Michigan Golf News |
December 22, 2006 Vol. 6, No. 51
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AMERICA'S VALUE GOLF DESTINATION
Golf Packages From $47.00 Per Day
Santee South Carolina http://www.santeetourism.com
THINK SPRING: THE OSPREY COLLECTION OF FINE COURSES
PLAN NOW TO PLAY IN 2007 http://www.golfospreyonline.com/
Black Forest, Canthooke Valley, Cutter's Ridge, Ridgewood,
The Medalist and Wilderness Valley
******* SHOW TIME *******
WEST MICHIGAN GOLF SHOW-FEBRUARY 9-11
LONDON GOLF SHOW - FEBRUARY 9-11
MICHIGAN GOLF SHOW-MARCH 10-12
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__/ OUR GIFTS TO YOU FOR THE HOLIDAYS
__/TOP 10 GOLF COVERS ON TIME MAGAZINE
__/ GD BEST NEW PUBLIC COURSES UNDER $75-MICHIGAN HAS TWO
__/GD BEST NEW PRIVATE COURSE -THE CONCESSION
__/NGF: OCTOBER ROUNDS DOWN , YEAR-TO-DATE UP SLIGHTLY
__/ EMAIL BAG
__/IRELAND TO HOST THE 2011 SOLHEIM
__/ 2006-07 MICHIGAN GOLF CALENDAR
__/ ASSOCIATION LINKS
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER ONLINE RESOURCES
__/ GLSP TELEVISION NETWORK
__/ COURSE VIDEOS
__/ ARCHIVES-MICHIGAN GOLFER
OUR GIFTS TO YOU FOR THE HOLIDAYS
As we conclude our 24th year of publishing the Michigan Golfer, we thought we would recapture some moments from this year, that should hold up over the years. As always, it is a pleasure to serve you as a reader, listener or viewer. Our lineup of products in 2007 will once again include, The Michigan Golfer Magazine (its silver anniversary), Michigan Golfer Television, Michigan Golfer Radio Show on the CHOK Golf Show and our Michigan Golf News.
For your viewing pleasure:
The Heather at Boyne Highlands
Chuck Kocsis: The Best There Ever Was
The 95th Amateur at The Heather at Boyne Highlands
Buck's Run Golf Course with Jerry Matthews
The 2006 Native American Cup
For your reading pleasure:
Catching up with Calvin Peete-by John Berkovick
Chuck Kocsis-The Best There Ever Was-by Jack Berry
Jud Heathcote and Idaho Golf-by Jason Deegan
Michigan Golf Hall of Fame: Class of 2006-by Jack Berry
The Heather at Boyne Highlands-by Jack Berry
Villegas: The PGA Tour's Colorful Columbian-by Kelly Hill
******* COMING NEXT WEEK: THE MICHIGAN GOLFER TOP 10 LISTS *********
TOP 10 GOLF COVERS ON TIME MAGAZINE
1. Edith Cummings-August 25, 1924-won U.S. Women's Amateur- First woman on Time cover
2. Bobby Jones-August 31, 1925-prior to his defense of his first U.S. Amateur
3. Bobby Jones-September 22, 1930-prior to his win at Merion for his Grand Slam
4. Johnny Goodman, June 6, 1938-hot amateur
5. Ben Hogan, January 10, 1949-the science of his swing
6. Sam Snead, June 21, 1954-story about the 1954 U.S. Open, where he finished 11th, never to win this tournament
7. Arnold Palmer, May 2, 1960-power golfer
8. Jack Nicklaus, June 29, 1962-on his turning professional
9. Lee Trevino, July 19, 1971-games new superstar
10. Tiger Woods, August 14, 2000-a very special golfer
Taken from " A Disorderly Compendium of Golf" by Loren Rubenstein and Jeff Neuman
GD BEST NEW PUBLIC COURSES UNDER $75-MICHIGAN HAS TWO
Congrats to the Mines GC and Sundance at A-Ga-Ming for being selected as two of the best courses under $75 in the new GD. The Mines springs from one of the mind of one of the hot new American architects, Mike DeVries. Mike also did the Kingsley Club ( we have some footage of the course in the Gary Wiren/Jack Berry Interview http://michigangolfer.tv/2006shows/wiren/. For those of you that want to take a peek at the Sundance, we did a show with Jerry Matthews, when they were about six months from opening http://michigangolfer.tv/2004shows/show24/. You can get a feel of the course from the video and Jerry does a nice job at explaining how this course differs from the hundreds of other courses he had a part in shapIng.
For those, that would like to enjoy a little more of Jerry Matthews and his Michigan golf course treasures, we have put together his own video gallery. Click here http://michigangolfer.tv/2006shows/jerrymatthews/and you will find shows on The Majestic at Lake Walden, The Natural GC in Gaylord, Timberstone GC at Pine Mountain and Buck's Run in Mt. Pleasant.
GD BEST NEW PRIVATE COURSE -THE CONCESSION
The new Concession course, a Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin design, was awarded the #1 ranking for private courses by GD. When Tony Jacklin was in town to attend the Ryder Cup, he took a moment to chat about both the new Concession GC and the famous Ryder Cup concession that was the course's namesake. We bring you this interview with our MG TV reporter Vanessa Bell. Enjoy http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/concession/
Another all-time 9 Holer: Wawashkamo, aka: "WaWa" on Mackinac Island."
Wawashkamo is a unique and historical treasure of a golf course -- 9 holes
of real old-time golf, appropriately located on Michigan's own timewarp,
I'm trying to find information or an old article, if one was ever written, on the youngest UP Men's Gof Champion. I believe it was Jim Dufrane back in about 1978. I can't find anythin on the web. Can you point me in the right direction?
Editor's Note: If anyone can help Todd, send him an email. Thanks. Art
IRELAND TO HOST THE 2011 SOLHEIM
The womenÕs gameÕs equivalent to the Ryder Cup will be held at the venue in County Meath after it beat off rival bids from courses in England, Italy, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland and Spain.
The Solheim Cup received bids from seven different countries. The committee selected Ireland and Killeen Castle for a number of reasons. The first of which is the superb way the whole nation supported the Ryder Cup in September. The second is that they believed the modern Ireland is a young vibrant society compatible with the image of ladies golf.
Taken from Sports Business
NGF: OCTOBER ROUNDS DOWN , YEAR-TO-DATE UP SLIGHTLY
Rounds played in the U.S. slipped 6.7% in October 2006 vs. October 2005, the National Golf Foundation reported. This follows a 2.3% decline in September and a 0.8% decline in August. With an average four fewer play days, the Midwest had the steepest declines in the nation and accounted for much of the October decline. Play in the Upper Midwest dropped 26%; in the Lower Midwest, 20%.
Year-to-date rounds played dropped to a 0.3% increase for the first 10 months of 2006. Through June, year-to-date rounds played had been up 3%. The reporting is based on data from operators at more than 1,800 golf facilities. For the full year 2005, rounds played were down 0.1%.
Year-to-date, regions experiencing the largest positive swings werethe Southeast (+4.4%), Central/South Florida (+3.8%) and Gulf Coast (+3.6%). The sharpest year-to-date declines were in the Lower Midwest (-1.7%) and the Southwest (-0.9%).
At all public courses, rounds played were up 0.1% for 2005; year-to-date 2006, up 0.2%. At private clubs, 2005 rounds played were down 1.0%; year-to-date 2006, up 0.5%.
Year-to-date, play at premium public courses (those with peak season weekend green fees with cart above $70) is down 0.4%. At value courses (those with peak season weekend green fees with cart below $40), rounds played rose 0.1%. At standard courses ($40-70), play was up 0.7%.
According to Golf Datatech, October 2006 rounds weredown4.2%compared toOctober 2005 and the year to date is up0.3%. Thereportincludes 2,926 reporting courses.
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