Michigan Hickory Tour

Playing Hickory Golf

Michigan Hickory Tour vs Indianwood Old

One of the highlights of the Tour’s year is our annual outing at the historic Indianwood Golf and Country Club’s Old (championship) course.  This US top-100 course has hosted a Western Open in 1930, the 1989 and 1994 US Women’s Opens and the 2012 US Senior Open along with numerous important regional events.  Larry Pinchback secured our 5 tee times in August this year where we were greeted with excellent course conditions and acres of golden (high) fescue.  Indianwood members Mickey Hyatt and Steve Kaloka hosted us and played in the first group out.  They’re playing partner neighbor Joe Reed and Roger Hill can attest to the joy these members found  in playing their course the old way.

Fine golf was found again at the championship course with John Cova’s 80, net 68, Bill Tuchloski’s 86, net 72.  Tim Stroshine’s fine 96, net 71 also figured in the good rounds at this tough course.

Another great time was topped off with our usual excellent dinner at the 24th Street Tavern in Oxford.  Sunset came and guys were still club trading in the parking lot. Another memorable MHT day!

Corrected numbers for the MHT tees at Indiawood are: course rating 68.3/ slope 124

Michigan Hickory Tour plays the Toledo Hickory Open at historic Ottawa Park Golf Course

 

Michigan Hickory Tour members played the Toledo Hickory Open on Sunday, August 6 in wonderful conditions on the historic Ottawa Park course.  Six players enjoyed cool morning conditions and played gutty golf with pre-1900, smooth face and long nose clubs with gutta percha balls as a warm-up to the main event, the Toledo Hickory Open.

The afternoon found 15 players enjoying a beautiful day with 1920’s equipment and good playing conditions in Tim Stroshine’s annual event. A variety of illnesses, injuries and bee stings limited the field somewhat, but we were able to play in threesomes which added to the relaxed day’s play.  Some fine scoring took place with John Cova shooting a fine 77 to take low gross honors with runner up Bill Tucholski with shooting 79.  An excellent 88/net 64 by Gary Trapani took the day in the net with Cova and Tucholski’s net 66’s taking joint second.

A fine meal and socializing took place after the golf at Bar Louie and as the sun was decsending in the sky and some members headed off towards home, we noticed a small group of MHT members still conversing and club-trading in the parking lot!

They may have been there until dark! Another great MHT day.

 

Michigan Hickory Tour at Indian Trails, Grand Rapids

The Michigan Hickory Tour played the newly-renovated 1928 Indian Trails Golf Course in Grand Rapids yesterday.  The response from the group was very positive and everyone had a good time.  Balls were pulled from a hat at the first tee to determine pairings and everyone went forth and played in no more than 3 1/2 hours!

The new hickory course record at Indian Trails is now held by Frank Abrahams with at sterling 79 on a course layout that none of us had ever played before!

A nice meal at Blue Moose in Cascade followed and everyone was able to get home before dark.

Wyandotte Hickory Organization – Wyandotte Hickory Scramble!

Another great event by the Wyandotte Hickory Organization.  Members of the Michigan Hickory Tour enjoyed two days of fine golf last weekend.  Day one was practice at 1909 West Shore CC on Grosse Ile and the Wyandotte Hickory Scramble at Wyandotte Shores GC on Sunday.  A good turn out for both days, some fine scoring and another memorable meal/prize-giving at Captain’s Pub after.  Full details can be found on the WHO’s Facebook page.

Good Show!

Michigan Hickory tour event – Marshall Hickory Open

News and scores to follow…

MHT Outing – Colt and Allison’s Plum Hollow on a GAM Golf Day

 

Another beautiful spring day for golf on the Michigan Hickory Tour!

Hickory Golf Day was celebrated in Michigan by a fine round of golf on the University of Michigan’s famous Alister MacKenzie course. After 2+ inches of rain in the previous 3 days, the greens crew at UM performed miracles and got the course ready for the MHY’s Sunday event.  Wonderful course conditions and excellent, but devilish MacKenzie greens greeted the players in low 50’s temps and 15 mph winds. Thanks to the crew and staff and especially Andrew Romig who set it all up.

Some excellent scoring took place, there were also some “rain’s kept me from playing for 10 days” rounds.  A fine 82 was carded by Hugh Cameron from Sarnia, ONT Canada who frequently joins his Michigan compatriots for hickory golf. Marty Gillespie’s 86 (a Michigan man!) was a very nice, tidy round and John Cova’s 90 was a fine round with a couple of blips.  Everyone was doubly challenged by the 0ver-water  18th hole finish to the course…Jim Davis day was made after a chip-out left him with a long iron to the green which he hit to 10 feet – good memories!

A fine meal at Conor O’Neills Pub in downtown Ann Arbor finished this excellent day.  Visit this pub when you’re in Ann Arbor!

The Hickory Golf Season is Here – Golf at Calderone Farms GC – MHT Event #1

A beautiful day at Calderone Farms in Grass Lake.  The finest weather of the spring.  As you can see, we had a nice turnout, good competition within groups and a fine dinner at Cleary’s Pub in beautiful downtown Chelsea.  Who could ask for more?

Where did you find that club?

After sending out the holiday greeting, I received several questions regarding the photo of the clubs…where did you find a club with “Happy Holidays MHT” stamped on it?  Well…I have to admit that I cheated.  Photoshop did the work.  I did have to find or create all the letters and size them and make them fit, but I’m afraid that this club doesn’t exist, only a photoshopped picture!  I’ll try to be honest with photo use, but there are times when photoshop is necessary.  How about the McNabb cup photo at the cottage?  We shot one photo then several more showed up after we were done…photoshop to the rescue!

Photo galleries from 2015

Hello all,
We are playing with photo galleries from Lensmob, an online photo gallery site.
Click on the links below to view the various galleries.

Indianwood
Wyandotte Scramble
Toledo Hickory Open
Calderone Farms
Marshal Hickory Open
Wisconsin
Michigan Hickory Tour 

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