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2019 marks the 17th year that I have been the publisher Midwest Golfing Magazine – a fact that makes me feel both proud and old! I’ve seen it all since 2003, from the course boom in the early 2000s to the contraction of post 2008. Now it feels like golf is back in a great place, as top designers and developers are once again creating masterpieces for the public golfer in the Midwest and beyond. As we kick off 2019, MGM is thrilled to highlight a few new gems plus profile stellar venues that have stood the test of time.
Time has truly been kind to The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama, as Senior Writer Glen Turk points out. The preeminent trail in America turns 27 this year, and by this fall two of their top venues, The Dogwood and Azalea courses near Mobile, will have undergone remarkable renovations.
The bordering state of Mississippi is also poised for a huge 2019, as the new Gil Hanse design Mossy Oak is a must-play when in the Magnolia State. In fact, according to Glen, Mississippi is home to over a dozen courses that are bucket-list worthy. Plus, many of them are connected to casinos, which always makes a buddies trip more enjoyable.
Contributing writer David Theoret lives in Central Florida so it’s only fitting he fill us in on all the great golf the mid-section between Orlando and Tampa has to offer. Streamsong Resort, led by three stunning layouts may take center stage, but according to David, Central Florida is far from a one-trick pony.
Last year we introduced you to the dynamic desert destination of Tucson, Arizona. Much like Central Florida, we believe it is an underrated gem that deserves exploring.
Lead staff writer Matt Tevsh stays closer to home to detail two amazing Midwest properties – Northern Bay Resort near Wisconsin Dells, and Sage Run, which is the second championship course at Island Resort & Casino in Harris, Michigan.
Finally, a Golf Show Issue of MGM wouldn’t be complete without Deb Patton’s Forward Tees, Nate Gray’s Pro Page, and Glen Turk’s one and only Turk’s Takes.
Make Some Birdies,
Jay Royle – Publisher