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Golf Destination Opens 2007 Season with a FREE Golf Weekend And other newsworthy announcements

Gaylord Mich., (March 8, 2007) – The Gaylord Golf Mecca, known as the Midwest’s summer golf “must-play” destination, will open its 20th golf season as a leading golf destination. The group has been promoting the golf destination since 1987.

Two decades ago, a group of innovative golf entrepreneurs in the Gaylord area came together along with a young marketing upstart to form what is now the Gaylord Golf Mecca. Rick Smith and the late Harry Melling from Treetops, Keith Gornick at Otsego Club, Ron Otto from Garland, as well as the late Dick Weber saw a vision of what the area could become if they worked together in promoting the quality and quantity of great golf the Gaylord Area featured.

Twenty years later, what began with ten properties and 7 courses has grown to include 3 resort destinations, 21 golf courses, and 20 hotel properties all promoting the area as a top golf destination. This year the Gaylord Golf Mecca will be celebrating 20 years of excellence with various promotions and specials.

Gaylord Golf Mecca opens the 2007 season with FREE Golf Weekend – April 27, 28, 29

The 2nd Annual Gaylord Golf Mecca FREE Golf Weekend, scheduled for April 27,28 and 29 is a celebration of spring and a “thank you” to the many golfers from around the Midwest who have frequented the scenic destination over the past twenty years.

Visitors who book an overnight stay at one of the participating hotels will be able to play a FREE round of golf on one of the participating Gaylord Golf Mecca courses. Golfers simply call one of the participating hotels to book your room and mention you would like to participate in the FREE Golf Weekend. The hotel will then make the tee-time and present a golf certificate to golfers upon check in. The certificate is then presented to the golf course in order to get the FREE round of golf.

A close-out fall free golf weekend is also planned for October 19, 20, 21.

For more information and to view the participating hotels and golf courses please visit

Osprey Recreation Finalizes Acquisition of Otsego Club & Resort and moves forward with renovations and upgrades.

Otsego Club & Resort, one of the founding members of the Gaylord Golf Mecca, is under new ownership with Osprey Recreation. Osprey also owns another popular Gaylord Golf Mecca property – Black Forest and Wilderness Valley, which will be exciting for golfers.

Osprey is making a substantial impact on the Otsego Club with multi-million dollar renovations. Preliminary renovations are underway in the main lodge and guest rooms including new interior finishes, furniture, heated walkways leading into the lodge, and the private dining areas for small groups in the Pontresina Restaurant.

The Lakes Course Re-Opens as Mountain Lake

The former Lakes Golf Course, which was previously part of Michawye, was recently purchased by a new ownership group and will re-open in the spring of 2007 as Mountain Lake Golf Club . Under the new ownership, Mountain Lake is undergoing a number of course renovations including the rebuilding of four green complexes and redesigning a couple of holes to improve the quality of play.

A Jerry Matthews design, Mountain Lake Golf Club is a favorite challenge among guests. The course offers three design styles: six holes feature links architecture, another six offer alpine terrain traversing up, down and around stunning vistas, and six holes are enhanced by the natural beauty of the lake, the ponds and the headwaters of the AuSable River.

Great Lakes Golf Honors The Gaylord Golf Mecca.

The Gaylord Golf Mecca was once again selected as the Midwest’s premier summer golf destination by receiving the highest praise from Great Lakes Golf Magazine. The publication selected the Gaylord Golf Mecca as the #1 golf destination in the Midwest as part of its popular 2007 “Players Choice Awards”. This is the fourth time the Gaylord Golf Mecca has been selected for this honor.

In addition the Gaylord courses are consistently ranked among the top courses in Michigan. GolfWeek Magazine selected four Gaylord Golf Mecca courses among the state’s Top- 10 courses. Black Forest, designed by world renowned architect Tom Doak, was ranked 5th; the Rick Smith-designed Signature course at Treetops (#8); Black Lake Golf Club, designed by Rees Jones (#9); and the Tom Fazio Premier at Treetops (#14). In addition, Golf Magazine also awarded Treetops Resort the Silver Medal Resort for the seventh time.

The Gaylord Golf Mecca offers something for everyone — high-quality public courses, fine and casual dining, opulent resorts and quaint inns. It’s an experience golfers of all skills and tastes can enjoy. For more information, visit or call (800) 345-8621.

Media contacts:

Kevin Frisch , (989) 614-0241,

Dave Richards, (248) 642-6420,

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