HUGE HONOR FOR Marquette’s Greywalls Golf Course.
It’s now ranked by the prestigious Golf Digest magazine as the 54th best public course in the nation. It had never been ranked in the Top 100 until this year.
So why the sudden, dramatic change?
“We’ve never been able to qualify for ratings with Golf Digest because we haven’t been able to get enough raters on Greywalls,” club pro Marc Gilmore explains. “It’s tough to get raters up to the U.P. But now we’ve gotten enough.”
And clearly what they saw and played, they liked.
Golf Digest quote: “The vistas out over Lake Superior are fantastic, beginning with the opening tee shot….This is a destination course worth hiking to play.”
Gilmore says they’re hoping to open Greywalls either Friday or Saturday, after this latest patch of bad weather passes.
SPEAKING OF BAD weather.
Every year, we seem to hear the exclamation, “Oh my god! It’s snowing in May!”
Well, actually it’s not all that unusual. “We usually see at least a dusting of snow in May,” WLUC meteorologist Karl Bohnak confirms. “We average about 1.5 inches during the month, usually during the first half of May.”
And then there was May 28th back in 1947 when some locations in the UP got up to a foot of snow.
Enough of that. What about summer, Karl?
“At this point, it looks like it might be on the cooler side,” he says, “just because it looks like May will definitely be cooler than average. That may extend into the summer.”
But not abnormally cold. There were still be plenty of days to play some golf.
PAUL GRANT HAS been one of the UP’s pre-eminent painters for decades and he’s still at it.
Today (Thursday) is a major opportunity to see and buy his latest and his classic works. And to meet him.
The exhibition will be at the Vierling Restaurant’s Sample Room on Front Street, from 4-7 pm.
Oils, watercolors, portraits, landscapes, wildlife. Originals and prints.
Grant, himself, is an original, one of the treasures of the Upper Peninsula.
That’s “Pookie Goes Grenading” which opened at the Ore Dock last night (Wednesday). The frenetic, farcical comedy about a fourteen year old girl who’s so determined to get her play produced, she takes her guidance counselor hostage.
A remarkable cast. How many times do we ask this: Where does all this talent come from in a town of 20,000?
Hanna Numinen, as Pookie, is astonishing. She’s been acting and singing around town since she was a child, and here, as the manic and determined playwright wannabe, she’s nothing short of captivating in every word spoken, every frenetic move made.
Her father, Karl Numinen–yep, the defense attorney we read about from time to time–plays the weary, victimized guidance counselor. His deadpan delivery is perfect for the part.
A simple, minimalist set. The audience is right on top of the action. Music, social commentary, and hilarity–they all come together in another remarkable production brought to us by Wolf’s Head Theater director Jamie Weeder.
Next performance is this Sunday.