January 13th, 2017 12:40PM
The Golf Mecca of Gaylord, Michigan ready to host Texas golfers on American Airlines
Gaylord, MI – Golf travelers in the Dallas, Texas region have something to be very excited about this summer, as the Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) in Traverse City, Michigan located in beautiful Northern Michigan, has announced that American Airlines will offer direct inbound and outbound service between Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW) and Traverse City, Michigan beginning June 2, 2017.
TVC officials and American Airlines are working together to make it easier for golfers traveling from the Southwest region of the United States to northern Michigan and experience world-class golf destinations like Gaylord, Michigan.
“This new daily direct, dual class flight continues to show the commitment on behalf of American Airlines in growing our service. It is ever so clear that our job as a community is to promote, use, and support the service,” stated Kevin Klein, Airport Director.
The summer service from DFW to TVC and TVC to DFW represents approximately 12,000 additional seats in the market. Beginning June 2nd, the direct flight will depart DFW at 10:50 a.m. and arrives into TVC at 2:40 p.m., while the aircraft will return to DFW from TVC each day at 3:35 p.m. and arrives into DFW at 5:30 p.m. Envoy will operate service between DFW and TVC with an ERJ-175 aircraft with Wi-Fi.
American Airlines also offers golfers convenient direct service to TVC from its hub in Chicago (ORD), getting golf enthusiasts to northern Michigan with just one-stop from anywhere in the World.
This is very exciting news for golfers in the Dallas area, which has one of the strongest golfing participation rates in the country. The city was also ranked No. 4 among the 10 Best Golf Cities in America by GOLF Magazine based on the number of quality courses, affordability, and weather.
But when the summer temperatures, which often reach in excess of 100 degrees, where can these highly educated golf aficionados escape to keep their golf fix in play during the summer?
The answer: Escape to Gaylord, Michigan, the America’s Summer Golf Mecca in northern Michigan. Golfers can now easily dodge the Texas heat now from Dallas via American Airlines direct into Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport. Then it’s a relaxing car or shuttle ride for an hour through some beautiful northern scenery. It is no wonder some of the top course designers in the game left their mark in the region.
Leading the way in the region is the nationally acclaimed Treetops Resort, which features 81-holes of golf. Robert Trent Jones Sr. built The Masterpiece, one of his last courses where he was on property in 1987. He helped coin the resorts name from the popular 6th hole, a par 3 that drops 180 feet with views that stretch for over 40-miles. Following Jones Sr., Tom Fazio was convinced to come to the area and build his only design, The Premier, in Michigan, which features wide sweeping fairways, fun green complexes, and some great short par 4’s.
Rick Smith, the resorts former long-time instructor and teacher to the PGA Tour players created Threetops, the No. 1 Par 3 course in America, which attracted the popular ESPN Par 3 Shoot-out featuring superstars Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples and Jack Nicklaus over the years and scored its biggest ESPN national replays when Lee Trevino aced the seventh hole in 2007. It’s regarded the richest payday ever for a single shot, $1 million.
Smith also design the 3rd 18-hole course on the property. The Signature combines the strong features of Ireland together with the ruggedness of northern Michigan. He also designed the resorts Tradition course, which offers a more open links style course that is fun for all levels of play.
The senior member of the Mecca is the Otsego Club, located just a few miles down the road from Treetops. Otsego has been around since 1939 and doubles as one of the country’s only private ski clubs in the winter. Otsego features the spectacular Tribute course overlooking the Sturgeon River Valley, and the player friendly Classic course.
If affordability and quality golf are on the menu, then make sure to check out the Loon Golf Resort, which features 54-holes, The Loon, The Lakes, and The Ridge, formally Marsh Ridge Resort. Of the three, The Loon is the most popular with its premier conditions and country club atmosphere. In addition to the Loon Golf Resort, The Natural at Beaver Creek also offers an affordable golf package option featuring its popular Natural Golf Course and rustic golf cabins that are perfect for golfers looking to escape to a more peaceful and hardwood setting.
The lodging options are plentiful in the Gaylord area with 19 hotels and hundreds of homes and condo options. If you are looking for a home away from home in the woods or on the beautiful Otsego Lake, make sure to check out Pine Cone Accommodations, which offers everything from condos, to cabins in the woods, as well as 4-5-6 bedroom homes with lake frontage. In town you can also find affordable hotels like the Baymont Hotel, which will customize any golf package your looking for.
Centered around the small Alpine Village of Gaylord, Mich., located toward the top of the mitten about an hour northeast of Traverse City, is a quartet of 15 championship courses anchored by three world-class golf resort destinations. The region, which was listed among the “Top Buddy Trips” by Golf Digest, has hosted over 5.5 million golfers during the summer months over the past 30-years. The quality and quantity of golf is a fit for any appetite.
To book your summer golf escape direct to America’s Summer Golf Mecca and northern Michigan, visit www.gaylordgolfmecca.com.