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:
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.
The course at Crystal Lake Golf Club is filled with wide fairways and a blend of doglegs that move both right and left to give advantage to golfers who can shape their ball flight off the tee. Eight holes bring water hazards into play, including a particularly meddlesome pond on the par-five tenth hole, where long-hitters run the risk of rolling their ball into the water (clearing the pond would take a Herculean tee shot). From there, golfers have to play their second shot from a tricky downhill lie as the pond ripples ominously in the foreground. Elevated tees and multi-tiered greens add extra challenges to the course, which nestles in the shadows of mature trees. Before embarking on their par-hunting odyssey, golfers can warm up their swings or practice their earthworm impersonations from the grass hitting bays at the driving range.
Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa welcomes outdoor adventurers to its 45 powdery slopes, which invite beginning, intermediate, and advanced skiers and snowboarders to enjoy a day or two of carving snow. Nine lifts convey guests to the top of each white peak, including the Crystal Clipper, a wind-powered high-speed quad lift that ably transports snowboard-themed barbershop quartets. Armed with precipitation-friendly equipment, either owned or rented, patrons pilot down the snowy slopes, with carpeting provided by either Mother Nature or the resort's 126 snow-making guns. Three terrain parks and a supercross course provide ample challenges to daredevils, and a robust calendar of events encourages wintry revelry throughout the season, including live music, storytelling, and competitions to see who does the best mountain impression.