Glenlore Golf Course

2000 Sleeth Road
Commerce Township, MI 48382

248-363-7997

 History :

1952: Al & Lee Kocsis purchase 40 acres in Commerce Township. The plot of land actually occupied both sides of (old) Sleeth Road. Al and Lee were both stricken by the "golf bug" at an early age. Both worked in the golf industry along with a number of other more "normal" jobs. Their dream however was to build and operate a daily fee, public course. Par three golf courses were just coming into vogue, and 40 acres wouldn't accommodate a longer course, so, they decided that a par three course was just the ticket.

1957: In June of 1957 Al and Lee began in earnest the construction of Glenlore. Given that the land was in fact a forest of trees, much clearing was required. Besides felling the trees, Al & Lee also had to remove the stumps and grade the surrounding land. Literally 100's of trees were removed. Stumps were either dug out by hand, or pulled out with an old Jeep, or, even blasted out with dynamite. Al and Lee made a concentrated effort to save the valuable trees, (Oaks, Maples, etc.); even today, some of those saved trees continue to grace Glenlore. Land balancing, and seeding began on the newly formed fairways. An irrigation system was laboriously installed by hand. Stolons from Orchard Lake Country Club were used to build the South 9 (the back 9) greens. (Stolons are the plugs created by the aerification process utilized on established greens.)

For eight years, the construction and finishing of Glenlore Golf Course became a labor of love for both Al & Lee. Weekends, holidays, and all daylight hours possible were dedicated to the completion of Glenlore. To accommodate his year-round schedule at Glenlore, Al took a job at General Motors, working the afternoon shift so that his daylight hours at Glenlore could be maximized. In an interesting measure of his dedication, Al sold his golf clubs and gave up playing both competitive and social golf, vowing that the next round he would play was going to be at Glenlore.

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