In the case of deciding which golf programs are value your hard-earned cash, there aren’t any scarcity of rankings to comb by way of.

However Golf Advsisor’s rankings are distinctive, in that they’re basically decided by way of golfers’ on-line evaluations — not some trade insider whose firm expense account makes it simpler to play wherever, and every time.

And a number of other Michigan public programs did fairly properly within the Golf Advisor rankings launched this week, notably west Michigan’s Pilgrim’s Run, which checked in at No. 5 within the web site’s “Better of 2018: High 10 golf programs within the U.S.”

Pilgrim’s Run, which opened within the late 1990s, trails solely 4 legendary programs: No. 1 Bethpage Black in New York, No. 2 Atlantic Metropolis Nation Membership, No. Three TPC Sawgrass (Stadium) in Florida, and No. Four Tobacco Highway in North Carolina.

“That is our fifth top-50 checklist since we launched Golf Advisor in 2014 and the number of our reviewers proceed to evolve,” Brandon Tucker, senior managing editor for Golf Advisor, stated in an announcement. “Whereas the checklist features a sampling of bucket-list programs which might be delivering on excessive golfer expectations, a big number of the checklist options particular, extra fairly priced programs which might be excelling of their native or regional market.”

Pilgrim’s Run, beginning at $59, is among the many most cost-friendly programs within the prime 50. Pilgrim’s Run carries a Golf Advisor score of 4.Eight out of 5 stars, making it a powerful hidden gem within the village of lower than 200 residents situated a half-hour north of Grand Rapids.

Pilgrim’s Run additionally was No. 15 on the web site’s top-25 checklist of “finest layouts,” was No. 1 on the checklist of friendliest staffs and was No. 2 amongst circumstances.

Proper behind Pilgrim’s Run on the top-50 course checklist was the one different Michigan course on the checklist, the UAW-owned Black Lake Golf Membership, designed by the legendary Rees Jones, in northern Michigan’s Onaway, at No. 6.

The Golf Advisor rankings thought-about greater than 2,800 golf programs, and 825,000 evaluations.

Different native highlights:

Worth: No. 8, Pierce Lake Golf Course, Chelsea; No. 12, Holly Meadows Golf Course (Capac); No. 14, The Colonial Golf Course, Hart; No. 18, Gaylord Golf Membership; No. 24, Coyote Protect Golf Membership, Fenton.

►Structure: No. 12, Ravines Golf Membership, Saugatuck; No. 17, Diamond Springs Golf Course, Hamilton.

Circumstances: No. 6, Gladstone Golf Course; No. 7, Macatawa Legends Golf & Nation Membership, Holland; No. 15, Black Lake; No. 24, Eagle Eye Golf Membership, Bathtub.

Improved circumstances from 2017: No. 3, Copper Hills Golf Membership, Oxford; Stoatin Brae at Gull Lake View, Augusta.

Reside interviews?

The PGA Tour may be taking one other step towards connecting gamers with tv viewers.

A number of years in the past, it requested gamers in rivalry on the weekend to permit for TV interviews earlier than their rounds, normally as they have been arriving or leaving the follow vary. Now they’re in search of volunteers prepared to do interviews on the course throughout their rounds.

It’s within the experimental stage on the Sentry Event of Champions, which begins right this moment, and the willingness to participate will depend on the participant.

Brooks Koepka, the reigning PGA Tour participant of the 12 months, nixed the thought final 12 months in Shanghai however stated he may be OK with it now.

“Don’t they try this on the Champions Tour?” he requested.

Justin Thomas? Not a lot.

Thomas talks a lot throughout his spherical, normally to himself or with caddie Jimmy Johnson. The concept of stopping for a fast interview was not interesting to him.

“I’ve simply been requested about it,” he stated. “I stated, ‘No.’ It’s not me. I do lots of self-talking. That’s mine and Jimmy’s time, whether or not we’re speaking about no matter, and even the following shot. For me, there’s no profit. It’s solely going to make me look worse.”

Such interviews will not be more likely to happen within the closing spherical, and PGA Tour officers are delicate to the timing of the interviews.

A fast spot with Dustin Johnson after his 432-yard drive got here inside 6 inches of the cup final 12 months at Kapalua may be a super state of affairs.

Proper after a three-putt bogey from 10 ft may not be.

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PGA Tour

Event

of Champions

Course: The Plantation Course at Kapalua (Hawaii); 7,518 yards, par 73

Purse: $6.5 million (winner: $1.Three million)

TV: Immediately-Friday, 6-10 p.m. (GC); Saturday, 4-6 p.m. (NBC), 6-Eight p.m. (GC); Sunday, 6-10 p.m. (GC)

Defending champion:

Dustin Johnson

 



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