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Made some major progress today

Headed to the UP in June to play Sweetgrass and Greywalls.  I can't wait. 

I just played last week as well for first time, and is also my new favorite course.  My two minor complaints would be... 1.  One of the iconic holes (hole 12 I think) is under construction, and t

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does your buddy play? It’s not hard to scoop a couple year old set, driver, one wedge, putter. The GF has been playing the Amp cells from cobra. Nothing too big or obnoxious but nothing too hard to hit. With a lower speed an actual club fitting isn’t important.

Ill PM you who my buddy that works there says is best.

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Has anyone done a wedge fitting at Miles of Golf? I wanted to do it soon but was wondering if they take you to chip/hit off grass in the summer. I think that is an important part of wedge fitting, but if they don't do it either way I would prefer to just get it done now. Also would appreciate any general comments on the MOG wedge fitting.

Driver: Taylormade SIM Max 10.5 - Diamana D+ 70x

3 wood: Taylormade SIM Max 15 - GD ADVR 7x

hybrid: Taylormade Sim Max Hybrid 19 - Tensei Pro White 90x

irons (4-pw): Ping iBlade - Project X rifle 6.5 +1"

wedges (50,55,60): Vokey Sm7 - Project X rifle 6.5 +1"

Putter: Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2 36"

Ball: Z star XV

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Probably a very good idea. I think typically better players use a 56 or 58 degree loft for sand shots, but that doesn't always hold true for all players. For me, I use a 54 degree sandwich with 12 degrees of bounce, more typical of the higher handicap golfer that I am I think. The point is, I wouldn't have known this unless I practiced with particular wedges to see what suits me the best.

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Got my January round in today (Brae Burn in Plymouth was open). I had no idea the snow was all going to be gone by this morning, so that was a nice surprise.

Ping G410 LST 9* (set to 7.5*), 46.5", Fujikura Ventus Black 6x
Ping G410 LST 14.5* (set to 13*) Fujikura Ventus Black 7x
Tour Edge CBX Iron-Wood 17* (Black Pearl) Fujikura Ventus HB Blue 9x or Tour Issue TaylorMade M2 Tour 18*, Fujikura Rombax P95x
Scratch SB-1 3-4 & 6-PW Nippon Modus3 120x or Ben Hogan Icon 4-PW Nippon Modus3 125x
Corey Paul 52*/Titleist Vokey Forged 58* K-Grind, Nippon Modus3 125 Blue Wedge shafts,  Titleist Vokey SM6 62* M-Grind DG S200
Byron Morgan long pipe neck B-17, Brushed Mystic finish, 34" or Byron Morgan long pipe neck beached 007x
 

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Oh wow, nice! Which course?

Ping G410 LST 9* (set to 7.5*), 46.5", Fujikura Ventus Black 6x
Ping G410 LST 14.5* (set to 13*) Fujikura Ventus Black 7x
Tour Edge CBX Iron-Wood 17* (Black Pearl) Fujikura Ventus HB Blue 9x or Tour Issue TaylorMade M2 Tour 18*, Fujikura Rombax P95x
Scratch SB-1 3-4 & 6-PW Nippon Modus3 120x or Ben Hogan Icon 4-PW Nippon Modus3 125x
Corey Paul 52*/Titleist Vokey Forged 58* K-Grind, Nippon Modus3 125 Blue Wedge shafts,  Titleist Vokey SM6 62* M-Grind DG S200
Byron Morgan long pipe neck B-17, Brushed Mystic finish, 34" or Byron Morgan long pipe neck beached 007x
 

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I've worked with Jim for the past 2+ years. Good guy. Simplified many things for me. Really opened my eyes to short game and controlling trajectory.

8.5* Ping G400 LST w/ Tensei Blue 60TX
15* TM M1 w/ Rogue Silver X
19* TM M1 w/80x Black Tie
4-PW Srixon Z745 w/ TTDG X100
Titleist SM6 52.12 F, 56.14 F, 60.10 S 
Taylormade Spider Tour Black
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Stopped in lto the new club champion in Grand Rapids. I’ve never seen the multiple of exotic shafts. I’m stoked to go there in a couple weeks to see if they can kick out my driver shaft. A simply awesome place. No need to make the trip to the east side.

Titleist TSi2 10 deg (@ 9 deg C1) HZRDUS Smoke  Black RDX 60 6.0 Driver 

Titleist TSi2 15 deg (@ 14 deg C1) HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 70 6.0 Fairway Wood

Titleist TSi2 #3 & #4 HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 80 6.0 Hybrids

Mizuno MP20 MB 5-PW TI DG S400 Irons

Vokey SM8 52.12F TI DG S400 Wedge

TM MG2 TW 56, 60 TI DG S400 Wedges 

Bettinardi BB One Blackout Limited Putter

Vessel 2.0 White

TaylorMade TP5

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I played both We-Ko-Pa courses last year, and really enjoyed them. The Saguaro is probably the more scenic of the two, but I think I enjoyed the Cholla a little bit more (probably because I was hitting it all over the place on the Saguaro, lol)

Ping G410 LST 9* (set to 7.5*), 46.5", Fujikura Ventus Black 6x
Ping G410 LST 14.5* (set to 13*) Fujikura Ventus Black 7x
Tour Edge CBX Iron-Wood 17* (Black Pearl) Fujikura Ventus HB Blue 9x or Tour Issue TaylorMade M2 Tour 18*, Fujikura Rombax P95x
Scratch SB-1 3-4 & 6-PW Nippon Modus3 120x or Ben Hogan Icon 4-PW Nippon Modus3 125x
Corey Paul 52*/Titleist Vokey Forged 58* K-Grind, Nippon Modus3 125 Blue Wedge shafts,  Titleist Vokey SM6 62* M-Grind DG S200
Byron Morgan long pipe neck B-17, Brushed Mystic finish, 34" or Byron Morgan long pipe neck beached 007x
 

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Looks like we've got tentative plans for a Northern VA and DC trip in March, then a second one in June or July. Can you guys recommend a good course out there for someone like me who's never played outside of Michigan before?

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Srixon Z565 Driver, 4W, 4H

Ping G400 5-U

Kirkland Sig Wedges

Odyssey White Hot Putter

Hyundai Equus Alignment Sticks

KSig balls for now - in search of something new

 

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The GAM website has some of the venues posted for tournaments this year:

Michigan Am - Boyne Highlands - Heather

GAM Championship - Western G&CC

Four Ball - Plum Hollow CC

Senior Am - Belvedere

Senior Match Play - Stoatin Brae

 

There isn't a venue listed for the Mid-Am or the Senior/Mid-Am Team yet/ I'd assume that since the Am is at the Heather, the Mid-Am might switch back to Hills/Ross this year, assuming they stay at Boyne. Overall, it's not the most exciting list of courses, especially for the Am/GAM Championship.

Ping G410 LST 9* (set to 7.5*), 46.5", Fujikura Ventus Black 6x
Ping G410 LST 14.5* (set to 13*) Fujikura Ventus Black 7x
Tour Edge CBX Iron-Wood 17* (Black Pearl) Fujikura Ventus HB Blue 9x or Tour Issue TaylorMade M2 Tour 18*, Fujikura Rombax P95x
Scratch SB-1 3-4 & 6-PW Nippon Modus3 120x or Ben Hogan Icon 4-PW Nippon Modus3 125x
Corey Paul 52*/Titleist Vokey Forged 58* K-Grind, Nippon Modus3 125 Blue Wedge shafts,  Titleist Vokey SM6 62* M-Grind DG S200
Byron Morgan long pipe neck B-17, Brushed Mystic finish, 34" or Byron Morgan long pipe neck beached 007x
 

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I've only been to the Grand Rapids location but they have a full gamut of flex and weight (includes X flex which is hard to find on the west side) for Fujikura, MCA, TPT, Accra, Oban, VA composites, Padderson , and Veylik. I am only looking at perhaps a new driver shaft as the rest of my bag is set so didn't spend much time looking at their iron or hybrid shafts. Looking forward to seeing if I can gain much from my setup.

Titleist TSi2 10 deg (@ 9 deg C1) HZRDUS Smoke  Black RDX 60 6.0 Driver 

Titleist TSi2 15 deg (@ 14 deg C1) HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 70 6.0 Fairway Wood

Titleist TSi2 #3 & #4 HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 80 6.0 Hybrids

Mizuno MP20 MB 5-PW TI DG S400 Irons

Vokey SM8 52.12F TI DG S400 Wedge

TM MG2 TW 56, 60 TI DG S400 Wedges 

Bettinardi BB One Blackout Limited Putter

Vessel 2.0 White

TaylorMade TP5

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I've been trying to plan a trip for an 8 man group, and I think we've finally settled on an Airbnb near Big Rapids. I know Tullymore/St. Ives are in the area (I've somehow never played either), but we have a couple of, let's call them frugal, guys, and I doubt they'll want to shell out to play there. Other than me, everyone is a 10+ handicap (including 3-4 guys who around a 20 and one guy who we cap at 36, but usually shoots 110+), so it's more about having a good time than playing the absolute best courses (though I do want to play somewhere decent). As such, I want to avoid any courses that don't allow booze. I really haven't spent any time up that way, so I'd appreciate any suggestions for courses that I should look into.

We're coming from the Detroit area, Fri-Sun, and we're open to playing somewhere somewhat on the way for the Friday and Sunday rounds (I was thinking maybe Pilgrim's Run and/or somewhere in Mt. Pleasant). We'd prefer to minimize driving on Saturday, so if there's anywhere that has 36 holes where we wouldn't need to drive anywhere between rounds, that would be ideal, but in the little bit I've searched so far, Tullymore/St. Ives is the only one I've found, and getting a couple of these guys to pony up over $100/round would be a hard sell.

Ping G410 LST 9* (set to 7.5*), 46.5", Fujikura Ventus Black 6x
Ping G410 LST 14.5* (set to 13*) Fujikura Ventus Black 7x
Tour Edge CBX Iron-Wood 17* (Black Pearl) Fujikura Ventus HB Blue 9x or Tour Issue TaylorMade M2 Tour 18*, Fujikura Rombax P95x
Scratch SB-1 3-4 & 6-PW Nippon Modus3 120x or Ben Hogan Icon 4-PW Nippon Modus3 125x
Corey Paul 52*/Titleist Vokey Forged 58* K-Grind, Nippon Modus3 125 Blue Wedge shafts,  Titleist Vokey SM6 62* M-Grind DG S200
Byron Morgan long pipe neck B-17, Brushed Mystic finish, 34" or Byron Morgan long pipe neck beached 007x
 

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Are the Canadian Lakes courses private-ish? It looks like you maybe have to be a member of the Canadian Lakes Association to have access to the golf courses, but it's pretty vague on their website. Location-wise, that would be great. The Royal appears to be the only 18-hole course they have, right?

Does anyone know if the Katke course at Ferris has or allows booze?

Ping G410 LST 9* (set to 7.5*), 46.5", Fujikura Ventus Black 6x
Ping G410 LST 14.5* (set to 13*) Fujikura Ventus Black 7x
Tour Edge CBX Iron-Wood 17* (Black Pearl) Fujikura Ventus HB Blue 9x or Tour Issue TaylorMade M2 Tour 18*, Fujikura Rombax P95x
Scratch SB-1 3-4 & 6-PW Nippon Modus3 120x or Ben Hogan Icon 4-PW Nippon Modus3 125x
Corey Paul 52*/Titleist Vokey Forged 58* K-Grind, Nippon Modus3 125 Blue Wedge shafts,  Titleist Vokey SM6 62* M-Grind DG S200
Byron Morgan long pipe neck B-17, Brushed Mystic finish, 34" or Byron Morgan long pipe neck beached 007x
 

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Can you play without a membership, though? The link you provided says that it's private and that you can only play as a guest of a member.

Ping G410 LST 9* (set to 7.5*), 46.5", Fujikura Ventus Black 6x
Ping G410 LST 14.5* (set to 13*) Fujikura Ventus Black 7x
Tour Edge CBX Iron-Wood 17* (Black Pearl) Fujikura Ventus HB Blue 9x or Tour Issue TaylorMade M2 Tour 18*, Fujikura Rombax P95x
Scratch SB-1 3-4 & 6-PW Nippon Modus3 120x or Ben Hogan Icon 4-PW Nippon Modus3 125x
Corey Paul 52*/Titleist Vokey Forged 58* K-Grind, Nippon Modus3 125 Blue Wedge shafts,  Titleist Vokey SM6 62* M-Grind DG S200
Byron Morgan long pipe neck B-17, Brushed Mystic finish, 34" or Byron Morgan long pipe neck beached 007x
 

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It looks like it's the "Founders Grill", but I think that's referring to the founders of the course or university or something. I just found a review from 2015 that says they don't have beer, because it's on campus. Maybe that has changed?

Ping G410 LST 9* (set to 7.5*), 46.5", Fujikura Ventus Black 6x
Ping G410 LST 14.5* (set to 13*) Fujikura Ventus Black 7x
Tour Edge CBX Iron-Wood 17* (Black Pearl) Fujikura Ventus HB Blue 9x or Tour Issue TaylorMade M2 Tour 18*, Fujikura Rombax P95x
Scratch SB-1 3-4 & 6-PW Nippon Modus3 120x or Ben Hogan Icon 4-PW Nippon Modus3 125x
Corey Paul 52*/Titleist Vokey Forged 58* K-Grind, Nippon Modus3 125 Blue Wedge shafts,  Titleist Vokey SM6 62* M-Grind DG S200
Byron Morgan long pipe neck B-17, Brushed Mystic finish, 34" or Byron Morgan long pipe neck beached 007x
 

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All I know is that we have a large group of guys that go up there every year and play the course and none of us are members. It has never crossed my mind whether they are a private course, because we play it like any other public Course in Michigan. A quick phone call would probably settle the matter, but I know they've got to be serving the public as well.

I just tried phoning them but nobody would answer. Now I am curious as to their status, because everything I read says it is private? I'm not a member there of course, but I play there every year.

 

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