The News from Briar Hill

Membership Rates for 2005  

The cost of joining Briar Hill has not changed for 2005.  Becoming a member of the club can significantly reduce your costs for playing golf and that may encourage you to play more.  As we expand, members are encouraged to bring guests. We want Briar Hill to the best and the most friendly place to play golf.


Junior Golf Program

Golf has achieved the status of a mainstream sport with today's youth. Our goal is to aid the development of young players.  In addition to acting as home course to three area high school teams, we offer a summer Junior Golf Program.

This program is designed to provide instruction on full-swing fundamentals, short-game fundamentals, course management, etiquette and rules.  Younger, less experienced golfers will meet on Wednesday morning from 9 to noon.  They will spend about 40% of their time at the practice facility and 60% at the golf course.  Older, more experienced golfers will meet on Thursdays from 9 to noon. These players will spend about 20% of their time at the practice facility and 80% at the golf course.  Players who are ready will have the opportunity to hone their skills in competition with golfers of similar ability.

Instruction will be provided by P.G.A. Professional, Rick Content and staff under his supervision.  The enrollment fee for the Junior Golf Program is $70.00. There is an additional weekly charge (for non-member youths) of $6.50 for use of the course and practice facility.

Call us soon to reserve room.  To provide the best possible instruction the number of participants must be limited.


Pro-Am Events

The Michigan Section of the P. G. A. has a reputation for the best golf tournaments anywhere in America.  Rick Content plays with amateur golfers in Pro-Am events in both the Western and Northern Michigan chapters. If you are interested in competing on some of the finest golf courses in Michigan, watch for the sign-up sheet that we post in the club house during the first week of spring leagues.


The Fall Breakaway

This event was organized in 2001 as a way for more of our Briar Hill golfers to have the opportunity to compete at some of Michigan's "Premiere" golf venues. In it's short history we have seen three of Michigan's finest golf courses. The format is low net using 90% of the players USGA index. The winner is referred to as this year's "Mudder" because of our experience with low temperatures and brutal winds at Arcadia Bluffs during the inaugural event. That one was was won by Mike Kiss with a 76.  The 2002 event at Wuskowhan Players Club and the 2003 event at Lochenheath were won by Rick Content. We hope to see you at this event in years to come.


Mean and Ugly Golf & Chili Cook-off 

The best part of the traditional Mean and Ugly fall event this year will be the food.  Now we've added a chili cook-off and we are hoping that enough people might try their hand at the chili competition to provide lunch for all of the golfers in the tournament.  The golf competitors will be the judges in the chili cook-off so there will be prizes for both golf and chili.  The date for this year is September 26th.  Mark that on your calendars golfers and chili cooks!


Interclub

WOO HOO!  We finally won the Interclub Cup.  While each club won the event held at their home course, Briar Hill won the overall tournament.  We can thank a good turnout for our success this year.  We averaged 35 players for each of the three events.  The final scores were:  Briar Hill 3287, Ramshorn 3372 and Village Green 3398.


Buick Scramble

Ten teams competed at Briar Hill for the opportunity to the state final.  Two teams tied for first place with net scores of 53.  In a sudden death playoff the team of Pam Zuchowski, Tim Zuchowski, Dennis Moomey and Jon Vandervrede won the right to advance over the team of Brett Crawford, Ben Ludtke, Ted Ludtke and Jon Volz. The playoff was decided by a 3rd hole birdie. 

On September 2nd, the winners, along with Rick Content, traveled to St. Ives Golf Club to play for the right to advance to the national finals in Orlando, Florida.  The weather was perfect and the team played well, carding 10 birdies and an eagle.  That was good for second place finish and a heap more prizes.  Congratulations "Team Briar Hill"!


Newaygo County Junior Tournament

The fifth annual Newaygo County Junior Tournament drew young golfers from all over the state but was dominated by Briar Hill's own junior golfers.  Local youths who demonstrated the quality of our own junior program included: Troy Blamer, Jon Berry, Doug Melle, Nick Content, Colin Kozma and Wade Paris.


Bowling

What's a note about bowling doing in our Briar Hill newsletter?  Well, Briar Hill does have a bowling team and we're not half bad...Okay we're more than half bad but we're having fun anyway.  Next fall Michelle and Lee Plotts, owners of Northway Lanes in White Cloud, will be offering a bowling league specifically for golfers.  The league will feature a shortened (20 week) season so that bowling and golf seasons will not overlap.  The league will consist of four person teams with any combination of men and women.  Look for more information at Briar Hill and Northway Lanes as the November 2004 start for this new venture draws near.


Scratch League

Some of the area's best golfers would enjoy competing against each other on a more consistent basis.  Here is an opportunity for some of you to participate. We are looking for ideas and feedback. E-mail Rick at info@briarhillgolf.com or call him .

Our ideas:

  1. A "scratch league" would bring together the best players in the area
  2. It could be held during an evening like a typical league over nine holes or it could be on a weekend with 18 holes.
  3. There aren't very many true scratch golfers in the county but the league could be run as scratch.
  4. Players would play in a league format without a partner and with no handicap.
  5. We could organize a semi-scratch league, organized into flights and played scratch within flights.
  6. It could be organized for regular attendance or be more flexible.
  7. It could be organized as a tournament rather than as a league.