No private golf club in Florida matches up with The Legacy

Bob Foisie's The Legacy

Bob Foisie’s The Legacy offers many activities that other Florida golf clubs don’t.

By Len Ziehm

PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida – The Legacy may be the most intriguing course in golf-rich Florida.

Located in a community that has five 18-holers in close proximity to each other, The Legacy – the only private course among the five — has been around for 32 years and has hosted local qualifiers for many U.S. Opens and other national tournaments. Its designers carry a highly respected name in course architecture circles and its most progressive 82-year old owner has made upgrades that make his club both special and unique. Continue reading

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Re-opening of Dye Course underscores progress made at PGA Golf Club

PGA Golf Club Pete Dye course

Pete Dye’s bunkers were the talk of the day at the re-opening of the Dye Course at PGA Golf Club.

By Len Ziehm

PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida – The PGA Golf Club is the winter home of the PGA of America’s 28,000 members. It’s also one of just two facilities in America that the PGA operates, the other being Valhalla – the organization’s premier tournament venue in Louisville, Ky.
PGA Golf Club, with its four 18-hole courses plus a six-hole short course and elaborate learning center, is one of the nation’s top golf resorts. That’s why this week’s re-opening of its Dye Course will have an immediate impact on the game nation-wide. Visitors, both from all parts of the U.S. as well as other countries, will soon be arriving here with a new, most attractive playing option. Continue reading

Another Inkster, Johnson duel at The Legends Championship?

By Len Ziehm

Practicing at The Legends Championship

The storm is coming, but Legends’ players kept on practicing after their rounds at Pete Dye Course.

FRENCH LICK, Ind. – Becky Iverson started fast, Juli Inkster finished strong and Trish Johnson’s consistency was critical. In the end they shared the lead after Saturday’s first round of The Legends Championship on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort.

Rounds started off both the Nos. 1 and 10 tees after afternoon rains entered the weather forecast and the last players putted out before the weather turned bad. Continue reading

A new look for golf instruction at Grand Traverse

Mark Hill Grand Traverse Golf Academy

Mark Hill believes the most effective golf instruction is done on the course.

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm

ACME, Michigan – The structural changes at Grand Traverse were made last year when owners of the 30-year old resort spent $7 million to renovate the tower that is the facility’s centerpiece.

Grand Traverse has three courses on its 1,400 acres and the resort features 660 rooms, diverse restaurants and lounges and 49,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space, unique shops, health club and spa, children’s center and beach club. Last year’s upgrades were – most understandingly – very well received and they’ll keep Grand Traverse in the forefront of U.S. golf destinations for many years to come.

That was last year, this is now. Continue reading

A big change is coming at Michigan’s Inn at Bay Harbor

The Inn at Bay Harbor is undergoing a three-stage renovation that will make it even more upscale.

The Inn at Bay Harbor is undergoing a three-stage renovation that will make it even more upscale.

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm

BAY HARBOR, Michigan – This is anniversary time for Boyne Golf, the biggest golf course conglomerate in the Midwest. It has 10 courses among its three northern Michigan resorts and two are celebrating milestones in 2016.

The Heather course at Boyne Highlands – the Robert Trent Jones Sr. design that got the golf boom started in the area – is marking its 50th season and the most upscale of the Boyne layouts – Bay Harbor – is marking its 20th season. Continue reading