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StoneRidge Golf Club Update

Posted Thursday, July 31st, 2008 10:20 pm GMT -6 in Golf at 10:20 PM

Today my friend and I paid a return visit to StoneRidge Golf Club in Stillwater. It’s been a number of years since I last played there and I was anxious to get back to the course that GolfWeek currently ranks as the number one public course in the metro area (#4 overall for Minnesota).

Head professional and general manager Keith Kalny is a player and supporter of the Tapemark Charity Pro-Am, as is assistant pro Eddie Wynne. I got to chat with Mr. Wynne a little before the round and one interesting thing of note was the new-style divot repair tool that they give out and recommend (I’ll do another post on that next week).

I was hoping to take new pictures of the course, but the weather did not cooperate. We managed about six holes before the rain started and we had a 20 minute lightning delay on the “back ten.”

StoneRidge is a well-run and well-maintained course designed by Bobby Weed in 2000. It’s really unlike anything else in the state: lots of waste bunkers, wispy grasses in the roughs, false fronts, quarry boulders and multiple options around the greens combine to bring a bit of Europe to the east metro.

Standard public rates are $79 walking and $95 riding and include range balls and a nice yardage book. Memberships are also available and begin at $3400/year. For more information or to check on tee times, call 651-436-4653.

Originally published by DK on July 31, 2008 at 10:20 pm

Saskatchewan in the House

Posted Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 04:05 pm GMT -6 in Schools,Work at 4:05 PM

Yesterday I had an unexpected visitor in my office at HSRA Minnesota: the Honourable Ken Krawetz, Minister of Education for the province of Saskatchewan.

Mr. Krawetz and his assistants were being hosted in Minnesota by the talented education architect Randy Fielding. They visited the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley in the morning and were on their way to the new Minneapolis Central Library.

It was a pleasure meeting the delegation. I made sure to thank Mr. Krawetz for all the great hockey players (the Wild has three Saskatchewan natives: Derek Boogaard – Saskatoon, Josh Harding – Regina and Nick Schultz – Strasbourg).

Originally published by DK on July 30, 2008 at 4:05 pm

Wild Near Salary Cap

Posted Monday, July 28th, 2008 11:22 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 11:22 PM

As reported by hockey writer extraordinaire Mike Russo, the Wild are almost at the salary cap after signing Pierre-Marc Bouchard last week to a long-term, $20.4 million deal.

He also posted an updated depth chart to his blog and I have to say, I’m pretty excited about the upcoming season:

LW – Brunette, Parrish, Veilleux, Boogaard
C – Koivu, Sheppard, Belanger, Pouliot
RW – Gaborik, Bouchard, Nolan, Miettinen, Weller
D – Burns, Johnsson, Schultz, Zidlicky, Skoula, Bergeron, Reitz, Foster
G – Backstrom, Harding

Of course there are no guarantees, but there seem to be plenty of worse teams in the NHL (at least on paper). Only 58 days to the pre-season opener…

Go Wild!

Originally published by DK on July 28, 2008 at 11:22 pm

John “The Snyds” Snyder

Posted Monday, July 28th, 2008 09:41 pm GMT -6 in Golf at 9:41 PM

Minnesota golf professional John Snyder is having a good year, especially considering his left foot was ripped off 3 years ago.

A two-time Tapemark Charity Pro-Am champion (1986, 1989), Snyder started this year by winning the Arziona Senior Open by five strokes May 7 at Royal Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Arizona. That field included Austin native Jon Chaffee, Champion Tour players John Jacobs and Jim Ahern and many other past champions.

Then came the 2008 Tapemark, an event he looks forward to playing in each year: “Being a part of this great charity event has been an honor. I have met and made many new friends and have played with some of the finest people in the golf community. Winning this event twice has been one of the highlights of my golf career.”

Snyder rebounded from a first round 78 to finish 28th.

After the Tapemark, Snyder played two UGGOA Tour events, finishing T16 at the DSL Longbow Open and T7 at the DSL Eagle Mountain Open.

This week at the Minnesota State Open, Snyder’s third-round 68 propelled him up the leader board to a T4 and a check for $3,750.

Later this year, Snyder plans to attempt to qualify for the European Senior Tour.

Good luck, John!

Originally published by DK on July 28, 2008 at 9:41 pm

Oklahoma! at Eagan High School

Posted Monday, July 28th, 2008 08:36 pm GMT -6 in Family,Theater at 8:36 PM

The family attended a Sunday afternoon performance of Oklahoma! this weekend that was produced by the Eagan Summer Community Theatre. Colleen couldn’t wait to finally hear the real Surrey with the Fringe on Top after all of those When Harry Met Sally references.

The production quality of this show was quite high and we enjoyed the lead actors: Ashley Lemaire as Laurey and Jared Oxborough as Curley. Douglas Castle was also great as Ali Hakim and the kids liked Honey Ribar as Ado Annie the most.

The worst part of the show by far was the audience – why can’t people shut up for two hours? Aside from that, it was nice to finally see the play that every Okie is duty-bound to watch at some point in their life. Ok-la-hom-a, OK!

Originally published by DK on July 28, 2008 at 8:36 pm

Gopher Senior Wins State Open

Posted Sunday, July 27th, 2008 10:28 pm GMT -6 in Golf at 10:28 PM

University of Minnesota senior Yu Katayama won the 2008 Minnesota State Open at Bunker Hills Sunday, shooting a 2-under-par 70 to win by two strokes over State Am winner Trent Peterson and Alexandria Country Club professional Brett Swedberg.

Defending champion Kane Hanson of Detroit Country Club was four shots back and tied for fourth. Tapemark Charity Pro-Am regulars John Snyder (68), Dave Tentis (68) and Don Berry (67) all had strong final rounds, but Katayama managed to hang on to his second-round lead.

Here are the top five finishers:

  • 1, Yu Katayama (a), University GC, 68-69-70-207 (-9)
  • T2, Trent Peterson (a), Valleywood GC, 69-71-69-209 (-7)
  • T2, Brett Swedberg (p), Alexandria CC, 68-73-68-209 (-7), $9,000
  • T4, Clayton Rask (p), Monticello CC, 70-74-67-211 (-5), $3,750
  • T4, John Snyder (p), Muscle Golf Worldwide, 71-72-68-211 (-5), $3,750
  • T4, Kane Hanson (p), Detroit CC, 68-70-73-211 (-5), $3,750

Full Leaderboard

State Open Winners Since 2000:

  • 2008 – Yu Katayama
  • 2007 – Kane Hanson
  • 2006 – Mike Barge
  • 2005 – Jered Gusso
  • 2004 – Ty Armstrong
  • 2003 – Joe Stansberry
  • 2002 – Dave Tentis
  • 2001 – Rodney Cook
  • 2000 – Ben Meyers

Go Gophers!

Originally published by DK on July 27, 2008 at 10:28 pm

USGA Member Bags

Posted Sunday, July 27th, 2008 11:57 am GMT -6 in Golf at 11:57 AM

I was just going through some of my trinkets from the recent U.S. Women’s Open and noticed this blue bag that the USGA was handing out to USGA members in one of the entry tents. I thought this was a nice gesture, but today I read the tag that was attached:

Due to security measures this bag has been classified as a prohibited item and may not be brought with you upon re-admission to the 2008 U.S. Open Championship.

Wow, is that dumb. At least it was free…

Originally published by DK on July 27, 2008 at 11:57 am

Congrats to Kathy and Toby Rivers

Posted Saturday, July 26th, 2008 11:21 pm GMT -6 in Family,Travel at 11:21 PM

Got back yesterday from several days worth of wedding activities for my wife’s cousin in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Our kids were in the wedding party and everything went great. A few pictures are up in the private section of the photo gallery.

Congrats to the newlyweds and thanks for including us in your celebration.

Originally published by DK on July 26, 2008 at 11:21 pm

Grand Marais Sheriff’s Report

Posted Saturday, July 26th, 2008 03:30 pm GMT -6 in Reading,Travel at 3:30 PM

My favorite small town newspaper had two great entries from the sheriff’s report in June:

1:17 p.m., Grand Marais: Report of a loose collie mix with no collar downtown, between Boulder Park and the harbor. A deputy determined it to be the same dog she’s been chasing all spring but can never catch. The dog ran away from the deputy when it saw the squad car, and was still on the loose, somewhere downtown.

But here is my all-time favorite:

7:55 a.m., Grand Marais: Complaint about neighbors who started partying outside on their deck at 7 a.m., being very loud, dropping the “F-Bomb,” and taking off their shirts and showing each other their muscles. A deputy spoke with them, and they quieted down.

Instant classic.

Originally published by DK on July 26, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Wild Ridge Golf Course in Eau Claire

Posted Thursday, July 24th, 2008 11:19 pm GMT -6 in Golf at 11:19 PM

OK, so this doesn’t really qualify as golfing in Minnesota, but I’m in Eau Claire for a wedding this week and stopped in to play Wild Ridge Golf Course during some downtime.

I’d heard this was the best public course in town and found out qualifying for the state open is happening here on Friday, so the course was in tournament condition. That of course meant I had a million putts on the slick greens and lost a half dozen golf balls in the thick rough, but it was still fun.

The course has a lot of elevation change and several water features that come into play on various holes. Many of the greens had huge undulations and there is a distinct woods versus links vibe between the front nine and the back nine.

The walking rate for 18 holes was $39. I paired up with two nice gentlemen (one from Eau Claire and one from Chicago) who had a lot of local knowledge about the course and thought I was crazy for not playing with a cart. It is a tough course to walk, with lots of hills and big distances between several holes.

Perhaps we’ll do a little more Wisconsin coverage in the future, what with all the great courses so close to the border…

Originally published by DK on July 24, 2008 at 11:19 pm

That’s A Lot of Music

Posted Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 01:49 pm GMT -6 in Music at 1:49 PM

Just looked at my last.fm profile and noticed I’m up to 27,340 songs recorded via their iTunes plug-in.

The picture above gives a good indication of who I listen to the most. Looks like I need to create a new iTunes smart playlist to hear some of the other people in my library more often…

Originally published by DK on July 23, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Grandma’s Minnesota Mile St. Paul

Posted Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 10:34 pm GMT -6 in Running at 10:34 PM

Tonight I ran my first ever Grandma’s Minnesota Mile event at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights. There were four different races:

  • 6:30pm: Kids Race (ages 8-14)
  • 6:50pm: All-City Mile (for those expecting to finish 5:46 or longer for men and 6:46 or longer for women)
  • 7:30pm: St. Paul Mile (for those expecting to finish between 4:41 and 5:45 for men and between 5:41 and 6:45 for women)
  • 7:50pm: Minnesota Mile (elite runners with times faster then 4:40 for men and 5:40 for women)

The races were chip-timed, although there was no mat at the starting line. Official times are now available here. Richard Kandie won the men’s mile in 4:09, while Katie McGregor won the women’s race in 4:49. Wow, that’s impressive…

The course was fun, looping around the food and horticulture buildings twice. Not sure why it needed to be a loop course when there is so much space available there, but it wasn’t bad. I was wishing some of the food vendors were there, though.

Mile races seem to be back in vogue, especially as a way for the two big marathons in Minnesota to raise more money by giving away entries to their always-in-demand shorter races (250 random finishers of this race will be offered the chance to enter the 2009 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon).

Personally, this was an interesting race for me. I haven’t run a timed mile race since high school, so I had no idea what to expect. I’ve done a lot of distance runs this spring and summer, but no speed work at all. My only benchmark was an 800m PR time of 2:12 back in 1987.

Unfortunately, twenty years changes a lot in the speed department, it seems. I ran the split in 2:40, but totally ran out of gas at the end. No kick whatsoever and a weak finish in 6:34. The bar has been set, though, and I’ll definitely be adding some speed work to my marathon training.

The Duluth version of the Minnesota Mile will be held Sunday, September 7, 2008 at 9am.

Originally published by DK on July 22, 2008 at 10:34 pm

Paul Miller Design Website

Posted Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 02:09 pm GMT -6 in Golf at 2:09 PM

Not sure when he launched it, but noted Minnesota golf course architect and occasional Golfing in Minnesota contributor Paul Miller launched a company website at paulmillergolf.com.

The new site was designed by Northfield-based Flying Pan Productions and includes information on current and past projects, services offered, contact information and a history of the company.

It’s been a long time coming and the site looks great. Now we just need to get Mr. Miller a real email address and he’ll be all set…

Paul Miller Design, Inc.
220 Division Street, Northfield, MN 55957

Originally published by DK on July 22, 2008 at 2:09 pm

The Irishman Retains the Jug

Posted Sunday, July 20th, 2008 02:30 pm GMT -6 in Golf at 2:30 PM

I do most of my golf writing at the Golfing in Minnesota website, but this post has nothing to do with Minnesota, so here you go…

Two years ago at the U.S. Open I attended at Winged Foot in New York, I snapped this picture of Padraig Harrington during a practice round. He was very nice to us as he went by and I was so pleased today when he repeated as champion golfer of the year at the Open Championship.

His second shot on the par-five seventeenth hole at Royal Birkdale today may be one of the best pressure shots I’ve ever watched during a major.

Cheers, Padraig!

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2008 at 2:30 pm

Baker National 2008 Course Update

Posted Saturday, July 19th, 2008 11:14 pm GMT -6 in Golf at 11:14 PM

We almost made it though 18 holes at Baker National in Medina today before the rain hit. The skies opened on the 16th hole, though, and it poured for about 20 minutes.

The course was in nice condition before the rain and there was one change from the last time we played there–new stone tee markers with yardages and basic hole layouts. The 18-hole walking rate today (with a medium basket of range balls) was $40 including tax.

The white tees at Baker play to 6,294 yards, with a rating of 71.8 and a slope of 131. I’ve occasionally played well there, but today I realized that your score can balloon quickly if you are having trouble hitting the ball straight. I think the Baker Park Reserve woods and marshland have at least eight more of my golf balls…

Originally published by DK on July 19, 2008 at 11:14 pm

Wild 2008-09 Schedule Released

Posted Friday, July 18th, 2008 09:14 am GMT -6 in Hockey at 9:14 AM

The Wild released next season’s schedule yesterday (PDF). Some thoughts:

  • Sixteen back-to-backs (can’t remember how many there were last year)
  • Longest road series: six games, 2/27 – 3/8, CGY/EDM/VAN/SJ/LA/ANA
  • Longest home series: five games, 11/20 – 11/28, VAN/STL/WSH/DAL/TB
  • Both Wings home games are on Saturday nights (1/3 & 2/21)
  • Crosby @ PIT on 11/18 and Ovechkin here on 11/24
  • Hopefully a healthy Manny in nets for the home opener vs. BOS (10/11)

Can’t wait!

Originally published by DK on July 18, 2008 at 9:14 am

Golfweek Writer Klein Visits Northland

Posted Thursday, July 17th, 2008 06:57 pm GMT -6 in Golf at 6:57 PM

Golfweek magazine architecture columnist and Donald Ross expert Bradley Klein was in Duluth yesterday to visit Northland Country Club and meet with members.

Klein wrote the book Discovering Donald Ross: The Architect and his Golf Courses that was published in 2001. As a big fan of Ross courses, I own this book and wish I could have been there to have it signed. If you don’t have a copy, I highly recommend clicking on the Amazon link above and getting one. A bit pricey, but well worth it.

Klein actually spent two days at the course, first touring and taking notes with the Green Committee and members of the Northland board, then playing the course on Wednesday. Later that evening, he did a two hour presentation to club members discussing his visit and expressing his opinions on the course.

The Northland blog has great coverage of the visit and here is a link to a Duluth News Tribune story. Also be sure to take a look at this great 1939 aerial photo of the course.

Originally published by DK on July 17, 2008 at 6:57 pm

2008 3M Championship Week

Posted Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 10:35 am GMT -6 in Golf at 10:35 AM

The seniors roll into town this week for the 16th Annual 3M Championship at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine.

Yesterday was the Ameriprise Pro-Am, which will be followed by the Coldwell Banker Burnet Pro-Am Wednesday and Thursday. Today is a practice round day that includes two skills challenges and a junior pro-am at noon. Championship play runs Friday through Sunday.

Tickets Monday-Thursday are $15, while the championship rounds are $30. Tickets can be purchased at any Spire Federal Credit Union location or at the gate.

From the tournament website:

In 2007, the 3M Championship donated $1,300,000 to programs at Allina’s Abbott Northwestern, United, Mercy and Unity Hospitals. To date, the 3M Championship has raised over $13,000,000 for charity. The tournament is one of the largest donors on Tour and the largest sports-related charity in Minnesota. Charitable proceeds expect to exceed $14,000,000 in 2008.

Originally published by DK on July 15, 2008 at 10:35 am

A Visit to the Shoe Tree

Posted Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 10:12 am GMT -6 in Family,Food,Schools at 10:12 AM

Yesterday my wife Colleen defended her capstone/thesis project at the University of Minnesota and found out afterward that she is now officially done with her masters program in health journalism.

I know firsthand how hard it is to work full-time and go to school–but I never had two kids to deal with too for my degree. Colleen worked extremely hard for this and we are very, very proud of her.

After all the signatures were obtained and the form dropped off with the graduate office (just in time for an official July 31 graduation date), we visited the shoe tree on the west bank before heading to Al’s Breakfast for a celebration lunch.


Originally published by DK on July 15, 2008 at 10:12 am

2008 Wild Select-A-Seat

Posted Saturday, July 12th, 2008 05:19 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 5:19 PM

We attended the 2008 edition of the Minnesota Wild season ticket holder select-a-seat event at the Xcel Energy Center earlier this week.

The good news for the new owner: very few open seats this year. The upper ends were sold out (as usual) and the upper sides had only scattered single seats available. The club level had surprisingly few open seats (so much for the recession) and the only reasonable supply of seats were lower level ends and corners on the side the Wild shoot at once.

Some other notes:

  • The prospects were on the ice when we first arrived and were supposed to come up and sign autographs, but they still weren’t there by the time we left.
  • Suite #56 was open for inspection, which was fun to see, but I was disappointed to see that they removed the 23-inch Cinema displays, though.
  • While sitting in some seats on the club level, a very nervous gentleman purchased four of them ($12,300 – ouch).
  • Free ice cream and Zamboni pictures were nice, as were the 30-percent-off coupons to the Hockey Lodge.
  • My relatives kept their same seats, so I’ll wait and see if the Wild offer them the open single next to them for half price again.
  • The “discount” at the River Centre parking ramp wasn’t so special – $7 instead of $10. How about free for the people spending thousands of dollars?

More on the prospects soon…

Originally published by DK on July 12, 2008 at 5:19 pm

Summit Golf Club 2008 Update

Posted Saturday, July 12th, 2008 03:34 pm GMT -6 in Golf at 3:34 PM

Today we paid a visit to our friend Jack Baker, manager of Summit Golf Club, located just west of Cannon Falls on Highway 19. Jack is one of the nicest course managers you’ll ever meet and he manages one of my favorite south metro courses.

Jack reported that the year started off slow in April when winter didn’t want to leave. The snow birds from Florida and Arizona were slow to return and it took him ten days after opening before they had a single senior play the course. Traffic has improved each month since then, however, and the parking lot was full when we left around noon.

I had heard rumors that they might be suffering some of the same issues that we talked about regarding Wendigo (lack of revenue impacting course conditioning), but I thought the course was in excellent shape. With all bentgrass tees, fairways and greens, Summit is an expensive course to maintain.

This is not an easy course, but there are many unique holes that keep us coming back. If you haven’t played the Summit, give it a try and let us know what you think.

Originally published by DK on July 12, 2008 at 3:34 pm

It Was Forty Years Ago Today

Posted Sunday, July 6th, 2008 11:59 pm GMT -6 in Family at 11:59 PM

Michael Alvin Kingsbury and Karen Leslie Smith were married forty years ago today. We celebrated by inviting them over for some grilling, cake and ice cream.

Congrats Mom and Dad!

Originally published by DK on July 6, 2008 at 11:59 pm

2008-09 Wild Roster Takes Shape

Posted Sunday, July 6th, 2008 11:44 pm GMT -6 in Hockey at 11:44 PM

Wow, take a week off to watch the best female golfers in the world and the Wild universe goes nuts…

Some thoughts on those who have left:

  • Rolston – sad to see him go, but he occasionally drove me nuts. No way the Wild could have matched the New Jersey offer (which I thought was very generous).
  • Fedoruk – will miss his grinder line determination (and dance skills).
  • Voros – Fedoruk lite, but his production dropped off and wasn’t worth $1 million/year.

And some thoughts on the additions:

  • Andrew Brunette (LW) – glad to have him back. Maybe he can help Parrish get out of his slump.
  • Owen Nolan (LW) – didn’t see this one coming. Anything that makes Calgary weaker is good in my book. Sort of a Walz replacement in some ways.
  • Antti Miettinen (RW) – should be good for Koivu to have another Finn in the room. Stats look pretty good.
  • Craig Weller (RW) – UMD connection, but not much NHL experience. Supposed to be a Voros replacement. Never thought $600K would be considered a “value” player…
  • Marek Zidlicky (D) – Excited about this one. New owner must know him, we get a player whose name starts with “Z,” another Czech will maybe encourage Skoula to play better (ha!). Sort of pricey, but not Johnsson pricey.

And finally, issues we still need to deal with:

  • Butch and Veilleux – I’d like to see both back, unless one of them helps us with:
  • Another Center – as discussed everywhere, we are still lacking here.

All that and Select-A-Seat this week too…

Originally published by DK on July 6, 2008 at 11:44 pm

August 2008 Runner’s World Races

Posted Sunday, July 6th, 2008 08:09 pm GMT -6 in Running at 8:09 PM

Here are the Minnesota Runner’s World Race Series races for August 2008:

Click on the race names for details on each event.

Originally published by DK on July 6, 2008 at 8:09 pm

Playing the Ponies at Canterbury Park

Posted Sunday, July 6th, 2008 04:46 pm GMT -6 in Family,Sports at 4:46 PM

Last week we also stopped out to Canterbury Park for buck night (and to celebrate our friend Todd’s birthday).

I used to like horse racing a lot while I was in college. The Daily Racing Form has tons of stats and I had all sorts of techniques to try to beat the odds. Like all gambling, though, the only way to win is to become the house.

No big winners or losers among our bets – but then again, my bankroll was only about $10.

Kid two came along and loves watching the big animals up close. The night’s races run pretty late, though, so we left before the end.

Can’t beat $1 nachos and Mountain Dew though…

Originally published by DK on July 6, 2008 at 4:46 pm

Wendigo Golf Club Notes

Posted Sunday, July 6th, 2008 04:24 pm GMT -6 in Golf at 4:24 PM

Our second 18 hole round of the day in Grand Rapids was at Wendigo Golf Club, a Joel Goldstrand design that opened in 1995. We started just before 3pm, which qualified us for a twilight rate of $37 per player with cart.

When I last visited Wendigo about ten years ago, it was still under development, with a temporary clubhouse and lots of condominium construction around the entrance. Fast forward to now and you find a nice log clubhouse, a large conference center and hotel with restaurant and still more townhomes under construction.

The strange thing about this resort, though, is that it seems nearly deserted. It looks like construction has stopped on the new townhomes (or at least slowed down with the economy) and the parking lot wasn’t very full for a holiday weekend. More importantly for golfers, though, was sub-par maintenance on the golf course (and with our golf cart, which reeked of gasoline and backfired more than once).

And a strange golf course it is, too. Lots of blind shots, holes that feel out of place with the others, a unique fourth hole that plays as either a par 3 or par 4 (with different greens) and a weak finishing hole that brings the clubhouse into play off the tee. Sounds also seemed to carry everywhere, so you could hear the few people that were there throughout our round.

On a more positive note, there are some very strong holes on the course and every employee we talked to was friendly (although they double-booked our tee time). It’s hard to see how courses like this will succeed in today’s economy, however, as poor course conditioning becomes a downward spiral to increasing player rounds.

Perhaps the owners should spend less money on multi-level boulder retaining wall entrances and more on keeping the golf course in resort condition.

Originally published by DK on July 6, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Pokegama Golf Course Notes

Posted Saturday, July 5th, 2008 02:42 pm GMT -6 in Golf at 2:42 PM

After taking a few days off to recover from the Women’s Open, we are back.

For the Fourth of July holiday, Golfing in Minnesota headed north to Grand Rapids. After playing Sugarbrooke and Eagle Ridge last year, we hit the other two Grand Rapids area courses this year: Pokegama and Wendigo.

Our first round was played at the city-owned Pokegama Golf Course, located on Pokegama Lake. The lake doesn’t really come into play much on the course, but can be seen from several holes.

I had heard the pace of play on this course can be a little slow and there were some issues on the front nine. I think the course gets a lot of local play, as rates are reasonable compared to resort courses (we paid a non-resident 18 hole walking rate of $31.95).

The course was in great condition for a municipal course – well-maintained and very green and lush throughout. The Brauer and Associates design plays just over 6,100 yards from the white tees and is rated 68.5 with a slope of 117. The staff we came in contact with were all very friendly.

Originally published by DK on July 5, 2008 at 2:42 pm

The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde

Posted Saturday, July 5th, 2008 02:14 pm GMT -6 in Theater at 2:14 PM

A few weeks ago, we went with our friends to see The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde at the Guthrie’s Proscenium Stage. That was the only stage at the new Guthrie that I hadn’t been in, and it was very nice: red everywhere, comfortable seats, good sight lines and strong acoustics.

We got there about an hour early to get rush tickets, which worked perfectly – four seats together for $20 a seat. The theater got some of that money back in concessions, but I was disappointed that none of the restaurants (both in the theater and those nearby) were open after the performance.

The show itself was entertaining. You really can’t go wrong with anything at the Guthrie, but I didn’t know much about this play beyond what I had read about Oscar Wilde on Wikipedia.

Very interesting character, which led to an interesting play that jumps around in time. The on-stage musicians and four puppeteers helped tie transitions together and the three primary actors were all enjoyable to watch.

The Thomas Kilroy play runs through July 11th (ticket information here).

Originally published by DK on July 5, 2008 at 2:14 pm

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