PUBLISHER’S PICKS – An Easy Drive to Links, Drinks & Lovely Lodging!

South Haven, Saugatuck & Holland, Michigan HawksHead Publishers PicksHad the opportunity for a quick weekend getaway recently to South Haven, Saugatuck and Holland in the SW Michigan area.   It’s an easy drive from the south suburbs of Chicago or from downtown Chicago.    Stayed at HawksHead Inn for the first time which is 2 Miles from the Lake Michigan shoreline!  What a best kept secret for a wonderful relaxing getaway, with bed and breakfast-style accommodations, wonderful restaurant and a Rolex “World’s Top 1000” golf course right on property.   (more…)

TRAVERSE CITY: Two resorts that have withstood the tests of time

By Len Ziehm TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Golf course openings are rare in these tough economic times. Three decades ago that wasn't the case, but none back then were as celebrated as Jack Nicklaus’ The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort. Grand Traverse tower at The BearGrand Traverse, then just five years old, took an extraordinary step when The Bear was ready for play. Virtually every member of the media covering the 1985 U.S. Open at Oakland Hills was invited to play the layout the day after Andy North won his second Open title, and most of them showed up. That type of sendoff for a new golf course was unheard of, and media members from throughout the country found the layout appropriately named. It was indeed a bear. (more…)

Yarrow, Island Hills are Good Bets for Golf in Michigan

By Len Ziehm AUGUSTA, MI. – Michigan-based golf course architect Ray Hearn has made an impact in Chicago with his work at Flossmoor Country Club, one of the area’s top private facilities, as well as at Mistwood in Romeoville, one of the best public courses. If you want to test more of Hearn’s work you don’t have to go very far. Two of his earlier works are just over the Michigan line, and they’d make good stopovers for those who plan to attend the second Champions Tour major tournament in Michigan this summer.…continue reading →