Michigan Golf News |
August 18, 2006 Vol. 6, No. 33
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NATIVE AMERICAN CUP-AUGUST 4-6
OTSEGO CLUB & RESORT-GAYLORD
SHANTY CREEK RESORT & CLUB
DESIGN YOUR OWN IRELAND GOLFING GETAWAY
GLSP TELEVISION NETWORK
Edited by Art McCafferty-Producer/Publisher, GLSP
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The big news at Pine Mountain Resort, according to GM Rick Gregorio, is that Pine Mountain and Timberstone are now owned and operated by the new principals, Jim and Sally Websterm Paul Bertsche and Wendy Andrews. The very popular Director of Golf, Susie Fox and Superintendent Bill Keehoss have been retained. Timberstone was voted Golf Course of the Year by the MGCOA in 2004. This Jerry Matthews http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/timberstone/ is one of 17 golf courses to receive the five star rating from Golf Digest.
Pine Mountain also hosts the very popular Tom Izzo and Steve Mariucci tournamnet http://michigangolfer.tv/2004shows/show4/index.html http://pinemountainresort.com We found their suites spacious and comfortable, the food excellent, the service excellent and the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame display, located in their sports bar, informative.
The golf course was in terrific shape and it provided both a visual feast and a challenge of the first order. Mike Duff, one of our foursome, and a player who has played many golf courses in Michigan said, "This has just become my favorite course in Michigan."According to Susie Fox, the amount of downstate travel to the course has picked up due to their being named Michigan Golf Course of the Year in 2004 and their Five Star rating in Golf Digest.
COMPANION SHOW-Marquette Lake Superior Shore Run http://michiganrunner.tv/2003shorerun/
Other courses in the Dickenson and Iron Mountain area, besides Pine Grove CC and Timberstone, include; Eagle Mountain GC, Oakcreast GC, Bombers GC, Spread Eagle GC, Four Seasons, Crystal Falls GC and the George Young Recreation Complex.
The course was in fantastic shape and Stanley Thompson would have been proud how his 1921 creation held up. The course setting in the Canadian Rockies with its sheer mountain walls, Bowden Falls and fast moving streams highlights the course and makes it difficult to keep your head into the game. A third nine that was dropped in in 1988 provides more golf for the hotel but its design does detract from the Thompson course. The Michigan Golfer Television Channel will feature the course at a later date this year.
In Edmonton, the Blackhawk Golf Course hosted Tom Watson, Peter Jacobsen, Paul Azinger and Nancy Grublis for a charity golf exhibition.
NATIVE AMERICAN CUP II
RYDER CUP COUNTDOWN-The 50's -with Bill Shelton and Michael McCafferty as "The Haig" An Encore Series Sponsored by Sullivan Golf and Travel http://www.sullivangolf.ie
The Ryder Cup in the 1950's
I am looking forward to watching the matches and seeing how the players respond to competing on what I consider one of my best golf courses, Palmer, who will be 77 on September 10, said with notable anticipation in his voice. With some of the changes we made for the Ryder Cup, The K Club has so many strong holes, and I think it's going to produce an exciting competition. I think the golf course will hold up quite well when it's all said and done, and I think the players will enjoy the challenge there.
Palmer's record in the Ryder Cup is one of the most distinguished in the history of the event. In six appearances starting in 1961 and ending in 1973, Palmer played in 32 matches and won 22, the most ever for a U.S. player. His 23 points is second only to Billy Casper, who scored 23 ? for America. His 11 singles matches and six victories are both all-time highs for the U.S. The U.S. won each of the six times Palmer competed. In addition, he was the winning captain in 1975 when his U.S. squad swept to a resounding 21-11 decision at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, not far from Palmer's hometown of Latrobe.
I'm extremely proud of my Ryder Cup record. It meant a lot to me and it still means a lot to me, said Palmer, who played in 1961, 63, 65, 67, 71 and 73. From the day I first started playing, I thought that representing your country in a major golf tournament was one of the most important things I could do in the game. I still get all choked up now thinking about how much I enjoyed it, how much fun I had playing, and how I enjoyed winning for my country.
Taken and edited from a Palmer Design release.
According to research conducted by the National Golf Foundation, women comprise the fastest-growing segment of the golf market, accounting for more than 2.5 million "core" golfers (those playing at least eight rounds of golf annually) and millions of additional occasional or beginning women golfers. In fact, one in five "core" golfers are women, and the number is growing. Women also spend billions of dollars annually on golf rounds, apparel and equipment ($4.3 billion in 2002, according to NGF), making them a powerful consumer group within the golf industry.
For more information on Golf 20/20, please visit www.golf2020.com.
For the full year 2005, rounds played were down 0.1%.
Year-to-date, regions experiencing the largest positive swings were the Upper Midwest (+6.9%), Southeast (+5.7%) and Mid-Atlantic (+5.5%). Only three regions are slightly into red numbers year-to-date _ the Northeast (-0.2%), Southwest (-0.6%) and Northwest (-1.1%).
For June, play was down at both public and private facilities. Year-to-date, play at premium public courses (those with peak season weekend green fees with cart above $70) are up 1.5%. At value courses (those with peak season weekend green fees with cart below $40), rounds played rose 3.2%. At standard courses ($40-70), play was up 3.1%.
At all public courses, rounds played were up 0.1% for 2005; year-to-date 2006, up 3.0%. At private clubs, 2005 rounds played were down 1.0%; year-to-date 2006, also up 3.0%.
Golf Datatech reported a 0.7% decline in rounds played in June and a 2.3% increase through the first six months of 2006.
SOURCE: NSGA Research Reports
Chuck Kocsis-The Best There Ever Was-by Jack Berry
The 95th Michigan Amateur-by Jack Berry
Michigan Golfer Internet Television: The First Five Years and 250
Courses-by Art McCafferty
Beeches Golf Club-by Kelly Hill The latest from W.Bruce Matthews III and his Matthews Golf Design firm.
W. Bruce Mathews III: Small Budgets, Big Courses-by Bernice Phillips Matthews Golf Design still has work. Although the golf building boom has gone bust, the Matthews Golf Design keeps pumping out courses. The Beeches, puts Matthews over 40 new course designs.
Michigan Golf Hall of Fame: Class of 2005-by Jack Berry Jack Berry, a Hall of Fame member himself, chronicles this classy class.
Slice of Life-The DeVicenzo Code, The Movie - by Terry Moore Terry Moore revisits the mystery of the DeVicenzo and Goalby Masters
Readership of the Michigan Golfer Ezine averaged 9,789 per issue in 2005.
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