The Senior PGA Championship is underway today in Benton Harbor.
The city is home to the Whirlpool Corporation, the largest appliance manufacturer in the world; and it's also the poorest city in Michigan. In 2010 the average household in Benton Harbor earned just $17,000 a year.
Whirlpool's plan to turn Benton Harbor into a tourist destination
Recently, a steady stream of tour busses and a fleet of silver Mercedes with the PGA logo cruised through town.
At times you could see people inside the cars point at boarded up buildings as they drove by.
The Harbor Shores golf course sits in sharp contrast to the city’s poverty. But near the golf course there are plans for condos, two luxury hotels (to be completed by 2014), and a marina.
Whirlpool executives came up with this concept in the 1980s. They wanted to turn more than three million square feet of old manufacturing space near the Lake Michigan shore into a destination for golfers.