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Jay’s Tee Box
During these unprecedented times your partners and friends become solidified. I won’t lie to you – part of me was very concerned for the short-term viability of Midwest Golfing Magazine as many courses in the Midwest were closed due to the Pandemic through a large portion of March, April, and even into early May. But then one by one Safer at Home orders were lifted and golf quickly became one of the few recreational outlets the masses could enjoy at a safe social distance. Daily fee rounds boomed and new golfers by the truckload fell in love with the game instantaneously. But still, many courses were operating in the red due to lack of outing, wedding/banquet, or food revenue. Through it all, when no one was obligated to stay with us they all did. This Jay’s Tee Box is a heartfelt thanks to remarkable long-standing partners such as Lawsonia, Trappers Turn, Northern Bay, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Island Resort & Casino, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Big Cedar Golf, Arcadia Bluffs, Dacotah Ridge, Shangri-La, Wolf Creek, and BOYNE Golf, new ones such as The Club at Lac La Belle, Horseshoe Bay, and Harbor Shores (I apologize if I missed a few due to space constraints). Our magazine would not exist if it wasn’t for their belief and patronage!!
So as a thank you, we are dedicating our Fall Issue to all of our great partners through a few special features and our 15th Annual Editor’s Choice Awards, which is always done so well by Editor Glen Turk. We hope you enjoy a fun look at a 2020 golf season that could be best summarized as surreal. Speaking of surreal, we are thrilled to highlight Wolf Creek in Mesquite, Nevada which is as close to playing on the moon as you’ll get. Lead Staff Writer Matt Tevsh catches us up with the remarkable progression of Sand Valley Golf Resort in Central Wisconsin and the cool story of Sacks Parente Putters. Plus, we have our staples of Chip Shots, Nate Gray’s Pro Page, and Deb Patton’s Holiday Gift Guide to round out the issue.
The greatest language ever invented is the language of gratitude and I am eternally grateful for our partnerships and friendships. I would also be remiss if I didn’t thank the best staff in all of golf. They may be small in numbers, but their talent, effort, and passion are second-to-none. Let’s hope when we connect next February COVID-19 is in our rear-view mirror and we can all golf our brains out in 2021.
Make Some Birdies,
Jay Royle – Publisher