Golf is booming again in Michigan after a surprising increase in the number of rounds played in 2020 thanks to a pandemic that restricted activities.
On Tuesday, Michigan also placed a whopping six spots on Golf.com’s latest list of the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” public options.
Forest Dunes in Roscommon put two spots on the list, with its unique loop course – which is reversible and played one day one day and the other the next – ranked 34th, the highest in the state. and the Tom Weiskopf course checking in at No. 73. Arcadia Bluffs along the shoreline of Lake Michigan also had two, with the bluffs at # 46 and South at # 56.
The other two Michigan courses on the list were Greywalls in Marquette at # 65 and Stoatin Brae in Augusta at # 96.
Stoatin Brae has continued to build excitement since it opened in 2017 and was named Michigan Golf Course of the Year in 2020 by the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association. It was also recognized by the Golfweek and Golf Digest rankings.
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Only California (nine) and Oregon (seven) had more golf courses on Golf.com’s list, sorted by state. The list also includes international courses in North America. Canada, for example, had seven courses on the list.
Arcadia Bluffs, Forest Dunes and the Inn at Bay Harbor, part of the Boyne Resort, were recently named Top Resorts in the Midwest by Golf Digest.
Expansion at Shanty
The Shanty Creek Resort in northern Michigan has expanded its golf portfolio to five courses and 90 holes this week.
Shanty Creek officials announced Tuesday that their resort has acquired Hawk’s Eye Golf Club. The 90 holes now make it one of the ten largest golf resorts in the country.
“The addition of Hawk’s Eye is enormous – literally and figuratively,” said Mike Mooney, Shanty Creek golf director. “Having five golf courses within a radius of 13 km increases the attractiveness and prestige for golfers looking for a world-class vacation.”
Pete Bigford, CEO of Shanty Creek said, “Post coronavirus, this is evidence of the success we are seeing here at Shanty Creek.”
The resort also includes courses at Cedar River, Arnold Palmer’s Legend, Schuss Mountain, and Summit.
Chips & Divots
►Lake Orion-born Tom Gillis made his 14th hole-in-one on Tuesday during a Pro-Am ahead of this week’s Champions Tour, Regions Tradition, at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Hoover, Alabama. This is Gillis’ fourth tournament this calendar year and the 12th of the season combined with 2020 because of the pandemic.
►Steve Braun, 76, a Flint native, a Charlevoix resident and Michigan Golf Hall of Famer, was named a 2021 Distinguished Service Award winner by the Golf Association of Michigan. Braun, former Head Pro at Belvedere in Charlevoix, is a former GAM President.
► Michigan State alum and LPGA Tour player Sarah Burnham, who played with a new MSU recruit, won her US Open qualification in one fell swoop at Bradenton Country Club in Florida on Monday and will be at the Olympic Club in San Francisco in June crack open.
►Petoskeys Joey Garber had his best result on the Korn Ferry Tour since September, finishing 13th at the Huntsville Championship in Alabama. A 76 in the third round cost him a chance to win. Garber was a member of the PGA Tour in 2019.
►Funny quote from Jack Nicklaus at the opening of American Dunes in Grand Haven this week: “As my steps get shorter, the courses get longer.”
► The NCAA Division II golf championships are scheduled for May 11-15 at TPC Michigan in Dearborn.
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