History: The Michigan Seniors inaugural individual stroke play tournament was held on October 24-25, 1923 at the Detroit Golf Club with forty players competing. J.E. Dubois of Red Run won the event with a score of 182.
The first Board of Governors was composed of one charter member from twelve Michigan clubs: Detroit Golf Club, Country Club of Detroit, Oakland Hills, Barton Hills, Red Run, Flint Country Club, Washtenaw Country Club, Kent Country Club, Highlands Country Club (Grand Rapids). Lansing Golf Club, Bay City Country Club and St. Joseph.
The late Glenn Johnson holds the all-time scoring record of 137, set in 1980.
Year Founded: 1923
Current membership: 450
Age requirement: 50 years of age or older
Cost of membership: $200 one-time initiation fee
Annual dues: $110
"Top 25 Michigan Clubs" played: Oakland Hills (South & North), True North, Point O' Woods, Tullymore, Eagle Eye, Wuskowhan, LochenHeath, Franklin Hills, Barton Hills, Warwick Hills, Country Club of Detroit.
(Golf Digest ranking)
Current Member Clubs: Ann Arbor, Barton Hills, Battle Creek, Bay Harbor, Birchwood Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Cascade Hills, Country Club of Detroit, Country Club of Jackson, Country Club of Lansing, Crystal Downs, Dearborn, Detroit Golf Club, Edgewood, Egypt Valley, Essex, Flint Golf Club, Forest Dunes, Forest Lake, Franklin Hills, Gaylord Country Club, Gowanie, Great Oaks, Grosse Ile, Heathers Club, Hillsdale, Indianwood, Indian River, Inverness, Inverness Club (Toledo), Kingsley Club, Kent, Knollwood, Lakelands, Legend Trail (AZ),LochenHeath, Lochmoor, Lost Lake Woods, Maple Hill, Meadowbrook, Monroe, Monterey Bay Peninsula CC (CA), Mount Pleasant, Muskegon, Oakhurst, Oak Point, Oakland Hills, Oakland University, Orchard Lake, Paint Creek, Pheasant Run, Pine Lake, Pine River, Plum Hollow, Polo Fields, Port Huron, Prestwick, Radrick Farms, Red Run, The Reserve (SC), Saginaw, Shanty Creek, St. Clair Shores, Stonycroft, Tam O' Shanter, TPC, Traverse City, Travis Pointe, True North, Wabeek, Walloon Lake, Walnut Creek, Warwick Hills, Watermark, Western., Whisper Rock (AZ)
Q: What is the format?
A: Each event includes three flights; a gross flight for the lower handicappers played from the blue tees (usually around 6500 yards); a middle-handicap flight played from the white tees (6200 yards); and a "play-it-forward" flight played from under 6000-yards. The best part is that you pick the flight and the tees you want to play from. It's all about enjoying the day, the company and the great courses we have the privilege of playing.
Q: What if I don't have a regular partner?
A: Not a problem. If you wish to play in a particular event and don't have a regular partner we'll pair you up with someone of similar ability, most often from another club. Meeting new people is one of the great benefits of our organization and many new and lasting friendships have been formed this way over the years.
Q: How many tournaments am I required to play in?
A: There is no required minimum. You may play in as many or as few as you wish. Each event stands on its own as far as the competition is concerned.
Q: Is there ever any individual competition?
A: At the final event of the year-The Fritz Adams Championships- we hold two individual gross championships; one for single-digit players between 50 & 70 years of age and the other for super senior players over seventy.
Q: What is included in my initiation fee?
A: The one-time initiation fee includes logo golf shirt, pocket crest for your blazer (when the host club dress code requires), name tag, annual membership roster and a small administrative fee. The Association operates as a non-profit so most of the fee is returned in value to our members.
Q: What is the average cost of an event?
A: The cost varies depending on what each host club charges us. The majority of our cost is passed directly through to our members with just a small fee to cover prizes, tournament set-up, pairings, scorecard preparation and other administrative duties. A typical event runs between $125 and $175 per player which includes golf, range, attended locker room, ranger, prizes (1st, 2nd & 3rd in each flight), cart fee, and all food and beverages (except alcohol). Drinks are always by subscription.
Q: What if I was a past member and wish to rejoin?
A: If you were previously a Michigan Senior and would like to rejoin there is no initiation fee. All you need to do is submit an updated application and a check for the annual dues ($110).
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Michigan Seniors Golf Association