Gaylord Golf Mecca: Ladies Welcome!
It’s National Women’s Golf Month and we’re excited to share an excerpt from an article written by our good friend and a familiar face in the Gaylord Golf Mecca, Susan R. Pollack. The full piece is featured in the 2022 issue of Northern Michigan Golfer Magazine, which can be viewed here.
By Susan R. Pollack
Delivering what women golfers want is a key mission of the Gaylord Golf Mecca, a collection of 17 first-rate northern Michigan golf courses and 21 lodging properties. Blessed with beautiful scenery and world-class courses set amid gentle hills, majestic trees and blue waters, the Mecca has rolled out the welcome mat for female golfers for years and now even more so during the current golf boom.
Beyond a warm welcome, the Gaylord Golf Mecca appeals to women golfers through its sheer variety of quality courses and multiple tee placements geared to a wide range of skill levels, from high-handicappers to more advanced players. Treetops, for example, boasts five sets of tees, with forward tees strategically placed to avoid difficult forced carries over water. It’s a design element that boosts speed of play and course enjoyment.
“Most Mecca courses feature multiple sets of tees that ladies at different ability levels would enjoy playing,” says Judy Mason, a veteran instructor who is director of golf at Michaywe Pines Golf Course and the Mecca’s current chairperson.
In addition to playability, available tee-times and affordable rates, Mason cites the Mecca’s array of lodging options, plus the convenience of booking ‘Stay & Play’ packages geared to different budgets. Accommodations range from full-service resorts like Treetops, Otsego Resort and Garland Lodge & Golf Resort to chain motels, rental cabins and even RV campsites at Benjamin’s Beaver Creek Resort.
The Mecca also offers plenty to do beyond the fairways, such as spa time at Treetops. As Mason says: “Gaylord is a popular spot for groups of ladies to not only play golf but to enjoy outdoor activities – hiking and biking trails, lakes and watersports – as well as the shops and great little restaurants and bars in the area.”