Reader agrees that Hessel Ridge Golf Course has big problems
I recently shared a Letter to the Editor that appeared on MichiganGolf.com concerning Hessel Ridge Golf Course in Mackinac, Mich., with a longtime friend from Toledo and Hessel property owner. Like the first letter writer, we found both the grounds staff and the clubhouse personnel to be, at best, abrupt and rude. They were, in fact, doing us a favor by letting us play or at the very least, not very interested in our satisfaction.
Unfortunately, the course is a diamond in the rough and I do mean rough since the grounds superintendent obviously doesn't have a clue about maintaining a suburban backyard, let alone a golf course.
The last time we played at Hessel, in mid-summer 2003, they had virtually lost the greens and didn't mention their condition to us either at check-in nor when we called in advance for a tee time. I don't know of any responsible golf-course manager who would not inform a guest, in advance, of the condition of the greens such as top dressing or recent aeration, let alone the fact that 50 percent of the greens were virtually "gone." Needless to say, we have not been back.
August 26, 2005