I am very excited to be featuring Northern Michigan Golf on the cover and as our Featured Golf Courses in this final issue for 2013.

I traveled to Northern Michigan this past July as the guest of Michigan Tourism and was not only impressed with how beautiful Northern Michigan and the golf courses are but also how popular the game of golf is in that part of the country. You may already know how hard Michigan was hit by the financial downturn at the end of 2008 and its continuing struggle to regain some of the financial stability it had prior to the downturn. What surprised me was how busy the golf courses were and the number of retail businesses there were is the surrounding areas, especially Gaylord where Treetops is located. I was assured that even though the economy appears to be improving, most of the golfers I saw were from out of state and that Michigan still has a ways to go. So, if you are looking for a great summer golf getaway, consider visiting Northern Michigan and staying and playing at Shanty Creek Resort and Forest Dunes Golf Club.

Well, another year without Tiger winning a major. The good news is that Phil won The Open Championship at the age of 43 which has to make Tiger, at age 36, feel a bit better at the prospect of “next year.” And what about my man, Jason Dufner? Early in this year’s golf season, someone asked me which golfer I felt would win some golf tournaments. I said, Jason Dufner. I like his temperment and more importantly, his consistent and steady golf swing. Well, Jason proved me right by winning the PGA Championship. I suspect we’ll be seeing Jason in the winner’s circle again in 2014! War Eagle, Jason! Roll Tide, Amanda!

And finally, this past June you might have seen the USGA’s promotion, “While We’re Young” created for speeding up the pace of play. It was a great campaign with a great slogan. So, even though June has come and gone, the mantra continues…Be aware of those behind you and keep up with the group in front of you.

Stop slow play! While we’re young!

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