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 Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 2:51 p.m.

January in Michigan? Ann Arbor golf course opens; residents bask in 50-degree weather

By Cindy Heflin


Michigan senior Allison Garlinghouse of Holland sits on a bench on East Liberty Street, while enjoying her soup from Le Dog in unseasonably warm temperatures on Tuesday afternoon.

Melanie R. Maxwell |

A brisk wind kept most people from shedding their coats in downtown Ann Arbor Tuesday afternoon, but temperatures in the 50s were enough to open a local golf course and put smiles on the faces of those enjoying a walk in the sun.

“I love it,” said Sheryl Millben. “If I had a diary I’d write it down. I wish I didn’t have to go back to work.” Millben of Southfield was buying a drink at Starbucks on Main Street before heading back to her office at Barracuda Networks on Depot Street.

The temperature in Ann Arbor stood at 54 degrees at 2 p.m., and with clouds moving in, the National Weather Service said temps were unlikely to go much higher.

But it was warm enough for staff at Huron Hills, a city-owned golf course in Ann Arbor, to open for play Tuesday afternoon.

Facility supervisor Andrew Walton said no one was out on the course at 1 p.m., but he was expecting a few die-hard golfers before the course closed again at 5:30 p.m. He said he expects the course to be open for the next couple of days with temperatures expected in the 40s.

Walton said he had no plans to hit the course himself. He normally puts his clubs away in the fall. “But some people, they love it when it’s like this,” he said.

For updated weather conditions and forecasts any time, check's weather page.



Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 1:23 p.m.

At least the heating bills will be more manageable .... and that is a win for everyone .... except maybe the gas, electric and heating oil companies :)


Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 5:34 a.m.

Maybe they should reopen the canoe liveries. Oh, nevermind - the river is still running ridiculously high as well. I've been out to paddle the new headrace "rapids" many times since they finished in December. Odd, and I do feel bad for the snowmobilers and ice fisherman, but I'll make the most of what we've got. I just better not hear weather as an excuse for any more delays with the parking structure. With this "beyond fantastically ideal" weather, the walls seem to be going up at a painfully sluggish pace.


Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 3:15 a.m.

We had a 90 day November that is moving int a ninety day March. I hear ya Lefty, I also feel bad for those people that rely on the cold and snow to make a living. I also wish we had some sizeable snow for the kids to enjoy. That being said, I would rather mow grass than shovel snow.


Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 12:18 a.m.

sorry but i love this kind of weather. making up for the rain we had in 2011.


Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 1:13 p.m.

This is Montana weather in June. Gotta love it and something I can live with.

Ann English

Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 12:13 a.m.

Within 3 miles of home, I saw a bicyclist and two motorcyclists out; it had to be the warm temperatures, warm enough for them even at 5:50 pm to be outdoors.


Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 11:28 p.m.

i was stuck at my desk all day but i have a nice big window...i hate that i missed it though


Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 9:53 p.m.

You are right, I am hating. But in doing so, I am pointing out the total lack of substance in this oh so informative piece. Who cares about the lady at starbucks and if only she had a diary? How about an article on, like someone wrote below, how businesses who rely on snow are fairing?


Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 9:37 p.m.

This is exactly what this news said in December. Wow, 50's. Then it was said again in November. I do believe we are done with winter. Now I am waiting for snow in July. Wow.

Jojo B

Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 9:02 p.m.

I agree with Lefty66. I'm disturbed by the consistently warm temperatures this year. I do love warm days and I do love summer, but I do love cold days and winter as well. And this is winter. I like to ski and go ice fishing. And I don't like my tulips blooming four months early because they're confused!


Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 11:06 p.m.

i saw daffodils peaking out of the ground this past weekend


Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 9 p.m.

Meanwhile the Michigan businesses that depend on snow and ice (a real winter) are suffering. There is no snowmobiling, ice fishing, skiing, etc. Some of you wimps may like 50's in January but this is Michigan, it is supposed to be cold. This winter is terrible.


Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 8:59 p.m.

looked nice out there!! got out for a few minutes to catch some sun!!


Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 8:56 p.m.

the weather was very nice today. I was stuck here at work but able to go out on my lunch. The wind could die down some more and it would be perfect. Have a feeling February might hit us a bit harder, we will see.


Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 8:42 p.m.

This article has about 240 words, with 5% of those coming in the headline. Great article, very informative!


Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 8:56 p.m.

Don't hate, its just an article.