About the Point

A world renowned Robert Trent Jones Sr. golf course, tennis courts, pickleball, swimming pool, and the finest restaurant in the area, Point O' Woods provides a full service country club experience unrivaled in Southwest Michigan.

History

In 1954, five area residents met informally to discuss the possibility of building a new country club for the greater St. Joseph-Benton Harbor area. Those initially interested in the project were C.E. (Bud) Blake, Charles W. Gore, Richard Merrill, Malcolm Ross and Frederick S. Upton.

About that time, approximately 350 acres of land, owned by Donald H. Ross, became available for such a project. Robert Trent Jones Sr., one of the leading golf course architects of the country, was contacted and asked if he would inspect the location to decide whether it had sufficient possibilities for development into a world class golf course. After careful study of the terrain, he reported enthusiastically that it was an ideal location for a championship 18-hole course.

The rolling terrain and trees provided interest and beauty to the proposed golf course plan, and the lake was an ideal source of water supply for fairways and greens. Jones was then instructed to prepare a tentative layout for the course. The five "founders" devoted many hours of work to make the new course a reality. After about a year of investigation and planning, financing was obtained and Jones was instructed to proceed with final plans for the golf course. In the spring of 1957, the first bulldozer arrived on the scene to start shaping the Point O' Woods golf course.

Building progress was rapid, and during the months that followed, land was cleared, fairways were formed, and in the fall of 1957, seed was sown. On June 14, 1958, the course, which only 14 months earlier had been rugged wooded land, was opened for play. It was recognized from the start that the course was a great one. Golf legends such as touring professionals Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus have played the course. Comments are the same: "One of the truly great courses in America." For 39 years the Point was ranked in Golf Digest's top 100.

Point O' Woods was first awarded the Western Amateur in 1963 and was the home of the Golf Tournament from 1971 thru 2009. Some of professional golf's top players have been a part of the Western Am at the Point, including Tom Weiskopf, Andy North, Ben Crenshaw, Curtis Strange, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, and more. The tournament returns to the Point in 2019.

In May of 2012 the Point broke ground on a brand new clubhouse. Construction of the project was completed in July of 2013.  To the left, you can review several historical photo's of the golf course dating back to 1959.







Our Team


 

Jim Leisenring
General Manager
jleisenring@pointowoods.com

Jim has been in the Private Club industry for 30 years.  He comes to Point O' Woods after spending the majority of his career at Talking Rock Club in Prescott, AZ.  Prior to Talking Rock his career includes stays at Desert Highlands Golf Club, Scottsdale, AZ, and Granite Bay Golf Club in Granite Bay, CA.  Born in Denver, CO he is a graduate of Western State College in Gunninson, CO and is a member of the PGA of America. 

Adam Roels
Golf Course Superintendent
aroels@pointowoods.com

Adam was previously the First Assistant at Point O' Woods Golf and Country Club for five years before he was named Golf Course Superintendent. Prior to Point O' Woods, he worked as an Assistant Superintendent at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois. He received his Turfgrass Management degree from Danville Area Community College in Danville, Illinois.

 

Matthew P. Flaherty
Head PGA Golf Professional
mflaherty@pointowoods.com

Matt was the 1st Assistant Golf Professional at Butterfield Country Club in suburban Chicago for 9 years. Matt’s career includes stops at Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora, Illinois and the Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs, Florida. He is a TPI Certified Golf Fitness Professional, as well as a TPI Certified Junior Level 2 Golf Fitness Professional. Matt is a graduate of Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. He was the 2011 Illinois PGA Assistant of the Year.

 

Mike Bredice
Executive Chef
chefmike@pointowoods.com

Mike first discovered a desire for cooking at the young age of 15 while working as a dishwasher at the Win Schuler’s restaurant in Marshall, Michigan. His curiosity to understand foods and their flavor profiles would soon fuel a desire to learn more in the culinary field.

Mike studied under Chef Mike Garr at the Schuler restaurant in the mid 1980’s. He enjoys working with local farmers to find the finest local produce to bring to the table.