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Wawashkamo Golf Club

Mackinac Island

By Glen Turk

Wawashkamo GC, named for the Indian word meaning "walk a crooked trail," was the brainchild of a group of cottage owners who got together and hired Scottish golf pro Alex Smith to build the course. It opened in 1898 and is the oldest continually operated nine hole golf course in Michigan. Designed in a similar fashion to St. Andrews, the fairways are designated by mowed grassy areas framing the straight fairways. Unique still, are the tiny greens and tee boxes and periodic history lessons throughout. A notable novelty is the offering of hickory sticks rentals for $40 per player. Play with these and find out exactly how good guys like Snead & Sarazen actually were. Their website,, gives a complete history of the property and scorecard to peruse. It is an experience for the love of the game where history lives on throughout your round.

The Stats

2 sets of tees: 2999, and 2380 yards but can be played twice from different sets of tees
Par: 36/72
Rates- $37 for 9/ $58 for 18
Twilight Fee (Walking) $20 for 9/ $30 for 18

Contact Info
Fritz George, PGA Professional
(906) 847-3871

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About: Glen Turk

Glen Turk Glen Turk is a Wisconsin native and is the Senior Writer/Editor of Midwest Golfing Magazine. Midwest Golfing Magazine was formerly known as Pub-Links Golfer's Magazine and is a free publication distributed four times per year throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio.

His duties at MGM include writing course features, facilitating product testing, and overseeing the overall content and look of the magazine. But clearly his most important task is playing as much golf as his wife allows. Fortunately for him, she plays also and loves out-driving him even with a 60 yard head start.

Glen plays to a 6 handicap but once set a record by having his ball retriever regripped 15 times in one calendar year. It was a December trip to Guam that ultimately did him in. Finally, if you haven't caught on by now, the two most worthy weapons in Glen's writing arsenal are self-deprecating humor and pithy one-liners.

My signature line, "Be A Force on The Course" and now more recently, "Hit 'Em Where They Mow!" can be reused at no charge.

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