Course Open­ings, New Tour­na­ments And Events Head­line What’s New In Michi­gan Golf

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LANSING, Mich. - Michi­gan is one of the top golf des­ti­na­tions in the coun­try with more than 650 cour­ses and boun­ti­ful stay-and-play pack­age op­tions at­tract­ing trav­el­ers from across the na­tion.

For the 2018 golf sea­son, Michi­gan is build­ing on that rep­u­ta­tion with new cour­ses, tour­na­ments and spe­cial events.

Two More Golf Cour­ses Open

Michi­gan has jumped back into new course con­struc­tion, fur­ther so­lid­i­fy­ing its place as a top golf desti­na­tion. This year two new cour­ses - The South Course at Ar­ca­dia Bluffs and Sage Run at Is­land Re­sort & Casino - will open for play.

The South Course at Ar­ca­dia Bluffs, de­signed by Dana Fry, pays homage to the clas­sic ar­chi­tec­ture of Seth Raynor and C.B. MacDon­ald. Lo­cated a few miles down the road from Ar­ca­dia Bluffs, the new South Course is routed over 300 acres of rolling, open land fea­tur­ing large geo­met­ric green com­plexes, wide fair­ways lined with fes­cue grasses and steeped grass-faced bunkers. With a fo­cus on strat­egy, and a thought pro­vok­ing use of an­gles, the goal for the South Course is to cap­ture the sim­plis­tic na­ture of the cour­ses from the early days of golf in Amer­ica.

Sage Run at Is­land Re­sort & Casino, like its sis­ter course, Sweet­grass, pays homage to Potawatomi tribal tra­di­tion. De­signed by Michi­gan-based ar­chi­tect Paul Al­banese, Sage Run is a fun lay­out fea­tur­ing open vis­tas and hard­woods with holes that run up and around a drum­lin, which is a geo­graph­i­cal for­ma­tion shaped like an elon­gated oval hill. The de­sign con­jures some com­par­i­son to Royal County Down, the North­ern Ire­land golf club that is rated among the finest in the world.

Michi­gan Adds New Pro­fes­sional Tour­na­ments

Six pro­fes­sional tour events will be played across the state of Michi­gan high­lighted by two LPGA vis­its, a new PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons event and the PGA of Amer­ica once again at­tract­ing the finest se­nior golfers in the world.

The LPGA vis­its first with the Volvik Cham­pi­onship in Ann Arbor at Travis Point Coun­try Club from May 21-27, and then re­turns to Michi­gan later in the sum­mer with the Mei­jer Clas­sic in Grand Rapids run­ning June 11-17 at Blythe­field Coun­try Club.

The PGA of Amer­ica and KitchenAid will bring the KitchenAid Se­nior PGA Cham­pi­onship to Har­bor Shores Golf Club in Ben­ton Har­bor for the fourth time from May 22-27. This PGA se­nior ma­jor cham­pi­onship con­tin­ues to make sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic and char­i­ta­ble im­pact in South­west Michi­gan.

Later in the sum­mer, many of the same top se­nior golfers will make a re­turn visit to Michi­gan, and to a fa­mil­iar place. The PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons stops at War­wick Hills Golf & Coun­try Club in Grand Blanc for The Ally Chal­lenge from Sept. 10-16. Former PGA

Tour play­ers like Tom Wat­son, Fred Cou­ples, John Daly, Steve Stricker, Bern­hard Langer, Mark O’Meara and more are ex­pected to re­turn to the former site of the Buick Open.

One-of-a-Kind Golf Event on The Loop

Golfers can take ad­van­tage of a unique op­por­tu­nity to play The Loop at For­est Dunes Golf Club in both di­rec­tions on the same day. The award-win­ning re­versible de­sign of Tom Doak is be­ing show­cased on spe­cial event days, which are be­ing called The Dual.

The Loop’s nor­mal ro­ta­tion of al­ter­nat­ing rout­ings is Red Course on even dates and Black Course on odd dates in 2018. How­ever, May 31, July 31 and Aug. 31 cre­ate an op­por­tu­nity for For­est Dunes to cre­ate a spe­cial event on the 31st day of each of those months. The Dual days will fea­ture a two-per­son, best-ball team event where golfers play one di­rec­tion (course) in the morn­ing, then play the other di­rec­tion (course) in the af­ter­noon for a 36-hole one­day ex­pe­ri­ence.

North­ern Michi­gan Re­sorts rec­og­nized by Golf Di­gest as Best Re­sorts in the Amer­i­cas

The Inn at Bay Har­bor, the flag­ship prop­erty for Boyne Re­sorts, and For­est Dunes in Roscom­mon, home to Tom Doak’s in­no­va­tive re­versible Loop golf course, re­ceived Best Golf Re­sorts in the Amer­i­cas Edi­tor’s Choice Awards by Golf Di­gest. The pub­li­ca­tion’s an­nual re­view of “The Best Things in Golf” ap­pears in the May 2018 is­sue and on­line at Golfdi­gest. com. The list­ing rec­og­nizes top re­sorts through­out the United States, Mex­ico, Cen­tral Amer­ica, the Caribbean, Ber­muda and Canada.

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