Northern Michigan Golf Guide – Michigan Golf Courses and Resorts

Golf Course Profiles and Reviews

Dunes Golf Club: Finding Your “Zen” Zone in Sleeping Bear Country
Dunes Golf Club – Hole #18 – A great finishing hole with a dramatic approach shot over the water. By Jim Barnes The Dunes Golf Club is one of the hidden gems of northern Michigan golf. Lying just a few miles east of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore visitor center in Empire, the course is [...]

Champion Hill Adds To The Tradition of Quality Golf in Benzie County
Champion Hill – Hole #3 By Jim Barnes Those familiar with the Pinecroft Golf Plantation know what good golfing ground the rolling hills east of Beulah make. These former orchards and tree farms rank with Antrim Dells, and some of the other northwest Michigan courses that derive so much character from the land they’re built on. Pinecroft has [...]

The Tribute – Otsego Club & Resort – Gaylord
By Jim Barnes When The Tribute opened in 2002, it turned Otsego Club & Resort from one of northern Michigan’s oldest golf resorts into one of its most exciting. The thousand-acre property the course is built on is the same rugged Sturgeon River Valley terrain that flows away from the resort, beginning with downhill ski slopes, [...]

Manitou Passage Golf Club – A Northern Michigan Adventure
By Jim Barnes It may seem unthinkable, even sacrilegious, to make any changes to a course designed by the great Arnold Palmer. Originally opened in 1998 as King’s Challenge, the course languished a bit when Sugar Loaf Mountain Ski Resort closed (the course is built alongside the ski hill), so it needed some rejuvenating and updating. [...]

Treetops Resort – Jones Masterpiece – Ducker Golf Report
Jones Masterpiece – Hole #6 By Ken Ducker This was the first of the Treetops Courses and was the start of the Golf boom in Gaylord. It gave Gaylord a “Name” course, and then courses started popping up like mushrooms. There are now five courses at Treetops, (I haven’t investigated lately, so there may be more) but [...]

The Legend at Shanty Creek Resorts – Ducker Golf Report
The Legend – Hole #1 – A scenic, downhill par 5. By Ken Ducker I know that this may come as a disappointment to some but this is not a story about me. I’m only a legend in my own mind. No, this is about a true legend, Arnold Palmer, or at least about a course he designed [...]

Cedar River Golf Club at Shanty Creek Resorts – Ducker Golf Report
Cedar River – Hole #1 By Ken Ducker A fellow by the name of Tom Weiskopf came to the little town of Bellaire in northern Michigan and when he departed he left behind one whale of a golf course. Tom, as you know, knows a little about golf and from what I saw playing the Cedar River [...]

Treetops Resort – Fazio Premier – Ducker Golf Report
Fazio Premier- Hole #1 – View from the tee. By Ken Ducker If you have never had the pleasure of playing this game that gives us so much frustration (and pleasure) in the Gaylord area, well, you are in for a treat when you do. You will find it hard to believe that our great relatively flat [...]

Gaylord Country Club – Ducker Golf Report
Gaylord Country Club – Hole #5 By Ken Ducker Five miles west of Gaylord in a setting of hardwoods and gently rolling terrain is the Gaylord Country Club. This not a private club, and you can walk it if you so desire. This is one of the four courses that was here when I arrived, and it [...]

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