Who will win in 2014?
Will Suzann Pettersen defend her title?
Course Architect: Paul Albanese from Plymouth, Michigan
Date: July 10, 2008
Par 4 Cedar (Kish Ke) Cedar is one of the four traditional medicines of the Potawatomi people. As healing medicine, it is used in tribal ceremonies and sweat lodges. Cedar features highlight this opening hole.
Par 4 - God’s Kettle - Over 250 years ago, a great kettle made of copper was discovered by Weme-gen-debay, a noted chief and great hunter. It was used for boiling maple sap into sugar and for the “feast for the dead.” “God’s Kettle” sits on the right side of the fairway.
Par 3 Wolf (Me ing gen) Potawatomi families are identified by animal clans. Clans bond the people together and assign responsibilities. The Wolf clan is a defensive clan of protectors and warriors. This hole is heavily defended by mounds and bunkers.
Par 4 Michigami Needing allies to survive, the Wyandotte and Ottawa joined with the Potawatomi to build a fortified village known as Michigami. In the 1650’s, this fort was used to repel attacks from the Iroquois. Wood posts represent the remains of a fort.
Par 4 The Serpent and the Flood The story of the Great Flood is about a deity named Neben Manito, the water god. From a great flood, and fighting against the Great Serpent, Neben Manito created the earth and spread people throughout the world.
– Par 5 Sacred White Deer Deer have long been an important food source for the Potawatomi. However, the white deer is sacred and is never harmed. Watch for the “sacred white deer” waste bunker as you approach the green.
Par 3 Rabbit and its Hole The rabbit is a common character in Native American lore. There are stories about the rabbit shooting the sun, shooting the moon, fooling the coyote, and stealing from the otter. Beware of the rabbit hole bukers.
Par 4 Zole Brozowski The Potawatomi people live in tight communities where the sharing of lands, foods, and medicines are a way of life. This hole is dedicated to Zole, a friend of the Hannahville Indian Community, whose generosity helped construct this course.
Par 5 Trailing Arbutus This hole reflects the yearly coming of spring. The daughter of Old Man Manito (winter) blows her warm breath every year to melt the snow and ice. In her footsteps grows the spring flower – the trailing arbutus.
Par 4 The Firekeeper (Bodewadmi) The Three Fires Tribes consist of the Potawatomi, Chippewa and Ottawa. The Chippewa are the Keeper of the Faith, the Ottawa are the Keeper of the Trade and the Potawatomi are the Keeper of the Fire. The fire symbolizes the light of the Creator.
Par 5 Good Harvest The Potawatomi believe mother earth provides a bounty for the people and should be protected. This hole has water, trees, farmland, low lands and wild game…all provided by mother earth. As harvesters of this bounty, the hole is dedicated to Douglas Good, whose family farmed this land for over 100 years.
Par 3 Maple Sugar (Zi za ba kwet) Maple sugar is both a food and a preventative medicine. It is preventative medicine due to the work required to harvest the sap through a wooden flue, and once boiled it produces a natural sweetner.
Par 4 Eagle (Ke no) The eagle is sacred to native people. From its perch, the eagle watches over the tribe and serves as the messenger between the Creator and his people.
Par 4 Legend of the Snowbirds Two young Indians traveled to deliver gifts to their grandmother. Caught in a snowstorm, they slept to the afterlife. The Creator has since sent two birds that warm of approaching snow. The snowbirds lie in the bunkers behind the green.
Par 3 Turtle (Mshike) Turtle Island represents the United States in Potawatomi culture. Turtles are wise and well respected. There is a Turtle Clan within each of the Three Fires Tribes.
Par 4 Ogeema Muckwa The Bear Clan leads, protects, and provides medicines. This hole is dedicated to Kenneth Meshigaud, Ogeema Muckwa, who has been the Chairperson of the Hannahville Indian Community for over 20 years.
Par 4 Wisdom (Bwakawen) Wisdom, one of the Seven Grandfathers, encompasses experience, knowledge and balance. The turtle guarding the approach to the green represents wisdom in the animal world.
Par 5 Seven Grandfathers (Noeg Gmeshomsenanek) Potawatomi tradition tells us there were Seven Grandfathers given the responsibility by the Creator to look after the people. The grandfathers taught us wisdom, love, respect, bravery, honesty, humility and truth. There are seven bunkers on the final hole.