Columnist: Tom Lang

Maple Hill Golf at 40 

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By Tom Lang    GRANDVILLE – Economic standards often indicate that most small businesses fail in their first five years.   Not only has Maple Hill Golf in Grandville more-than survived – but it has thrived beyond imagine for the last 40 years under ownership of the Kitchen family.  A native of East Detroit, Rich Kitchen ventured to the Grand Rapids […]

EMU Names New Head Coach 

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YPSILANTI — Stephanie Jennings, former EMU golfer and the assistant PGA professional at Meadowbrook Country Club, has been named the new head women’s golf coach at Eastern Michigan University, announced Sept. 7. This will be Jennings’ first foray into the college coaching scene. A native of Pemberville, Ohio, Jennings played for the Eagles between 1996 and 2000. […]

Jada Paisley is new Executive Director of MGCA

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EAST LANSING – Michigan Golf Course Association, the state’s association for the business of golf, has promoted Jada Paisley.  Paisley began her new duties as executive director on September 1. The MGCA is the “voice of Michigan golf business” and Paisley will lead the group in advocacy, education and promotion of the industry. Paisley has worked within […]

Can it Be? The Tribute Reopens

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  The Gaylord Golf Mecca made a quiet announcement in mid-September that threw a curveball at golfers by announcing The Tribute at the Otsego Resort has reopened.   The report added: After changing ownership earlier this year, The Classic and The Tribute at the Otsego Resort were unfortunately not reopened in the spring.  Course maintenance, however, continued throughout the […]

Hole-in-One Powers David Bartnick to GAM Senior Championship 

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  BATTLE CREEK – Bolstered by a hole-in-one, David Bartnick of Livonia came from behind to win the 32nd GAM Senior Championship at Battle Creek Country Club. He was runner up in last year’s tournament.  Bartnick, age 59, shot a closing 1-under 71 that featured a hole-in-one on the par 3 No. 4 hole. He used a […]

Golf Course Weddings a Hot Commodity in Fall 

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More weddings now than in the spring    By Tom Lang  Golf courses are seeing a new trend the past few years by hosting more weddings in the fall months, at a rate that’s higher than the formerly more popular May and June time frame.  “Fall has become a hot ticket and I think that’s mainly because of the […]

Ally Challenge Brings Energy Back to Warwick Hills 

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By Tom Lang      The PGA Tour Champions brought so much more than a nostalgic return to Warwick Hills, once the proud host of the Buick Open for many decades. Great golf was contested in Grand Blanc the third weekend of September by many of the great names who played there for so many years in their younger prime.  Yet […]

Development Maxes-Out Walnut Creek Country Club  

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By Tom Lang  The health of private golf clubs and economic development typically go hand-in-hand – and in the case of Walnut Creek Country Club, located between Novi and South Lyon, investments by the club a few years ago and an influx of new housing developed in the region has helped Walnut Creek reach its maximum membership capacity for the first time in 16 years.  Most national statistics indicate […]

Michigan News & Notes

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Lee Houtteman Wins Playoff for Michigan PGA Professional Championship     Lee Houtteman of Manitou Passage in Cedar shot a closing 3-under 69 with a birdie on the par 5 No. 18 hole (also the playoff hole) to finish with a 9-under 207 total and force a playoff with Scott Hebert, an eight-time champion and the winningest Michigan PGA golfer in history […]

Michigan Fall Golf Tour

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Tourists far and wide plan “color tours” to soak in many of Michigan’s natural resources. Golfers can do the same while enjoying the game the love. Michigan’s rich mix of hardwood trees that turn a wide variety of colors against a backdrop of evergreens, majestic lakes and river valleys can even turn shooting cruel golf […]
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