Nestled along Northern Michigan's snow belt, Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort sends visitors careening down 34 different ski runs, offering a total of 485 feet of vertical drop. Its location near Lake Michigan helps the resort average more than 150 inches of annual snowfall per year. Beyond skiing and snowboarding, the frosty harvest enables the resort to offer other wintery activities.
Away from the slopes, visitors relax inside Blackmer Day Lodge, a cozy facility outfitted with cathedral ceilings, a two-story stone fireplace, and rustic exposed timber. Extended stays, meanwhile, unfold at Mackenzie Lodge, located right at the base of the slopes, where an outdoor heated pool and hot tub await to help guests relax or cook lobsters they brought with them in their suitcases. And, during months when a heated pool isn't necessary, Caberfae challenges golfers with a scenic nine-hole course peppered with wetlands, ravines, and fairways lined with 75-foot trees.
Voted top public golf course in a Golf Digest reader's choice survey, Forest Dunes Golf Club's pristine 18-hole course, designed by Tom Weiskopf, spreads majestically across pine forests, birch groves, grasslands, and sand dunes. Spend a full day away from the tedium of work, chores, and meteorite attacks by navigating the lush landscapes of the par 72 course, steering a golf cart through multiterrain fairways and swinging your way through well-manicured grounds. Links lovers can practice their subtle strokes on the putting green and blast dimpled spheres at the practice range, perfecting swings and diffusing anger acquired after learning Pinocchio is a work of fiction. Although it's not included in this Groupon, golfers can grab a bite or slurp a drink in the clubhouse after a hard day of leisure.
Black Bear Golf Club accommodates golfers of all levels with a lush, 19-hole spread. Golf outings equip green-wanderers with a golf cart to whisk them across the tree-lined course. Black Bear’s extra hole means a free par 3 warm-up shot that’s perfect for attempting Arnold Palmer’s famous victory prance. A choice of cold beer or a soft drink ensures carbonated comfort across the remaining 18 holes, which are set on a diverse terrain of rolling foliage and Scottish links–style holes. Linksters can choose an item from the Black Bear Grill's menu, and a large bucket of range balls warm up frosty games.
When he first saw the rolling hills and forests at Mistwood, course architect Jerry Matthews was enchanted by its suitability for a golf course. Matthews carved 27 championship holes into this variegated topography, divided among three nine-hole courses that combine for challenging 18-hole rounds or play singly for golfers who need to save time for savoring the taste of victory. Whether playing the red course, blue course, or white course, golfers send their balls soaring over bent-grass fairways and spinning over fast, well-bunkered greens, aiming carefully to avoid the smattering of lakes that await stray orbs.
Adjacent to the final fairway of the white course, an executive course named the Little Nine completes the fairway buffet at Mistwood Golf Course. Here, players hone their short-game skills and strive to take just three strokes at each hole, ideal for three-toed sloths with poor counting skills.
After swinging their way past open fields and dense thickets, players make their way to the clubhouse, where Bogey’s Snack Bar awaits downstairs, and upstairs, Sunset Bar & Grill serves whitefish and ribs as diners lounge on its deck and gaze out over the blue course and the verdant practice range.
Course Combinations at a Glance:
The 18 holes of Marsh Ridge Golf Course are notched into a densely wooded expanse of north country acreage alongside Otsego Lake. Play begins with a flat, straightaway, tree-lined fairway at the first hole. However, nearly every hole hereafter features some change in elevation, some degree of dogleg, or both, making club selection and distance assessment as important as not sneezing during one's own backswing. The elevation swings are particularly stark on the par 3s, whose yardages require some mental tinkering before settling on the correct combination of iron number and swing strength. Play comes to a close with the last of the back nine's three par 5s?a relatively short hole that gives players a final shot at birdie and their only chance to do a somersault for onlookers gathered on the clubhouse deck.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,231 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.2 from the back tees * Course slope of 132 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole