Candlestone Golf and Resort

Race with the world Oct. 24 in Human Race Every Stride

October 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

Race virtually with the globe at the only Michigan location of the 2009 Nike+Human Race Every Stride 5K/10K at Candlestone Golf and Resort in Belding. According to Race Director Chris Nichols, the golf course is the only already existing race location to be included in the world-wide Nike+ event to be held October 24. “Someone will be first in the world and someone will be last in the world,” Niichols said. “It’s really neat if you think about it.” Nichols said 30 cities world-wide are hosting the race and only 17 in the United States. His course is the only location in the state of Michigan to offer it. “Nike wants everyone to get out and run that day,” Nichols said. Last year over 780.000 people participated and numbers are expected to exceed that amount this year. Participants are invited to take advantage of the new Nike+ system, a technology that uses a chip in a runners’ shoes that keep track of mileage, speed, calories burned and more. “When you run, you are competing with runners in all the other locations, runners in Rome, South America, all over,” Nichols stated. “It’s a virtual race with the entire world.” Nichols said Candlestone hosted an Every Stride race last year and expected a couple of hundred participants. Over 780 registered. This year the number of registered runners/walkers is already over 750 higher than last year. “We will top 1,500,” Nichols said. He believes part of the success of the Candlestone race is what runners and walkers get for their $18 pre-registration fee. They can run or walk in the 5K or 10K event, are given a Nike shirt, a souvenir race golf ball, a chance to win one of two free trips with destination choices of Chicago, Orlando or Las Vegas (air fare included), admission to a fantastic post-race party and an 18-hole round of golf good now through the end of next season. The race awards are generous too. Nichols said in the 10K and 5K run awards are given five deep in each age group and an overall male and female are recognized. The top male and female masters receive a pair of Nike shoes. Walkers can do the 5K and have all the benefits […]

Candlestone Golf and Resort gets facelift

June 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

by Scott Yeomans The Candlestone Golf and Resort was built in the early 1970’s, in the middle of an apple orchard, with just a restaurant and hotel. In 1978 the golf course, which is considered to be one of Jerry Mathews’ best designs, was built. Since taking over the Resort in 2008 the new owners (Steve Leach of Rockford, John Durkee of Cedar Springs and Cathy Farr of Rockford) have invested over $1,000,000 into upgrading the facility and you can see it everywhere you look. I recently had the opportunity to play this great course. One of the first things you notice is all of the new tee boxes, 28 in all. The focus on the tee boxes is to accomplish a couple of goals. The main goal is to make the course fun and challenging for all levels of play. The addition of the black tees offer a challenge to the most skilled golfers and comes in at over 7,016 yards. The new red tee boxes will be at a distance of 4,940 yards. The course was in really good shape especially considering all of the changes. Even though the course plays fairly straight it is a true test of golf. The course is surrounded with rolling pines and wetlands. The greens are in great shape, have good size and the ball rolls with a nice pace. The bunkers were a little hard but they will all be getting new sand this year. There is a brand new putting green going in and a very nice driving range. They also will be adding a training facility to help out on that slice. The club house, restaurant, menu, deck and banquet facility have all been totally remodeled. When you return from your round of golf, you can enjoy a cold beverage and a bite to eat on the beautiful new deck or in the modern new Water Tower Grill. I’ve been there several times lately, and the food did not let me down. There are still plans in the works for adding on to the parking lot, updating the look of the outside of the building and more. Leach lives in the Rockford area and was surprised at how close he is to the Candlestone. […]