The July downtime gave SaddleBrooke golfers an opportunity to visit some cooler venues or courses with early morning tee times. Golfers teed it up at Tucson National, Sewailo, Poston Butte, the Views, El Rio, and just about anywhere you could get a tee into the ground.
In my case, I spent a week in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where temperatures ranged from lows of 55 to highs barely reaching 80. The golf there was just as pleasant, with four top-rated courses within 90 miles of each other. The Island Resort and Casino is home to Sage Run and Sweetgrass. Sweetgrass is next door to the casino and Lake Michigan and is a good challenge for the resort player, while Sage Run is a rollercoaster ride of a golf course, which shouldn’t be attempted by the faint of heart. Greywalls Golf Course is just outside Marquette, a lovely town on the banks of Lake Superior. Greywalls was my favorite course on this trip. I used every club in the bag, including my retriever. Marquette is becoming a foodie destination, with great restaurants throughout the quaint downtown. Lastly, I played Timberstone, which, like all four courses, is rated in the top 20 in Michigan. This entire trip, while way off the beaten path, is one I highly recommend.
Back in SaddleBrooke, The Preserve has reopened, and it is looking and playing great. It now looks like only nine holes at MountainView will be open in October, and with scheduled maintenance at The Preserve, there will be opportunities for more golf trips. Enjoy!