Michigan property named National Golf Course of the Year by course owners group

Another course in Augusta wins national awards this year. Not the Augusta you're thinking of.
Stoatin Brae Golf Course in Augusta, Michigan, just outside Battle Creek, was named National Golf Course Owners Association's National Golf Course of the Year.
The course was named # 5 on the Best Golf Week Golf Courses to Play in Michigan.
"It's exciting news. We've put a lot of work into this course and realized our vision and seeing people enjoy it is great," said Bill Johnson, Vice President of Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort. "We had this Vision to create a target golf course that is still affordable for everyone. We did and it's great to be recognized for that. "
Developed by the Scott family and senior staff at Renaissance Design of Traverse City, Stoatin Brae was then selected from four regional finalists including Spring Meadows Golf Course in Maine, Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in North Carolina, and Gamble Sands in Washington.
"Each year the NGCOA recognizes those who have helped preserve the tradition of the game while realizing the challenges and opportunities of the golf business, and it is wonderful that they agree with us that Stoatin Brae deserves great nationally" said Jada Paisley, executive director of the Michigan Golf Course Association, in a press release announcing the award.
This is the first time anyone in the Gull Lake View course family has received this national award.
"We had previously won the Michigan Course of the Year, but never won that national award," said Johnson. "After winning the state this year, we sent in our information to try for the national team and lo and behold, we won."
Stoatin Brae will be recognized during the NGCOA Golf Business Conference 2021, which takes place practically in January.
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"It is always a special time when we recognize those who have excelled at their facility," said Steve Graybill, president of the NGCOA Board of Directors. “Every year we choose from a pool of deserving nominees. This year was no exception and we are happy to announce this year's winner. "
The view sets Stoatin Brae apart from most golf courses in the area. If you look out the bay windows of the clubhouse from one of the highest land points in the region, you can see the towers of downtown Battle Creek as well as the buildings in Kalamazoo. It has quickly become the gem of the six golf courses run by Jon Scott and his family who own the Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort.
Many of the fescue grass fairways are the natural flowers / tall grass that serve as hazards in the blue pedunculate (or grass) course that is also the name of the clubhouse restaurant. The blue stem.
Stoatin Brae Golf Course in Augusta, just outside Battle Creek, was named National Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association. (Photo by Bill Broderick)
The 18-hole course is at 6,667 meters and is a par 71. If you look across the course you can see many of the flags on the holes at the same time as there are no trees but the natural grass and rolling hills take care of it but a nice picture.
"It's totally different from anything in Michigan, just a big piece of open ground with a course that fell straight into it. Very pretty and fun to play," said Johnson. "Another thing that sets us apart is that we made it affordable You can take what are known as the most popular courses in the country and spend a lot of money. We'll see you at that level now and you won't be spending nearly as much here as in some of these other places. "
Bill Broderick works for the Battle Creek (Mich.) Enquirer, which is part of the USA Today Network. He can be reached at bbroderi@battlecreekenquirer.com. Follow him on Twitter: @billbroderick

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