Program aims to grow sport, tourism in Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 21, 2007 ? Michigan McDonald?s restaurants will be kicking off the start of Michigan?s busy travel season again this year by inviting customers across the state to play golf at some of the state?s most acclaimed courses.

Through ?Tee-Up Two-for-One,? Michigan McDonald?s restaurants partner with the Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) to offer complimentary two-for-one golf vouchers to customers who visit participating restaurants throughout Michigan.

Twenty-four northern ?destination? courses, including The Medalist Golf Club and The Moors Course at Boyne Highlands, are participating in the voucher program that offers two 18-hole rounds for the price of one. Vouchers, which carry a value of up to $100, will be available beginning Friday, June 1 at more than 300 Michigan McDonald?s restaurants for play between June 1 and July 5, 2007.

?The thousands of travelers who visited our restaurants last year loved the program,? said Tom Holka Jr., a Kalkaska-area McDonald?s owner/operator. ?It was such a natural fit for McDonald?s to partner with GAM again to promote Michigan tourism.? This year, Golf Digest selected Michigan as the 12th best golf destination in the world. Grand Blanc will also host this year?s Buick Open on June 25 through July 7.

?With Michigan being such a great place to play golf, the voucher is intended to get more people involved in all of our wonderful golf opportunities,? said David Graham, executive director of GAM. ?I?m excited to see golfers visiting some of northern Michigan?s best golf courses.?

According to, Michigan is home to nearly 500,000 avid golfers as well as 900 courses, many of which are championship and world-class golf resort facilities that attract travelers from near and far.

This is not the first time McDonald?s has partnered with a Michigan association to bolster travel and tourism. Since 1996, McDonald?s and the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association have offered ?Discover Michigan Skiing,? a learn-to-ski program that has inspired as many as 11,000 skiers each year to hit the slopes, often for the very first time.

Founded in 1919, the Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) promotes, preserves and serves the game of golf throughout the state. The nonprofit organization provides membership to more than 65,000 golfers and more than 400 golf courses. For more information visit

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Participating courses:

Black Bear Golf Club ? Gaylord

Black Forest – Gaylord

Boyne Mountain, The Monument and Alpine Courses ? Boyne Falls

Boyne Highlands, The Moors Course ? Harbor Springs

Crooked Tree Golf Club ? Petoskey

Elk Ridge – Atlanta

Garland Resort, Swampfire and Monarch Courses ? Lewiston

Gaylord Country Club – Gaylord

Manistee National Golf & Resort, Cutters? Ridge and Canthooke Valley Courses – Manistee

Marsh Ridge Resort – Gaylord

The Medalist Golf Club – Marshall

Michawye Pines – Gaylord

Mountain Lake – Gaylord

The Natural – Gaylord

Otsego Club and Resort, Classic and Tribute Courses

Treetops Resort, Jones, Tradition, Fazio and Smith Courses ? Gaylord

Wilderness Valley ? Gaylord