DANA FRY TO BUILD NEW COURSE AT ARCADIA BLUFFS

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THE GOG BLOG, by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. On the 6th hole at Wild Rock Golf Club designed by Hurdzan and Fry.

There is more good news from the golf industry, that continues to grow in the right direction.

The news comes out of Michigan, where the owners of Arcadia Bluffs have decided to build a second golf course.

Work has started already as the property is being cleared of trees that need to be removed.

The main work will start next spring when crews and architect Dan Fry start putting the Master Plan in place.

The hope is for the course to be open in late summer of 2018, when it does open the Arcadia area should have two courses that will attract golfers from everywhere.

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The clubhouse at Arcadia Bluffs in Arcadia Michigan.

The new clubhouse will not be much different than the current one at Arcadia Bluffs, and it will be one of the first things you see when you arrive on the new property.

Which by the way is almost 1 mile south of the current golf course and it will be on the other side of the street you take to pull into Arcadia.

As a result the new course will be called the South Course at Arcadia Bluffs. the style will be different that Arcadia and there will be almost no trees and no holes on the water. Yes a different look that’s for sure. The new location is for the most an apple orchard, but soil is sandy and has enough elevation change for some exciting golf holes.

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Architect Dana Fry (right) along with Golf Digest writer Ron Whitten (L) and Dr. Michael Hurdzan with US Open trophy (M).

Fry is excited about having just over 300 acres to work with, and will have parts of this new design, look like an old design.

While squared off tee boxes are not something new in recent designs, and or renovations, squared off greens are.

Steve Smyers did a few of them on his recent renovation of Butterfield Country Club in Oak Brook, but Fry sounds like that concept will showcase itself much more in new design.

Click here to hear the Interview with Dana Fry about the new course at Arcadia Bluff in Michigan.

During the interview Fry also talks about Erin Hills and the growing of golf in Wisconsin. Stay clicked in for more news as it happens with the building of the new course at Arcadia Bluffs.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.