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West Michigan has 4 seasons and fall or autumn is one of our favorites. 

The foliage on the trees is yellow, red, orange, shades of green, and

brown.  It all combines to paint  lovely colors all over our landscape.

We captured a few photos of the fall season here in Ada Michigan

on the Thornapple River this last weekend.  All were take from

Thornapple Pointe Golf Club near the Gerald R Ford International

Airport, just southeast of Grand Rapids.

In fact, we joke that it is the TCPB course here…….trains, cars,

planes, and boats can all be seen and heard from the course.

We had an airboat travel down the river while we were playing

but I didn’t get my camera out in time to catch it in a photo.

Fairway on the river Ada MI

Sand Trap Scenery Ada MI golf club

Thoranpple Pte river view

Fall Maple refl water

 

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If you are a golf addict like me, you will be watching the Ryder Cup this

weekend.

My friend and Watermark Golf Pro, Mark Wilson, will be the Chief Referee –

 The Big CheeseThe Ultimate Decider – concerning the rules of the game

of golf.  Mark, along with team captains, Paul Azinger and Nick Faldo, have

formed the “captain’s agreement,” a document that covers several

contingencies:  the sealed envelopes with the lineups, the pace of play,

 and local rules on the host course, among other things.  Mark has

officiated at the Ryder Cup before, but not as Chief Referee.

The Ryder Cup is one of the golf world’s most prestigious tournaments.

 It pits an European team and an United States team against each other. 

Europe & The United States each put together their “dream team”  to win

 the Ryder Cup.

Europe won in 2006, the United States last won in 1999, so are anxious to

reclaim the Cup.  “It elevates the game and makes each player more intense

because they are playing for the team, not themselves” says Chief Rules

Official Mark Wilson. 

                                                         

Mark Wilson, Chief PGA Rules Official Ryder Cup 2008

Mark Wilson, Chief PGA Rules Official Ryder Cup 2008

 Mark has officiated at other major tournaments, such as

The Masters, The British Open, and other PGA Tournaments since 1990.

The Ryder Cup Tournament takes place at Valhalla Golf Club,

Louisville, Kentucky this weekend.  Hurricane Ike has dumped a

storm on the Louisville area on Sunday and they are scrambling to

clear the course of debris before the first ball is teed up.  Power was

still out in the area last nite as the Ryder Cup teams flew into the airport

to prepare for the big event.  Let’s hope they have power restored in

time to put this event on the air.  Opening ceremonies at at 4 pm

Thursday EST will be broadcast on the Golf Channel. 

All of us here at Watermark Country Club in Grand Rapids Michigan

will be watching and keeping an eye out for our Pro, Mark Wilson,

to make a rules decision.

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Mark Wilson photo courtesy of Watermark Country Club website

Once you have played this course, you understand why they named it

 “Thousand Oaks Golf Club”. I had the chance to play this course the

other day and leaped at the opportunity.

What a treat!  Located north of Grand Rapids at Five Mile near the

Grand River, this course wraps around literally thousands of

oak trees. Which makes for a gorgeous nature outing this time of year.

Golf Digest rated this Rees Jones designed course one of the 25 best

courses to play in Michigan.

This course is quite deceptive. Because it fluctuates in elevation, you

might need a few more strokes to get up to the hole, or a little less

club if the green is down hill. All I can say is: don’t go in the woods,

or you will be reaching in your bag for a new ball.

What I didn’t know is that they have a Golf Academy, where PGA Golf

Master Instructor, Charles Vandenberg with the aid of state of the

 art facilities can analyze your swing or putting stroke. Then they give

you a Dvd to take home with lesson plans to  improve your game.

I took a few pictures so you could get an idea of what the course looks like:

 

First Hole

First Hole

The first hole with the Clubhouse in the background.

 

View of a fairway

View of a fairway

An elevated tee with the green nestled in the trees.

 

Green with oak trees surrounding

Green with oak trees surrounding

A fairly tight green with trees and bunkers waiting for your ball.

 

Golf Academy

Golf Academy

The front entrance to the Golf Academy.

 

Practice Range

Practice Range

The practice range behind the Golf Academy.

 

Thousand Oaks Clubhouse

Thousand Oaks Clubhouse

The Thousand Oaks Clubhouse and Restaurant

 

Statues of Children Golfing near the entrance

Statues of Children Golfing near the entrance

Bronze statues of children golfing near the entrance.

Westbrook Realty Grand Rapids Real Estate

Photos by Terry Westbrook

Grand Rapids Photos

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