by Dave Finn
The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, owned by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa First Nations offers a relaxed northern Michigan lifestyle with some excellent golf. Central to the property is the clubhouse where three championship courses and a Dave Peltz Golf School. The resort also offers more than 585 rooms, suites and condos and another 120 rooms at their sister property, Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel a 9-minute shuttle drive away. For those who also enjoy soaking up the sun, the nearby miles of sandy beaches Traverse Bay make this resort a premier Mid-West destination.
TripAdvisor voted the Grand Traverse Resort as one of the 15 Best Golf Destinations in America (2018). and Golf Digest (2017-2018) designated The Bear as #78 in America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.
By Paul Knowles
Gaylord, Michigan – If pace of play is an issue at Treetops – well, it’s their own damned fault. Because the five courses at Treetops are some of the most beautiful golf courses you will find anywhere, and golfers cannot be blamed for pausing for a look, or a photo, at Number 1 on Signature, or Number 6 on Masterpiece or… almost any other hole.
Treetops Resort is located just outside Gaylord, Michigan – a beautiful area that also features skiing in the winter (Treetops is a ski resort, as well – which tells you a lot about the topography of the golf courses).
There are, in fact, 14 golf courses on seven properties in close proximity to Gaylord, which may inspire return visits – but I recommend you first go to Treetops, and stay there for the length of your visit. Because these five courses – at their highest, sitting 1,380 feet above sea level – are unique, challenging, gorgeous, and well worth a golfers’ attention.
Birdies and Bogies in Bavaria – Saginaw MI by Dave Finn
“Am I in a holodeck on Star Trek’s Voyager?” – because suddenly I had been transported into the quaint Bavarian-style tourist town of Frankenmuth which could very well have been transplanted from the German Alps. Frankenmuth, “Michigan’s Little Bavaria,” is billed as Michigan’s number one tourist destination hosting over 3 million visitors each year. It hosts several festivals throughout the year and is known the world over for their fabulous chicken dinners.
Lewiston, Michigan – How’s this for an introduction? Play 72 holes of championship golf without ever having to move your car! Caught your interest yet?
Garland Lodge & Resort boasts four championship golf courses that all start from one pro shop. Just park, check in and never get back into the car until you are ready to head home. Imagine the convenience of having your golf, lodging, restaurants, bars and an outdoor patio all within stumbling distance of each other. My kind of place!
By Dave Finn
It has been well documented that the economy in parts of Michigan has been weakened by the downturn in the North American auto industry. And Flint, home of the Buick, is no exception. But, for us out-of-state golfers, it means that great golf can be had at a fraction of the price of what we would pay back home.