High winds, cold air blowing off the water, heavy rains… welcome to
Scotland golf on the shores of Lake Michigan in early fall. The HOG World Tour stopped in at Bay Harbor Golf Club to play the Links Course and Quarry Course, each 9-holes. Bay Harbor Golf Club is located in Bay Harbor, Michigan, very close to Petsoskey (see map below).
Golf holes near large bodies of water have a different look and feel to them. There are many holes at Bay Harbor which are right on the water. Below is the par-3 eighth on the Quarry course, my 17th on the day. Stunning.
Below is the par-4 first hole on the Links course. See the ball furthest from the hole? That’s mine. Drained that one for birdie!
A few more pics below are from the very interesting Quarry course which was, you guessed it, build in an old cement quarry.
Quarry island green.
I’ll be posting a full review of the Links and Quarry courses soon. Stay tuned.
Here’s the map below, showing Bay Harbor’s northerly location, and my current location (blue dot) in the Traverse City airport!
I had the great pleasure of playing The Heather course at Boyne Highlands in northern Michigan today. There wind there today would make Scotland proud, and it had its way with my game but I still loved the Robert Trent Jones Sr. layout.
The Heather Course features some of the most amazing, biggest green-side bunkers I’ve ever seen. Okay, they are the biggest I’ve ever seen.
Robert Trent Jones’s courses have such a great flow to them, including the Heather. The conditions were also very wet, with heavy rains the night before. The pond below was flowing onto the fairway.
I’ve got to head out to the next stop here in northern Michigan. Stay tuned for my full review of the Heather soon.
Forest Dunes is a golf resort in northern Michigan you should definitely put on your golf bucket list. There are four courses on the property, if you count The Loop, which is a reversible course by Tom Doak. Yesterday morning I had the thill of taking on the Forest Dunes Weiskopf course and oh what a beauty she is. I would have made a blog post about this Tour stop sooner, but the resort is quite remote and there’s not much connectivity there. Plus, I spent most of my time there golfing, eating, and sleeping in between.
I can’t quite recall if I’ve played a Weiskopf course before this one, but I must take my HOG hat off and salute Tom for such a fantastic design. Tired and a bit jet lagged I still managed it around in 80 without losing a ball, and there are massive forest areas everywhere one can do that.
The greens were spectacular and terrifyingly fast. It took quite a bit of skill, patience and green reading to navigate them.
I’ll be posting a full review of the Forest Dunes Weiskopf course here in the near future. I’m still in northern Michigan on a golf press trip which will last another five days or so which isn’t giving me much time to write or process images. Stay tuned. Until then enjoy some Forest Dunes photos.
Above: dew sweeping.
Below: panorama showing the 19th hole. Yes there is a 19th hole.
Women get flowers and smelly stuff as gifts. What do men get? Ties? Yuck. Now men can get a gift which they would like as much as women like smelly stuff and flower gifts, the BroBasket. BroBasket you ask? Yes. I just got my first one. It went something like this.
The mystery box above was on my doorstep and had the quote, “a special gift for you.” I thought to myself, “oh goodie!”
The fun stuff inside the mystery box was a very cool combination of “bro” friendly items like wine, whiskey rocks, golf balls, golf accessories, and a reusable basket to put other bro stuff in.
The wine came at a perfect time. I cracked it open right away while putting together the inventory of my take in my first BroBasket.
My basket is “The Mini Golfer” basket. What’s cool about BroBaskets is they can be customized to fit the the bro’s personality. I’m a wine guy. My basket featured a nice California cab, which I’m enjoying right at this moment (it is 7:58PM). One can configure the spirit portion of the basket by picking from one of five wines, or a selection of brandy, gin, liqueurs, mixed drink packages, rum, scotch, tequila, vodka or whiskey. This cab is great. Cheers.
Other items can be added, pardon me, “configured,” to the basket such as glasses, accessories, and snacks.
BroBasket makes many different themed men’s gifts from the golf one I’ve featured here to others including spirits, corporate themes, holidays, and every other imaginable reason one might wish to give a man a gift.
Stop giving ties or gloves to your man and give him a gift he really wants and will most definitely use, one from BroBasket.
“What are you doing in there?” the lovely bride inquired. “Counting the skulls on my new shorts,” I replied.
Hats off to Tattoo Golf for shaking up the golf apparel world and making it more fun and less stuffy. Love the rock-&-roll attitude and of course, based on the HOG logo, I love skulls.
Lucky 13 ProCool Golf Shorts
Speaking of skulls, I’ve been sporting Tattoo Golf’s “skullicious” Lucky 13 ProCool Golf Shorts. I counted them up, and there are about 100 skulls on the outside these shorts, right up my alley. If you count the inner waistband, there are closer to 200 skulls.
Specs, Style, Performance
Tattoo Golf could rest on its laurels and be satisfied with making the golf shorts with the most skulls on them, but that’s not how they roll. TG isn’t just a gimmick brand. These are real “pro” level shorts. The 100% polyester ProCool fabric is super-light and comfortable and provides moisture wicking to help keep the wearer cool and dry, whether on the golf course or at at Mastodon concert. The style is 100% Tattoo Golf. 100% cool.
The shorts perform brilliantly for me on the golf course, adapting and stretching with every granny over the top dual chicken wing part of my seizure-like unfolding lawn chair golf swing. And trust me, that’s not easy to do.
Caring for these shorts is as easy Freddie Couples’ golf swing. The polyester doesn’t shrink and doesn’t wrinkle. Wear them right out of the dryer, which you can use freely.
As Tattoo Golf says, these shorts are lightweight and heavy in style. I like my style and my rock and roll heavy.
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