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Harbor Shores Golf Club, SW Michigan

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    Take note all you FJA's and staffers.

    http://www.harborshoresgolf.com

    The Harbor Shores Golf Club has now been under construction for the past 21/2 years here in SW Michigan, being created as a Jack Nicklaus Signature course. Despite the shaky national economy, and an even more dire situation in the state of Michigan, the development of the course has marched onward. Last year the first 11 holes opened for public play, while the balance of holes were finished.

    We have just heard here through my company, who is intimately involved in this project, that the Grand Opening Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, August 10th. At the Grand Opening, a star studded grouping will play the full 18 holes as the inagural foursome during a fund raisng event.

    Please note the players, confirmed for the event are:

    Mr Jack Nicklaus

    Mr Arnold Palmer

    Mr Tom Watson

    Mr Johnny Miller

    It has been many years since these four legendary golfers have been on course at the same time, so this is a really "major" opportunity for our area. I will provide additional details as time grows closer, but if you wanted an opportunity to watch this event and participate in the various fund raising activities, mark your calendars now.

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    Do you plan on attending? 

    I mean how sweet would that be to be able to play on the course with those four legends.

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    Pablo, I am probably going to be there.

    One thing I need to make more clear... Only the four greats; Palmer, Nicklaus, Watson, and Miller will be playing this day. If you come, you can not play withthem, but only be a spectator.

    There will be contests and dining with the greats types of events going on, but there will not be any other play allowed.

    Sorry to confuse... Still going to be a huge event.

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    I hear that there are some great courses in the Mitten state. Just never have had a chance to make the trip. Just I am going to have to put it on my wish list.

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    TarHeel, you have to at least take your camera and get some shots of those guys.

    Just don't keep them to yourself, make sure you share with us.

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    The course isn't bad, considering the property (which is disjointed and generally poor)...but the greens are beyond goofy. Will be interesting to see how the Senior PGA goes this summer as a few guys might hate the course.

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    PatCCraig

    The course isn't bad, considering the property (which is disjointed and generally poor)...but the greens are beyond goofy. Will be interesting to see how the Senior PGA goes this summer as a few guys might hate the course.

     

    Pat

    You were in my former "hood" my friend. I am not a fan of this course either in any way, shape, or form. Fortunately for the seniors, they'll be driven on carts between holes. If not, a few might keel over....

    The only plus is that the property this course sits on was 800 acres of old factory landfill. It was a dump, period. At least they cleaned that up. Otherwise it's an average golf course, at best.

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    Tar Heel

    PatCCraig

    The course isn't bad, considering the property (which is disjointed and generally poor)...but the greens are beyond goofy. Will be interesting to see how the Senior PGA goes this summer as a few guys might hate the course.

     

    Pat

    You were in my former "hood" my friend. I am not a fan of this course either in any way, shape, or form. Fortunately for the seniors, they'll be driven on carts between holes. If not, a few might keel over....

    The only plus is that the property this course sits on was 800 acres of old factory landfill. It was a dump, period. At least they cleaned that up. Otherwise it's an average golf course, at best.

     

    Tar Heel,

     

    I agree. It's a nice story considering what was there already.

     

    I actually tried to walk the golf course without a cart and, while possible, it just took way too long (20 min green-to-tee walks). That just makes the course impractical to many golfers, IMO.

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    Tar Heel
    Take note all you FJA's and staffers.

    www.harborshoresgolf.com

    The Harbor Shores Golf Club has now been under construction for the past 21/2 years here in SW Michigan, being created as a Jack Nicklaus Signature course. Despite the shaky national economy, and an even more dire situation in the state of Michigan, the development of the course has marched onward. Last year the first 11 holes opened for public play, while the balance of holes were finished.

    We have just heard here through my company, who is intimately involved in this project, that the Grand Opening Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, August 10th. At the Grand Opening, a star studded grouping will play the full 18 holes as the inagural foursome during a fund raisng event.

    Please note the players, confirmed for the event are:

    Mr Jack Nicklaus

    Mr Arnold Palmer

    Mr Tom Watson

    Mr Johnny Miller

    It has been many years since these four legendary golfers have been on course at the same time, so this is a really "major" opportunity for our area. I will provide additional details as time grows closer, but if you wanted an opportunity to watch this event and participate in the various fund raising activities, mark your calendars now.

    Awesome story Randy, this is the course I was looking for reviews on!!!

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    Tar Heel
    PatCCraig

    The course isn't bad, considering the property (which is disjointed and generally poor)...but the greens are beyond goofy. Will be interesting to see how the Senior PGA goes this summer as a few guys might hate the course.

    Pat

    You were in my former "hood" my friend. I am not a fan of this course either in any way, shape, or form. Fortunately for the seniors, they'll be driven on carts between holes. If not, a few might keel over....

    The only plus is that the property this course sits on was 800 acres of old factory landfill. It was a dump, period. At least they cleaned that up. Otherwise it's an average golf course, at best.

    So the price tag for $75-$100 may not be worth the $$$$ in the SW Michigan area?

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    DB

    If you can get on for $75 it is worth it. More than that and I'd be skeptical..... This time of year there are great values in SW Michigan all over. My former home course, Hawkshead Links in South Haven, can be played for around $60. They have lots of September deals. Tell Greg I sent you!

    There are also course in the Northwest side of Indiana; Blackthorne Golf Club and Warren Course at Notre Dame, both in South Bend that are nice as well. But with football season starting it may get busy.

    Depending on where your travels take you I am sure you will find plenty of playable courses.

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    I grew up in the area, St. Joseph to be exact.  My first round of golf was played on a course called "The Oaks" if I remember correctly, which I believe is now a housing development.  

    Tar Heel, you speak the truth sir, those are all good courses.  Even though my dad is an ND alum, I've never played the course.  He had, spoke very highly of it.  

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    kmcmellen
    I grew up in the area, St. Joseph to be exact.  My first round of golf was played on a course called "The Oaks" if I remember correctly, which I believe is now a housing development.  

    Tar Heel, you speak the truth sir, those are all good courses.  Even though my dad is an ND alum, I've never played the course.  He had, spoke very highly of it.

    KM...

    Really? You grew up there, and I moved from there last year. My first round in town was also at The Oaks. It is 100% abandoned now, and zoned for housing. But none has started in the 10 plus years since it was closed. If you remember, Berrien Hills Golf Club (along the river) has now gone public and was saved from the builders bull dozers back in 2005-ish.

    Lots of choices for sure. Funny to hear you grew up there. I couldn't wait to get away from there. Hated it.

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    Tar Heel
    DB

    If you can get on for $75 it is worth it. More than that and I'd be skeptical..... This time of year there are great values in SW Michigan all over. My former home course, Hawkshead Links in South Haven, can be played for around $60. They have lots of September deals. Tell Greg I sent you!

    There are also course in the Northwest side of Indiana; Blackthorne Golf Club and Warren Course at Notre Dame, both in South Bend that are nice as well. But with football season starting it may get busy.

    Depending on where your travels take you I am sure you will find plenty of playable courses.

    Ya Randy, thanks for the feedback.  I played Hawkshead back in early 2000's and loved it.  I would like to make it back up there and play again next summer.  Have never played in South Bend area, but definitely heard of the ND Warren course.  I also wanted to play Rock Hollow in Peru, IN which is sort of close to South Bend and owned by former PGA Tour player Chris Smith's family.  When I was up there I saw the signs for the Sr PGA Tour event they had at the Harbor Shores Golf Club.  I would love the play Arcadia Bluffs but can't find anyone that is willing to pay that kind of loot and still have to walk.  Have you played there?  Pictures look amazing and similar to Whistling Straits.  

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    Tar Heel
    kmcmellenI grew up in the area, St. Joseph to be exact.  My first round of golf was played on a course called "The Oaks" if I remember correctly, which I believe is now a housing development.  

    Tar Heel, you speak the truth sir, those are all good courses.  Even though my dad is an ND alum, I've never played the course.  He had, spoke very highly of it.

    KM...

    Really? You grew up there, and I moved from there last year. My first round in town was also at The Oaks. It is 100% abandoned now, and zoned for housing. But none has started in the 10 plus years since it was closed. If you remember, Berrien Hills Golf Club (along the river) has now gone public and was saved from the builders bull dozers back in 2005-ish.

    Lots of choices for sure. Funny to hear you grew up there. I couldn't wait to get away from there. Hated it.

    I was just asking my buddy about the course we played for his morning wedding day round and it was the Oaks.  He also told me that the closed up shop.  Pretty crazy.