Cris and his spouse Kriste Vocke personal Cedar Creek Golf Club in Battle Creek they usually additionally associate within the possession at Riverside Golf Club and Banquet Center in Battle Creek the place Justin Smith is common supervisor.
Not solely do the Vockes and Smith make out there and promote Golf Association of Michigan membership to their golfers, however they take it a step farther and take benefit themselves of one of the preferred GAM member advantages: GAM Golf Days.
“We are ambassadors of the game,” Cris stated. “This is my 32nd season at (Cedar Creek) and I feel we should be promoting golf any way we can, so I tell people about the Golf Days, especially the ones who enjoy stroke play and competition with a good group of people.
“The Golf Days are well run and they are on great courses you wouldn’t get a chance to play otherwise, and we are blessed in Michigan to have such fabulous golf courses available through the GAM at more than fair prices.”
This yr Cris, 60, and Justin, 28, are signed up with others to tackle The Moors Golf Club in Portage, and Wabeek Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, two personal golf equipment with glowing reputations.
GAM Golf Days are scheduled all through the summer season at personal and high-end programs and GAM members get to play on these days for particular charges as little as $60. There’s even a particular championship match day on the finish of the season. See GAM.org to study more.
“We’ve played The Moors before, at least a decade ago, but we’ve never played Wabeek,” Cris stated. “We’re looking forward to playing the The Moors again. It was great before, and Wabeek will be a new adventure for us.”
Justin, who grew up in close by Climax, stated earlier than he began taking benefit of Golf Days his golf was basically restricted to taking part in Cedar Creek the place he discovered the sport and performed in highschool, and Riverside the place he now works.
“I was working and when I did get out to play it was at Cedar or here,” he stated. “It’s been fun to try the different courses. If kind of forces me to get out there and see other good golf around the state. We’ve been doing it a while now and I really enjoy it.”
He stated he doesn’t push GAM advantages on his golf clients and members, however when requested most frequently about conserving a handicap index, he directs them to being GAM members and mentions the Golf Days, too.
“It’s easy to tell people about something you know you have enjoyed,” he stated.
Cedar Creek opened in 1974 and was designed by Robert Beard, and Vocke bought it from the unique homeowners in 1989.
“It was under-maintained and a good opportunity for us,” Vocke stated. “We fixed it up. Our superintendent Tim Hesselink has been with us 25 years and does an excellent job. We’re a local favorite, very affordable, we have a lot of leagues and a course that everybody can enjoy.”
Riverside was established as a golf course in 1926 and was a non-public membership till 2011 when Vocke was approached by native businessmen who wished to hold it a golf course.
“The club had gone through some hard times and the last thing Battle Creek needed was to see it shuttered,” he stated. “It was in good shape. Bruce and Jerry Matthews, the father-son team, had renovated it about 1990 or so, but it just needed some polishing when we got it. It’s a really nice course and we made it public. It’s done really well and has the banquet center.”
Vocke, who already this spring carded his fifth profession hole-in-one, stated GAM members and others are welcome to go to the 2 programs in Battle Creek. Learn more in regards to the two programs at cedargolfclub.com and bcriverside.com. He additionally stated he urges all GAM members to give Golf Days a strive.
“Michigan golf is great,” he stated. “This is a way to get out and see more of it.”