At 307 acres, Apple Mountain has enough to space to entertain regardless of the season. In the winter, when the resort gets 52 inches of snow on average, the whooshing sounds of skiing fill the 12 slopes, which have snow-making capabilities, lights for night skiing, a ski lodge, and oversight from the National Ski Patrol and PSIA-certified instructors. When the weather warms up because all the cold air has been breathed up by everyone, the pinging sounds of golf clubs take over the 18-hole golf course, which was designed by John Sanford.
The golf course at Vassar Golf and Country Club welcomes golfers of every stripe for jaunts over its pristine fairways. The par 72 layout extends 6,400 yards from the back tees?a reasonable length for beginners, slower-swinging players, and veteran golfers alike. After groups sink their final putts of the day, they can carry the winner off the green and into the club's grill for drinks and sandwiches.
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
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.