Brandon TuckerThis Week at Sept. 11, 2008

Yooper land golf: Fall bargains in N. Michigan outshine Motor City woes

It seems like every time Michigan pops up on the national news, it's for all the wrong reasons: Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick faces jail time, Ford and GM are hemorrhaging cash and jobs, the Lions are out of the playoff race by the first quarter of week one ...

You know when John McCain and Barack Obama are around here seemingly every other day, the populous is a little edgy.

One shining star, however, is that Northern Michigan's best golf courses and resorts, which stack up with about any golf destination in the country, are practically giving away rounds right now.

I'm in "Yooper land" right now, a.k.a. Michigan's upper peninsula. It's sometimes forgotten because Michiganders can't point out its location on the back of our hand to others. That said, it's got a threesome of standout golf courses that offer a microcosm of everything Northern Michigan golf is about.

And check out this deal: $225 gets you two nights at the recently renovated Island Resort & Casino near Escanaba, plus three rounds on it's brand new Sweetgrass Golf Club and nearby stunners Greywalls Golf Club and Timberstone Golf Course.

They aren't alone.

This fall, Boyne Highlands will let you golf free if you book a hotel room between Sept. 21 and Oct. 9. That includes golf on some of it's best, like the Heather Course, Hills Course and the Donald Ross Memorial.

Shanty Creek Resorts wants to show off it's $10 million facelift. As little as $99 gets you a stay-and-play at the resort and on any of their three golf courses, including the beautiful Tom Weiskopf-designed Cedar River Course, and a $20 food credit.

Or stick around for Gaylord Golf Mecca's "Free Golf Weekend," Oct. 17-19, where more than a dozen area golf courses, including Treetops Resort, offer free golf with paid area lodging.

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Reunion 3-Night/3-Day Golf Package

Orlando Golf Package Dates: January 7, 2008 - December 25, 2008

Stay at Ginn Reunion Resort and play Ginn Reunion - Nicklaus Tradition, Ginn Reunion - Palmer Legacy and Ginn Reunion - Watson Independence starting at $574.50.

Price Range: $574 - $732

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Timber Ridge Golf Course - TreesLansing's Timber Ridge Golf Club: The height of central Michigan golf

Timber Ridge Golf Club brings about the kind of elevation change you expect to see in a Las Vegas or a Tucson. But this is central Michigan, though, minutes away from Michigan State's bustling campus, an area where everything is flat. If you're in the area for business or to see a Michigan State game, you'll want to make time to play Timber Ridge.

Also: Northern Michigan's underdog golf


The Refuge in Lake Havasu - ArizonaHomesites in The Refuge golf community in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. are available now

The Refuge at Lake Havasu is surrounded by the natural calm of the American southwest, making it an ideal location for building your own private retreat. The ready-to-build homesites in the gated, master-planned golf community are situated adjacent to the National Wildlife Refuge and along the shores of the Colorado River and Lake Havasu. Several lots have lake views, while others have views of the Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course. Register now for this exciting auction.

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USC On Campus: L.A. golf courses brace for USC-OSU culture clash

This Saturday the top-ranked USC Trojans host No. 5 Ohio State at Los Angeles Coliseum. If you're heading to L.A. for the game, consider getting in a round at Trump National (for high rollers) or Griffith Park (on a budget). You could also get out of town a bit and try Rustic Canyon or Pelican Hill in Newport Beach.

Also: Tom Fazio revamps Pelican Hill South

La Quinta Golf Package at the Homewood Suites

Palm Springs Golf Packages Dates: October 1, 2008 - December 31, 2008

5 night stay at the Homewood suites and play 3 rounds of golf choosing from Rancho Mirage Country Club, Mountain Vista, Palm Desert Resort Country Club, Woodhaven or Cimarron, starting from $1197.
Price Range: $1197 - $1559

For more information, please call 1-800-767-3574 or click here.

Balmoral CastleFrom Edinburgh to Scone Palace, take in a few castles on your Scotland golf trip

Scotland has around 3,000 castles, and it's possible to see some of the more impressive on a tour through the country's many golf courses, including the Old Course at St. Andrews, Gleneagles, Carnoustie and Cruden Bay. Here are some excellent castles close to excellent golf courses ...

Also: Great deals on Scotland golf travel


Whitefish - MontanaLuxury condos at Deer Creek in Whitefish - Montana's top golf spot - available now

Deer Creek at Whitefish is a luxury condo development featuring classically-designed multilevel attached homes with spacious floor plans. The expertly appointed interiors reflect the natural character of its rugged surroundings with earthy tones, natural stone and rich wood floors as well as attractive finishes such as granite countertops and chrome Moen fixtures. Whitefish is home to Montana's only 36-hole golf course, Whitefish Lake Golf Club. Register now for this exciting auction.

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