First opened in 1927, Portland Country Club's 18-hole course sprawls across 100 acres of rolling countryside terrain stitched by mature trees. The winding 5,558-yard layout challenges duffers with imposing tree lines and sand traps kissed against fairways and greens. Portland Country Club regularly hosts the Michigan Players Junior Golf Tour as well as its annual Best Ball Tournament, which has been played for 54 consecutive years. The club still retains the grounds' original farmhouse, now expanded and renovated into a clubhouse to serve as a testament to its humble beginnings and a quick reference for any Herbert Hoover–related trivia.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 5,558 yards from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable visitors to fortify their physical well-being with a cornucopia of advanced fitness equipment and certified personal trainers. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man or one of his many secretaries tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength-training gear or top-of-the-line cardio machines, which feature televisions and other media diversions. A friendly, unintimidating atmosphere provides a refreshing change of pace from aloof gym employees and ear-splitting pump-up jams. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
Tall pines and hardwoods stand watch around Candlestone Golf & Resort, their reflections dappling the surface of marshy ponds and water traps that resemble pools where woodland sprites might splash. The par-72, Jerry Matthews-designed course has a timeless quality, though in fact it was completely renovated in 2008, setting new electric golf carts buzzing past sand traps redesigned to meet USGA standards. The resort’s two dozen guest rooms were recently remodeled, too, with flat-screen TVs, new mattresses, and a fresh supply of hardworking counting-sheep filling each serene, wood-accented space. Overlooking the golf course, the Water Tower Grille serves wine, beer, dessert cocktails, and crowd-pleasing dinner fare such as chipotle-honey barbecue ribs, pecan-crusted walleye, and hand-tossed pizza on a spacious deck or beside a roaring fireplace. In 2009, The Grand Rapids Press praised the Grille’s “friendly service and good food,” such as the “tender and moist” pork chops.
Located in Saranac, Morrison Lake Golf Club is neighbors with Morrison Lake. But these two never squabble over property lines or the mailman's friendship?in fact, they work hand-in-hand to provide visitors with some of the area's most scenic rounds. With the lake serving as the backdrop, golfers shoot their way over fairways lined with pines and a series of creeks and ponds that bisect the course. After rounds, groups can gather in the refurbished clubhouse to feast on a menu of sandwiches, burgers, and refreshing beverages.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total of 5,602 yards from the back tees * Two tees per hole * Course rating of 65.7 * Course slope of 102 * Click here to view the scorecard.
Scant trees, rolling mounds, and small, deep bunkers. These are the marks of a serious, links-style layout, and Glenkerry Golf Course is as serious as they come. The course pays homage to the early days of golf with each of these traditional, Scottish-style characteristics, giving players 71 strokes to finish at par or better on the 18-hole loop. To accomplish such a feat requires control off the tee, limited mistakes on the greens, and the patience of a dreaming baby sloth. Those who manage to string together a round can be proud of their precision and prowess. And those who come up short can always haul their clubs to the on-site, all-grass driving range and practice putting green for solo practice, lessons, or group clinics.
At Double R Ranch, hikers, bikers, and horseback riders tromp across its trails, nestled next to a gentle, undulating river. Meanwhile elsewhere on the property, golfers take to a nine-hole course that sprawls alongside the ranch?s campgrounds. Families can spend an afternoon or several days taking in the verdant surroundings, where land activities such as hayrides and volleyball games meet water activities in the form of canoeing, tubing, and fishing. Overnight guests can set up camp in one of more than 100 campsites or stretch out in an A-frame chalet that boasts an electric stove, a coffeemaker, and nature?s alarm clock: a bird singing cheerily as it constructs a new split-level nest.