Hemingway's former haunt now treasured for its wealth of commendable courses by Brian HewittThere are no early accounts of Hemingway playing golf during his youth in Northern Michigan, although five-time British Open champion Tom Watson polished many of his short-game skills as a vacationing youngster at Charlevoix's Belvedere Golf Club, just up the road from Walloon Lake. Scotsman William Watson designed Belvedere and Gene Sarazen once told Ken Venturi he must play the course just to see the 16th hole. This was long before golf in Northern Michigan - more specifically the upper portion of the lower peninsula - became a moveable feast.
From Michigan Links April/May 2000 - "Northern Exposure" by Tonia Branch "Belvedere Golf Club, located just inland from Lake Michigan in the beautiful town of Charlevoix, has recently opened its doors to limited public play after being exclusively private for more than 70 years. The club was founded in 1925, with the course opening for play in 1927. Belvedere Golf Club is best known for its hosting of the Michigan Amateur Golf Championship on 38 occasions, more than any other course in the state. Five-time British Open champion Tom Watson and his father used to play Belvedere during the summer while he was growing up. A few years ago, former US Open champion and now CBS golf commentator Ken Venturi drove up to Belvedere to see the golf course. When the club president asked how he had heard about the course, Ken replied, "Gene Sarazen told me I have to play the 16th hole. Belvedere has [...]
From Golf Journal November/December 1999 - "Family Affair" by David Shefter [Leland] Beckel arrived [at the 13th Women's Mid-Amateur in 1999 at Cherokee Town and Country Club, Dunwoody, GA] with one goal: win five matches. If she could achieve that, she would continue a summer progression that saw her win two matches at the Southern, three at the Western and four at the Trans-National. Beckel, who played professionally on mini-tours from 1992-94 before regaining her amateur status, reached the round of 16 at the U.S. Women's Amateur last summer and was one of nine-mid-amateurs (age 25 and over) to qualify for match play at the Women's Amateur in August. She eventually fell in 20 holes to Celeste Troche of Paraguay. Now if she could only fight off the yips. That old demon snuck back into Backless putter while shooting an 82 in the first round of stroke play. A top from club member and championship general [...]
Petoskey News-Review August 1999 ... Michigan Amateur Returning to Belvedere Tournament set for 2003; will end 15-year absence By Eric Gaertner / News-Review sports writer CHARLEVOIX --- Brett Marshall took over as executive director of the Golf Association of Michigan in 1993 and, since that time, he has been asked one question most often by members of the news media, "When's the Amateur going to be back at Belvedere?" Marshall now has an answer for them: June 15-21, 2003. That's the date when the Michigan Amateur and the Belvedere Golf Club will renew a longtime partnership. The Golf Association of Michigan, which puts on the Amateur annually, recently announced it has accepted an invitation from Belvedere Golf Club. The historic golf course in Charlevoix has hosted more Michigan Amateurs than any other site in the state, 38, including 26 consecutive years from 1963-1988. The Golf Association of Michigan switched to a rotation of host courses following [...]
From Golf Magazine April 1999 - "Michigan Golf" by Norm Sinclair "Belvedere, designed in 1925 by Scotsman William Watson, gets a modern-day facelift with a new underground irrigation system. Until recently Belvedere was a private course, but is now able to be enjoyed by all golfers."
By Jack Berry Northern Michigan isn't just for Michiganders. The lakes, streams, hills, dunes and pine and hardwood forests long have been a magnet for writers like Ernest Hemingway, Civil War historian Bruce Catton, Washington Post columnist David Broder and novelist Jim Harrison, television stars like Tim Allen and golfers from Walter Hagen to Tom Watson. Hagen was an established superstar when he bought a home on a lake near Traverse City (he'd hit new balls into the lake) but Watson began his summer treks to Walloon Lake when he wasn't much taller than a driver. "I love that country up there," Kansas City native Watson said. "I love Walloon Lake. It's one of the most beautiful lakes there is. I enjoy the area, I love the woods, the ferns, the quietness when you walk in the woods in the summer. The air is so clean; it's pristine. "And all the lakes are different _ Walloon, [...]