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While opinions on how to best improve your golf score may change, certain tips and techniques are proven winners.

The golf professionals at Bay Harbor recommend paying special attention to how players move their lower body and staying in the best shape possible – on and off the course.

In order successfully improve your golf game, you must first create a powerful base. Focus first on your body. As you practice, your mission is to get stronger and more flexible. A strong lower body is vital for golfers both in relation to swing mechanics and from an injury prevention standpoint; increased lower body strength and power have strong correlations to higher swing speeds and improved performance. Here are a few key lower body exercises you can do at home or at the gym to help build the base you want for your best game:

The split squat:

The split squat doesn’t require the shoulder mobility that a front squat needs and is a great starting point for anyone with mobility restrictions or injury. Since only one leg at a time is doing the work, use a light weight (or none at all).

How to:

Start in a staggered stance, with your front foot forward and knee in line with your foot. If you’re using a weight in each hand, keep them at your side. Keep good posture as you lower your body, and make sure to keep your front knee in line with your foot. On your way back up, drive through the heel to get back to your starting position and repeat for 10 reps on each leg.

Lateral lunges with sliders:

When you swing a club, each leg works individually, and at different parts of the swing each is more responsible for taking the load of your weight. The majority of your weight goes onto the rear leg during the backswing, and then is transferred to your lead leg during the downswing. A great way to train each leg individually as well as together is with lateral lunges using sliding discs, a slideboard, or even a towel. Practicing this weight shift will help you achieve proper weight transition in the swing without swaying or sliding. You can use a slideboard if your gym has one; most gyms have small sliding discs to use. You can also use a towel on your floor at home.

How to:

Start with good posture, with one foot on a sliding disc and the other planted on the ground. Go into a lateral lunge – push your hips back and slide the disc out to your side, lowering your hips and bending the knee on the planted foot. Keep your arms in front of you and keep the weight on the planted foot. Drive up through the planted heel, which will also help you work on stability. Repeat on each leg for 10 reps.

Resistance band straight leg raises:

Grab a resistance band and a mat and lay flat on your back. With a wide grip, pull the band apart as tight as possible across your chest, engaging your core. Keep your body flat to the floor, and raise one leg at a time, keeping it straight. Once your leg starts to bend, that’s as high as you should go. Repeat for 10 reps on each leg. Invest a little time with these exercises to prepFitness Tips that are sure to Improve Your Golf Gameare for your best year ever and see how much better you will play.

Encompassing more than five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is home to some of the best golf in the country. Known as ‘The Pebble Beach of The Midwest’, the Bay Harbor Golf Club hosts 27 holes on three Arthur Hills courses, The Preserve, The Quarry & the Links — each one showcasing the Club’s natural beauty. This exclusive private club boasts a dedicated and knowledgeable staff to make a playing experience that excels others, whether that is training with PGA experts to improve your game, utilizing the state-of-the-art practice facilities, or finding the right tools that you need at the golf shop. If you’re not a member of the Club, staying in one of Bay Harbor’s two resort properties comes with access privileges for the golf courses.

Leaving Bay Harbor Golf Club doesn’t mean leaving an excellent experience behind. Registering with the Club grants you access to nine other Boyne Resort clubs and their courses, including ones in Montana and Maine.

Off the course, you’ll find tons of fun here as well. Located right in the heart of the action, Bay Harbor is a coastal resort and golf community that offers a lifestyle like no other. Families often enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Lake Michigan or walking or biking along the Little Traverse Wheeleway. The Bay Harbor Yacht Club is known as the social centerpiece of the entire community. The Village at Bay Harbor offers lots of options for unique shopping and delicious dining. Residents here enjoy life to its fullest.

Bay Harbor makes for a great place to stay a day, a week, or a lifetime. With more than 30 neighborhoods, Bay Harbor offers a wide array of homes and a price range to match your lifestyle. Visit ExploreBayHarbor.com to learn more about the local real estate opportunities and becoming a Bay Harbor neighbor. For those who want to visit and explore the possibility of ownership and membership, two outstanding hotel options are available within Bay Harbor. Check out the Inn at Bay Harbor and the Bay Harbor Village Hotel and start planning your dream.

No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish it could be longer. It’s not too late to plan your summer adventure today by requesting a complimentary copy of the 2018 edition of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, more local events and tips for planning your trip.

For the Marriott family, it all started with a game of golf. “We first discovered Bay Harbor on a trip to the Charlevoix/Harbor Springs area. A friend suggested we try a new golf course that was rated highly in Golf Digest. The course was
Bay Harbor Golf Club. The next day, as we traveled to Harbor Springs, we came across the Village at Bay Harbor. That evening we had dinner in the Village and realized that something special was happening here,” recounted Sue Marriott.

The Marriotts were intrigued by Bay Harbor and decided to return. “We traveled to Bay Harbor in the spring of 1999 and stayed the weekend at the Marina Village Condos. We purchased our lot that weekend,” she said. For the Marriott family it was an easy decision. “The beauty of Bay Harbor brought us from Wisconsin to Upper Michigan, but it’s the people and friendships that we have built with other Bay Harbor residents that have kept us coming here, year after year, during the summer and holiday seasons. We have ‘family’ in Bay Harbor now, and that’s what makes Bay Harbor unique.”

Buying a home in Bay Harbor was a great decision for this family. They love being a part of an active and involved community.

“If you want to stay active, there’s always something to do in Bay Harbor. The Yacht Club does an amazing job planning activities that our whole family loves! Our boys grew up going to the Youth Sport Camps and have made so many friendships through this journey. The Yacht Club also has a full calendar of events/classes that keep me busy during the summer months, such as exercise classes, a variety of social events and the Cruise Committee.”

The whole family loves their home in The Shores neighborhood. “We chose to live in The Shores because of how beautiful our view is. As boaters, we also like how close we are to the channel that goes out to Lake Michigan. We love the location of The Shores and how close it is to the beach and Yacht Club. We knew that when we had children, being close to all the activities would be very important.”
“We treasure our summers here at Bay Harbor. We love boating, fishing, walking, eating out at the many restaurant choices in the area, social events and kid’s activities. We especially love the Fourth of July celebration and the Vintage Car and Boat Festival.”

“Bay Harbor is one of the most beautiful places to be. I wake up every day and pinch myself that I can call Bay Harbor home,” Marriott concluded.

Bay Harbor is a coastal resort community residing in the natural beauty of Northern Michigan. This small town located along the shores of Lake Michigan has established itself as a great vacation destination to stay for a day, a week or a lifetime. Shopping, dining, and exciting events for both young and the young at heart, offered with plenty of Northern Michigan hospitality make this a great family destination.

Start planning your summer adventure today by requesting a complimentary copy of the 2018 edition of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find more stories on other Bay Harbor families as well as information on the area, more local events and tips for planning your trip.

No matter how long you stay, you’ll wish that it could be longer. Go to ExploreBayHarbor.com to learn more about local real estate offerings and about opportunities to become a Bay Harbor neighbor.

Bay Harbor Golf Club offers something that nowhere else can: three distinct 9-hole experiences that should be added to your bucket list. Known as ‘The Pebble Beach of the Midwest’, these courses let you test your skills against the design of the course, or engage friends in a competition of ability. The semi-private Bay Harbor Golf Club was also named as one of Golfweek’s “Best Resort Courses” and included on its list of “Best Courses You Can Play.”

The three 9-hole Bay Harbor courses offer consistently challenging play in a range of distinctive settings that encompass shoreline bluffs, rock formations, natural dunes and lush woodlands. Together, they boast the longest coastline of any course in the United States. The courses can be combined into one seamless experience or paired to form three unique 18-hole routings that test and reward every player and skill level.

The Links, with its towering bluffs and dunes, was the first course completed at Bay Harbor and is a stunning achievement in the game of golf. Its play is reminiscent of great Scottish seaside courses, set along miles of magnificent Lake Michigan shoreline. The Preserve was designed to showcase the natural beauty of Northern Michigan, with dense hardwoods, lush greens, wildflowers, wetlands and an abundance of wildlife. The final hole is a dramatic par 3 with a spectacular lakeside view. The Quarry has rightly earned its reputation as one of the world’s most unique courses. The ruggedness of an existing shale quarry was preserved to give the course a rough, industrial edge as it winds its way through 40-foot gorges surrounded by stone cliffs, natural ponds, and a gentle waterfall. Its finishing holes along the lake are some of the most picturesque you’ll find anywhere. The panoramic views that come with playing along the Lake Michigan shoreline are an unforgettable golf experience.

Bay Harbor itself offers two resort hospitality venues: The Inn At Bay Harbor and the Bay Harbor Village Hotel. Highly sought out for its quality of service, The Inn At Bay Harbor offers a variety of events, from afternoon tea to social events, in elegant settings. The Bay Harbor Village Hotel lends itself as the perfect place to host events. With its spacious ballroom offerings and responsive staff ready to assist you, you can make any event a success. Consider hosting a few rounds of golf with clients at Bay Harbor Golf Club, dining at the club’s Links Grille, and finishing off the day with a successful business meeting and retiring to your room at the Bay Harbor Village Hotel. With the many options available at Bay Harbor, you’re in control.

Located along five miles of pristine Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is a coastal resort community that offers a great place to stay for a day, a week or a lifetime. No matter how long, you’ll wish it could be longer. Families often enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Little Traverse Bay, shopping and dining at the many boutique stores and restaurants in the city, and staying at the Inn at Bay Harbor or the Bay Harbor Village Hotel.

Start planning your summer adventure today by requesting a complimentary copy of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, local events and tips for planning your trip.

As we swing into the warmer season, you’ll see the world come alive around Bay Harbor. Birds return from their winter migration, flowers begin to blossom, and families and friends get outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. Find exciting new ways to celebrate spring at these four fun events!

Sparkling Wine Celebration at the Inn at Bay Harbor

Give Mom something to smile about this Mother’s Day with a weekend long party dedicated to one of the most fun of beverages! The events kick off Friday, May 11th, at 6 P.M. for a sparkling wine cocktail reception with local winemakers offering tastings of their products and knowledge of their specialty wines. On Saturday, Sparkle at the Spa has moms enjoying mini services at Inn at Bay Harbor, or partaking on the Bay View Wine Trail with a Certified Sommelier guiding guests through tastings at Mackinaw Trail and Rudebeckia Wineries. A Mother’s Day Bruch finishes off the proceedings on Sunday at Inn at Bay Harbor.

Bay Harbor Golf Courses Opening

Start booking those tee times for the summer! Starting May 11th the Links, Quarry, and Preserve golf courses at Bay Harbor will be open for play. These courses have beautiful views of Lake Michigan that you’ll have to see for yourself.

Music On Main featuring The Real Ingredients

Start the weekend off right with live music along the shops and restaurants of Bay Harbor’s Main Street! On May 24th, enjoy the acoustic rock style of The Real Ingredients! Sponsored in part by Harbor Sotheby’s International Realty, this weekly event brings local talent to the spotlight at Michigan’s trendy resort town, Bay Harbor.

First Annual Taste of Bay Harbor

Have the best of Bay Harbor served to you on a plate – literally! – on May 27th, when local chefs congregate at the resort town to offer a tasting menu featuring their specialties. You’ll find chefs serving up their classic favorites at Inn At Bay Harbor, Bay Harbor Yacht Club, Bay Harbor Golf Club, and on a private yacht at the Village Marina.

Located along five miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is a coastal resort community that offers a great place to stay for a day, a week or a lifetime. No matter how long, you’ll wish it could be longer. Families often enjoy boating, swimming, and fishing off the shores of Little Traverse Bay, shopping and dining at the many boutique stores and restaurants in the city, and staying at the Inn at Bay Harbor or the Bay Harbor Village Hotel.

Start planning your summer adventure today by requesting a complimentary copy of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, local events and tips for planning your trip.

For a while now you and your friends have talked about a golf trip to Northern Michigan, but you haven’t planned it yet. Well today can be that day! You don’t want to wait to book your summer trips because most places will be fill up quickly. Before you know it, summer will arrive and golf season will be in full swing! Here are a few tips on planning your best golf trip to Northern Michigan:

1.Designate one person in charge of planning and booking. Everyone can make suggestions, however it’s much easier to have one person make the final decision on each detail of the trip.

2.Research the area before booking accommodations and tee times. Travel guides and online browsing are great resources for your entire trip needs.

3.Decide where you are going. Situated on the shoreline on Lake Michigan, Bay Harbor Golf Club is a “must play” offering three unique nine hole courses and 27 holes of Arthur Hills gold.

4.Schedule your tee times in advance. The sooner, the better!

5.Purchase a durable well-made travel bag for traveling with your golf clubs and if you do use a soft-sided bag, don’t forget to pack a golf club protection device so your clubs don’t get damaged.

6.If you’re traveling via airplane, don’t forget that golf bags are considered oversized check-in luggage.

7.Accommodations can make or break the trip. Stay at Bay Harbor’s Village Hotel or the Inn at Bay Harbor. Within close proximity to the Bay Harbor Golf Club, these accommodations are a stone’s throw away and provide access to a great game of golf with your friends!

Bay Harbor makes for a great place to stay for a week, a month, or a lifetime. No matter how long, you’ll wish it could be longer, and the fun doesn’t stop off of the golf course.

Start planning your summer adventure today by requesting a complimentary copy of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, local events and tips for planning your trip. Go to ExploreBayHarbor.com to find out more!