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Jay’s Tee Box
As a golfer living in the Midwest, I’ve been living my own version of Ground Hog Day for the past 30 years. For every year I seem to play my best golf of the year at the end of the season, only to have to take a weather-induced pause for four to five months. That break serves two purposes – first, it gets me more excited for next season to start, and it raises my handicap by at least four shots from the past fall. Such is life!
If that sounds familiar, then you’re at the right place as Midwest Golfing Magazine is dedicated to helping you bridge the gap between now and when we can put our first peg in the ground of 2023.
Our Golf Show Issue not only features a series of incredible Midwest golf destinations that are itching to have your group visit once the temperatures turn, but a few warm-weather spots that are ready as we speak.
We begin with our cover feature on BOYNE Golf in Northern Michigan. Editor Glen Turk visited the dynamic property last August and chronicles a list of incredible renovations from their ten courses and three resorts! Staying in the Wolverine State, we also profile Shanty Creek Resort in Belaire that is home to 90 championship holes, making it one of the Top 10 largest resorts in North America.
MGM absolutely loves the Hoosier State, so we are thrilled to highlight Hamilton County, which is just northeast of Indianapolis and is home to a dozen plus outstanding daily fee courses. Lead staff writer Matt Tevsh then showcases French Lick Resort which is home to 45 holes, two distinctive resorts, and a stellar casino in the town that Larry Bird made famous.
If you are looking to head even further south, MGM recommends the 27 courses and 11 sites that comprise the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama. The Trail is pleased to open their first walking-only short course, The Back Yard in Birmingham, as part of Oxmoor Valley.
Mr. Turk was busy last year, as in October he ventured to Brunswick Islands on the coast of North Carolina. Perfectly positioned between Willington and Myrtle Beach, Brunswick Islands features 30+ public-access courses all within a short drive of each other. After catching his first Spanish Mackerel on the trip, Glen informed me he’s sending his resume to Deep Sea Fishing Magazine.
This issue’s Midwest Golfing Personals is well-done story by Deb Patton on former Minnesota Marine Martin Caraway and the peace he’s found through On Course Foundation, an organization that supports the recovery of military personnel through golf.
Finally, an issue of Midwest Golfing Magazine would not be complete without Ask Annex, our Pro Page by Michael Crowley of Morningstar Golfers Club, Chip Shots, Must Haves, and the always comical Turk’s Takes.
Make Some Birdies,
Jay Royle – Publisher