National Golf Month and the U.S. Amateur Championship in Michigan

August is National Golf Month — a time to celebrate one of American’s favorite pastimes.

Golf in Michigan is special. Our state is regularly considered one of the top states for golf — with more than 800 public golf courses and the fourth-highest number of courses in the nation.

No doubt, this is largely due to Michigan’s incredible natural resources — our woods and streams, hills and valleys, and of course our Great Lakes and sand dunes — which have helped create beautiful and award-winning golf experiences.

The Michigan Senate Republicans encourage you to get out and play golf with your family and create memories that will last a lifetime.

There are many outstanding golf courses located right here in Michigan. One of the nation’s premier courses is Oakland Hills Country Club, which turns 100 this year and is hosting the 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship this week, from Monday, Aug. 15 through Sunday, Aug. 21.

The club has a rich and significant history. Its first head professional was legendary golfer Walter Hagen, who was a five-time PGA champion. The South Course is known as “The Monster” and has hosted 16 major championships. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan and Gary Player — among the best to ever play the game — have all won on the South Course.

To help the tournament be a financial success, Sen. Mike Kowall sponsored Public Act 180 of 2016 to add the U.S. Amateur Championship to the list of events for which the Michigan Liquor Control Commission could issue one of its special liquor licenses. The measure received overwhelming support in both the Senate and the House.

We encourage all Michigan families to take some time during National Golf Month to head outdoors and enjoy this wonderful game. Also, if you can, take time to watch as Michigan hosts the U.S. Amateur Championship.