Writer Don VanderVeen
When Michigan Golf introduced
Michigan’s Monsters in 2002, Doug
Hendershot, ratings manager for the Golf
Association of Michigan, said, “there
seems to be a tendency to build a course
that is harder and get a reputation that
a course is difficult.”
Do you think!
The average yardage of the
2004 edition of Michigan Monsters is 7,141
yards from the championship tees. And par
is not likely for even the scratch golfer.
Michigan Monsters II is about
brawn and beauty. Michigan Golf’s toughest
18 courses in the state can be cruel and horrifying
not on your game; but the elegance of these monoliths
will most always overpower the beast.
ago we showcased the state’s
18 most demanding golf courses according to their
slope. Since that time, several new courses have
opened across both peninsulas and some have had
their courses re-rated. This time we chose to
rank our selections on course rating. There are
10 newcomers on the list.
The United States Golf
Association rates courses on both course rating
and course slope. The course
rating correlates to how the course plays to
a scratch golfer, those who play to par as a
rule. The course slope pertains more toward the
challenge for the average bogey golfer, compared
to the scratch player.
Some courses that have
a more difficult course rating may not have as
high of a slope. Or visa
The Chief at Sky Lodge, for instance,
ranks among the most challenging courses in Michigan
of its slope (145), but does not make this Michigan
Monster’s edition of toughest 18 courses
in the state. On the other hand, Hawk’s
Eye, The Chief’s sister course, is tame
by slope standards (140), but its length adds
an average of 2 strokes to par for scratch golfers,
and does make the top 18.
Our list is taken from
GAM rated courses – the
top 18 highest course ratings in the state.
Think you’re good? Move back to the tips
on these monsters and see how you do.
Rating 76.8, Slope 146
When it comes to Michigan’s most challenging
test of golf, The Bear is often a centerpiece
topic. Designer Jack Nicklaus once said that “it
takes a real man” to survive The Bear.
Playing just over 7,000 yards from the championship
tees, The Bear’s deep bunkers, tall heather
grasses and challenging layout that meanders
throughout wetlands, woods and orchards make
every round an adventure.
“It’s a second-shot golf course,” says
Scott Hebert, who worked two years as an assistant
pro at the Grand Traverse Resort. “It’s
not that hard off the tees, but you’ve
got to be real precise with your distance, and
you have to be pretty accurate as well because
there is so much trouble around the greens. If
you miss a green with a sand wedge, you can easily
make a double bogey.”
Hebert should know.
He has won five Michigan Open titles at The Bear,
which annually shows
its teeth against the top club professionals
“To define a tough golf
course, you have to have some good par 4’s and difficult par 3’s,
which it does,” Hebert said. “You
hear a lot of horror stories about guys making
huge numbers on the par 3’s at No. 4 or
No. 9, where there is an island green and water
Other holes of note include
No. 5, which requires a difficult tee shot and
another over the water
to the green. At No. 7, there are hazards on
both sides of the fairway. No. 10 is a classic
par-5 hole that even the best players can make
anywhere between 3 and 8, while No. 11 presents
difficulty off the tee.
“On the back side, there
are a number of holes that can derail a round,” Hebert
can get on a bogey string and make four or five
bogeys in a row.”
Eagle Eye at Hawk Hollow,
Rating 76.4, Slope 145
This new links-style gem designed
by Chris Lutzke of Pete Dye & Associates
has become a sought out golf destination in mid-Michigan
challenging layout and outstanding old-world
features that include mounding, heathers, length,
water and wetlands.
Playing over 7,300 yards from
the back tees, its sheer length is a challenge.
at 440 or more yards can create problems even
for great players. Mix in 110 bunkers and it
becomes about 110 times more demanding.
areas on the par-3s require accuracy. At No.
5, bunkers or hazards surround the small
target green some 210 yards beyond the tee, while
hole 13 requires some length and accuracy out
of a chute of woods.
The course is kind of rolling and not really
level in places, so sometimes your feet may be
above or below the ball,” says head professional
Kirk Sherman. “You have to think about
the shot or you might fade or hook it depending
on how your ball is positioned at your feet.”
are several water hazards on the course, well,
more than several, including an island
green at No. 17 that is reminiscent of the No.
17 hole at TPC at Sawgrass.
The greens at Eagle
Eye are undulating and some are quite large compared
to a lot of courses,
which doesn’t always leave an easy tap-in
“If you get on the wrong
side of the hole, it can become a difficult two-putt
in regulation,” Sherman
said. “There could be a lot of three putts
in the round if you’re not careful.”
9 and No. 18 share a common teeing area and go
along opposite sides of a pond. Both offer
opportunities to get home in two, but make big
hitters think twice with the water waiting to
swallow up errant shots.
“What I love about the course
is that every hole has its own uniqueness and
its own character,” added
Sherman. “There are good par and birdie
holes and some you have to really be on your
toes to make a par sometimes.”
Course at Boyne Highlands
Rating 76.4, Slope 144
most challenging golf course of the eight that
are part of the Boyne properties,
The Hills Course was several years in the making.
Nine holes were completed before namesake designer
Arthur Hills went to work on his masterpiece
at Bay Harbor.
When the second nine finally opened,
it proved to be well worth the wait.
of the course that make it particularly challenging – along
with its intimidating length of 7,312 yards – include
the long angular hazards that challenge golfers
Long bunkers create an early challenge
the first three holes. Marshlands at No. 6 continue
build the momentum. On No. 13, a deep ravine
to the left creates a long all-carry shot from
the tee box. On 15, a 75-yard bunker on the right
dogleg can jump up and bite, while water on the
double dogleg 18th hole provides twice the risk/reward.
“From the tips, the par-3’s
are daunting, ample in length and have carefully
surfaces providing more than ample challenges,” Hills
The No. 3 hole is a 550-yard par-5
with a 100-yard angular bunker off the tee, a
guarding the green and a buried elephant within
“My favorite hole is No.
10, which is a short par-4 with a pedestal green
falling off in all
directions,” Hills said.
No. 12 features
the highest bunker ever created by Hills. It
reaches 18 to 20 feet high and is
reminiscent of the dogleg bunker on the No. 4
hole at Royal St. George in Sandwich, England.
tee at the par-5, No. 13 hole plays 100 feet
above the fairway and features a 15-mile long
panoramic view of Northern Michigan in all its
Tanglewood, South Lyon
Rating 76.2, Slope 139
This course is all you want to
While the mix of long par-5s,
par-4s and par-3s measure over 7,200 yards from
the par-3s are what really jack
up the yardage.
are doglegs left and doglegs right, meaning golfers
must be able to effectively work the
ball both ways with draws and fades.
“There are definitely some
holes out here that can get you (in trouble)
in a hurry,” head
professional Brad Stedry says. “A good
player has a chance to have a decent round for
sure, but there are plenty of opportunities to
make double bogeys real quick. You just have
to play steady.”
Located just outside of
metro Detroit near Milford, Tanglewood features
27 holes of golf.
The signature “Michigan
a green shaped like the Lower Peninsula surrounded
by a big pond with a miniature replica of the
Mackinac Bridge that connects to the next tee
box. Despite the green’s generous size,
shot placement is paramount.
“A lot of times, people
hear about it and see the contour of green and
request to play that
nine,” Stedry says. “But if the hole
is located near Cheboygan, you definitely don’t
want to be putting from Detroit.”
features a generous mix of holes. The South is
tree lined, while water comes into
play in six of the nine holes on the West side.
The North course has more of a links-like feel
with fescue grasses, water and fewer trees.
“Depending on which nine
you play, there are a lot of carry shots required,
and on the West
you could go into the water on virtually every
hole,” Stedry said.
Rating 76.0, Slope 147
With a length of 7,236 yards,
Hollow is one of the longer and more demanding
courses on the east side of the state.
“Length is by far a huge
factor,” head professional
Kevin Grostick said. “But there are other
factors that make it challenging.”
speed of the greens or the U.S. Open rough?
“For a public facility,
our greens are on the quick side,” Grostick
speed of the greens and the undulation are a
The water, bunkers and hidden
hazards places a premium on course management.
“A guy has to mentally get
himself around the course,” Grostick said. “You have
to hit fairways off the tees and hit your putts.
That’s the case just about anyplace, but
here it is really important.
“I try to give up a few
yards to be in the center of the fairway rather
than chance to go into
Rating 75.6, Slope 146
Measuring 7,285 yards from the tips, Sugarbush
is a very good, classical golf course. Sweet
maybe. But soft, no way.
“The golf course is pretty
traditional and everything is straight out in
front of you, but length becomes
a little bit of a factor from the back tees,” says
head professional Tom Wojciechowski. “There’s
really not a lot as far as it being tricked up
or having blind shots, but our green complexes
are slightly elevated and if you miss greens
it’s a little severe to get up and down.
near Davison, the blend of holes at Sugarbush
are tree-lined with contoured fairways. Some
of the chutes are tighter than others, including
No. 13, which is cut right out of the woods.
There there’s the par-5 that plays about
“There are some long holes, but the longer the
fairways play, the wider they get,” Wojciechowski
said. “There is some good thought to what
is out there. The long par-4s are a little bigger
and more generous – as far as being flat – than
the shorter holes.
“There is a huge shot making element built into
Tanglewood,” Wojciechowski said.
“You have to hit the center
of the greens. If you miss, it’s hard getting
up and down because of the contour of the greens.”
Monarch at Garland Resort, Lewiston
Rating 75.6, Slope 140
Of the variety of courses at Garland Resort,
The Monarch has the most bite for the buck: lots
of length (7,188 yards), water, bunkers and woods.
“From the tee box, the woods
you and you can take a good cut at it with your
driver, but there is always pressure on your
second shot,” director of golf Todd Campbell
The greens provide a contrast
in size and shape. Some greens are quite small.
and narrow. Yet others are deep, albeit thin.
“It puts pressure on being
able to hit the tee ball and keep it in play,
and you will still
have a mid to long iron into a lot of the holes,” Campbell
You want tough? The Monarch opens
with the number one handicap hole and gets arguably
“Starting off, you don’t get much time to
exhale,” Campbell said. “Then on
the back, you’re playing back to the south
end of the property and some of the holes are
protected by large towering pines and also a
large open area with water. When you have the
wind howling back there, it tends to swirl around
those pine trees and club selection and guessing
what direction the wind is blowing becomes difficult.”
“A lot of ladies (forward
tees 4,800 yards) enjoy playing their significant
others at The Monarch
because it gives them a good chance to whip their
husbands,” Campbell said.
Trent Jones Course, Gaylord
Rating 75.5, Slope 144
Since it’s opening in the
mid-1980s, the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed
at Treetops remains one of Michigan’s most
revered and challenging tests of golf.
“It was built in the era
when big, bold and challenging was in vogue,” Treetops director of golf
Scott Head said. “Any big name golf course
built at that time seems to be very difficult.
“He had a very dramatic
piece of property to work with and exploit and
stretch over 7,200 yards.
It’s very long, even by today’s standards.
I couldn’t imagine playing it with a Persimmon
driver even back in 1986.”
Much of the challenge
at the Jones Course lies within the lies. The
mountainous terrain creates
uneven lies, which make it difficult for the
The elevated green complexes can
be severe at some points. The undulation adds
“The Jones Masterpiece epitomizes that you have
to hit it on the high side to get it to the flat
side by using the lines on the golf course or
you can get stuck with some awkward lies with
a long club,” Head said. “It takes
a lot of testosterone, but we as golfers tend
to be masochistic by nature and that’s
why we are drawn to the game. They want to get
a full test back there (the championship tees).”
“The key to this course
is getting off the tee,” Head
said. “There are probably four or five
holes where driving areas get really narrow,
and you really have to drive the ball well and
position it off the tee, and if you’re
playing the back tees, you have to play the driver.
It’s a first-shot course and it doesn’t
Black Forest, Gaylord
Rating 75.3, Slope 145
Following the lead of Robert Trent Jones at nearby
Treetops, architect Tom Doak designed the Black
Forest to test the best.
“It was deliberately built
to be a challenge,” Doak
said. “The other course on the site (Wilderness
Valley) is fairly easy and the client wanted
me to make sure that nobody said (the Black Forest)
was too easy.”
Doak, who has international
acclaim with his spectacular courses worldwide,
was glad to oblige.
"It was built during a time
when difficult courses like The Bear and Treetops
were synonymous with
getting attention,” Doak said. “We
set out to build something pretty hard and pretty
The woods at the Black Forest
are very thick, hence the name. And while the
fairly wide clearings, hitting a shot into the
woods is worse than jail.
The contoured greens
are not overly fast, but they do have some built-in
Tom Doak features.
"Like a lot of my courses,
there is always a side of the green you can’t
miss on because of the slope of the green and
necessarily mean always behind the hole,” Doak
said. “It could be to the right or the
left, but there is one side of the hole making
it difficult to get up and down.”
the Black Forest a memorable test, Doak said
he tried to make each hole through the woods
distinct with bunkering to create as much variety
as possible. As a result, nearly 100 bunkers
are scattered throughout the Black Forest.
people who score better at Black Forest are those
who play a little more conservatively,” Doak
Arcadia Bluffs, Arcadia
Rating 75.1, Slope 143
While Arcadia Bluffs is undeniably
awe striking visually, playing it well comes
down to ball
Length is not an obstacle
at Arcadia Bluffs. It’s the short shots
that make it tough.
“Tee to green, the fairways
are extremely wide and the rough is not overly
we don’t let it grow too much,” says
Arcadia Bluffs general manager William Shriver. “The
difficulty here is really from about 50 yards
That’s when golfers must deal
with sod wall bunkers and the contours of greens
average over 6,000 square feet and are groomed
so neatly that putts roll fast.
“It’s the short game more than anything
here, because the greens are so difficult,” Shriver
said. “You need to be very careful on your
lag putts or first putts.
“You have to have distance
control on the approach shot and determine where
you land the ball because
of the undulation of the greens here. There are
a lot of three and four putts.”
With a pure
sand base, the bent grass fairways are firm and
trimmed tightly to less than a quarter
inch, so the ball doesn’t set up like it
would on a bluegrass setting.
There are more than
100 bunkers – either
cross bunkers or sod walls — on the course
with some so big and expansive that it is hard
to tell where they stop.
“People usually aren’t
prepared to deal with hitting a ball into fescue.
try to hit a miraculous shot instead of playing
out and going from there.”
And then there
is the “X Factor.” That
factor is the wind, which always creates havoc
on a classic links style courses.
“When you go to the links-style
course, it is not always as direct and right
in front of you.
It’s a little different mind set at a links
course, and the fact that you are at Arcadia
Bluffs also adds to it, Shriver said.
“ It’s a lot about the difficulty of the
greens. It’s not just a big deal to hit
the green; you have to hit the correct part of
the green and that’s where experience comes
TimberStone, Iron Mountain
Rating 75.0, Slope 140
TimberStone, rated the 2004 golf
course of the year by the Michigan Golf Course
is one of the Upper Peninsula’s pre-imminent
tests of golf.
“One of the unique things
about TimberStone, in addition to elevation changes,
are the towering
evergreens that tend to mold each hole as it
carves its way through the woods,” general
manager Susie Fox said. “It’s more
visually intimidating than it actually is.”
Jerry Matthews design plays just under 7,000
yards from the back, but the placement of bunkers,
water hazards and natural creek beds that run
throughout the property come into play throughout
a round of golf.
“There is a reason they
want to play the tips or they should be playing
the tips, and that
is because they are a better golfer than an average
golfer,” Fox said.
Course management at
Timberstone is important for good scoring. That
may mean leaving the driver
in the bag for some holes and utilizing the information
provided on the scorecard and yardage books.
greens can be very large and pin placement is
Holes of note include No. 6, which
is a 413-yard par-4 from the tips that requires
over water and a peninsula landing to the green.
finishing hole – named “Double
Black Diamond” in reference to the difficult
ski runs throughout the country – descends
220 feet on a 625-yard par-5 with a tee shot
that appears to be blind. Two rock tiers provide
a natural hazard on the fairway before reaching
a double green that is shared with the No. 9
hole that is very wide, but not particularly
“We talk about the tips
a lot here, but we offer four sets of tees to
accommodate players of all
abilities,” Fox said.
The Gailes at Lakewood
Shores Resort, Oscoda
Rating 75.0, Slope 138
What you may see is not always what you get when
trying to score at The Gailes.
“One of the biggest things
that faces the average golfer is the presence
of all the mounding on
both sides,” says Lakewood Shores Resort
general manager and director of golf Craig Peters. “It
gives you the illusion that the fairways are
much smaller than they actually are. It gives
that you have to thread a needle and that intimidation
affects you mentally.
“And, as everybody knows,
golf is a mental game.”
The bunkers at The
Gailes are sod faced and many of those are hidden.
Gailes is not an overly long of a course; it
plays 6,300 yards from the white tees and
6,958 from the tips.
“From that length, there
are a lot of birdie opportunities, but course
management is at a premium,” Peters
said. “Some of the shorter holes are short
for a reason.”
No. 10 is short par-4 with
a big mound on the inside with two landing areas.
Three sod wall
bunkers are out there lurking for anybody that
gets too greedy. No. 12 is a little par-3 with
a similar look to small “Postage Stamp” green
with similar mounding and bunkers around it.
first upscale links-style course can provide
many of the amenities of its forefathers
across “The Pond.”
“When the wind is blowing
is when it is really fun to play,” Peters
said. “You have
to control the height of the ball, and for the
better players especially, it’s a lot of
fun. It gives you a look you’re not going
to see at too many golf courses. You just have
to have your wits about you.”
Rating 74.9, Slope 148
Tullymore, kitten or cat?
five sets of tees, golfers can choose an accommodating
length to fit their games. Or they
can pick their poison if they prefer.
“Playing it all the way
back, there is only one par-5 that is reachable
in two,” claims
Kevin O’Brien, director of golf at St.
Ives & Tullymore Resort. “They are
not ‘gimmie’ birdie holes by any
Combined with three very challenging
par-4 holes that span over 450 yards – including
two that usually play into the wind – you
have the makings for a very long-and-strong test
golf that measures 7,150 yards.
Then there are
the par-3s, like No. 12, a 257-yarder reminiscent
of the “Dell Hole” at
Lahinch, where much of the green cannot be seen.
Architect Jim Engh calls it “the Dell Hole
No. 15 is 178 yards with strategic
bunkering surrounding it and a very challenging
“When you take those five
par-3s with the distance and green complexes,
they can provide quite a
challenge,” O’Brien said.
you can play the front nine even or one over
on the par-3s you are in good shape.”
five sets of tees give a different look at each
stage, but the silver tees provide the longest
and strongest challenge.
“You need to hit solid shots
on the par-3’s
for sure,” O’Brien said. “If
you don’t hit good shots on those holes,
you will probably wind up in a bunker or a hazard.
“The par-5s have generous
landing areas, but the green complexes get narrow
at certain spots.
Some of the green complexes have challenging
The Rock at Woodmoor, Drummond
Rating 74.9, Slope 142
Whether it’s water, wasteland,
wetlands or Netherlands, forced carries are the
of The Rock.
“You’ve got to be able to carry the yardage,” says
Chuck Hessel, director of golf and head professional
at The Rock.
It doesn’t take long to get the message
across. No. 3 is a 230-yard carry shot to the
green. If the carries don’t get you, the
“It’s basically target
said. “There is little relief. If you hit
it into the woods, you don’t have a shot.”
it plays a little over 6,800 yards from the back
tees, there are other factors that make
some holes long and strong.
“Once you’re out there
on the course, the wind plays games with you,” Hessel
The design began on the drawing
table of Robert Trent Jones before Harry Bowers
project. It features many Jones’ trademarks,
including risk-and-reward opportunities.
“It tests you,” Hessel said. “It’s
a fair course, but you have to grind a little
bit and be patient. If you want to attack the
course, you may have to pay a price for it.”
The finishing hole can play as
long as 600 yards, all uphill. The fairway is
wide and climbs upward
to a two-tiered, elevated green. It will leave
a lasting impression.
The par-3 at No. 11 seems
harmless enough, but two-tiered green and overworked
sand traps catch
many balls for those who misjudge the wind and
Boulder Pointe, Oxford
Rating 74.7, Slope 142
For sheer length, Boulder Pointe
requires sheer strength. Measuring just over
7,400 yards from
the back tees, the course can play long and strong.
the length of the course is definitely part of
the challenge, lots of heather and a
prevailing wind make it even tougher.
The course features split fairways, a lot of
bunkering and a good dose of world class heather
waiting to swallow up errant shots.
are generous, but the edges are well guarded
by the heather grasses.
“You definitely want to be on the short grass,” head
professional Glenn Busam says. “From the
back tees, it requires a lot of length and a
lot of accuracy.
“Bunkers are well placed
from the back tees. From the forward tees, they
tend to not come into
play as much for the better player.”
greens are very large and undulating and very
well bunkered as well.
The defining collection
of holes at Boulder Pointe stretches from No.
3 through No. 7, a stretch
that consists of five consecutive par-4s that
Busam claims can rival any course in Michigan
when it comes to difficulty. Two of them can
play as long as 500 yards with the wind coming
into play on all them. The front nine can play
as long as 3,900 yards.
With five sets of tees,
Boulder Pointe can play anywhere from 5,000 yards
all the way to nearly
“It’s a very good
test, and it can be real difficult from the back
tees, but it’s
also a lot of fun from the forward tees,” Busam
said. “When you catch it on a day when
the wind is up, it makes for a demanding day
and concentration is a must.”
Rating 74.6, Slope 140
An outstanding complement to the
challenging Chief at Sky Lodge, Hawk’s
Eye creates one of the most formidable double-play
in the state. Located in Bellaire, Hawk’s
Eye overlooks neighboring Shanty Creek Resort.
comparisons and contrasts to The Chief are duly
While The Chief plays a little
over 6,600 yards and is a short course, Hawk’s
Eye is more expansive at 7,011 yards.
Chief features many severe doglegs,
Hawk’s Eye is more of a straightforward
Both courses feature dramatic
views and elevation changes.
“With both courses, it’s like beauty and
the beast,” architect John Robinson says.
“They are two really different
Hawk’s Eye plays over 7,000
yards with some interesting greens, including
John Robinson describes as a diabolical green
at No. 14 that features undulating undulations.
“It’s a short par-4,
but very difficult to two-putt on that hole,” Robinson
No. 15, meanwhile, is a long par-5
with a bunker between hitting areas. It leads
which is a par-5 that plays over 600 yards descending
120-feet downhill from tee to the green, which
has a big roll in the middle of it.
The No. 18
hole is one of the few par-3 finishing holes
Robinson has created over his 37-plus years
in the business.
Hawk’s Eye meanders through
a planned $18 million residential community,
while there is
little or no housing at The Chief.
Rating 74.6, Slope 132
Making a surprise appearance as
a Michigan Monster is Cedar Chase, which just
may be one of the
best-kept secrets in the state.
Located just north
of Grand Rapids on a high ridge overlooking the
Rogue River Valley, Cedar
Chase sports a pseudo links look and stretches
out 7,115 yards from the back tees.
Matthews III design features 72 bunkers, many
forced carries, woods, elevation changes,
a good dose of wind and some superb putting surfaces.
“It’s definitely tough
to golf with the factors of the tall grasses
and wind mixed in,” Lynch
The No. 18 hole is an uphill par-4
that climbs 75 feet of elevation to a narrow
green into a shallow depth green that is usually
“Good course management
with some accuracy in mind will definitely make
the round more enjoyable,” Lynch
The front nine – which begins
with a 90-degree dogleg into an amphitheater
green – is
fairly straightforward with the exception of
the second hole in which the green slopes away.
backside is when things heat up. No. 11 is a
long hole and tight as a rope.
The par-3 14th
hole plays 175 yards to a tricky double-tiered
green, while No. 17 is a par-3
that plays 241 yards from the tips and No. 18
features an uphill climb into the wind and sunset.
“You can grip it and rip,
or you can use a different club on every hole,” Lynch
a straightforward layout if you’re playing
The Moor at Boyne Highlands
Rating 74.6, Slope 135
One of Michigan’s original
resort courses, The Moor has aged gracefully
and remains a very
solid tournament tested golf course.
is more to The Moor than initially meets the
eye. Much more.
The Moor opened in the early 1970s
as the second course built at Boyne Highlands
after the Robert
Trent Jones’ designed Heather.
the front nine is fairly benign for the most
part, the back becomes a stiff test
of golf. The course also features probably the
toughest collection of par-3’s of any of
the eight Boyne courses.
The Moor is very marshy
with a lot of water hazards. The ponds and marshes
are located in strategic
No. 10 is a relatively long par-4
that plays into a prevailing wind with marsh
left and right and a forced carry on the second
shot. Additional forced carries over marsh and/or
water also exist at No. 11, No. 12, No. 15, No.
16, No. 17 and No. 18.
The green complexes are
gently undulating, making it difficult to read
some of the breaks.
The tournament-tested course
has been host to the Michigan PGA, Mid-Am and
U.S. Amateur qualifier,
as well as state Pro-Ams.
“It’s a good tournament
Bernie Freiderich said. “(Golf instruction
guru) Jim Flick rates it at the top of all the
courses we have.”
Like most courses, accuracy
off the tee is a must. It is especially true
at The Moor.
“You have to get your driver
in play — it
is a must,” Freiderich said. “And
you have to be aware of the greens that are very
fast. You have to putt the ball very well.
“It has stood the test of
time for some 30 years.”