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U.P. golf goes national

Sports Den

July 3, 2009
By Dennis Grall

ESCANABA - Three Upper Peninsula golf courses have received attention from another national golf magazine.

Golf Magazine has devoted one page in its August issue to two photos and very brief comments on Sweetgrass Golf Club in Harris, Iron Mountain TimberStone and Marquette Greywalls.

The pictures show two extremely challenging par three holes, No. 6 at Greywalls and No. 7 at Sweetgrass. Each course received a one paragraph review.

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Dennis Grall, sports editor

Included in the "Trips" portion that details long weekend golf visits, the item by senior editor Michael Walker is headlined Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The drop head is lower case type reads "The locals like to say that this is God's area code - but the golf will make a believer out of any jaded traveler."

There is a lengthier paragraph giving a general idea about U.P. golf and life in general beneath that headline.

"Yoopers, as the locals like to call themselves, take their golf seriously, and with three new courses opened in recent years, now is a great time to explore one of the country's last wild places," Walker wrote.

Walker also said with daylight savings time, there is room to "fish, boat and golf all in the same day."

He says "Greywalls is the region's absolute must-play course." He says at TimberStone "you'll need total control on these tree-lined fairways." He says "Sweetgrass doesn't boast the stunning natural views of its neighbors, but architect Paul Albanese has managed to create a semi-Scottish feel on this flattish land."

Walker was among a small group of national writers who visited the three courses last September, after taking in a Minnesota-Green Bay football game at Lambeau Field.

The national exposure in a magazine celebrating 50 years is tremendous for the three courses and the Upper Peninsula, but obviously a lot was left unsaid.

Since Yoopers know what these three courses offer, it is a good, albeit tiny, look at some incredible courses for a national audience who may use this article to convince them a visit is in order.

TimberStone is a two-time Golf Digest Five-Star selection, Greywalls is ranked 92nd by Golfweek Magazine's best list and was displayed on its March cover, and Golfweek ranked Sweetgrass No. 20 among best courses to play in Michigan.

 
 

 

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