Golf In Northern Michigan

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Every serious golfer has a few things that they want to do before they hang up their soft spikes: experience the Old Course; play Pebble Beach … or maybe Pine Valley … ; get a hole in one … or another hole in one.

I don’t know what’s on your list, but let me humbly suggest another item: golf Northern Michigan at twilight.

I finished my twilight round tonight at about 10:05 p.m. The picture above was taken behind the 18th green, looking back over the course, just after I holed my putt (click on the picture to see a large version). I began my first round this morning at 7:30 a.m. (I shot a 94 on both rounds). Two rounds in the same day, nearly 15 hours apart. The picture really doesn’t show it, but there was probably enough light to play another hole or two.

For my money, nothing beats a Northern Michigan twilight round. The air is cool; the breezes light; the shadows long and lingering. The Indian River Country Club wanders through primeval, cathedral-like pine forest, and in each hole’s isolation, you forget that there exists any world outside of the tees, fairways and greens. I’m not given to poetry, but nights like these are poetry in and of themselves.

Its an experience you don’t want to miss.

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