Dusting the clubs

Text: Greg Johnson A Grand Rapids-based golf course is offering a new winter golf training program. People in Michigan are often quick to tuck their golf clubs away in the winter, but Gary Smithson, PGA Professional and director of Golf at The Mines Golf Course in Grand Rapids, is giving…

Grip one last trip

Text: Greg Johnson [caption id="attachment_819" align="alignright" width="450"] Treetops Resort, photo by Nile Young Photography[/caption] As the leaves begin to change, don’t fall for missed seasonal opportunities for golf in Michigan.   Don’t put away those clubs just yet. In fact, seasoned golfers know there is often one more road trip…

The essentials of aeration

Text: Greg Johnson Jack Thomasma, golf course superintendent at The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe—also known as the course visible to automotive drivers on eastbound Interstate 96 as they approach Grand Rapids—joked the course always looks green from a distance. “The faster you drive by, the better it looks, too,”…

Burnished: leaves, harvest, and golf

[caption id="attachment_803" align="alignright" width="400"] Courtesy Crystal Mountain[/caption] Text: R.J. Weick While summer—that glorious season of warm sunlight and beckoning freshwater waves—holds the hearts of many, autumn is a season for poets. As the leaves begin to turn and crispness settles in the late afternoon air, there is a subtle shift…

The LYNX fall tour

Text: R. Collins An annual event celebrating the region’s true colors returns to a Michigan golf course. West Michigan has much to offer in the way of dining and drinking experiences, as well as art scenes; but for many, the area’s fundamental quality lies in its natural beauty. The LYNX…
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