You are viewing this article in the archives. For the latest breaking news and updates in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, see
Posted on Sun, Jun 5, 2011 : 11:45 a.m.

Fran Coy's Salon & Spa voted best salon; this week, vote for best public golf course

By Staff

What’s the best salon in Washtenaw County? The voters in’s BestOf contest say it’s Fran Coy’s Salon & Spa, which won with 330 votes, leading Brown & DeLine Salon, which took second with 253 votes.

Best salon voting began last Sunday and ended at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

Within the first couple of days, the lead contenders rose to the top. Fran Coy’s and Brown & DeLine held the top 2 places and remained there all week battling for first place. Salon Vox was among the top 3 in the beginning of the week, but later in the week A Peter James Salon and Bana Salon & Spa were voted into the top 4 positions, putting Salon Vox in fifth. As voting closed, A Peter James Salon landed in third place, with 139 votes.

This week’s contest is for best public golf course.

Fore! Mark Twain may have considered it a good walk spoiled, but for many of you the melting of snow and the re-emergence of that giant shiny orb in the sky means one thing: GOLF.

You can invest thousands in a good set of clubs and lessons to get that shank out of your swing, but just as important as all that is a challenging, well-kept course. Luckily, Washtenaw County residents have their pick of a great variety of public golf courses.

What's your favorite public golf course?

Readers can suggest contenders for upcoming contests by going to

And don't forget, everyone who votes will be entered into a drawing each week to win a prize. This week's prize is for a $50 gift card to a local public golf course.



Tue, Jun 7, 2011 : 2:38 a.m.

You know, it's really hard to put too much stock in these "polls" given that I received about 3 emails over the last week from Fran Coy asking me (a former customer) to vote for them. SO does winning just mean that this business has the better email/contact list? Not sure it really says they're better, just good marketing.

Bertha Venation

Mon, Jun 6, 2011 : 3:46 p.m.

I go to Fran's place monthly. That's how I get my youthful glow! ;)

John B.

Sun, Jun 5, 2011 : 10:29 p.m.

John A2: I think I understand where you're coming from. I'm not a golfer, though (I think it's kind of a silly hobby, just another excuse to drink alcohol, mostly, and not particularly good exercise, but that's just my personal opinion). That said, doesn't a public course allow non-wealthy folks to play that otherwise would not have the chance? I would tend to support that idea, within reason. Barton used to have an initiation fee of $60,000, I've been told (not sure if it is higher or lower now), which certainly keeps out darn near everyone but the super-mega-rich. I presume you only pay per usage at a public course?


Sun, Jun 5, 2011 : 6:15 p.m.

Sure, if not for the land used by golf courses all the homeless would have homes. How about if we just let them stay there at night and then they could be caddies by day? A win-win situation. I'm not sure what we do about the strange dogs and pitbulls, though.

John A2

Sun, Jun 5, 2011 : 5:10 p.m.

Golf is way too decadent of a game. It takes tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep up. It takes a lot of land that could be used to house the poor. Public courses should be sold off to make room and cash to keep our city and TWPS, safe from criminals, and stray dogs alike. The next time I am approached by a strange dog (especially a Pit-Bull) I will go in my house and get my gun, because I can't trust that the police will be able to help. To loose public safety for a public Golf Course is pure elitist behavior. As far as I am concerned we need more responsibility in the realm of safety and moral comprehension. It's just pure decadence.I love to play the game and I'm not hater, I am just expressing that it's a waist of space that could be used for better useful things.