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Posted on Fri, Sep 16, 2011 : 2:59 p.m.

Golf courses will open for parking - and tailgating - before UM-EMU football game

By Kyle Feldscher

Both the Ann Arbor Golf and Outing Club and University of Michigan Golf Course expect to be open for parking during Saturday’s game against Eastern Michigan University.

The 2 golf courses were closed last week for the Notre Dame game after a massive rain storm swept through the area.


Storms during the morning of the game led to the Ann Arbor Golf and Outing Club and U-M Golf Course to be closed to parking; they'll be open for Saturday's game against Eastern Michigan University.

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Phil Anderson, a U-M Golf Course Pro Shop employee, said that unless a similar storm comes through Saturday morning, tailgaters will be able to use the course once again.

Anderson said he worked from 1:30-6:30 p.m. last Saturday and was getting phone calls about every 2 minutes with people who were unhappy the golf course closed down without more notice.

However, he said, it’s a decision that is always made the morning of a game.

“It’s a morning of decision and we’ll open the gates at 7 a.m., so it’s a decision that’s going to be made prior to 7 a.m.,” he said.

Anderson couldn’t speak to how the amount of calls received before the Notre Dame game compared to a typical football Saturday, simply because of the unique circumstances — a night game preceded by a torrential rain storm doesn’t happen every week, he said.

As of midday Friday, he weather forecast for Saturday’s game looks ideal for a mid-September contest on the gridiron — partly cloudy, the temperature reaching 62 degrees by game time and a high temperature for the day of 67 degrees.

The U-M football team will take on the EMU football team at noon Saturday at Michigan Stadium.

The Ann Arbor Golf and Outing Club will open at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and close 2 hours after the game is over. Parking there costs $40 per vehicle. The U-M Golf Course will open at 7 a.m. and costs $30 per vehicle.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.


stephen reynolds

Fri, Sep 16, 2011 : 9:09 p.m.

just a comment on aaga golf course what happened to the guys that used to park the tail gaiters some of them had been there 12 to 30 years i was told larry e hired u of m parkers at a cheaper rate to maybe get his communications company into u of m these guys now had made a mess of things the last game there what a shame just a shout out to you guys that got fired miss you and its a to bad politics took you guys away just terrible


Fri, Sep 16, 2011 : 8:55 p.m.

I saw a slide show on your blog that showed tailgating for the Notre Dame game of people parked at Pioneer High School. I didn't think alcoholic beverages were allowed on school property, but you show people playing "beer pong". I also drove past the school north on 7th, caught the light red and was astounded at the people drinking and the number of "tailgaters" that crossed west on 7th to urinate at the edge of the woods on the corner of 7th and Stadium...what can you tell me about booze on school property?

Craig Lounsbury

Sat, Sep 17, 2011 : 11:09 a.m.

I might add, nicely played Vi$Ha. $ometime$ I wonder the $ame thing.

Craig Lounsbury

Sat, Sep 17, 2011 : 11:05 a.m.

a few years back I believe a School board member tried to make this an issue. If memory serve me he never got reelected. And I agree that MRunner73 has misinterpreted the point djm is making.


Sat, Sep 17, 2011 : 1:14 a.m.

I didn't interpret djm's comment as being prudish and uptight. AAPS is usually pretty strict about alcohol on school campuses and Ann Arbor has their open intoxicant laws. But for $ome rea$on, both are overlooked on football $aturdays, i'm not $ure why?


Fri, Sep 16, 2011 : 9:25 p.m.

Maybe Mr. kKnsey can tell us why they have a blind eye to open intox laws on those days?


Fri, Sep 16, 2011 : 9:17 p.m.

Nothing like that happens in America anymore, until last Saturday. Ever been to a Caribbean Island? You can drink your beer or any type of booze openly on the street or even on the road. Many of these islands don't have traffic light, yet the roadways are crowded. The point is people are less restricted and a little more responsible even if they seem to act like it. There were a few arrests made but at least to me, it is a little refreshing to see the law enforcement officals let their hair down a little. I say, no harm no foul. If it offended you, then so be it. We will have an old fashioned noon game this week with good weather so the partying will resume, but maybe not as amped up. There should plenty of tailgating after the game.