May 24th, 2016 11:34AM
It takes a special golf course to play host to two Michigan Amateur Championships (1991 and 1996) and even a more special place that creates programs to impact youth like the new caddie program being launched at Michaywé in 2016. Having a true caddie program is a throwback to the game during a time when caddies were prevalent throughout many courses across the country, before the onslaught of golf carts.
The Michaywé Pines Course is one of northern Michigan’s most popular golfing stops. This classic parkland design features secluded fairways winding through the beautiful white birch and pine forests along the AuSable River, and it’s a perfect course to walk and take a caddie.
The caddie program is geared towards offering a unique northern Michigan golf experience while giving local youth the opportunity to learn more about golf, earn some money, and potentially being able to apply for the Evans Scholarship program.
The Evans Scholarship program was founded by the Western Golf Association (WGA) and specifically famed golfer Chick Evans Jr. in 1929. Evans asked the WGA to administer a fund he had established some years earlier to send deserving caddies to college. Today, more than 840 caddies are attending one of 19 universities on a Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship. The scholarship covers full tuition and housing costs for up to four years. A wonderful opportunity for youth.
Fro more information on the Michaywé caddie program, click on the link below:
Michawye was established in 1970 and is one of the largest real-estate developments in northern Michigan featuring over 950 homes spread out over 2,000 acres of forest, lakes, and streams. Located on the south end of Gaylord, the Pines course is the centerpiece of this development. Don Childs, the courses original designer renovated the course a few years ago bringing back some of its original classic features. Visit www.michaywe.com.