Picture in your mind how destination vacations were at the turn of the century. One had to travel to a place like Mackinac Island where resorts like Grand Hotel had the facilities for the entire family to either enjoy their outdoor sports or learn how to play them. Nothing has changed on Mackinac Island where professionals are on call to help you with your horse riding talents along with your golf and tennis game. From beginner to novice, you can improve these three outdoor activities on a world class setting.
Bring the clubs and schedule a lesson with a PGA Certified Instructor at either of Mackinac Island’s golf courses, The Jewel at Grand Hotel and Wawashkamo Golf Club.
You can swing with the pros, when you join Grand Hotel’s PGA instructor, Jason Horricks, for a private golf lesson, available for adults and youth. Call the Golf Shop for reservations. The Jewel, featuring two 9-hole courses - the Grand Nine and Woods, is one of the most unique courses in the United States. To play 18 holes, Grand Hotel provides a horse-drawn carriage to transport golfers and their clubs between the two courses. Reservations can be made by calling the Golf Shop.
Mackinac Island is also home to Michigan’s oldest golf course layed out over a historic battlefield. Schedule a lesson with PGA professional, and Wawashkamo Golf Club General Manager, Chuck Olson. Once a battleground during the War of 1812, the course is now a National Historic Landmark and a Michigan Historic Site. Club rentals are available at both courses, including hickory stick clubs at Wawashkamo Golf Club.
In addition to golf, Grand Hotel also offers professional tennis instruction with US Professional Tennis Association member William Huntington. The program includes private and semi-private lessons, clinics and a juniors program. All clinics and lessons are located on Grand Hotel’s Four Har Tru based clay courts overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. Didn’t bring a racquet? No problem, rental equipment is available at the pro shop.
Looking for a location where the horse is king? That’s Mackinac Island. Riding on horse-back and horse-drawn carriage are a way of life on Mackinac Island. Take the opportunity to learn how to ride a horse or drive a team at the Mackinac Community Equestrian Center where there are a number of opportunities to learn from the ground up. Clinics, private, semi-private and group lessons are available for youth and adults.