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Beat The Pro: Grand Traverse Resort

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TRAVERSE CITY - The Grand Traverse Resort will make another appearance on our Beat The Pro tour later this summer.   Our finals will be at The Bear.  However, this week we feature the more player friendly Wolverine.  The Gary Player designed course is the most played course at the resort.

"That's kind of Gary Player's design," PGA Head Golf Professional Scott Hebert said.  "He likes to see golf for everybody." 


The Wolverine at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City won't always force you to carry the ball over hazards.  However, there is is still plenty of mother nature to get golfers into trouble.

It starts with a downhill tee shot into almost a bowl-shaped fairway.

"So if you do get a little wayward, you're not going to a lose a ball off the first tee and you can keep your round going," Hebert said.

The 7th hole features one of the biggest fairways you may ever play, but even then, you're not completely in the clear.

"When you're standing up there you're thinking "How can I miss this fairway?" Hebert said.  "But I've hit it into the water on the left."

From arguably the easiest tee shot to the toughest, you will need one of your best tee shots near the end of the round.

"The 16th tee shot is probably the toughest tee shot that we have out there," Hebert said.  "It's a long uphill tee ball that needs to be turning from left to right.  So when you play it, if you forgot what hole I was saying, you'll remember after you play 16."


You can see the iconic resort tower on almost every hole, but it's really a part of your view on the 18th.
You would see it on this year's feature hole if there wasn't a big line of trees in your way.  However, that is also a part of the challenge of the 9th Hole.

"It's not real long but it has a lot of character to it because you have to calculate for the hill and calculate for the wind," Hebert said.  "You know the pond and the trees and the beauty of Northern Michigan trying to take your eye off the shot."

PGA Head Golf Professional Scott Hebert hit his shot a cool 17 feet, 5 inches away on the 9th Hole.  Ken Kreh beat the pro on competition day, landing his shot 5 feet, 1 inch away from the cup.  So Kreh is qualified to come back to the Grand Traverse Resort later this summer for the finals at The Bear.

Next week, we visit the Cedar River course at Shanty Creek.
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