A Magical Round of Golf at LochenHeath

Guest blogger Tim Hygh tells the story of  a magical experience had while golfing the gorgeous LochenHeath course: a famed Traverse City attraction

Golf has a magical way of making lifetime memories. Thankfully one of Michigan’s unique golf courses that is a true memory-maker is back in business for the summer of 2011.

©DigitalRetouch/BrianWalters/ResortandGolf.comIt’s the fabled LochenHeath Golf Course, the former cherry orchard turned Scottish links course on the shores of East Grand Traverse Bay. Back in business after a two year hiatus, golfers who missed this gem will now have a chance to make a memory of their own.

Mine came on a long Michigan golf day near the end of June. My playing partners and I arranged a 6:30pm tee time, which you can do near the 45th parallel when light stays with you until nearly 10:30pm.

This particular night didn’t disappoint. A surprise was on its way.

We played the first three holes innocently enough. We found everything we heard about LochenHeath was true: incredible views of East Bay, a course built on sand- dunes, naturally rolling where the course designer let the earth’s original architect do most of the work. With the added color contrasts of bent grass fairways surrounded by tall fescues we were having a Zen experience as we played the northeast facing fourth hole. As we approached our second shots on this 419- yard par four, we could see the fog billowing down the fairway heading right at us.

©DigitalRetouch/BrianWalters/ResortandGolf.comWe all paused and there was an eerie hush. None of us could escape the feeling we were in for a special treat and the feel of Scottish golf with perfect combinations of course and weather.

None of us admitted to any visions of Old Tom Morris but the experience was something we’ll never forget.

Try LochenHeath for yourself. Don’t wait on the weather forecast either. Without the fog you get the treat of seeing East Bay on 16 of the 18 holes. Prices start at just $50, a small percentage of what prices were two years ago.

LochenHeath is easy to find. Located just north of Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, it is a must play when you reach the Traverse City area.

Welcome back old friend. Here’s to many more memories.

Tim HyghTim Hygh has been involved in the Michigan golf scene since the early 80’s, when the Michigan golf boom started. Hygh was a television sports director at that time, before becoming the Marketing Director at Shanty Creek, where he organized the grand opening of The Legend. Since then, Hygh has helped produce two television programs on Michigan Golf, managed tournament media centers for the past 20 years, and is currently a golf public relations consultant for Travel Michigan.