Ginella's Journeys: 10,000 miles in 33 days
Travel expert Matt Ginella talks about his recent 10,000-mile journey across America in 33 days with Damon Hack.
Coming soon: Ginella previews new courses
Matt Ginella previews courses currently in development at Bandon Dunes, Cabot Links, and Forest Dunes that will be destination courses for golfers.
Ginella: New courses in Wisconsin and Michigan
Matt Ginella discusses new course development by Mike Keiser in Wisconsin and Michigan. Watch Morning Drive everyday 7AM ET.
College life: Ranking the premier college courses
Steve Burkowski counts down the top 5 college golf courses. Watch 'Morning Drive' Weekdays at 7AM ET.
Video: Top fall golf destinations
On Morning Drive, Matt Ginella shared his favorite fall golf destinations. Travel Editor Brandon Tucker also offers up some of his favorite picks.
Ginella: Budget 'Buddy Trip' Rankings: No. 1-Northern Michigan
Northern Michigan comes in at No. 1 on Matt Ginella’s Budget ‘Buddy Trip’ destination list.made-for-TV shootout. Package rates vary throughout the summer, but are always reasonable. Shoulder season rates are ridiculous. You pay a $129 for a room of unlimited golf on any of the five courses. That also includes breakfast and a cart. From Treetops, I drive an hour to Forest Dunes, one of my 10-favorite public courses in the country. Stay at the new 16-room lodge for one night, play 36 holes for $269 during the week, $309 on weekends. So, if you take the trip I just described and go on the last week of May, the tail end of the shoulder season in northern Michigan when days are long and average temperatures are in the mid-70s, that's the three nights and at least seven rounds on memorable
Pure Michigan: Shanty Creek and Grand Traverse
Shanty Creek and Grand Traverse Resorts are featured in this Pure Michigan, Pure Golf feature.a 10-million dollar renovation for Old Summit Village. The Legend is a golf course designed by Arnold Palmer at Shanty Creek and they call it Legend because it's really good. Offers views of Lake Bellaire and the reforest of northernevery shot. This is the way golf courses should be designed. -And Jack Nicklaus says we call it a happy course. -Yeah. -And if you've ever played a Jack Nicklaus golf course , you know if it's difficult, he's happy. -You're gonna be happy if you tee it forward here. You're not gonna be happy
Pure Michigan: Tullymore and Bay Harbor
Tullymore and Bay Harbor Golf Clubs are featured in this Pure Michigan, Pure Golf feature.we'll start out with Tullymore, which is in Stanwood, Michigan; and I played golf at Michigan state, but have never heard of Stanwood, Michigan. Where is this? -Stanwood-- Boy, it's sort of-- Don't you have to draw the-- -Your hand. Yeah, give me your hand. -You have to draw your hand. Yeah. Gotta use the right hand. Yeah. It's over-- It's somewhere over here. -Got it. Right in the center. -Yeah. Lower left. Lower right if I'm looking at my hand. -Got it. -But Tullymore is beautiful. I will tell you this is a Jim Engh design at the St. Ives Resort. It wonders through 800 acres of wetland. 800 acres usually can build a golf course in the heart of-- -Of wetland. -50 acres. This is 800 acres. Visually spectacular. Voted new best upscale public course by Golf Digest . Jim Engh is truly an artist when it comes to architecture. You'll get up on every tee and be blown away by
Pure Michigan: Greywalls and Island Hills
The Greywalls at Marquette and Island Hills courses are featured in this Pure Michigan, Pure Golf feature.also affordable in Michigan. -Absolutely. -It's one of my favorite states to play golf by far. -Let's take a look at 2 of the featured courses by Pure Michigan, the first one here. -We'll start with Greywalls at Marquette Country Club . This- let me tell you a little something about this place. Alister MacKenzie designed Crystal Downs in Michigan- -Uhuh. Yeah. -one of the best courses in the country. He also designed Cypress Point, Augusta National , Pasatiempo. A guy by the name of Mike DeVries grew up at Crystal Downs and then went on to design Greywalls. That might be all you need to know here. This is a fantastic golf course on 230 acres with views of Lake Superior. Don't walk, run. -Look at the trees and the foliage. I bet that'd be beautiful in the fall. -Fantastic. I mean, Michigan's beautiful in the fall. If you're playing here and wandering around this golf course , you're gonna be in a happy place. -Also in Michigan, Island Hills Golf Club, a great value is what I hear. -Yeah.
Pure Michigan: Arcadia Bluffs and Treetops Smith
Arcadia Bluffs and Treetops Smith courses are featured in this Pure Michigan, Pure Golf feature.I know how many beautiful courses and options there are especially in Northern Michigan . We'll start out with Arcadia Bluffs. What can you tell me about this, Matt? -You might love Michigan. You might be the only person who loves Michigan golf more than me. Arcadia Bluffs is- as I once wrote in Golf Digest Travel Story, I love Arcadia Bluffs and Forest Dunes. I say Forest Dunes is like Spyglass. Arcadia Bluffs is like Pebble Beach and that might be all you need to know. Overlooking Lake Michigan, it's got the mid-Western aim and corner, eleventh, twelfth and 13, very special-very memorable stretch of holes there. -Beautiful. And I don't give it a beautiful rating everyone, unless it truly is beautiful. -One new thing that has happened since I've been there is now a 15-suite lodge. So there's now actually a- -Oh. -nice place to stay at the great Arcadia Bluffs and not just play. -Check it out. All right, next up Treetops in Gaylord, Michigan. -Yeah. This is Rick Smith's signature course at Treetops. Again, a great buddies' trip destination- good family destination. This- the Smith signature is Rick Smith's first 18-hole design. It got very forgiving fairways, lots of angulations to the greens. I remember the tenth hole par-5 going downhill
New ownership brings new life to Forest Dunes Golf Club in Northern Michigan
Despite a perennial Top 100 ranking, Forest Dunes has had unstable ownership. The newest purchaser, however, has this northern Michigan beauty looking bright once again.
Capital Conundrum: Which destination is the golf capital of the United States?
The United States is full of golf hotspots, but only a handful can make a case as the country's golf capital. Jason Deegan shares six destinations' arguments for the title.
Relax and enjoy The Inn at Bay Harbor and Bay Harbor Golf Club along America's 'Third Coast'
Looking to get away from it all? Look no further than The Inn at Bay Harbor and Bay Harbor Golf Club. The Inn at Bay Harbor feels like olden days America with modern amenities, while the 27 golf holes designed by Arthur Hills (especially the Links/Quarry combination) are reminiscent of formidable ...
Punch Shots: Best northern Michigan golf itinerary
With summer right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about golf in northern Michigan. Natives Jason Deegan and Brandon Tucker debate their favorite golf itinerary for a long weekend.
A round with golf course architect Tom Doak
Architect of such esteemed golf courses as Pacific Dunes, Cape Kidnappers and many more, Tom Doak is one of the world's leading golf course designers. Jason Deegan caught up with him at his home club, Crystal Downs in northern Michigan.
Trave-Lin Golf: Some of our favorite finds
With the New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin dazzling the NBA, we reminisce on the great golf courses we weren't prepared for