This is a big weekend for golf fans around the world. The Open is taking place in Scotland, at St. Andrews. Here we call it 'The British Open', but the rest of the world just knows it as 'The Open'. And you'll inevitably hear or see the term "links golf". But what is links golf, and can you play it here, in southwest Michigan?
The historic one-hundred-year-old clubhouse at Oakland Hills Country Club was engulfed in flames Thursday afternoon and suffered extensive damage. Oakland Hills has two golf courses, including the South Course, which has hosted six U.S. Opens and three PGA Championships, the 2004 Ryder Cup, and the 2002 and 2016 U.S. Amateur.
If you've every played golf, chances are you understand frustration. Professional golfers, you would think, understand they are held to a higher standard than a duffer like you or me hitting a shot off to the right and then wrapping the club around a tree.
The golf enthusiasts of Michigan should be excited to get back out to see all the professional players making their way to the Great Lakes State this summer with several tournaments returning after a one-year hiatus.
Golf in itself offers many challenges - the perfect swing, a solid connection between club and ball, the weather and course conditions. When they all combine at one place, offering a challenge and beauty at the same time, your round is more rewarding.