Black Forest

Tom Doak’s Black Forest Like Something From A Fairy Tale: Scary and Magical

by Jeff Wallach

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When I played golf with Tom Doak a week before taking on his Black Forest Golf Course in Gaylord, Michigan, he warned that if I could get through the first five holes without blowing up, the rest of the day would prove much easier…

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Black Forest: Into the Woods at Wilderness Valley

by Brian McCallen

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Long before he became a household name among the cognoscenti, designer Tom Doak built Black Forest at Wilderness Valley over 20 years ago. There are better-known…

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Black Forest Golf

by David J. Whyte

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Doak’s canvas was nearly 400 acres of native Michigan evergreen and hardwood forests to which he carefully added some of the most visually stunning bunkering and multi-contoured greens you will find anywhere. The combination of trees, sand, grasses, and elevation changes are a veritable feast for the eyes.

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TAP Beer of the Day: Doc’s ESB Ale

by Tom Bedell

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Our merry band of Golf Road Warriors rolled into Gaylord this afternoon and prepared for the onslaught of golf to come as befits the night before any mighty endeavor—we drank.
Some of us more than others, perhaps, but duty calls, especially when there are sixteen different beers on hand and six golf courses lying in wait. It could have been worse, since the Big Buck Brewery & Steakhouse is not just a brewpub, but a distillery, …

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TAP Beer(s) of the Day: North Peak Brewing Company

by Tom Bedell

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The Golf Road Warriors began converging on the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan on Sunday afternoon. Before heading north, we began our adventures splendidly, in my opinion, by heading into town and straight to the North Peak Brewing Company.
And why not? The U.S. House of Representatives had, after all, presented House Resolution No. 102 to declare July 2012 as Craft Beer Month in the state of Michigan, and which the other house adopted …

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The Good Luck Skunk

by Tom Bedell

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Bleary-eyed a little after four in the morning and that many hours sleep, I drove through the dark toward the airport and another Golf Road Warriors adventure, this one to Gaylord, Michigan. My first GRW immersion was to Scottsdale…

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