Sports and Recreation
Need to work off some of the calories consumed during one (or more) of our Culinary activities? Or maybe you just want to get outside and enjoy some of the beautiful scenery the Grand Traverse area has to offer? Either way, we have some groups that are sure to appeal to the nature-lover in you.
Why do we meet? But of course, to chase a multicolored 1.5 inch diameter ball through the woods and sometimes water hazards only to have it ricochet off a tree and nearly knock you down in the process of teeing off from a hole like number 15 tee at the Crown golf course, as an example.
Where do we meet? North to Charlevoix, east as far as Cadillac, south to Mesick, west as far as Thompsonville, and the TC area with the Crown being our home course. Every Monday that is not a holiday we meet starting in May and play through October. Tee times in May, June, September and October start at 10 a.m., while tee times for July and August are at 9:30 a.m.
Men’s softball senior league is sponsored by the YMCA and is made up of men age 55+. All games are played at the Civic Center fields. Games are played once a week from May through August. Players do not have to be a member of the YMCA to play. Anyone can play, no experience necessary, but players will have to supply a glove as the league does not supply any equipment. Everyone who shows up will get a chance to bat. If interested, contact Tom Andress.
The biking group meets on a monthly basis to ride trails in and around Traverse City. The group seeks out manageable bike trails for all skill levels and frequently meets after the ride for refreshments once the ride is done. Riders need to have appropriate safety equipment and bikes in good working order. Questions? Contact Jim or Kay Goodall, also Gary or Carol Spencer.
Bowling meets every week during the winter months at various locations throughout the Traverse City area. Participants bowl with new people each week. In addition to cost for games and shoes, participants contribute $1 for prizes. Pay when you play, play when you can. All skill levels are accepted. Questions? Contact Tom Andres.
Looking for an opportunity to golf without the competitive edge, this may be the group for you. The group focuses on having fun and socializing while playing nine holes, regardless of your skill level and recent golf experience. Play will begin around 9:00 AM and end with socializing over lunch. We will golf once a week beginning in June. If interested contact Loretta Harris or Susan Forintos.
Join us for an easy, fun winter activity. The Snowshoe Group will meet on the last Wednesday afternoon of each month from January to April—snow permitting— at various snowshoeing trails in the area. We will gather for an informal restaurant dinner immediately following (at a location close to the trail).
You may bring your own equipment or rent from local sporting goods stores. Snowshoe rental rates are about $15 per day.
All levels (including beginners) are welcome!
Morning paddles—on inland lakes and gentle rivers—meet at 9:45 am (or earlier) to be on water by 10:00 am.
New to the sport? Need help with boat unloading? We especially encourage beginners, but all are welcome to join. To participate in this activity you must wear a personal floatation device. We’ll paddle for about 1.5 to 2 hours and then go out to lunch. These are beginner paddles, so we will cancel if bad weather is a possibility. Be sure to call us to sign up so we can send directions or notify you in case of cancellation.
The Fishing Group includes Newcomers who are interested in fishing activities of any kind. The group is evolving according to the interests of its participants. Charter fishing trips for salmon usually occur in late August or in September. For more information, contact Pete Albers.
As a member of the Walk in the Woods activity group, expect moderate exercise that allows breathing room for good conversation and appreciation of scenic views, followed by good eats for lunch at top establishments near trail-heads.
---------------Under "MEMBER RESOURCES" "CLUB DOCUMENTS" is information on Alligator Hill and Platte Plains trails