Michigan The forgotten pro golf state


This week the PGA Tour is in the Midwest for the first time in 2010, at Jack Nicklaus' Muirfield Village. The tour will return to the region several times, including Illinois, Wisconsin and later in Ohio for the WGC at Bridgestone.

But it should be interesting to note that this is the first year in quite awhile that the tour won't stop in Michigan. Neither will the LPGA, Champions Tour or even Nationwide Tour.

The Buick Open, held at Warwick Hills C.C., isn't on the schedule this year for the first time since 1958. And with the U.S. Open opting for more public, new-school venues, we may not see Oakland Hills as host again for quite awhile.

Probably the closest thing to a pro tour event in Michigan will be when the new Jack Nicklaus-designed  Harbor Shores Golf Club hosts a Legends foursome event August 10th with Johnny Miller, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer. The Senior PGA Championship will also be held here in 2012 and 2014.

I was in Detroit a few weeks ago visiting some of the area's many championship golf courses such as the TPC Michigan, Orchards Golf Club  and Shepherd's Hollow to see the mood in the Motor City has certainly changed for the better.

Memorial Day weekend also signals the beginning of northern Michigan's peak season - one of the world's great summer destinations home to top courses like Forest Dunes Golf & Country Club, Tullymore, Bay Harbor Golf Club and Arcadia Bluffs.

Michigan is one of America's top golf states, bar none, and now that the auto industry appears headed back in the right direction, it's only a matter of time before their PGA Tour sponsorships return as well -- just don't forget about Michigan golf in 2010.