About GaylordGaylord is situated at the center of the northern Lower Peninsula, putting the city in the heart of northern Michigan and its scenic beauty. The area's shimmering lakes and flowing rivers were sculpted by glaciers millions of years ago and are now surrounded by beautiful, mature forests and lush valleys.
With such an ideal location, the city serves as the perfect base camp for a variety of outdoor activities. Developed as an "Alpine village," Gaylord's city center is reminiscent of an old Swiss village, offering not only skiing but also plenty of dining and shopping options.
Though it's a bustling ski destination in the winter, during the summer Gaylord is a golf mecca. There are a variety of courses available, some of which boast famous designers including Tom Fazio, Tom Doak, and Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
One of Gaylord's most popular courses is the Loon Golf Club, which has been voted one of the most women-friendly designs in the Midwest. It's a challenging but playable course surrounded by natural beauty and abundant wildlife. The Wilderness Valley Resort, which offers two championship courses -- Valley and Black Forest -- is also a top-rated resort that is popular among locals.
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A pure golf destination in northern Michigan, Forest Dunes offers three award winning designs by two renowned architects. Tom Weiskopf’s Forest Dunes course is annually ranked among the top 25 public courses nationally while the “reversible” The Loop course designed by Tom Doak plays as two completely different courses while alternating directions daily.
BOYNE Golf provides the ultimate world-class golf destination with 10 championship caliber courses spanning three resorts. From same day tee times to all-inclusive vacation packages, plus elite instruction with the BOYNE Golf Academy, BOYNE Golf truly offers an unrivaled golf vacation experience.
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Other than missing a handful of big-timers, northern Michigan features a list of golf course designers as good as any destination in the country. All the usual suspects who dominate top 100 lists are well represented. But what are the best of the best? Jason Scott Deegan offers up northern Michigan's 10 best "designer" golf courses.
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Ewan Porter travels down under to visit some of the best golfing destinations in Australia. Porter visits Moonah Links to play a round with 2018 Australian Senior Amateur Champion Sue Wooster. Along the way, Porter spends time meeting koala bears at the Moonlit Sanctuary and diving alongside sharks in a Melbourne aquarium. A visit to King Island leads to a tour of Cape Wickham and an Australian cheese tasting. The round trip ends with an excursion to Tanzania that includes golfing at Barnbougle and mountain biking in Derby. (2019).
Matt Ginella travels to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to visit the “seaside golf capital of the world.” During a visit to Pine Lakes Country Club, Ginella spends time with Brandon Canesi, the founder of the Hole High Foundation. Along the way, he tees it up with junior golfer Jackson Cole and hits the water at Shark Wake Park with Greg Norman Jr. Between rounds, Ginella goes fishing at Paradise Reef and enjoys some delicious tacos from Bubba’s Love Shak. The round trip ends with a visit to Pawley’s Plantation Golf and Country Club to talk music and golf with Mark Bryan. (Original air date 2018)
Matt Ginella ventures across the pond to explore the culture of golf in Ireland. After discussing the updated Adare Manor Golf Club with Andy McMahon, Ginella heads to town to listen to some traditional Irish music at Aunty Lena’s. The tour of Ireland continues with a visit to Waterville Golf Links and Ardglass Golf Club. Amidst teeing it up along the coast, Ginella makes time to try Bushmills Whiskey and visit Lahinch Golf Club, home of the 2019 Irish Open. The round trip ends with a visit to Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland to play a round with John Bamber. (Originally aired 2018)