Michigan’s Stoatin Brae Named National Golf Course of the Year

Michigan's Stoatin Brae  has been named National Golf Course of the Year. This is the par 4 twelfth
Michigan’s Stoatin Brae has been named National Golf Course of the Year. This is the par 4 twelfth

Michigan’s Stoatin Brae Named National Golf Course of the Year

 Stoatin Brae Golf Course in Augusta, Michigan has been named the National Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA). The course is one of six at Gull Lake View Golf and Resort.

You can read The GolfBlogger’s Stoatin Brae Golf Course review at the link. I believe it is in the conversation for a Top Ten Courses in Michigan designation. The restaurant there also is excellent. It’s been a couple years since I’ve played there, but it obviously has only improved in the interim.

Stoatin Brae’s design was a collaboration between the Scott family that owns Gull Lake View and senior associates of Tom Doak’s Renaissance Design of Traverse City. The course is built on a hilltop plateau and has a linksy vibe with a distinctly Michigan character.

  The Michigan Golf Course Owners Association named Stoatin Brae the state’s course of the year in October and as a regional winner it was then considered for the NGCOA honor. The award is officially known as the Jemsek National Golf Course of the Year. It recognizes a course that epitomizes exceptional course quality and management excellence, makes important contributions to its communities and the game and is a model of operations to its peers.

  “Each year the NGCOA recognize those that have helped preserve the tradition of the game while embracing the challenges and opportunities of the golf business, and it’s wonderful that they agree with us that Stoatin Brae is very deserving at the national level,” said Jada Paisley, executive director of the Michigan Golf Course Association (MGCA) said in announcing the honor today.

   Stoatin Brae was selected by the NGCOA Board from among four regional  finalists including Spring Meadows Golf Course in Gray, ME, Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in North Carolina and Gamble Sands in Brewster. WA.

  “Stoatin Brae is unique, beautiful and part of a special family-owned resort that serves and gives back to Michigan golf and its golfers,” Paisley said. “The Scott family is so deserving and having their course selected nationally confirms how fortunate we are to have such a wonderful family, golf course and resort in our state.”

  Stoatin Brae will be recognized before and during the NGCOA’s Golf Business Conference 2021, being held virtually January 25-27, 2021. Visit golfbusinessconference.com for details and registration.

  “It’s always a special time when we recognize those who have achieved excellence at their facility,” said Steve Graybill, President of the NGCOA Board of Directors. “Each year, we choose from a pool of deserving nominees; this year was no exception, and we’re delighted with this year’s winner.”

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