Enough of winter already. Give me some green grass, a little white ball and a fancy stick, okay, golf club, and let 'er rip! Thank goodness it's Golf Show Weekend.

The West Michigan Golf Show opens today at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids at 2 p.m. and runs through Sunday at 4 p.m. Just the smell of fresh grass, yes there will be a lot, and the excitement of golfers from all over Michigan is enough to get me giddy. There is so much happening, seminars, par-3 challenge, putting contests, equipment and clothing at huge discounts that I start to drool just thinking about it all.


As for seminars, the Golf Show welcomes Chris O’Connell, PGA Tour star Matt Kuchar’s teacher since 2006 and a Top 100 Teacher in America. Other presenters include: Joe Charles, Treetops; Jason Guss, Golf Digest’s Top Young Teachers list; Ian Hughes, GolfTEC; Adam Schriber, LochenHeath GC; Mark Wilson, Ferris State; Kyle Wolfe, GAM; John Ericsson, Swan Lake.

The Treetops Par-3 Challenge remains a top draw of the Show. Patrons vie for prizes and a chance at a $25,000 ace at a fully landscaped golf hole while raising funds for charity. With a large and protected grandstand nearby, it’s also a fun place just to watch great shots and big misses.

Parents and junior golfers love the PGA Family Fun Zone where activities include: taking a swing at Golfzilla and GolfGator, large inflatable targets; clinics from The First Tee of West Michigan; and miniature golf.Plus the latest info on junior golf including the highly popular PGA Junior League and the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship. All juniors age 14 and under are admitted free throughout the show! Oh to be young again!

Ladies’ Night is tonight, Friday and offers special events and giveaways just for women. The first 500 women on Friday receive a special gift.

Courtesy of the Michigan PGA, golf pros are giving free lessons all weekend, providing patrons with golf tips to prep them for skills contests at the show and the new season.
Tickets are $10 online for adults and $12 at the door. Twilight Adult rate is $8 at the door the last 2 hours of the show. Juniors 14 & under are FREE.

New this year: Admission price is good for the entire run of the show with wristband given out at the show. Tickets available now online at WestMichiganGolfShow.com or at DeVos Place Box Office during show hours.

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