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  2. that's a good deal. I saw it but our foursome is going to be pressed to get in all of the prepaid rounds we have now...Working overtime trying to get them finished when our schedules work together. Greystone, Firestone, Boulder Pointe, Treetops and Shepherd's Hollow all withing two weeks!
  3. And only 12 minutes from Mister Spots.
  4. @criley4way @bkuehn1952 @dennyjones and others From an email I received today, Leslie Park offer on Group Golfer - 18 with a cart for $23 (must use by May 15, 2020) Leslie Park Golf Course | Michigan Golf Coupons | GroupGolfer.com Shot of the Day Michigan: Leslie Park Golf Course - 18 Holes with Cart - Aug. 2019 - The former site of a farm, orchard and laboratory for namesakes Eugene and Emily Leslie, Leslie Park Golf Course's 200 acres of rolling...
  5. Michigan Golf Journal August 2019 Golf news, travel, and golf information for Michigan golfers
  6. Different course and different town. Usually there are a few low shooters even in Los Angeles +3 would be top 20.
  7. Those scores seem awfully high for a city championship. I know the city championship here you have to shoot double digits under par to win. Last time I played I shot 4 under total and got blitzed by 11 strokes. Took 8th place.
  8. Don't Forget a new Greens keeper who had come of the approach/landing areas rock hard and a combination of greens (partially due to the different base in some greens from what I have been told). Saturday was tough with the weather and a lot of new/strange tee boxes. And 37th is good.
  9. 29th consecutive Ann Arbor Men's Championship for me. Walked and carried my bag all three days. 83/90/83 for a tie for 45th place. Only 37 strokes behind the the winner. 😉 As Chris said, the conditions were hot and windy, especially Saturday. The firm greens, wind and need for me to hit some loooong approaches found me at the back of the green putting down some very speedy greens. 40+ of my 90 shots were putts. If my game doesn't go more downhill, I will try for 30 next year. Plus we have the Senior Championship in August.
  10. Did you play in the tournament? I don't play in tournaments but played Leslie Park back in June. Maybe the stars will align and we can get a Michigan golf meetup again.
  11. It was a tough weekend, very hot and humid, the course was dry and firm. Lots of big scores. I didn’t see you this year
  12. Flint golfer makes LPGA Tour ‘debut’ caddying for Tiger Woods’ niece Updated Jul 17, 12:23 PM; Posted Jul 17, 7:07 AM Willie Mack III of Flint tied for third in last month's Michigan Open. 1 By Brendan Savage | bsavage@mlive.com FLINT, MI -- Willie Mack III of Flint is going to make his LPGA Tour debut this week. LPGA Tour? Yup, Mack will be between the ropes for the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in Midland but he won’t be swinging a club. Instead, he’ll be serving as a caddie for Cheyenne Woods, a buddy from the days when both were playing on the junior golf circuits around the country. Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods, is among the 144 players who will compete in the first team event in LPGA history. She’ll be playing with former Wake Forest teammate Olafia Kristinsdottir when the event begins today at Midland Country Club. Grand Blanc's Willie Mack III qualifies to play on PGA Tour Latinoamerica Mack shot 69-72-70-73--284 at the qualifying tournament in Bogota, Columbia. Woods was in need of a caddie this week and knowing that Mack was from nearby Flint, she texted him to see if he was interested in looping for her. Mack was happy to help and will be carrying a bag for the first time since doing it for fellow Flint pro Shasta Averyhardt -- who is also good friends with Woods -- several years ago during a Monday qualifier. “I think (Woods has) been going through caddies, local caddies, so it’s probably good to have somebody that she’s friends with to keep her loose,” Mack said Tuesday night. "I’m just there for whenever she needs some help. “We know how to play golf. Whenever (she) needs some help, you can chime in and help out.” Mack, who said he played Midland CC while in high school, is free this week because he's between events on his schedule. The 2011 Michigan Amateur champion has been playing various mini-tours and other events around the country while pursuing his dream of making it to the PGA Tour. He tied for third in last month's Michigan Open after holding the second-round lead and has been a regular on the Advocates Pro Golf Association Tour, where his four top-10 finishes include a victory in the Tampa tournament back in March. The only time he missed the top 10 on the APGA this year was when he finished 15th in Scottsdale. “There are two events left,” Mack said. "The money leader on the tour gets $20,000 at the end of the year, Q School paid for and an exemption to (the PGA Tour event at) Rivieria. "I was first going into the last event that we played in Dallas. I came in seventh and moved down to second place by only by 56 points or so. It's pretty close." After next week’s event in Chicago, Mack will head to the APGA Tour Championship Aug. 19-20 in Atlanta. But before trying to earn that free trip to the PGA Tour Qualifying tournament, he’ll tee it up in the Michigan PGA’s Tournament of Champions July 29-31 at Boyne Falls. If he doesn’t win the trip to Q School, Mack said he might try and instead qualify for the Korn Ferry Tour -- formerly the Web.com Tour -- or make a run at playing on the European PGA Tour. Grand Blanc pro golfer escapes with his life, and clubs, from burning car Willie Mack III is thankful to be alive. Mack said he’s been to Q School "five or six times: and admits it’s been frustrating at times not getting a chance to realize his dream and play on the world’s best circuit. But at the same time, “a lot of people have tried way more times than me and get through on the their 10th, 11th try,” he said. One good thing is he's been making enough money in the various tournaments to finance his career and is encouraged by the way he's been playing since putting a new set of irons into his bag two months ago. “I’ve been playing pretty good since I got those,” he said. “I was having club problems for two years and finally got some clubs that I can rely on and trust. Hopefully that brings some better luck this year.”
  13. From MLive: @tlazzol and I have played with @JKnowlton at Leslie Park. Pretty cool! Ann Arbor men’s golf championship decided in playoff; final results Updated Jul 17, 7:41 PM; Posted Jul 17, 1:47 PM Matt Paterini won the The 2019 City of Ann Arbor Men's Golf Championship at Leslie Park Golf Course in a playoff. (Photo used with permission from Jon Keller) By Ryan Zuke | rzuke1@mlive.com ANN ARBOR -- The 2019 City of Ann Arbor Men’s Golf Championship at Leslie Park Golf Course was decided in a playoff. Matt Paterini birdied No. 1 -- the playoff hole -- to edge Brendan Petzak for his sixth city championship. Paterini and Petzak, a sophomore golfer at Madonna University, both finished three-over-par through 54 holes of the three-day tournament. Jon Keller finished third at five-over, holing out from 140 yards on No. 18. Below are the top 20 finishers of the 81 golfers who participated. T1. Brandon Petzak, +3, 74 71 74 -- 219 T1. Matt Paterini +3, 71 73 75 -- 219 3. Jon Keller +9, 77 73 75 -- 225 4. Alex Derksen +13, 82 76 71 -- 229 5. Sam Holland +14, 79 75 76 -- 230 6. Mike Shearer +17, 73 78 82 -- 233 T7. Peter Ojeda +18, 82 74 78 -- 234 T7. Fritz Reifert +18, 76 80 78 -- 234 T9. John Knowlton +19, 80 79 76 -- 235 T9. Terry Jourdain +19, 81 76 78 -- 235 T11. Mathew Grasley +20, 80 78 78 -- 236 T11. Mark Stevenson +20, 83 73 80 -- 236 13. Michael Tooley +21, 81 78 78 -- 237 T14. Junichi Miura +22, 84 78 76 -- 238 T14. Brendan Britz +22, 80 78 80 -- 238 16. Gabe Crowner +23, 80 79 80 -- 239 T17. Chris Riley +25, 82 82 77 -- 241 T17. Spencer Derksen +25, 77 83 81-- 241 T19. Brad Huttenga +26, 77 87 78 -- 242 T19. Tim Helber +26, 80 77 85 -- 242 @bkuehn1952!
  14. Good instructors and a nice facility
  15. They are highly regarded there at Miles of Golf.
  16. I have had good success with the Kendall academy in AA
  17. Anybody know of a good coachwith good prices for lessons. I have taken about 6-8 30 minute lessons and played a few rounds but would like a little different teaching lesson. if this isnt allowed im sorry. I am also planning on sending my swing to forum within the next few days for tips. Thanks
  18. This is not the monthly magazine but a link to their site. Plenty of good golf information related to Michigan. Michigan Golf Journal
  19. Hard to argue with that list. I haven't played Westwynd or Stonebridge but the rest are all excellent. I'd have Coyote Preserve over Greystone or Lakes of Taylor.
  20. No. 1: The Orchards Golf Club, Washington Buy Photo The 11th hole at The Orchards Golf Club in Washington Township. (Photo: David P. Gilkey, Detroit Free Press) This Robert Trent Jones Jr. course on 525 acres of apple orchards remains a masterpiece since it opened in 1993. The Orchards is as true a test of golf as you will find, with so much variety that all 14 clubs will be dirty by the end of your round. The course offers elevation, subtle greens and a staff that provides impeccable service. The Orchards likes to bill itself as “your club for the day,” and it feels that way from the minute an attendant greets you in the parking lot. Bonus points for being able to see the Detroit skyline 40 miles away when you stand on the first tee on a clear day. Related: Ranking Michigan's top 10 vacation golf courses for 2018 No. 2: Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club, Clarkston If you say Shepherd’s Hollow to someone who knows the course, they’re certain to invoke the “it feels like Up North” mantra this track inspires. You’re just an hour outside of Detroit, yet it feels like you’ve traveled through a wormhole to the secluded sanctuary of our northern hinterland on 27 holes Arthur Hills coaxed out of 350 acres of elevated, rolling, wooded golf majesty. As a bonus, the clubhouse — with its French doors, white coffered ceiling and charming veranda — might be the finest of any public course in the country. No. 3: Greystone Golf Club and Banquet Center, Washington Jerry Matthews’ design is superb, fun and challenging test. The highlight is the 16th, 17th and 18th holes that wrap around a water-filled quarry and comprise what likely are the best three finishing holes on a public course in Michigan. No. 4: WestWynd Golf Course, Oakland Twp. The first of our two new entries this year makes a strong debut, and it deserves its top-five ranking. No two holes feel the same on this course that offers plenty of elevation and gorgeous rugged bunkering that inspire your secret wish to wear a kilt. The course is in great shape and requires you to often consider your club selection. The greens are huge, multi-tiered and subtle. But you’ll mostly be impressed with the course’s level of detail and service. An attendant will snatch your bag in the parking lot, rangers patrol frequently and a refreshment cart is available weekday mornings. There’s also a subtle elegance to the course. Cart paths consist entirely of brick pavers, you’ll spot a little rock-formation stream on the third hole and a flower bed adorns a walk to a par-three green. The only thing holding WestWynd back is the absence of a driving range, a major flaw for an elite course. No. 5: Lyon Oaks Golf Club, Wixom Lyon Oaks golf course in Wixom. (Photo: Oakland County Parks and Recreation) Lyon Oaks remains the jewel of the five courses run by Oakland County and offers a stunning setting among a hardwood forest and wetlands. The course is usually in great shape and the greens roll fast and true. It’s a tough but fair test of golf. But be mindful of the wind, which can turn Lyon Oaks into a growling beast. No. 6: Lakes of Taylor Golf Club, Taylor The residents of Taylor should count themselves lucky for being allowed to enjoy this magnificent municipal course for the humble peak rate of $45. The 7,028-yard layout has tons of variety, beautiful bunkering, a cool stadium hole on the first tee and a picturesque 18th hole that’s radiant at sunset. No. 7: Coyote Preserve Golf Club, Fenton The Arnold Palmer signature course is as beautiful as it is immaculate and challenging. The rugged bunkering and massive greens are wonderful. The 220-yard 17th hole is one of the best par threes in Michigan — bar none. It’s almost all carry over water to a green fronted by boulders. Sure, you can bail out to the left. But did you really come to Coyote Preserve to bail out? No. 8: Pine Trace Golf Club, Rochester Hills It doesn’t get the respect or accolades of Shepherd’s Hollow, its sister course. But Pine Trace is a perfect blend of bucolic wonderland and demanding golf. The seclusion and elevation of some interior holes even give this course — wait for it — an Up North feel. The final three holes are a subtle masterpiece. No. 9: Stonebridge Golf Club, Ann Arbor No. 4 hole at Stonebridge Golf Club in Ann Arbor. (Photo: Photos courtesy of Stonebridge Golf Club.) Our second new entry has enjoyed a sterling reputation among locals since it opened in 1991. Nested within an upscale community, this Arthur Hills course isn’t easy to see or get to. But once you arrive, you feel like you’ve discovered a great secret. The condition of the course is impeccable and the immaculate greens are fun and fair. What the course lacks in elevation in makes up for in playability. It’s also quite pretty. Look for swans on the large pond off the 17th fairway. Stonebridge gets bonus points for the state-of-the-art GPS touchscreens in its carts that offer distances for drives, layups and approaches, as well as on-screen tournament scoring. No. 10: Moose Ridge Golf Course, South Lyon From the minute you step into the Montana-style lodge, you’ll feel like you’re playing golf at a special place. A stuffed 10-foot-tall Alaskan brown bear greets you inside the clubhouse, which is adorned with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and other mounted trophies. The pastoral setting is a beauty, but the golf course is a beast. Tough but fair, Moose Ridge’s slopes, swales and prodigious length — the fourth hole is 630 yards — make it a daunting delight.
  21. from MLive: Last year, Major Dan Rooney was sitting down with Jack Nicklaus on the back patio of The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Fla., and he shared his vision. Rooney wanted to transform Grand Haven Golf Club, which his father, Dr. John Rooney, had purchased in 1998, and preserve the birthplace of Folds of Honor. One year from today, Memorial Day 2020, is the target opening date for American Dunes Golf Club on those very grounds in Grand Haven, near the shores of Lake Michigan. The original layout is being completely redesigned and re-imagined by Nicklaus and Nicklaus Design. According to a release, American Dunes will pay tribute to the United States military. The American Dunes site is a blend of sandy soil, mature trees, elevation chance and rolling terrain about 200 to 300 yards off Lake Michigan. Nicklaus and Chris Cochran, senior designer for Nicklaus Design, have made several trips to site. “The property is basically sand underneath,” Nicklaus said in the release. “It had magnificent trees that had grown up over time, but is that really what this golf course is or should be with the dunes off the lake? What we are trying to do is create a golf course that will open up that feeling of coming off Lake Michigan, having the dunes, and then incorporating that into some of the inland areas that have the beautiful trees. “The combination of the two — being able to play through and around exposed dunes as well as tree-lined holes in some places — really creates a golf course that is rather unique. If we can do that, and at the same time honor our military and raise money for the education of the families of our fallen soldiers, this is going to be something very unique and very special in the game of golf.” Grand Haven Golf Club, which was designed by Michigan architects Bruce Matthews and son Jerry Matthews, first opened in 1965 and it was heavily forested. Grand Haven Golf Club has been ranked in the top 50 of Golf Digest’s best public courses in the nation. Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, who served three tours of duty in Iraq, is also a PGA professional and he founded Folds of Honor in 2007. Grand Haven Golf Club hosted the first golf tournament that inspired the formation of Folds of Honor and Patriot Golf Day. Folds of Honor provides educational scholarships to the families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled while on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. Folds of Honor educational scholarships support private education tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12, as well as higher-education tuition assistance for spouses and dependents. “American Dunes represents a collaboration of countless like-minded patriots, who want this golf course to forever stand as a tribute to the men and women of our military, a safe haven for veterans who find rehabilitation through the recreation of the game, and a backdrop to celebrate our country and those who fought for its freedom,” Rooney said. “To fund the construction of American Dunes, there are 18 individual hole sponsors and a small group of investors. This group of patriots is allowing our dream to take flight. With a target opening date of Memorial Day 2020, American Dunes will proudly stand as a vessel to raise awareness and donations for Folds of Honor, while recognizing the legacy of Barbara and Jack’s contributions to our military.” Folds of Honor has awarded more than 20,000 scholarships in all 50 states and some U.S. territories, including 4,100 in 2018. “We will do our part (with American Dunes),” Nicklaus said. “I know Dan will do his part. But we’re going to need help -- a lot of help from a lot of good people to really carry out Dan’s vision, mission and goal. We’re very proud at the Nicklaus organization to be a part of this, very proud to be part of Folds of Honor’s past, and very proud to be a part of its future.”

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