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Jay’s Tee Box
We are smack dab in the middle of a golf revival! The last time I can remember golf having such top-of-mind awareness nationwide was when Tiger Woods said “Hello World” in August of 1996 at the Greater Milwaukee Open. Since we spoke last, The Americans trounced the Europeans 19-9 at the Ryder Cup, turning Wisconsin-native Steve Stricker into “Captain America,” and sending the Midwest into a golf frenzy!
Then, just before Christmas, Tiger Woods made his triumphant comeback at the PNC Championship with the world’s most famous 12-year-old, his son Charlie Woods. Regretfully Team Daly downed Team Woods by two shots, but what a performance they gave us!
So with golf fever at an all-time high, MGM is thrilled to present the first issue of our 20th year! We are humbled that for two decades Midwest golf enthusiasts have looked to us for insights on where to play, what equipment to buy, and to stay up-to-date on what’s new and exciting in our eight state distribution region.
We begin our Golf Show Issue with a cover feature on the power of BOYNE Golf in Northern Michigan. As Editor Glen Turk points out, the true strength of Boyne is that they never rest on their laurels. To that end, Boyne Highlands Resort has been transformed into The Highlands and the Donald Ross Memorial Course is undergoing a bold restoration project by Raymond Hearn. Ten magnificent courses spread out over three dynamic resorts – it doesn’t get much better than BOYNE when it comes to Midwest golf in my humble opinion.
We are privileged to feature two other Midwest resort titans, French Lick Resort in southern Indiana, and Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in Galena, Illinois. Both are two of my personal favorites and golfers can play 63 distinctive holes over four courses at each property.
63 holes is just an appetizer when you drive just north of Indianapolis to Hamilton County. The county boasts of over a dozen public courses that keep getting better with age according to Glen Turk. Plus, a sweet Top Golf in Fishers makes Hamilton County a true golf-centric destination.
Lead staff writer Matt Tevsh, who has been with us since almost the beginning, headed south for a great feature on the legendary Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, home to 468 holes on 26 courses over 11 venues throughout the Yellowhammer State. Matt is also in charge of our Midwest Golfing Personals feature on Lance Meyer, a teacher who turned to painting golf courses while he is fighting a rare disease.
2022 also signals the return of our Pro Page series, and this year’s resident pro is one of Wisconsin’s finest players and teachers, Michael Crowley of Morningstar Golfer’s Club in Waukesha. Finally, a Golf Show issue wouldn’t be complete with staples such as Chip Shots, The Must Haves, and Turk’s Takes.
20 Years, where oh where have you gone and here’s to at least 20 more!