Relax and enjoy The Inn at Bay Harbor and Bay Harbor Golf Club along America's 'Third Coast'

By Travel ArticlesJune 12, 2012, 5:25 pm

BAY HARBOR, Mich. -- Looking for a place of solitude to escape the summer heat and big city noise? Look no further than The Inn at Bay Harbor and Bay Harbor Golf Club on the banks of Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay.

Relax and reflect in one of the covered beach chaise lounges or Adirondack chairs, watch the children dare to run in the cold waters, admire the orange sunsets of what many call 'America's Third Coast' and relax after a day on the impressive 27 golf holes designed by Arthur Hills.

Once you have gazed on The Inn at Bay Harbor, which mirrors the architecture of San Diego's turn-of-the-century jewel, the Hotel Del Coronado, you won't believe this classic hotel (which opened for guests in 1998) was built on the site of an old cement plant. The vibe is much more olden days America with today's amenities.

'Guests love the resort's picturesque views and setting on the shores of Lake Michigan's Little Traverse Bay, the beautiful sunsets, friendly staff and guest services, as well as amenities like our nightly bonfire and s'mores along the lakeshore,' said Erin Ernst, director of communications for Boyne Resorts' Michigan operations. 'It's a place where people can really get away.'

Amenities abound at The Inn at Bay Harbor

The Inn at Bay Harbor, which is consistently ranked among the top five customer-satisfaction survey results for all Renaissance (Marriott) Hotels and Resorts, features 134 guest rooms, including 84 suites, 23 two- and three-bedroom cottages, Lakeside Cottages and 14 Cottages at Crooked Tree. Make sure to book one with the view of the lake.

Dine at Sagamore's Dining Room, the South American Grille and Wine Bar, The Inn Cafe and, in summer, the Cabana Bar at the pool. The Spa at The Inn at Bay Harbor is a full-service spa and salon that includes a private manicure/pedicure room and a private couples massage room. Families can also enjoy the outdoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool, cabanas, beach area, lawn chess and croquet, exercise room and biking trails. Complimentary wireless Internet access is included.

Bay Harbor Golf Club

Most rave about Bay Harbor Golf Club's Links/Quarry combination, which is reminiscent of formidable Irish seaside courses. You can spend hours exploring the lake coastline, rolling dunes and waving tall fescue while being challenged by the immense shale quarry that plunges 40 feet and frames shots from atop stone cliffs, over ponds and a scenic waterfall.

The Links nine skirts 150-foot bluffs, overlooking some of the deepest blue freshwater vistas in the world. The signature seventh, a 490-yard par 5, is ranked among the top 500 golf holes in the world by Golf Magazine. It goes gently uphill and narrows, making the tee shot and approach somewhat blind, but near the green the lake view opens.

The Quarry nine features a mammoth shale quarry, complete with gaping gorges surrounded by stone cliffs, natural ponds and a gentle waterfall. It finishes with an amazing walk in sight of the lake and clubhouse. This was my favorite nine.

The Preserve nine is known for its natural beauty and is a refuge for wildlife and golfers. Hardwoods frame green grasses, wildflowers and wetlands -- all within audible range of Lake Michigan's shores. The final hole opens up to a photo worthy shoreline panorama.

The Inn at Bay Harbor, and Bay Harbor Golf Club: The verdict

If you can't have fun and get totally involved in this vacation you are most likely a big-time complainer. There wasn't anything I didn't enjoy.

Guests also have access to Crooked Tree Golf Club, designed by Harry Bowers, as well as Boyne Golf Academy packages and private instruction.

And as part of Boyne Resorts, Bay Harbor is centered in a wealth of Michigan's northern lower peninsula that includes 180 holes of world-class golf designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., Hills and even a course with some of Donald Ross' best holes, The Donald Ross Memorial Course.

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 17, 2018, 3:00 pm

Tiger Woods tees off at 12:15PM ET alongside Justin Rose for Round 3 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. We're tracking him at Bay Hill.

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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.

As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.

Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.

This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.

The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.

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Korda happy to finally be free of jaw pain

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 2:43 am

PHOENIX – Jessica Korda isn’t as surprised as everyone else that she is playing so well, so quickly, upon her return from a complex and painful offseason surgery.

She is inspired finally getting to play without recurring headaches.

“I’d been in pain for three years,” she said after posting a 4-under-par 68 Friday to move two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

Korda had her upper jaw broken in three places and her low jaw broken in two places in December in a procedure that fixed the alignment of her jaw.

Korda, 25, said the headaches caused by her overbite even affected her personality.

“Affects your moods,” Korda said. “I think I was pretty snappy back then as well.”

She was pretty pleased Friday to give herself a weekend chance at her sixth LPGA title, her second in her last three starts. She won the Honda LPGA Thailand three weeks ago in her first start after returning from surgery.

“I'm much happier now,” Korda said. “Much calmer.”

Even if she still can’t eat the things she would really like to eat. She’s still recuperating. She said the lower part of her face remains numb, and it’s painful to chew crunchy things.

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“Chips are totally out of question,” Korda said.

She can eat most things she likes, but she has to cut them into tiny pieces. She can’t wait to be able to eat a steak.

“They broke my palate, so I can't feel anything, even heat,” Korda said. “So that's a bit difficult, because I can't feel any heat on my lip or palate. I don't know how hot things are going in until they hit my throat.”

Korda has 27 screws in her skull holding the realignment together. She needed her family to feed her, bathe her and dress her while she recovered. The procedure changed the way she looks.

While Korda’s ordeal and all that went into her recovery has helped fans relate to her, she said it’s the desire to move on that motivates her.

“Because I was so drugged up, I don't remember a lot of it,” Korda said. “I try to forget a lot of it. I don't think of it like I went through a lot. I just think of it as I'm pain-free. So, yeah, people are like, `Oh, you're so brave, you overcame this and that.’ For me, I'm just going forward.”

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Finally adapted to short putter, Martin near lead

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 1:54 am

PHOENIX – Mo Martin loved her long putter.

In fact, she named her “Mona.”

For 10 years, Martin didn’t putt with anything else. She grew up with long putters, from the time she started playing when she was 5.

While Martin won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2014, about nine months after giving up Mona for a short putter, she said it’s taken until today to feel totally comfortable with one.

And that has her excited about this year.

Well, that and having a healthy back again.

Full-field scores from the Bank of Hope Founders Cup

“I've had a feeling that this year was going to be a good one,” Martin said. “My game is in a special place.”

Martin was beaming after a 6-under-par 66 Friday moved her two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

“Just a beautiful day,” Martin said. “I was able to play my game, make my putts.”

Martin hit all 14 fairways in the second round, hit 15 greens in regulation and took just 27 putts. After struggling with nagging back pain last year, she’s pain free again.

She’s happy to “just to get back to a place now where my ball striking is where it has been the last few years.”

Martin, by the way, says Mona remains preserved in a special place, “a shrine” in her home.