrina. The worst performing region year-to-date was
the Southwest (down 4.6%), which had monsoon-like rains earlier in the
In September, play at premium public courses (those with peak season
weekend green fees with cart above $70) rose 0.9%. At value courses
(those with peak season weekend green fees with cart below $40), rounds
played fell 0.3%. At standard courses (($40-70), play was up 2.6%.
BOOK REVIEW: "LINES OF CHARM" BY GEOFF SHACKELFORD
The latest from Ann Arbor Media Group chronicles the great master golf
designers from the turn of the twentieth century until the Great
Depression. A number of the architects chronicled, Ross, Willie Park Jr.,
Donald Ross, C.H. Alison and H.S. Colt built courses in Michigan, The
book helped fill in a lot of holes in my own knowledge about the game and
those who created the challenges it brings. While not for everybody, it
is definitely a book for those that find golf course architecture the
fascinating subject that it is.
The following courses represent the work of the architects mentioned in
Battle Creek Country Club (Private)
Battle Creek. Designed by Willie Park, Jr.
Flint Golf Club (Private)
Flint. Designed by Willie Park,Jr.
Muskegon Country Club (Private)
Redesigned by Donald Ross 1920
Red Run Golf Club (Private)
Royal Oak, Designed by Willie Park, Jr
North and South Courses at Detroit Golf Club (Private)
Detroit, Designed by Donald Ross
Lochmoor Country Club (Private)
Grosse Pointe Woods , C. H. Alison and H. S. Colt. Renovated in 1920
Meadowbrook Country Club (Private)
Northville, Designed by Willie Park, Jr
Shadow Ridge Public Golf Course (Public)
Ionia, Designed by Donald Ross
Monroe Golf & Country Club (Private)
Monroe, Designed by Donald Ross
Barton Hills Country Club (Private)
Ann Arbor, Designed by Donald Ross
Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club (Private)
Grosse Ile, Designed by Donald Ross
Plum Hollow Country Club -(Private)
Southfield, Designed by H. S. Colt & C. H. Alison.
Elk Rapids Golf Club
Elk Rapids (Nine holes, 1923) Designed by Donald Ross
Oakland Hills Country Club
Bloomfield Hills (North Course, 1923), South Course, 1917) Designed by
Dearborn Country Club
Dearborn, Designed by Donald Ross
Franklin Hills Country Club
Franklin, Designed by Donald Ross
Rackham Golf Course
Huntington Woods, Designed by Donald Ross
Warren Valley Golf Club
Wayne, Designed by Donald Ross
Orchard Lake, Designed by Willie Park, Jr.
MICHIGAN SKIER INTERNET TELEVISION KICKS OFF ITS FIFTH YEAR
The Michigan Skier Television Show with host Jim Neff, kicks off its
fifth season this week, just as the snow line begins it descent in our
state. This week's show is with Frida Waara, President of the Midwest
Chapter of the North American Snowsports Journalists Association and
Public Relations Director of the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame. Jim chats with her
about the all women cross country ski trip to the North Pole.
THE DALY PLANET TO APPEAR ON GOLF CHANNEL
Probably one of professional sports¹ most unlikely heroes, John Daly
has made his living under the microscope of media scrutiny, battling more
than his share of demons throughout his PGA TOUR career. Beginning
Jan. 18, the man dubbed by many as a ³walking country music song² will
give The Golf Channel viewers a rare glimpse inside his pedal-to-the-floor
life live and unscripted in The Daly Planet, the cable network's
newest reality show.
The 13-part The Daly Planet follows the PGA TOUR star and aspiring
musician through his whirlwind life, giving viewers a look at John Daly
Taken and edited from a Golf Channel release
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2006 LPGA TOUR SCHEDULE
* A total of 34 events, including 32 official events and two unofficial
* Prize money totaling $49.3 million, which represents a 9.4% increase
* A second Tour event in Hawaii, the Fields Open, to kick-off the
official Tour season with back-to-back weeks in Hawaii;
* A return to the Orlando area for the first time since 2001 with the
$2.5 million Ginn Clubs & Resorts Open in Reunion, Fla.;
* CN, the Canadian National Railway Company that spans Canada and
mid-America, entitling the Canadian Women's Open and raising the purse by
$400,000 to $1.7 million;
* Five events featuring $2 million or more in prize money;
* Wegmans LPGA increasing its prize money by $300,000 to $1.8 million;
* The Longs Drugs Challenge being moved from Sacramento to the Bay Area
and being played at Black Hawk Country Club in Danville, Calif.;
* Premier new host venues added to the 2006 schedule - Black Hawk
Country Club (Longs Drugs Challenge), Ko Olina Golf Club (Fields Open),
London Hunt Club (CN Canadian Women's Open), Newport Golf Club (U.S.
Women's Open conducted by the USGA), Reunion Resort and Club (Ginn Clubs &
Resorts Open), Royal Lytham and St. Anne's Golf Club (Weetabix Women's
British Open); and
* The launch of the LPGA Playoffs at The ADT, which features a
Taken and edited from a LPGA release
GOLFWEEK HONORS AMERICA'S BEST 100 RESIDENTIAL GOLF COURSES
Golfweek magazine has recently released its third annual issue entitled
America's Best Residential Golf Courses - The Definitive Guide to
Luxury Golf Course Living 2006.
1. Wade Hampton Club, Cashiers, NC -Tom Fazio, 1988
2. The Golf Club at Cuscowilla, Eatonton, GA -Bill Coore / Ben
3. The Rim, Payson, AZ -Jay Morrish/Tom Weiskopf, 1998
4. Paa-Ko Ridge, Sandia Park, NM -Ken Dye, 2000
5. Castle Pines GC, Castle Pines, CO -Jack Nicklaus, 1981
6. Black Diamond Ranch - Quarry, Lecanto, FL -Tom Fazio, 1988
7. Mayacama Golf Club, Santa Rosa, CA -Jack Nicklaus, 2001
8. Long Cove, Hilton Head, SC-Dye, 1982
9. Forest Highlands - Canyon, Flagstaff, AZ -Jay Morrish / Tom
10. Estancia, Scottsdale, AZ - Tom Fazio, 1995
50. Forest Dunes GC, Roscommon, MI -Tom Weiskopf, 2003
Taken and edited from a Golfweek release
PALMER COURSE DESIGN'S ED SEAY RECEIVES DAVE MARR MEMORIAL AWARD
Renowned golf course designer and Palmer Course Design co-founder, Ed
Seay, was recently honored with the Dave Marr Memorial Award in
conjunction with the Champion Tour's Administaff Small Business Classic.
Long-time friend and business partner Arnold Palmer and Tour veteran Miller
Barber presented Seay with the distinguished award.
"It was an honor for me to present my friend, Ed, with this award,"
Palmer said. "We have had a lot of fun over the years creating some
memorable courses for one of the greatest games ever invented. Ed's impact on golf has been tremendous. He is very deserving of this honor."
The Dave Marr Memorial Award was established in 1998 in honor of Marr,
who was a longtime PGA Tour player and broadcaster who passed away
after battling cancer. The award recognizes individuals who epitomize the
qualities for which Marr was known; sportsmanship, honesty, character
and an ardent passion for the game of golf.
As the 2005 recipient, Seay joins a distinguished list of honorees
including Palmer, Byron Nelson, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and former
President George Bush.
Taken and Edited from a Palmer Design release
Note:The Palmer-Seay team designed,five courses in Michigan; The
Legend, The Preserve, King's Challenge,The Ravines and Northville Hills..
"GROWING THE GAME" REPORT RELEASED
Golfers enjoy hitting good shots, the challenge of the course and the
exercise they get from the game. Most golfers overestimate the distance
of their drives by 30 yards. The average male hits it 192 and the
average women 145 off the tee.
Most golfers prefer courses between 5800 and 6600 yards. These are but
a few of the findings on this massive report. All of it is online at
MICHIGAN GOLFER FALL ISSUE NOW ONLINE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
DESTINATION WALES-Jack Berry
Michigan?s legendary golf scribe, Jack Berry, presents everything you
wanted to know about golf in Wales. In addition to his elegant prose, we
have some great photos of the golf courses.
MICHIGAN TOURNAMENT GOLF ROUNDUP
Kelly Hill assembles information on this year's major golf tournaments
with assistance from Michael Patrick Shiels, Scott Sullivan, Gary
Holoway , the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe News and Marty Henwood.
103rd Western Amateur-Gary Holoway
30-Year Return at the Western Amateur-Scott Sullivan
Harris Wins Bay Mills Open-Marty Henwood-Photo Mark Adams
Kelly Cavanaugh Wins Women's Michigan Open-Michael Patrick Shiels
Mike Harris Wins the Detroit Newspapers Michigan Open-by Michael
Mike Harris Wins Tournament of Champions-by Michael Patrick Shiels
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe Wins the Native American Cup-Sault St. Marie
INDIAN RIVER GOLF-Jack Berry
Jack Berry visits Michigan's Inland Waterway in Indian River Country
and reviews two courses there, Indian Wood Country Club and Chestnut
Valley Golf Club.
SLICE OF LIFE-Terry Moore
Terry Moore chats about the weather in his latest Slice of Life column.
TREETOPS NAMED MICHIGAN GOLF COURSE OF THE YEAR
Treetops Resort has been honored as the 2006 "Golf Course of the Year"
by the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association.
The Course of the Year Award honors a member meeting four criteria:
exceptional quality of the course, exceptional quality of ownership and
management, outstanding contribution to its community and significant
contribution to the game.
Treetops Resort offers 81 holes of golf that cater to all skill levels.
Its courses include the Jones Masterpiece, the Fazio Premier, the Smith
Signature, the Tradition and the par-three Threetops. It also offers
exceptional golf instruction with the Rick Smith Golf Academy, the
popular Ladies Golf School and a number of junior clinics.
Treetops Resort has also raised a considerable amount of money for
local charities through its annual Pepsi Charity Fall Invitational Video:
http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/treetops/ and the new Jerry Smith Invitational
"To be recognized by our peers in the state with arguably the greatest
golf in the country is very humbling," said Rick Smith, owner and
managing partner of Treetops. Scott Head, director of golf, added: "Our golf schools have introduced many women and kids to the game of golf, which
is something that will surely benefit the future of our industry. We
are very proud to be included on the list with other great facilities and
operators that have been bestowed this honor in the past."
Taken and edited from a Resort and Golf Marketing release.
2004 Course of the Year: Timberstone
MICHIGAN GOLF CALENDAR 2005
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Golf Association of Michigan
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Michigan Section PGA
Michigan Golf Course Owners Association
Michigan High School Athletic Association
Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association
Michigan Publinx Seniors Golf Association
National Golf Course Owners Association
National Golf Foundation
National High School Golf Coaches Association
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