Gaylord Golf Mecca, a collection of 17 golf courses and 21 lodging facilities in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula, experienced a banner year in 2021. While the popularity of golf has surged across the country, Gaylord Golf Mecca has experienced exceptionally robust growth of 10.5 percent. People sought outdoor recreation during the pandemic, and they discovered the psychological benefits of an active game of golf, notes Executive Director Paul Beachnau, adding that The Mecca’s amenities and inclusivity have proved particularly appealing.
“If you are that new player or player coming back we have courses and service to fit you, and if you are that serious player or just part of a big group that wants a great golf trip, we have offerings for that, too,” he says. “And we have this beautiful destination, a great downtown with many options for dining, lakes and hiking trails, all within a few minutes.”
The addition of more air travel to northern Michigan through Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City has made a significant difference in attracting golfers, especially during the summer when temperatures soar in warmer climes, adds JT Aude, Mecca’s chairperson and head professional at Gaylord Golf Club.
The Events Industry Council’s Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program, established in 1985, is recognized around the world as a badge of excellence in the events industry. JodieAnn Cady, an independent event project manager based in Mason, is among the professionals in the inaugural class of CMP Fellows, a program launched last year.
Located in Onekama and built in 1900 as the summer residence of lumber baron and Manistee Mayor Charles Canfield, Canfield House was purchased, completely renovated, and reopened as a year-round bed-and-breakfast in 2021. Featuring 200 feet of Portage Lake frontage, the property now offers a lakeside fire ring and new dock for kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. The six-room house can be rented for small retreats and groups up to 125 accommodated for meetings and receptions.