2021 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational: LPGA Schedule, Photos, Events, Tickets, Eat Great Trail (Ultimate Guide to Seeing the World's Best Women Golfers Compete for $2.3 Million!)


Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

Welcome to the Great Lakes Bay Region for the 2021 Dow GLBI!

See the World's Best Women Golfers Compete for $2.3 Million!


Everything We Will Cover Below!

  • When and where is the 2021 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational?
  • What is the Great Lakes Bay Invitational?
  • What time is the Tournament shown on the Golf Channel?
  • SCHEDULE of EVENTS
  • Get your GLBI TICKETS
  • Let's Volunteer!
  • Best Things To Do in Midland, Saginaw, Bay City, Frankenmuth, Mt. Pleasant, Birch Run and Chesaning
  • Best Hotels in the Area (Where to while attending the GLBI)
  • Kid's Activities
  • Where to Park
  • Great Eats Trail
  • Vision Behind the Tournament
  • Events Happening in the Great Lakes Region
  • Love Golf?  Here Fantastic Golf Courses in the Midland Region!


Not gonna lie, it was very exciting to attend the 2021 Media Day.  LPGA player, Pernilla Lindberg was on the panel and she had funny stories to tell us about playing in a team environment.  Listen above!

LPGA Player, Maria Fassi was also on the panel and she announced her partner for this year's golf tournament!



When and Where is the 2021 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational? 

When is the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational? The LPGA tour events run throughout the week starting July 11, 2021 and ends on July 17, 2021 with the tournament beginning Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

Where is the Dow GLBI Invitational 2021?  This women's LPGA tour is held at the Midland, Michigan Country Club, 1120 W St Andrews Rd, Midland, MI 48640

We have partnered with Go Great Lakes Bay and the LPGA tour to share all events and photos. 


What is the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational?

Welcome to the Great Lakes Bay Region for the 2021 Dow GLBI Tour!

The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational is a women's professional golf tournament on the LPGA Tour that is played at the Midland Country Club in Midland, Michigan.


You will see the world's best female golfers compete in a 72-hole, stroke-play tournament with 72 two-player teams (144 players) competing in both foursomes and four-ball



The Dow GLBI is a team event, similar to the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on the PGA Tour. The Dow Chemical Company is the title sponsor.  


  • Just so you know what's at stake:the purse for this year's LPGA game is a whopping $2.3 millionwith the first place team splitting $559,000.

This increase gives the tournament the largest purse on the LPGA Tour for an event that isn't one of the five majors!

So come on out as there will be lots of activities throughout the week for the entire family! 



  The first Dow GLBI was held in 2019!   

Watch the Dow GLBI on the Golf Channel! Here's the Schedule!

The LPGA Midland MI (2021) will air on the Golf Channel on the following days:

  • Wednesday, July 14 (Round 1): 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST
  • Thursday, July 15 (Round 2): 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST (Tape Delay)
  • Friday, July 16 (Round 3): 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST (Tape Delay)
  • The final round will air live on CBS: Saturday, July 17: 4:00 pm – 6:00pm EST


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2021 LPGA Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational Schedule of Events

Below is the GLBI Event and Info Schedule.  There are so many things to do at the Midland Country Club LPGA this year!

Monday, July 12, 2021 - Hidden Harvest DayEvents
7:00 amProfessional Practice Rounds
8:00 amAdmission Gates Open (Free Admission)
9:30 amFirst Tee Junior Clinic-Currie Golf Course

 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - Pink Pro-Am Day Benefiting the American Cancer SocietyEvents
7:00 am - 9:10 am Official Pro-Am Tournament (Morning Wave)
8:00 amAdmission Gates Open (Free Admission)
12:10 pm - 2:20 pmOfficial Pro-Am Tournament (Afternoon Wave)

 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - SCG Day Benefiting the Saginaw Bay WatershedEvents
7:30 amAdmission Gates Open
8:00 amOpening Ceremonies
8:22 am - 9:50 amFirst Official Round (Alternate Shot)
10:00 am - 6:00 pmBeer Garden Open
10:00 am - 6:00 pmVeteran’s Garden Open
10:00 am - 6:00 pmHospitality Venues Open –Eat Great Trail + Diamond Club
10:00 am - 6:00 pmFore our Future presented by Ally
12:34 pm - 2:02 pm First Round (Afternoon Wave)
3:00 pm - 6:00 pmGolf Channel Telecast (Live)

 

Thursday, July 15, 2021 - Dow Red Out Day Benefiting Great Lakes Bay PrideEvents
7:00 amAdmission Gates Open
7:00 am - 8:44 am Second Official Round (Four-Ball)
10:00 am - 7:00 pmHospitality Venues Open –Eat Great Trail (Sold Out) + Diamond Club
10:00 am - 7:00 pmBeer Garden Open
10:00 am - 7:00 pmVeteran’s Garden Open
10:00 am - 7:00 pmFore our Future presented by Ally
11:45 am - 1:29 pm Second Round (Afternoon Wave)
8:00 pm - 10:00 pmGolf Channel Telecast (Tape Delay)

*Since Thursday is Dow Day, be sure to wear red!  The course will be flooded in red hats, shirts and other fun attire!


Friday, July 16, 2021 - Garber Chevrolet Day Benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma SocietyEvents
9:00 amAdmission Gates Open
10:32 am - 1:50 pm Third Official Round (Alternate Shot)
10:00 am - 7:00 pmHospitality Venues Open –Eat Great Trail+ Diamond Club
10:00 am - 7:00 pmBeer Garden Open
10:00 am - 7:00 pmVeteran’s Garden Open
10:00 am - 7:00 pmFore our Future presented by Ally
11:00 amSpecial Olympics - 3-Hole Challenge
8:00 pm - 10:00 pmGolf Channel Telecast (Tape Delay)

 

Saturday, July 17 – Mid Michigan Day Benefiting the Family Wellness ParkEvents
8:00 amAdmission Gates Open
8:56 am - 12:50 pmFinal Official Round (Four-Ball)
10:00 am - 5:00 pmHospitality Venues Open –Eat Great Trail+ Diamond Club
10:00 am - 5:00 pmBeer Garden Open
10:00 am - 5:00 pmVeteran’s Garden Open
10:00 am - 5:00 pmFore our Future presented by Ally
3:00 pm - 5:00 pmCBS Telecast (Live)
Following Play18th Green Awards Ceremony

*Schedule subject to change

**By Ally is Midland's Junior Achievement.  This year, as in past years, members will develop and produce a product that they will proudly sell during the LPGA tournament. 

In 2019, the Junior Achievement kids made a very popular non-alcoholic drink that was a hot seller! Come on out and support our talented kids!


 

2021 Dow Golf Tournament Players


Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura return! They won the LPGA's first-ever official team event at Midland Country Club in Midland, Michigan in 2019!

Clanton and Suwannapura won by six shots over the team of Jin Young Ko and Minjee Lee, closing with 59 in best ball to win $482,538 of the winner's share of the $2,000,000 purse.

Sophia Popov and Anne van Dam will be competing!

Players are currently submitting their Team Proposals. 

#TeamUp


2021 LPGA Tour Tickets at the Midland Country Club

General admission tickets to the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational

Monday and Tuesday is free admission.

Daily LPGA Midland MI tickets - $10.00

  • Valid any one day, Wednesday through Saturday.


Weekly tickets - $25.00

  • Weekly tickets are valid all week, Wednesday through Saturday.

All general admission tickets include general grounds access, public viewing bleacher seating and access to various concession areas located throughout the course. 

Grounds access to the tournament at Midland Country Club will be free on Monday and Tuesday.  Kids 17 and under are admitted for three with a ticketed adult.

 

Hospitality tickets

Eat Great Trail Tickets $45.00

  • Valid for a single day (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday only).
  • Includes general admission access to the golf tournament.

The Eat Great Trail gives spectators a chance to sample a variety of menu items on hospitality decks located throughout the course.  A selection of beer and wine will also be available for guest 21 and over. 

Kids 12 and younger will be admitted to the Eat Great Trail for free.  Kids 13 and over will need a ticket to enter the Eat Great Trail.


Veteran tickets are free

  • All military personnel and veterans will receive (1) free daily admission ticket each day to the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational.

Veteran tickets will only be available to redeem at the main admissions gate with a valid military ID and driver’s license.  Each ticket includes one additional complimentary Veterans Garden Ticket upgrade for a guest with the general admission ticket.

Additional upgrades for all veterans may be purchased at admissions for $15.00 each. 


Concessions During the Tournaments

 There will be concessions located around the course for meals, snacks and drinks. We don't want you to go hungry or thirty for even a moment!


We Need You!  Volunteers Make the World Go Round!

Would you like a behind-the-scenes look at a world-class professional sporting event here in the Great Lakes Bay Region? 

The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational needs about 1,200 volunteers throughout the week to help with a variety of committees and positions, many of which are available for volunteers of all ages.

Register Here!


Dow GLBI Invitational: Things To Do in Midland, Saginaw, Bay City, Frankenmuth, Mt. Pleasant, Birch Run and Chesaning (+ Where to Eat!)

We are so glad you are here! 

Fill your days and evenings with fun activities, great restaurants and lovely hotels while visiting the Great Lakes Bay Region for the Dow GLBI. 

There are so many things to do in Midland, Saginaw, Bay City, Frankenmuth, Mt. Pleasant, Birch Run and Chesaning!

After a day at the golf tournament, take some time to explore or relax in our nearby cities.

Each of our full city guides include:

  • Interactive maps of each city
  • Best things to do, places to go and things to see
  • Our recommended hotels
  • Where to eat
  • Lots of inspiring photos to get you going!



Midland Michigan: Home of Dow Gardens, the Longest Canopy Walk in the United States, Loons baseball, kayaking and great hotels! Plus where to eat in Midland MI during the GLBI Learn More!

Frankenmuth Michigan: If you are searching for seriously the best fried chicken, Frankenmuth has it. This scenic Bavarian village has great shopping, restaurants, kayaking, carriage rides and so much more! Learn More!



Bay City Michigan: Did you know Bay City MI is the birthplace of Madonna?  Home to the best nostalic candy store, antiques shopping, fantastic biking trails and Bay City State Park! Plus where to eat in Bay City MI during the GLBI!  Learn More!

Mt Pleasant Michigan: Grab our jam packed Mt Pleasant city guide and start exploring!  Tour Central Michigan University (we have an interactive map, videos and photos), great golf courses, kayaking and Soaring Eagle Casino!  Learn More!


Visit Chesaning Michigan!  Home to the Largest Crop and Quilt Retreat in MI, Disc Golf and a Fish Ladder!Visit Chesaning Michigan! Home to the Largest Crop and Quilt Retreat in MI, Disc Golf and a Fish Ladder!



Saginaw Michigan: Home to fantastic art and history museums, Children's Zoo, the Shiawassee National Wildlife Drive and so much more! Plus where to eat in Saginaw MI during the GLBI. Learn More!

Chesaning Michigan: If you love to explore small towns, you will love visiting the Showboat Restaurant and grabbing a malt at the family owned Malt Shoppe.  Chesaning is also home to the largest crop and quilt retreat in Michigan! Learn More!


Where to Stay in the Great Lakes Bay Region During the 2021 LPGA Dow Golf Tournament

GLBI Where to Stay in Midland MI

  • The H Hotel-If you want to be right downtown, within walking distance to the Tridge, restaurants and shops, you will love the H Hotel.  Very modern and beautiful with outside firepits, several restaurants and well appointed rooms.
  • The Residence Inn - This beautiful hotel is off the main road so you won't have any trucks or traffic waking you up at all hours. It's walking distance from Lucky's Steakhouse (fab fab fab!) and has a wonderful pool and outdoor space with firepits. 
  • Fairfield Inn and Suites - This lovely hotel is located along the Tittabawassee river (great for evening walks) right in downtown Midland.  They have a great indoor pool and free parking. Very close to the Great Lakes Loons stadium!

**We have a whole page dedicated to Midland MI Hotels: See our photos, map of their locations and reviews --> Midland MI Hotels 


GLBI Where to Stay in Bay City Michigan 


  • The Double Tree - This hotel is located right along the Saginaw River and and is right on the paved downtown walking trail that stretches from St. Laurent's candy shop to the Real Seafood restaurant.  The hotel is only a couple minutes walk to downtown Bay City shopping (boutique and antique shops) and restaurants. The State Theatre and Delta College Planetarium is also within walking distance.
  • Courtyard by Marriott - This lovely hotel is away from the sounds of traffic and is very modern, clean and well appointed.  

See our photos, reviews and more info about our favorite Bay City Hotels at the bottom of our Things to do in Bay City Michigan page!


Top Hotels in Frankenmuth Michigan


  • The Bavarian Inn - This family oriented inn has 18-holes of indoor miniature golf, a Family Fun Center with 150+ video games, air hockey, and pool tables, two lounges, two restaurants, and two gift shops. 
  • The Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth Michigan is located along the Cass River with a very short walk to the River Place Shops, famous fried chicken and horse drawn carriage rides. 
  • Marv Herzog - Not only is this lovely hotel right in the heart of downtown Frankenmuth, it has lovely balconies overlooking the Cass River.  
  • There is a fabulous outdoor deck where you can unwind, get away from the hustle of the shops and just relax with a glass of wine and great views of the river. 

We have a whole page dedicated to Frankenmuth's Hotels with photos, reviews and more info.  Check it out!


Our Favorite Inn in Chesaning Michigan


  • The Stone House Inn - This lovely Inn is located in the heart of Chesaning, Michigan.  Their front porch swing just begs for you to curl up with a book and relax. The inn keeper allows you free reign of the house, including the kitchen for late night snacks so it's perfect for a quiet getaway.  

**We loved our stay at the Stone House Inn! See our entire review with tons of photos and more information on our Things to do in Chesaning page!


Where to Stay in Mt. Pleasant Michigan


  • The Courtyard Marriott in Mt Pleasant - We absolutely loved our stay at the Courtyard!  It's located close to several restaurants and Central Michigan University.  
  • We spent about 45 minutes swimming in the cool waters of the pool and relaxing in the warm bubbly hot tub after exercising in the gym. Since the sun was setting, we couldn't think of anything we would rather do than sitting outside around the fire pit. What a glorious way to spend a warm summer evening! 
  • The Fairfield Inn in Mt Pleasant - You will love this hotel as the rooms are well appointed and there is a great breakfast (complimentary) in the morning. Plus there is a fantastic indoor pool!

Will Kids Have Fun at the LPGA Tour in Midland MI?

Absolutely!  The LPGA tournament has a variety of family friendly activities onsite.

Some of the activities for the week include:

  • The First Tee Junior Clinic: The Dow GLBI and The First Tee of Eastern Michigan have teamed up once again to introduce kids throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region to The First Tee’s unique golf and life skills curriculum, through a combination of in-school, after-school, and summer programming. 

As part of the partnership, the free junior clinic featuring LPGA players will be hosted on Monday during the tournament at Currie Golf Course.

Kids 17 and under get in free all week at the Dow GLBI.


  • Family Area Onsite: The LPGA Tournament is working with The First Tee of Eastern Michigan to provide a fun and engaging activation for families onsite. 

Details are begin solidified at this time, but as always, we’re excited for the opportunity to introduce more youth to the game of golf.


Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational Parking Information

Daily parking ($5.00) and weekly parking ($15.00)

General admission parking is $5.00 per day or $15.00 for the week, Wednesday through Saturday, at Dow Diamond (825 E. Main St. Midland, MI 48640). 

  • Parking is free on Monday and Tuesday of the tournament week. 

Shuttles will be available throughout the day to transport spectators from Dow Diamond to Midland Country Club.


What If I Don't Like Golf, Will I Still Have a Good Time at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational?

HECK YEAH! 

This incredible week-long LPGA tour, held in beautiful Midland MI, features more than "just golf." Come out to enjoy the beautiful Great Lakes Bay Region and the Eat Great food festival that highlights the best restaurants and breweries throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region. 

There will also be an official LPGA Tour Pro-Am Tournament, STEM youth programs and several leadership events to keep you busy.


Eat Great Trail

The Eat Great Trail will be held at the Dow GLBI. Ticket holders for the Eat Great Trail can experience a variety of menu items on several hospitality decks located throughout the course at Midland Country Club.

Ticketholders will also have a wide selection of beer and wine.

  • There will be four hospitality sites including the #12 tee which is rumored to be the best spot for an aerial view of the greens. 

Vison Behind the Tournament

The Dow Great Lakes Bay tournament was founded with the vision of building community and accelerating the efforts of the Great Lakes Bay Region and Dow’s strategy by building a world-class and unique LPGA Tour event that positively impacts people’s lives.

While the LPGA tournament is at the heart of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, the event incorporates more than just golf.

The whole family is invited to take place in the week-long series of community events, support our local culinary scene through the Eat Great brand and participate in onsite family friendly activities.

The tournament is a great way to celebrate the communities that we live and work in.


Check out Exciting Events, Festivals and Activities Happening Right Here in the Great Lakes Bay Region


Check out all the festivals, events and things to do in Michigan while you are here for the Dow golf tournament.

We recommend staying an extra 3 days to enjoy Midland, Saginaw, Bay City, Frankenmuth, Mt. Pleasant, Birch Run and Chesaning because our Great Lakes Bay area is jam packed with fantastic beaches, golf courses, hiking trails, top notch restaurants, quaint cities to explore and outdoor activities galore.

2021 GARDENWALK -TUESDAY JULY 13Th

Love gardens?  Check out the Midland Garden Walk!  Each year, home owners throughout Midland open their gardens for a citywide “garden walk” to help Reece Endeavor of Midland raise funds to provide housing for individuals with special needs in Midland County.


Golf Courses in the Great Lakes Bay Region

Midland Michigan Country Club: Fantastic Golf Course in Midland MichiganMidland Michigan Country Club: Fantastic Golf Course in Midland Michigan


Are you looking to play a few rounds of golf while visiting the Great Lakes Bay Region?  Below is a list of great golf courses in Midland, Saginaw, Freeland and Bay City. 

Use the helpful interactive map below to help you choose your desired golf course in Michigan.

Golf Fun Fact:  

The oldest course in the Midland area is the Midland Country Club that opened in 1928.

Here is more information on the Great Lakes Bay golf courses by Go Great Lakes Bay.


***Remember to use this --> Great Lakes Bay Region Golf Courses <-- link for LIVE connection to Google Maps!!


We created this Great Lakes Bay Region Golf Courses Interactive Map to help you find your specific stops and aid in planning your trip. 

Helpful Map Tips:

  • Click on the plus and minus in the left corner to zoom in or out of the map.
  • Click on the icons for more info, addresses and photos of the stops.
  • Click on the map to drag and move it to view surrounding areas.
  • In the Header, click on the rectangle in the upper left of the map to see a menu of all of our stops. Click on anything that looks interesting to see where it is on the map. To hide the menu, click the rectangle in the header. 
  • In the Header, click on the "square" icon in the upper right side to expand the map for better viewing. 

Pohlcat Golf Course, Mt Pleasant MichiganPohlcat Golf Course, Mt Pleasant Michigan


Sandy Ridge Golf Course Features 18 holes over 6,500 yards with a par of 72.  Address: 2750 Lauria Rd, Midland, MI 

Midland Country Club  - Features 18 holes over 6,376 yards with a par of 70.  Address: 1120 W Saint Andrews Rd Ste 1, Midland, MI

Currie Golf Courses - Features three courses:

  • East Front - 9 holes over 3,308 yards with a par of 36. 
  • Par 3 Course - 9 holes over 1,035 yards with a par of 27
  • West Course - 18 holes over 7,056 yards with a par of 72

Address: 1300 Currie Pkwy, Midland, MI 

Twin Oaks Golf Club

  • Front Course - 9 holes over 2,755 yards with a par of 35
  • Back Course - 9 holes over 2,853 yards with a par of 35
  • East Course - 9 holes over 2,810 yards with a par of 36 

Address: 6710 W Freeland Rd, Freeland, MI

Apple Mountain - Features 18 holes over 6,962 yards with a par of 72 

Address: 4519 N River Rd, Freeland, MI

Beech Hollow Golf Course, Beech Hollow Course  - Features 18 holes over 5,694 yards with a par of 72

Address: 7494 Hospital Rd, Freeland, MI 

Bay Valley Golf Club, Bay Valley Course - Features 18 holes over 6,661 yards with a par of 71 

Address: 2470 Old Bridge Rd, Bay City, MI 

White Birch Hills Golf Course, White Birch Hills Course   18 holes over 5,600 yards with a par of 70 

Address: 360 Ott Rd, Bay City, MI 

Saginaw Valley Public Golf Course, 18 holes over 6,842 yards with a par of 72 

Address: 7255 3 Mile Rd, Bay City, MI

The Sawmill Golf Club - 18 holes over 6,735 yards with a par of 72 
19 Sawmill Blvd

Address: 19 Sawmill Blvd, Saginaw, MI 


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