Golf in Traverse City


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  • Black Forest and Wilderness Valley Golf
    Golf enthusiasts flock to Black Forest and Wilderness Valley Golf Resort to take on the challenges of its two distinct courses. Designed by course architect Tim Doak in 1992, the Black Forest layout is carved into a landscape of towering pine, oak, and maple trees that are so dense that each hole feels secluded within its own pocket of the forest. Deep bunkers are the most prevalent characteristic, as evidenced on the course's first hole, which begins with a 524-yard par 5 that incorporates seven bunkers staggered down the right side of the fairway. Once players avoid a sandy resting spot and reach the greens, they must contend with multi-tiered surfaces and shapeshifting flagsticks. Wilderness Valley is an Al Watrous-designed course that isn't as difficult as Black Forest. The layout resides between ridges that rise and fall a couple hundred feet, showcasing gently rolling terrain that features more than one dramatic elevation change. Chiseled into a hardwood forest, the golf course features one water hazard on the first hole and numerous doglegs throughout. Some of the most scenic backdrops are found on the approaches to the 5th and 9th holes, two par 4's with uphill second shots to sloped greens guarded by the edge of an unforgiving hill. Scorecards and Layouts Black Forest Wilderness Valley
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    6500 Nicklaus Drive
    Gaylord, MI US
  • Mistwood Golf Course
    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: White/blue: course rating of 72.9, slope rating of 142 Blue/red: course rating of 72.9, slope rating of 143 Red/white: course rating of 71.6, slope rating of 140
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    7568 Ole White Dr.
    Lake Ann, MI US
  • Marsh Ridge
    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
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    4815 Old US Hwy. 27 S
    Gaylord, MI US
  • Crystal Lake Golf Club
    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.
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    8493 Fairway Dr
    Beulah, MI US
  • LochenHeath Golf Club
    Stop by LochenHeath Golf Club for a tasty bite of top-rated All-American cuisine. Fulfill your cravings with the yummy fare at LochenHeath Golf Club. You won't be disappointed unless you're on a diet. LochenHeath Golf Club is located near endless parking options, allowing diners to find quick and easy parking. Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
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    7951 Turnberry Cir
    Williamsburg, MI US

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