Belvedere Golf Club Named 2016 Michigan Golf Course of the Year

A view of the green on the ninth hole at Belvedere.
A view of the green on the ninth hole at Belvedere.

Belvedere Golf Club Named 2016 Michigan Golf Course of the Year

Charlevoix, MI – Belvedere Golf Club, a centennial golf course in Northern Michigan, has been named the 2016 Golf Course of the Year by the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association (MGCOA).

The MGCOA Course of the Year Award honors a member course that meets four criteria: exceptional quality of the course; exceptional quality of ownership and management; outstanding contribution to its community; and significant contribution to the game.

Belvedere Golf Club was established in 1925, opened in 1927 and is best known in Michigan as a host to the Michigan Amateur Championship a record 40 times, including the 2014 state championship.

The semi-private club has also helped develop the golfers of the future. A 20-year primary sponsor of the Charlevoix Junior Golf Program, Belvedere is nationally recognized as a top 15 junior program by the American Junior Golf Association, and has sent over 140 local youngsters to the Ferris State University Golf Camp with full scholarships.

In addition, Belvedere supports all of the Charlevoix High School athletic programs and was instrumental in starting the first ever Charlevoix girls golf team in 2014.  The girls call Belvedere their home course, and after just three seasons qualified and played in the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s state championships in 2016.

Golf legends love Belvedere, too. The course is Tom Watson’s third favorite in the U.S. behind Augusta National and Pebble Beach. His family spent the summers of his youth near Charlevoix and he remains a member of Belvedere.

“In a state that is full of great golf facilities, to be recognized by our golf course owners association, is very humbling and an honor,” David Gray, Belvedere’s general manger said. “This recognition is a tribute to our wonderful staff which has taken great pride in the vision we maintain here at Belvedere.”

Located in the popular Northern Michigan resort town of Charlevoix, Belvedere is one of the most historic and renowned golf clubs in the state. It was designed by acclaimed golf course architect William Watson and remains true to the original minimalist 18-hole design. The classic parkland course is challenging enough to test today’s best golfers yet playable enough for the novice weekend player. It is walkable and plays to par 72 over 6,943 yards.

Belvedere Golf Club offers a golf experience that is different from most of today’s modern Northern Michigan golf courses,” said Marty Joy II, the PGA head golf professional, who has researched the history of the course and the great works of William Watson.

via Kate Moore, MGCOA

 

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