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Eagle Creek Resort

You can take a wonderful fall drive, stay in Illinois, and play golf at one of the Top 10 Golf Resorts in the Midwest. It easy, just point your vehicle in the direction of Eagle Creek Resort, in downstate Findlay, IL Recently the Chicago Tribune named the Eagle Creek Resort as one of the top 10 golf resorts in the three-state area (Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois, and for good reason. This down-home resort has it all—from a fantastic Ken Killian-designed golf course on the shores of Lake Shelbyville in Eagle Creek State Park to the handsome accommodations that await golfers at days’ end.

A Killian Masterpiece
Ken Killian is one the midwest’s finest course architects, with Kemper Lakes (in conjunction with Dick Nugent) as one of his more notable designs. And Eagle Creek, nestled in 34,000 acres of park and forests is a charmer, with teeth. This is not central midwest flatlanders course; eighteen holes are surrounded by towering trees as the course traverses this former prehistoric glacial region. Dramatic elevations greet golfers at almost every hole, and deep lakes, leftovers from those glaciers, also serve up a golfing challenge. But with four sets of tees on every hole the challenges can come in great or lessor degrees, it’s your choice.

More choices for everyone
For the non-golfers in your group the opportunities for pleasure may even exceed those of the golfers. Guests at the resort have their choice of swimming pools, saunas, forested trails, tennis and a magnificent
picture perfect state park to while away the hours in placid relaxation. Fishing and hiking abound. There is also a new 18-hole miniature golf course, for just a “little bit” of golf.

The beauty is more than skin deep
The natural beauty of the surroundings continues within the walls of the resort-from natural wood beams in the lobby to the scenic, panoramic views from the fine restaurants. In each of the newly renovated guestrooms handcrafted furnishings reflect the skills of the nearby Amish community which you can also visit.

Work or Play, it’s OK
Eagle Creek Resort is also a conference center with an “aim to please” attitude. Within this spectacular environment you can make any corporate outing or charity fund-raiser a total success. There is meeting space for up to 700 people or as small as you want. Meetings and Conven-tions Magazine has awarded Eagle Creek its Golden Tee Award for excellence. The meeting staff is top-notch. What more can be said?

Getting There
Eagle Creek Resort is an easy three-hour drive down I-57 just southeast of Springfield and due south of Decatur. Zipping along in the Audi TT we were gratified at the 30mpg we got, even at 55 and sometimes a few notches more!

Tell Me More
For more information call 800-876-3245 or go to www. EagleCreek Resort.com; email: info@eaglecreekresort.com.

Boyne USA

Looking for a new golf challenge? Then Michigan’s golf leader is calling you. Boyne USA’s 10 courses and three resorts set the golf standard for the Midwest.

The Boyne Story
The Boyne story began in 1949 at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, when Everett Kircher installed the Midwest’s first ski chairlift. Today, Boyne Mountain is home to two great golf courses. One, The Monument, has been rated by Golf Magazine as one of America’s best. It winds through woods and features strategic bunkering and extremely quick and rolling greens.
The Alpine, opened in 1970, is one of northern Michigan’s more mature and picturesque courses.

More Courses to the North
Head north through Petoskey, and you’ll come to Boyne Highlands and four more championship courses.
Start with The Heather. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, it was completed in 1969. The 6,890-yard course features Jones’ trademarks: generous fairways, big bunkers, large undulating greens and a lake in front of the green of the 451-yard, par-4 18th hole.
Don’t miss The Moor. It measures 6,809 yards from the black tees. Wetlands help it live up to its name, and well-placed bunkers make it a rewarding challenge.
Try The Donald Ross Memorial. It features re-creations of 18 of the most famous holes designed by Donald Ross. If you always wanted to play the 14th, 2nd or 10th at Pinehurst #2, the 18th at Inverness or the 14th at Royal Dornoch, then you can play them all at the
6,814-yard Donald Ross Memorial.
The Arthur Hills gives you an opportunity to see the future of golf course design. The newest Boyne course, at 7,312 yards from the black tees, it’s also the longest.
North of Boyne Mountain is the newest jewel in the Boyne golf crown: the picturesque Bay Harbor Golf Club*. Renowned course designer Arthur Hills, in collaboration with Steve Kircher, planned every detail of all three 9-hole courses.
The Links, at 3,432 yards, features towering bluffs, dunes and miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. The Quarry includes a 40-foot gorge with shale cliffs, ponds and a waterfall. The Preserve, which winds through hundreds of acres of hardwood forest and finishes along Lake Michigan, will test your control.
Across the street from the Bay Harbor Golf Club, the Crooked Tree Golf Club meanders through centuries-old pines, hardwoods and farmsteads. Designed in 1994, it assumes the terrain rather than overpowering it—finishing with expansive bay views.

Accommodations for everyone
A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, The Inn at Bay Harbor features 100 one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, a spa, beach club, heated pool, hot tub and cabana bar. Conference facilities accommodate groups from 12 to 150. Sagamore’s, a spectacular lakefront restaurant at The Inn, offers world-class entrees and elegant ambiance. Arthur’s 27, a fine dining venue, is located at the Bay Harbor Golf Club. Enjoy excellent cuisine while overlooking the 9th green of the Quarry course and beautiful Lake Michigan.
But everywhere in Boyne Country you can find a wide selection of accommodations to fit every golfing family and pocketbook.

Getting There
Boyne is in the northern portion of Michigan’s lower peninsula. From I-94 East the drive proceeds due north to I-196 and then to Michigan 131. The scenery is terrific, especially as the miles zip by in our Audi TT. On the highway, the mileage is great for this performance coupe.

More Info
So, if you’re looking for an inviting golf challenge, Boyne is the place to find it. Make your reservation by calling
1-800-GO-BOYNE.

*Bay Harbor Golf Club is available for limited daily play during membership build-up period.

Eagle Ridge Inn & Resort

Eagle Ridge announces numerous course improvements, this resort continues to raise the bar for top-level midwestern golf

Great Efforts Equal Great Golf
“Great results come with great effort,” says Dale Balvin, Director of Golf at Eagle Ridge Inn & Resort.
For Eagle Ridge, this philosophy seems to be working. After a number of recent improvements, the Galena, Ill., resort continues to build its reputation as the “Golf Capital of the Midwest.”
According to Balvin, improvements have been made
on several of the resort’s four championship courses to simply meet the demands that guests expect from a first-class golf facility.
“Due to simple wear and tear, golf courses are constantly changing,” says Balvin, who manages all aspects of golf on the resort’s four top layouts. “But to stay competitive among so many outstanding courses, we have to go above and beyond the necessary improvements to make sure all of our courses are in the best condition possible.”
Following are some of the golf course improvements that were put into place this year:
• Renovation of the creek system that runs throughout the course to improve playability, appearance, and drainage.
• Bunker restructuring to improve playability and appearance.
• Lake levels were raised to improve visual aesthetics.
• Approximately five acres were identified throughout the course to grow in native grasses, which will enhance hole definition and appearance.
• The addition of new cart paths.
• Enhanced signage.
Even after tough weather during the spring months, Balvin reports that the course quality this year is unlike any other at Eagle Ridge. “Our greens,” he says, “are in the best condition ever.”

Golf Capital of the Midwest
Eagle Ridge features 63 holes of championship golf and has been recognized as one of the top 10 golf resorts in the country. Additionally, the resort’s signature course, The General, has been named one of “America’s 100 Best Courses.” Opened in 1997, The General joins the resort’s other two
18-hole golf courses in national acclaim, solidifying the resort’s stance
as the “Golf Capital of
the Midwest.” Both the South Course and the North Course have been tagged as among the best resort layouts.
Experience Troon Golf
As part of Troon Golf, America’s leading high-end golf development, marketing and management company, Eagle Ridge golf courses are being maintained at a higher level than ever.

Getting There
Eagle Ridge in Galena is a quick trip out I-90 from downtown Chicago, and to Illinois 20 west. If you’re in an Audi the drive is even easier. We loaded two sets of clubs and all the luggage we could ever need in the back of the
Audi TT. No Sweat!

More Info
Eagle Ridge’s 6,800-acre development includes 63 championship holes of golf, the 80-room Eagle Ridge Inn, and over
400 condos, villas and
freestanding distinctive homes. For more information, or to make a reservation, call (800) 892-2269. Or visit the resort’s web site at www.eagleridge.com.

Treetops Resort

Topographic, geographic and demographic there are plenty of reasons why there are more public courses in Michigan that any other state. And despite an abbreviated playing season, Michigan ranks in the top five states for total rounds played per year. And Treetops is flattered to be one of the best-known and highest regarded golf destinations in Michigan and the midwest.

Courses Galore
Great golf is much of what Treetops is all about. The Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Masterpiece course opened in 1987, which was just the beginning of a string of continuos improvement amid more new courses. The Tom Fazio Premier and the Rick Smith Threetops courses both opened in 1992, with the Smith Signature course coming on-line in 1993. The fifth course, Rick Smith’s Tradition, opened in the fall of 1997.

These courses capture not only the beauty of northern Michigan but provide some of the most awe-inspiring and enjoyable golf that can be found in any part of the midwest. The combination of contemporary and traditional design can only bring smiles to golfers of all stripes.

Threetops is a One Shot Delight
But certainly the most unique of all the 81 holes at Treetops is the nine-hole Threetops course. This par-3 course was the first design effort of renowned golf instructor Rick Smith and it was a smashing success from it’s opening day. Deep ravines guard many of the greens and sharp elevation plunges typify the course. Golfweek Magazine called it the best par-three course in the country.

Come and stay
If you want to play all the courses at Treetops, and you should, the accommodations at Treetops are inviting and restful. There are 260 rooms in all including standard and deluxe rooms, suites and hospitality rooms. Two and three bedroom condos are available, and four bedroom resort homes as well.

School Is In
Treetops is also home to the Rick Smith Golf Academy. Smith is ranked #5 in “America’s 50 Great-est Teachers” by Golf Digest, and Henry Young, the Acad-emy’s Director of Instruction offers a variety of programs to best suit your needs.
You Want More to do? No Problem!

Aside from golf and golf lessons, as needed, other recreation and leisure activities abound at Treetops. From indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, message therapy and more, it’s just a short walk or a room call away. Guests can also have shopping time at the award-winning pro-shops and Edelweiss Shop.

Treetops also has a huge variety of children’s programs and activities including the Treetops Childhood Development Center, Camp Sylvan, Summer Weekend Child Care, Nanny Service and Special Group Programs.

Getting There
Treetops is located five miles east of Gaylord in the center of Northern Mich-igan’s fastest growing vacation destination. From Chicago it’s
I-94 to 196 and then Michigan 131.

More Info
To make reservations or get more information call 888-Treetops, or 517-732-6711, or go to www.treetops.com

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