Michigan Golf News |
February 15, 2008 - Vol. 8, No. 7
AMERICA'S VALUE GOLF DESTINATION
Santee, South Carolina
Web: Golf Packages http://www.santeetourism.com
Videos: http://michigangolfer.tv/2007shows/santee/ & http://youtube.com/watch?v=dm3zpL46pYk
TREETOPS RESORT http://treetops.com
Rick Smith Golf Academy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGY7_h-0Fpc
Treetops Ladies Golf School http://youtube.com/watch?v=aLbT63A6QkE
2008 Golf Packages http://www.treetops.com/index.php?method=golf&subpage=golfpackages
THE NATURAL / MARSH RIDGE: CELEBRATING 16 YEARS OF GREAT GOLF-JOIN US IN 2008
Web: Golf Packages http://www.thenaturalgolf.com/rates.php
Video of The Natural Golf Course: http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/natural/
OSPREY GOLF-2008 RATES AND PACKAGES
"WE ARE MICHIGAN GOLF"
Black Forest & Wilderness Valley, Gaylord http://www.blackforestgolf.com/?page=18153
Manistee National, Manistee http://manisteenational.com/?page=17121&template=550
Medlaist GC, Marshal http://www.themedalist.com/?page=17794
Otsego Club-The Tribute and Classic, Gaylord http://www.otsegoclub.com/allpackages.php
Ridgeview GC, Kalamazoo http://ridgeviewgolf.com/?page=18021
WEST MICHIGAN GOLF SHOW
Video: Preview of 2008 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlrqggvtKdc
MICHIGAN GOLF SHOW
Edited by Art McCafferty
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__/ TREETOPS LADIES GOLF SCHOOL
__/ GOLF SCHOOLS BEGIN THEIR RECRUITMENT
__/ WMGS TOP TEN EVENTS FROM THE PAST 20 YEARS
__/ NGF RECOGNIZES GULL LAKE VIEW WITH THE 6th ANNUAL CUSTOMER LOYALTY AWARDS
__/ WE'VE GOT MAIL: JUSTIN HICKS GETS HIS DUE
__/ MGTV ARCHIVES: JERRY MATTHEWS FEATURED
__/ NGF: DECEMBER GOLF ROUNDS PLAYED FALL; ENDS SLIGHTLY NEGATIVE
__/ LINKS OF PINEWOOD AND ELDORADO (WALLED LAKE) TO CLOSE
__/ GLSP ARCHIVING THE HISTORY OF MICHIGAN GOLF 2008 SHOWS
__/ GLSP TELEVISION NETWORK 2008 EVENT COVERAGE
__/ MICHIGAN GOLF CALENDAR
__/ ASSOCIATION LINKS
__/ HELP DESK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ supplied by Jim Neff
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TREETOPS LADIES GOLF SCHOOL
Judy Mason is certainly one of the better known women's golf instructors in Michigan. She has been a teaching professional at Wild Bluff, The Otsego Club, Marsh Ridge, Candlestone, Boyne and Michaywe. While working for other clubs this past decade, she has also worked with Treetops in developing the Ladies Golf School. Our cameras were on hand, last summer, to record the first two days of a three day school. It was a blast.
While Judy remains the Pied Piper of the school, there were six other Treetops pros on hand to make sure every golfer got the TLC that Treetops is noted for. Gene Bone, a recent Treetops hire, has quickly become a fixture and will be running both Couples Schools this summer. This year, they have eight Ladies Golf Schools, two Ladies Alumni Golf Schools and two Couples Schools.
http://www.treetops.com/index.php?method=golf&subpage=ladiesgolfschool The schools start in May and end in mid August.
We had a fun time taping the Ladies Golf School, almost as much fun as the ladies had while attending it.
Other Treetops Videos
GOLF SCHOOLS BEGIN THEIR RECRUITMENT
With the start of the golf shows, the various golf schools around the state will begin their recruitment for 2008 students. As a precursor to your golf show visit or an online reminder of some of the state's best known schools, here are some videos to consider.
Treetops Ladies Golf School with Judy Mason http://youtube.com/watch?v=aLbT63A6QkE
Homestead Dave Peltz Short Game School http://michigangolfer.tv/2003shows/show18/index.html
Brad Dean and the Elite Juniors School http://youtube.com/watch?v=cCdQ6WsjfOs
Bard Dean and the Crystal Mountain Golf Academy http://michigangolfer.tv/2006shows/crystalmountain/
Treetops Rick Smith Academy with Henry Young http://youtube.com/watch?v=LGY7_h-0Fpc
First Tee Program with Shauna Bezille and Bill O'Neil http://michigangolfer.tv/2006shows/firsttee/
Kingsley Club Golf School with Gary Wiren http://michigangolfer.tv/2007shows/garywiren/
WMGS TOP TEN EVENTS FROM THE PAST 20 YEARS
As said about the Leaning Tower of Pisa, everyone loves a list. And so to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the West Michigan Golf Show, organizers for the weekend event set for Feb. 22-24 at the DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids have compiled a Top Ten list of show highlights from the past two decades. With a drum roll, please, here they are in no particular order:
1. At his indoor clinic, National Long Drive Champion Evan “Big Cat” Williams drives a golf ball through a phone book. (1989)
2. Show attendee Tom Deane makes an ace at the fully landscaped indoor Par-Three hole inside the Welsh Auditorium and wins a two-year lease on a new Cadillac Escalade. (2003)
3. Treetops’ acclaimed teaching pro Rick Smith returns to the Golf Show and packs the seats for his clinics and to tout his newest course design, Arcadia Bluffs. (1999)
4. It’s SRO for golfers listening to clinics by Jim Flick, legendary golf instructor and esteemed teacher of Tour players, including Jack Nicklaus. (2005)
5. West Michigan Golf Show moves into the state-of-the-art DeVos Place. (2004)
6. Elaine Crosby, a top LPGA Tour player from Jackson (MI), is the first female headliner. (1991)
7. Dr. Deborah Graham, whose client list includes Ryder Cup Captain Dave Stockton, is the first sports psychologist as a Show headliner (1997)
8. In the grand door prize drawing, Rockford’s Jim Abplanalp wins a dream golf trip for two to Scotland. (1992)
9. A Friday’s “Ladies Night” at the Show offers special events, seminars and a fashion show in concert with the Executive Women’s Golf Association. (2005)
10. West Michigan Golf Show leaves the Ford Fieldhouse after a 12-year run for the more spacious Grand Center. (2002)
Produced by ShowSpan Inc., the West Michigan Golf Show’s hours are 4:00 pm-9:00 pm, Friday; 10:00 am-7:00 pm, Saturday; and 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Sunday. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-14, and children 5 and under are free. Sponsors include Srixon, Golf Association of Michigan, Odawa Casino Resort, and the Michigan Section PGA. Tickets will be available at the door as well as online at http://www.westmichigangolfshow.com. For more information, call 1-800-328-6550 or visit the website.
NGF RECOGNIZES GULL LAKE VIEW WITH THE 6th ANNUAL CUSTOMER LOYALTY AWARDS
The National Golf Foundation (NGF) is presenting the 6th annual Customer Loyalty Awards to managers of public golf facilities that received high approval ratings from their customers. And, for the first year, NGF has created a new award for "most improved" facilities who conducted customer surveys in 2006 and 2007.
The Customer Loyalty Awards are based on surveys fielded through NGF's online Golfer Survey Program (GSP). As part of this program, golfers indicate how likely they would be to recommend a particular golf course to a friend or colleague. The most recommended facilities, and the most improved, are being recognized with these awards.
"This year's awards recognize golf facilities as far away as Japan and Alaska," says Ben Fowler, NGF's golf facility research and consulting sales manager. "Our extended geographic reach is exemplary of the growth of the GSP system."
The significance of these awards lies in the fact that facilities with higher loyalty scores reap the benefits of increased rounds played and revenues. GSP shows facility operators the extent to which their customers would recommend them, and also provides data on the important metrics of wallet share and customer satisfaction with specific facility attributes.
First category - Facilities with Highest Loyalty Scores- Standard ($40-$70)
Arrowhead Pointe at Lake Richard B. Russell,Elberton, Georgia winner
Butterfield Trail Golf Club,El Paso,Texas runner-up
Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort.Augusta,Michigan runner-up
Little Ocmulgee at Wallace Adams Course, McRae,Georgia runner-up
Sand Creek Station Golf Club, Newton, Kansas, runner-up
Wilderness Golf Club, Lake Jackson, Texas runner-up
Note: The Dul Family Player Development Leadership Award was given to Ashleigh Kosin of Gull Lake View Golf Club. this year.
WE'VE GOT MAIL: JUSTIN HICKS GETS HIS DUE
In your report on Kyle Dobbs recent victory in an MLGT event you failed to mention that Justin Hicks is from Grosse Isle and (I believe) played on the UM golf team with the "Dobber". Justin has actually had a fair amount of success playing mini tour golf, winning a few events and making it to the final stage of Q-School a few years back. Justin is a great guy and worked at Miles of Golf while he attended UM. I think he graduated in 98 or 99.
Michigan Golf News isn't alone in not covering Hicks. Last year he finished 2nd in a Nationwide event and neither the Detroit News or Free Press mentioned it. I always enjoy reading Michigan Golf News on Friday's -thanks for all the good reads and video!
Milliken Realty Company
Born in Wyandotte, Mich. ... Resides in Royal Palm Beach, Fla. ... Age 32 ... Married ... 1997 graduate of the University of Michigan where he earned a degree in Political Science ... Since turning professional in 1997, he has played in two PGA TOUR events (including 2004 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills) ... Had his best Nationwide Tour finish last week in the National Mining Association Pete Dye Classic, T2, in his 22nd Tour start ... Made it to the final stage of the 2004 PGA TOUR National Qualifying Tournament."
Source, PGA Tour http://www.pgatour.com/2007/h/08/30/foursome0830/?eref=sitesearch
MGTV ARCHIVES: JERRY MATTHEWS FEATURED
As we collectively brave the wintery weather in Michigan, we thought we would take you back into our video vault of past shows to feature Michigan's most prolific golf course designer, Jerry Matthews. Enjoy:
Hall of Fame
Jerry Matthews Inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame/Jack Berry Interview http://youtube.com/watch?v=81Q2nE8MYYQ
Jerry Matthews Golf Courses
Antrim Dells GC http://youtube.com/watch?v=_43uQ3Wk67c
Buck's Run GC http://michigangolfer.tv/2006shows/bucksrun/
Cutter's Ridge at Manistee National http://youtube.com/watch?v=9gpkp83VAzc
The Majestic at Lake Walden http://youtube.com/watch?v=nUVXolhXROg
The Natural at Marsh Ridge http://youtube.com/watch?v=r4nKgMii7QM
Timberstone GC http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/timberstone/
A Preview of Sundance at A-Ga-Ming http://michigangolfer.tv/2004shows/show24/
The Retreat at Grand Haven http://youtube.com/watch?v=vGPTxFDXBQE
A Discussion of Timber Ridge http://youtube.com/watch?v=MPCaLcH4o8k
NGF: DECEMBER GOLF ROUNDS PLAYED FALL AND YEAR ENDS SLIGHTLY NEGATIVE
After a 3.8% decline in November, rounds played in December fell a precipitous 14.2%, according to the National Golf Foundation. Since December rounds played are among the lowest of the year, the decrease moved year-to-date rounds played from flat in November to down 0.5% for the entire year.
The reporting is based on data from operators at more than 1,800 golf facilities. For the full year 2006, rounds played were up 0.8%. Of the 11 regions surveyed, six showed declines for the entire year. The South Central region had the steepest decline, 6.8%. The Gulf Coast region trailed, down 3.6%. The Southeast region showed the strongest increase, up 2.0%, followed by the Northeast, up 1.5%. All other regions finished in the +1.2% to -1.7% range.
For the full year, play at value courses (those with peak season weekend green fees with cart below $40), was down 0.5%. At premium public courses (those with peak season weekend green fees with cart above $70), rounds played have rose 0.3%. At standard courses ($40-70), play was up 0.2%. Overall, rounds played at all public courses fell 0.3% in 2007.
Private courses didn’t do quite as well, with rounds played for the 12 months slipping 1.6% versus 2006.
According to Golf Datatech, total rounds played were down 12.6% in December 2007 compared to December 2006 and were down 0.1% for 2007 compared to 2006. Its report contains 2,615 reporting courses.
NSGA research is available on the website (www.nsga.org). The Guest side of our website provides research for non-members of the Association. Additional information is provided for NSGA members. Remember to have your NSGA membership ID number handy when you login to the Member side.
Taken and edited from theNSGA Research Newsletter
Thomas B. Doyle email@example.com
LINKS OF PINEWOOD AND ELDORADO (WALLED LAKE) TO CLOSE
MG Tipster, Peter Allen, indicates that the Links of Pinewood and the Eldorado GC (Walled Lake) will not reopen this year. The reason for being, that M-5 is being lengthened and will go through both courses.
Links of Pinewood
The Links of Pinewood was designed by Ernie Fuller and opened for play in 1985. Fuller also designed the nearby Bay Pointe GC The course was designer by Ernie Fuller, who also designed the nearby, Bay Pointe Golf Club. Gene Bone II, now at Treetops, was the director of golf at the Links for over 20 years. The Links of Pinewood was the former home of the Michigan Section PGA. The front lobby had one of the most complete sets of Walter Hagen memorabilia. Walter was a friend of Ernie Fuller family.
The El Dorado Golf Course
The El Dorado GC was built in 1967 with Harry Bowers being the designer. Bowers went on to design other courses in Michigan, namely; Caberfae GC in Cadillac, Crooked Tree GC in Petoskey, Downing Farms GC in Northville, Inkster Valley GC in Inkster, Pierce Lake GC in Chelsea and The Rock at Woodmoor on Drummond Island.
El Dorado was a course on a tight piece of land that played to a par 70 at 5,758.
Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Peter Allen, Michigan Hornung representative, for passing this info on.
GLSP ARCHIVING THE HISTORY OF MICHIGAN GOLF --- 2008 SHOWS
Antrim Dells GC, Ellsworth
Bill Flemming's Tribute to Everett Kircher, Boyne Falls
Charles Scott-Michigan Golf Architect, Gull Lake
50th Buick Open, Grand Blanc
Cutter's Ridge GC, Manistee
Everett Kircher and Boyne Golf, Boyne Falls
Greg Hodges-Michigan Golf Architect, Saline
Michaywe Pines, GC, Gaylord
Michigan Golf Show, Novi
Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Ceremonies, Lake Orion
Michigan Open, Traverse City
21st Pepsi Fall Charity Invitational @ Treetops, Gaylord
90th PGA Championship, Birmingham
Remembering Everett Kircher, Boyne Falls
Ridgeview GC, Kalamazoo
Rustic Glen GC, Saline
Sundance GC, Kewadin
St.Ives Resort: 36 Holes of World Class Golf, Stanwood
Sweetgrass GC, Harris
Tournament of Champions, Boyne Falls
Treetops Ladies Golf School, Gaylord
Western Amateur Tournament, Benton Harbor
West Michigan Golf Show-Grand Rapids
Women's Michigan Open-Thompsonville
2008 MICHIGAN GOLFER CALENDAR
16 20th Annual Frost Bite Open, Harrison, MI
22-24- 20th Anniversary West Michigan Golf Show, DeVos Center-Grand Rapids
7-9 Michigan Golf Show, Rock Financial Showplace, Novi
14-16 Lansing Golf Show, Lansing Center, Lansing
10-13 The Masters, Augusta, GA
3-4 West Michigan Best Ball, LE Kaufman GC, Grand Rapids
17-18 West Michigan Amateur, Candlestone GC, Belding
18 Michigan Golf Hall of Fame, Indianwood Golf and Country Club, Lake Orion
19 City Match Play, Crystal Springs CC, Grand Rapids
29/6-1 Memorial Golf Tournament, Dublin, OH
30 U.P. Michigan Highs School Boys State Championship
30 U.P. Michigan Highs School Girls State Championship
5 Taylor-Made-Adidas Collegiate Series, The Medalist, Marshall
6-7 L.P. Michigan High School Boys State Championship
9-11 Michigan Open Championship GTR (Wolverine / Bear)
12 Taylor-Made-Adidas Collegiate Series-Polo Fields, Ann Arbor
12-13 Kent County Amateur, LE Kaufman GC, Grand Rapids
12-15 U.S. Open Torrey Pines Golf Course. La Jolla, CA.
17 Mizuno Junior Tour-Centennial Acres, Sunfield
17-21 97th Michigan Amateur The Moors Golf Club
24 Mizuno Junior Tour Grand Ledge CC, Grand Ledge
24-25 Club Car Michigan Senior Open , Bedford Valley GC
26-29 Buick Open, Warwick Hills, Grand Blanc
26-29 U.S. Women's Open, Interlachen CC, Edina, Minnesota
27 Taylor-Made-Adidas Collegiate Series-Forest Akers -West-East Lansing
30 Mizuno Junior Tour-The Emerald GC, St. Johns
7-11 92nd Michigan Women’s Amateur Walnut Hills CC
7-8 E-Z-GO Shanty Creek Classic presented by Page & Tuttle Shanty Creek Resort (Cedar/Schuss)
8 Taylor-Made-Adidas Collegiate Series-Eagle Crest Resort-Ypsilanti
10-13 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic, Highland Meadows GC. Sylvania, OH
11 Mizuno Junior Tour-Morrison Lake CC, Saranac
12 Michigan PGA Women’s Open Pro Am , Crystal Mt. Resort
14-16 Michigan PGA Women’s Open Crystal Mt. Resort(Mountain Ridge)
15 Mizuno Junior Tour-Royal Scot of Lansing, Lansing
15 Taylor-Made-Adidas Collegiate Series, Oakland University Golf and Learn, Rochester
18-19 Tournament of Champions Pro Am , Boyne Mountain / Bay Harbor , Boyne Mountain (Alpine)
21 Mizuno Junior Tour-The Medalist, Marshall
21-23 Tournament of Champions, Boyne Mountain / Bay Harbor , Boyne Mountain (Alpine)
22 Taylor-Made-Adidas Collegiate Series-Meadows GC, Grand Valley University, Allendale
28 Mizuno Junior Tour-Willow Wood GC, Portland
28-29 Michigan PGA Sr Champ / Sr. CPC Qualifying, Forest Dunes Golf Club
28-31 30th Mi Junior State Amateur Forest Akers - West
28-8/3 Western Amateur, Pointe O'Woods, Benton Harbor
1-3 Western Amateur, Pointe O'Woods, Benton Harbor
4 Mizuno Junior Tour-College Fields GC, Okemos
7 Taylor-Made-Adidas Collegiate Series-Golf Club of Coldwater-Coldwater
7 Mizuno Junior Tour-Forest Akers, East Lansing
7-10 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP , OAKLAND HILLS CC,
11-12 87th GAM Championship Orchard Lake CC
24 Michigan PGA Championship Pro Am Eagle Eye GC
25-27 Michigan PGA Professional Championship, Eagle Eye GC / Hawk Hollow GC,
30-31 Treetops Amateur Par 3 Shootout
TBA 22nd GAM Senior Championship Point O’Woods G & CC
15-18 Michigan PGA Match Play presented by Boylan Sales/ProLink, Polo Fields Golf and Country Club
19-21 Ryder Cup, Vahalla CC. Louisville, KY
28-30 21st Annual Pepsi Fall Charity Invitational
TBA GAM Chrysler Club Championship Indianwood Golf & Country Club
12 Michigan PGA Fall Merchandise Show Eagle Eye Golf Club
13 Fall Meeting / Michigan PGA Fall Merchandise Show , Eagle Eye Golf Club
17 L.P. Michigan Highs School Girls State Championship
American Association of Golf Course Architects
Golf Association of Michigan
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Michigan Section PGA
Michigan Golf Course Owners Association
Michigan Golf Foundation
Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association
Michigan High School Athletic Association
Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association
Michigan Publinx Seniors Golf Association
Michigan Women's Golf Association
National Golf Course Owners Association
National Golf Foundation
HELP DESK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ supplied by Jim Neff
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