Shanty Creek In Bellaire, Michigan Wins MGCA Course of the Year 2014

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Shanty Creek’s Arnold Palmer-designed “Legend” Golf Course was named the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association Course of the Year for 2014.

Shanty Creek, in Bellaire, Michigan, also is listed as among the Top 50 Resort Courses, and has a 4.5 star rating from Golf Digest.

I’ve not managed to play and review Shanty Creek’s courses yet, so I guess I’d better put it on my priority list for next summer.

Full press release follows:

Shanty Creek Resort’s The Legend named Course of the Year 2014
The Michigan Golf Course Owners Association announces winner

Designed by “The King” Arnold Palmer, The Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire helped launch Northern Michigan as a legitimate golf destination in the mid-1980s. Accolades earned included being named among the “Top 50 Resort Courses in the Nation” and The Legend remains ranked among the top courses in Michigan with a 4½ stars rating by Golf Digest. It has also earned the distinction of being named the 2014 Golf Course of the Year by the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association.

“We are thrilled and honored to be selected and proud of our staff and management,” Pete Bigford, the general manager, said.

The Legend has hosted several tournaments including the prestigious Michigan PGA Championship. For guests of Shanty Creek, The Legend is half of the outstanding one-two punch with Cedar River Golf Course that has become a bucket list golf destination.

“With a long list of accomplishments, along with community contributions and exceptional management, the beautiful northern Michigan property was an easy choice,” MGCOA Executive Director Kate Moore said. “The golf course exemplifies what the consumer of golf in our state is looking for: exceptional service, quality golf course, reasonable rates in a friendly atmosphere.”

Under the direction of Director of Golf and PGA Professional Brian Kautz, Shanty Creek Resorts continues to deliver on its promise to promote the game and establish “Grow the Game” initiatives to make golf more approachable and easier for beginners and less experienced players.

The Legend’s head superintendent Mike Richards follows the mission of the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program: to advance the environmental stewardship of Michigan’s golf industry, including fish and wildlife habitat, indigenous vegetation, and protect water resources with buffer zones on golf course properties.

“Once you play it, you will find yourself wanting to return again,” Moore said. “Shanty Creek has a long heritage of providing quality golf at affordable pricing with great hospitality.”

The property will be recognized at the Michigan Golf Business Conference and Vendor Fair, Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Soaring Eagle Resort in Mount Pleasant.

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If you would like more information on the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association or Shanty Creek Resorts, please contact Kate Moore at 800-860-8575 (MGCOA) or Brian Kautz at 800-678-4111 (Shanty Creek).

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