Written By: Greg Johnson
PINCKNEY – Timber Trace Golf Club will show off its new ownership-driven makeover when it hosts one of the Golf Association of Michigan’s most unique tournaments, the 3rd GAM Two-Person Net Scramble Championship on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 21 and 22.
The tournament has been tweaked in format over its first two years and this year is featuring a gross scoring scramble competition on Thursday, and a net scoring scramble competition on Friday. It’s essentially two tournaments in one with awards being handed out each day. A field of 42 teams, which can include men and women GAM members, has entered.
Timber Trace, a links style design, has embarked on a renovation of the golf course and other facilities since a new local ownership group took over in March of 2022.
Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member Jim Dewling and Pat Conroy designed and built the course, which opened it in 1998. Golf Digest promptly gave it a 4 ½ stars rating.
The new ownership group, comprised of multiple partners who live in the community, launched an effort to improve equipment, turf conditions and renovate and redesign the bunkers on the course.
The course gently rolls over 460 acres of oaks, pines and maples. It has five sets of tees and accessible greens averaging 6,200 square feet in size. It can be played between 5,100 and 7,020 yards, and while the greens are large, they are also well-bunkered demanding some strategy.
Cliff McLellan is the general manager/managing partner and Mike Daily is the golf course superintendent managing the renovation work in-house. Learn more about the public course venue at timbertracegolf.com.