Michigan golf What to do after your round

By Jeff BarrAugust 10, 2009, 4:00 pm
Northern Michigan: After your round of golf

 
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Ive lived in lower Michigan for 40 years, and I never tire of the four-hour trip Up North. Besides the scenery, there are fruit stands everywhere, hiking and biking and lakes and beaches. There are cozy inns, luxury hotels, and lakeside cottages. Ive found that the best way to enjoy the region is to just get in the car and go. The ultimate destination, even if it isnt specific when you start out, will undoubtedly leave you pleased.
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Grayling Fish Hatchery is a reminder that the only thing better than a day of golf is a day of golf and fishing

 
Away from it all
Treetops is located near downtown Gaylord, which features a quaint Alpine-style shopping district. But nature does the talking here, both during and after your day on the golf course. Horseback riding and fly fishing are right down the road, both of which are first-rate and immersed in the deep woods of upper Michigan.
 
Another great family activity that you may not have thought of is U-Pick strawberries. You can ride bikes on the trails, or play tennis on one of the three courts on Treetops property. Golf, however, is the focus at Treetops.
 
Lake living
A couple of the specific wet wonders in Roscommon are the AuSable River and Big Lake. Grayling and Prudenville are about 15 miles away from Roscommon, where you can find Houghton Lake and the Grayling Fish Hatchery.
 
Perch and trout and other fresh Michigan fish are common specialties in Roscommon waterways. Cherry pies are world-class in nearby Traverse City, which touts itself as the Cherry Capital of the World. If your accommodations include cooking facilities, the roads are lined with stands selling fresh vegetables and fruit. An in-the-cottage meal is a great way to go with some of Michigans delicious produce.
 
Metro Detroit: After your round of golf

 
Out on the town
To the ballgame, that is. Even with a pre-game traffic jam, its no more than 30 minutes from the Lakes of Taylors 18th green to a Comerica Park parking lot. A quick meal might lengthen the interlude, but, as the locals will tell you, there are plenty of
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After a day on the course, an evening game at Comerica Park is tough to beat
downtown restaurants to amply fill the time. The Detroit Tigers, 2006 American League champions who have spent much of 2009 atop the ALs Central Division, are sometimes a difficult ticket, but scalpers are on every corner and those looking to dump tickets also can be found.
 
A morning round at Lakes of Taylor, an afternoon brunch and a night at the ballpark is nothing short of a spectacular Detroit day. Autumn golfers and NFL fans may not be as lucky, but even a Lions game is an event worth attending. Ford Field is magnificent, and the NFL is the NFL.
 
History no mystery
A distinct advantage of a metro-area course is that none of the activities is more than 20 minutes from the course. Historical Americana abounds at Greenfield Village, where the original early homes and workshops of Wilbur and Orville Wright and Thomas Edison are among the authentic artifacts of U.S. trailblazers.
 
The Henry Ford Museum features automotive and other transportation historical exhibits are on display all year around. Among the attractions: The limousine in which John F. Kennedy was assassinated and the bus made famous by Rosa Parks famous stand against racism.
 
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Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

“I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

“I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

“Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


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Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

“It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

“I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

“DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.