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Northwestern Michigan Ranked Number One For Golfers to Hang Their Hats

Monday, November 26, 2001

Jennifer Kopp

 Rates 18 Regions Based on Golf and Quality of Life

Business Week Rates 18 Regions Based on Golf and Quality of Life

          The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is proud that northwestern Michigan has been named the number one place in the United States for golfers to settle down. 

          The most recent combined issue of Business Week and Golf Digest ranked 18 regions nationwide including traditional golf havens such as Florida and North Carolina. The magazine based its findings on a wide variety of data per region including crime rate, housing affordability, healthcare and climate among other quality of life issues.

          “This report proves what many Michigan residents have known all along,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  “Michigan has it all in terms of quality of life.  It’s not only a great place to golf, but it’s a great place to live and work.”

          The northwestern Michigan region is made up of fourteen counties including Grand Traverse, Charlevoix and Antrim.  One of Michigan’s most popular tourist destinations, this region has been known in the past for its winter sports activities. Over the past 10 years northwestern Michigan has gained recognition for its superb golf. 

          There are over 800 golf courses in the state of Michigan; more public golf courses than any other state in the nation.  Some of these designed by such legends as Arnold Palmer, Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills and Tom Weiskopf. Golf contributes more than a billion dollars to the state’s economy and supports some 24,000 jobs statewide.

          Business Week also named Michigan’s Bay Harbor Golf Club in Harbor Springs and Timberstone Golf Course in Iron Mountain as two of the “Top 75 Places to Entertain Clients” list, a compilation of top-quality public access courses throughout the US.  To view the article online visit http://bwnt.businessweek.com/golf/best_places.asp.

For more information on Michigan as a golf or travel destination Michigan’s website atwww.michigan.org, or call toll-free (888) 78-GREAT (784-7328).  Michigan travel information is also available at the state’s 13 official Welcome Centers.  Travel Michigan is a division of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

          The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.