Golf

The Tribute: King of the Hill

by Brian McCallen

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I should have known what we were in for when we pulled up to the bag drop at Otsego Club & Resort on Thursday morning . Two very attractive young ladies were there to greet us.

Which course, gentlemen?”

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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 Lake Golf Club: UAW Puts Pedal to Metal for Public Golfers

by Brian McCallen | 2 Comments

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First impressions tend to stick in the memory. I first toured Black Lake Golf Club, the centerpiece of a 1,000-acre retreat and learning center owned…

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TAP Beer of the Day: Huma Lupa Licious

by Tom Bedell

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Ken Blust, a bartender when he’s not off teaching school, pointed out the wall of refrigerated units behind the bar and said, “We have 110 different beers, including a whole door just for Michigan beers–about 40 from seven or so different breweries.”
In my mind that makes The Sports Bar at Treetops the perfect place to wind down after a long day of golf. There’s plenty of good beer, great pizza, or a more refined menu …

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A World-Class Tandem at Treetops North

by Brian McCallen

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Tucked in the scenic Pigeon River valley four miles from Treetops Resort’s main complex is  Treetops North, which features 63 holes of unforgettable golf that defines the ‘north woods’ golf experience…

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Premier Time (and Space)

by Tom Bedell

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One of the reasons I like the television show “How I Met Your Mother” is that it often imaginatively plays around with notions of fate and time—if this didn’t happen here at this particular moment, then that wouldn’t haven’t occurred there at the time it did occur there. A riff on Chaos Theory, I suppose, and the good old Time/Space Continuum, seasoned with serendipity.
Kind of how I felt after the fourth hole today on the …

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Mr. Smith Goes to Gaylord

by Tom Bedell | 2 Comments

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While no stranger to Michigan golf, I’ve never made it to Gaylord before, and my immersion today reminded me of a dip I took years ago in chilly Lake Michigan at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National park—bracing, eye-opening and ultimately thrilling.
We passed through the Alpine Village-themed town of Gaylord yesterday afternoon on our way to the Treetops Resort, our base of operations for the four-day Warrior onslaught, tantalized by the sight of promising golf holes …

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Treetops Resort Scales the Heights

by Brian McCallen | 1 Comment

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Its been called the “Hilton Head of the Heartland” and the “Golf Mecca of the Midwest,” but northern Michigan is both–and more. Its self-conjured title is “America’s Summer Golf Capital,” but even that moniker does little to capture the excitement of the superb…

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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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