Black Lake Golf Club

Black Lake Golf Club – Played May 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #69
  • Location: 2800 Maxon Road, Onaway, Michigan
  • Year: 1999
  • Architect: Rees Jones
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Gold: 7,035 yards, Par 72, 74.8 Rating/143 Slope
  • Blue: 6,736 yards, Par 72, 73.4 Rating/140 Slope
  • White: 6,391 yards, Par 72, 71.9 Rating/137 Slope
  • Silver: 5,823 yards, Par 72, 69.0 Rating/126 Slope
  • Green: 5,049 yards, Par 72, 70.2 Rating/131 Slope

I couldn’t find much on this course’s website, but it did make clear that the course is owned by the UAW.  That makes sense since Michigan is the home of American auto manufacturing.  The Black Lake Conference Center is also nearby and I think I accidentally drove up to the gate.  I asked for the golf course and was told I was in the wrong spot.  They were very nice, but I was wondering what they were keeping back there!  It is a little eerie because the site is in the middle of nowhere and it is very quiet.

The course was about an hour from Bay Harbor.  I was able to get out first and I played super fast.  You can’t ask for better than a Top 100 course and no one in front of you. Continue reading “Black Lake Golf Club”

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Bay Harbor Golf Club (Links/Quarry)

Bay Harbor Golf Club (Links/Quarry) – Played May 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #65, Golf Magazine Public #49
  • Location: 5800 Coastal Ridge Drive, Petoskey, Michigan
  • Year: 1996
  • Architect: Arthur Hills
  • Course Access: Resort
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 6,827 yards, Par 72, 73.0 Rating/145 Slope
  • Blue: 6,414 yards, Par 72, 71.2 Rating/141 Slope
  • Gold: 5,936 yards, Par 72, 69.8 Rating/132 Slope
  • White: 5,175 yards, Par 72, 66.2 Rating/119 Slope
  • Red: 4,319 yards, Par 72, 65.1 Rating/116 Slope

Next up on the trip was the course associated with our hotel.  It was a short drive, which was much appreciated from some of the earlier driving.  The facility has 27 holes that all have their own flair, but fit together well.  I was playing the Links/Quarry combination that makes the lists. Continue reading “Bay Harbor Golf Club (Links/Quarry)”

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club – Played May 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Digest #57, Golf Digest Public #13, Golf Magazine Public #28
  • Location: 14710 Northwood Highway, Arcadia, Michigan
  • Year: 2000
  • Architects: Warren Henderson & Rick Smith
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts & Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • Championship: 7,300 yards, Par 72, 75.4 Rating/147 Slope
  • Black: 6,702 yards, Par 72, 72.8 Rating/137 Slope
  • White: 6,244 yards, Par 72, 70.3 Rating/129 Slope
  • Red: 5,107 yards, Par 72, 70.1 Rating/121 Slope

The second round of the trip was highly anticipated for me personally.  I have seen the pictures of this course like many of you.  The setting on the bluffs above Lake Michigan is simply stunning.

Our day certainly didn’t disappoint.  It was chilly, but clear.  On the back nine we were treated to some of the wind that really gives the course its bite.  We were pretty beat by the end of the day, but it was great experience with some truly world class scenery.

The course is built on 240 acres that used to be apple and cherry orchards and wooded areas.  Many of the mounds and native areas were molded during the routing to give it the scale it has today.  Since it opened many of the greens have been modified to help with pace of play.  This would also mark my first encounter with these two architects.  I am always interested to see new course designers.

The course features multiple guest rooms on site as well as cottages.  Once the second course is completed it will be a true destination.  It is remote, but the golf is awesome.  I played the white tees and all yardages reflect that. Continue reading “Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club”

Justin Thomas, The $10 Million Man

The Tour Championship this past week capped off a truly breakout season for Justin Thomas.  My goodness what a season!  He had five wins, captured his first major, and won the big season-ending prize.  I don’t think he could have done any more to solidify player of the year.  If I had a vote it would be JT no doubt.

Additionally, not that he cares, Justin stepped out of the media-created shadow of Jordan Spieth.  We’ve been told about their friendship about a million times, but the SBK crew was always a step behind Jordan in achievements.  Thomas solidified himself as an equal this year with all of the success.  He is a legit Top 5 player in the world and could be a force for years to come.

One thing I am super excited about is JT’s inclusion in the President’s Cup and more than likely future Ryder Cups.  His personality and playing style will be a great addition to the events.  He should be a force for years to come.

Many congrats to Justin Thomas!  Now that we’ve given him his praise here are some other things on my golf mind.

  • I know this is posting after the President’s Cup, but even though I am excited about JT I am not overly thrilled about this particular event.  I’ve gotten to a place of golf viewing fatigue.  I am in my chill out mode until a few months when I will be anxious for The Masters.  So hopefully the US team won 🙂
  • I would really like to watch The Skins Game or a mixed-team event in November.  I like watching different formats after a full season of 72-hole stroke play.  Hopefully these come back in the future.
  • Will we see Tiger back in 2017-2018?  My guess is no for 2017, but maybe 2018.  I’m hopeful he can make some kind of healthy attempt at a comeback.  He’s my all-time favorite and I just want him to be able to go out on his own terms.
  • Thanks for reading!  I see the numbers and I am thankful for all of you.  It gives me the support to keep creating posts and content.

 

 

Tullymore Golf Club

Tullymore Golf Club – Played May 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #45, Golf Magazine Public #83
  • Location: 11969 Tullymore Drive, Stanwood, Michigan
  • Year: 2001
  • Architect: Jim Engh
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Silver: 7,250 yards, Par 72, 76.4 Rating/150 Slope
  • Black: 6,547 yards, Par 72, 72.9 Rating/146 Slope
  • Blue: 6,210 yards, Par 72, 71.2 Rating/141 Slope
  • Blue/White: 5,897 yards, Par 72, 69.6 Rating/136 Slope
  • White: 5,550 yards, Par 72, 67.9 Rating/127 Slope
  • White/Gold: 5,168 yards, Par 72, 66.6 Rating/120 Slope
  • Gold: 4,668 yards, Par 72, 68.2 Rating/120 Slope

This course represents a duo of firsts for me.  It is the first course I have played in Michigan and the first Jim Engh course I’ve encountered.  I can say that after playing it the introduction to Michigan golf was a good one.  I found my first Engh course to be quirky, but ultimately playable.  It’s always good to see a new perspective of architecture.

Tullymore is part of a resort with accommodations ranging from hotels, condos, and cottages to rental homes.  It also has a sister course called St. Ives.  I didn’t have time to play this one so I can’t comment on it.

That is all I really found on the history of the course so let’s get into it.  I played with a good friend from the area and the wife riding along taking pictures.  The weather was perfect and I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Continue reading “Tullymore Golf Club”

Thoughts on the FedEx Cup So Far

We are three fourths of the way through the FedEx Cup Playoffs and I wanted to share my thoughts on the tournaments so far.  I’ll go event by event to keep it simple.

The Northern Trust

The ending to this tournament was the best part.  You had a battle in the final round between two stars in Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth.  DJ came roaring back in the final round to force a playoff.  The extra holes began on the somewhat controversial 18th hole.  Due to the architecture of the hole longer hitters have a substantial advantage by taking the aggressive line over the water.  Dustin put this on full display when his drive resulted in an approach that was about 70-80 yards closer than Jordan’s.  A stuffed wedge and one putt later and DJ was the champ. This was a great start to the playoffs.

Dell Technologies Championship

I always like watching this tournament because it takes place outside of Boston, my favorite city.  Gil Hanse has done some extensive work to the course and he is one of my favorite architects working right now.  This event featured plenty of star power as well.  Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth were the primary players with Marc Leishman hanging around as well.  It was comical to listen to the announcers mention how good of friends Justin and Jordan are.  I mean, we all know they are buddies, but it was ridiculous how much often they brought it up.  I almost thought they may concede the tournament to Leishman because it would affect their relationship if they beat each other.  Anyway, JT turned it on over the last few holes and ended up cruising to the win.  Even though Spieth didn’t get the win he moved into first place in the standings.

BMW Championship

I’ll be honest, I didn’t watch a ton of this one.  I had a deadline at work the Friday of the tournament and I came down with something as well.  Even if that wasn’t the case, Marc Leishman’s extraordinary play made this one a bit of a snoozer.  He seized control on Saturday staking himself to a five stroke lead.  Well he finished it off with the same margin.  Great playing, not great theater.

So now we move on to the Tour Championship.  I’ve seen plenty of articles that discuss golf finishing the main season before football starts.  I couldn’t agree more.  I love golf, but my interest wanes with work obligations, Clemson football, Patriots football, and wanting to get in as many rounds as I can.  East Lake is an interesting place as it doesn’t seem to favor one type of player.  Hopefully it will go down to the wire!

No Post :(

Hi all,

Sorry I couldn’t get a post up yesterday.  I came down with something Sunday night and am trying to fight that off.  Coupled with a big work deadline at the end of this week it was simply too much to get a post out.  No excuses though!  I’ll be back at it Monday, so stay tuned.  Thank you all for reading!