Gaylord, Michigan: America's Summer Golf Mecca
The Gaylord Golf Mecca is a beautiful, rustic woods and lakes paradise where long, warm summer days continue into early evening, allowing extended play on 15 of the finest golf courses in northern Michigan.
With four resort destinations and 20 hotel properties within a 45-minute drive, the Mecca offers up something for everyone from high-quality public courses, to superb resort or hotel lodging, to fine dining in sophisticated yet casual restaurants and inns.
Treetops Resort's brace of four championship courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., Tom Fazio and the resort's own star, Rick Smith, the acclaimed teaching guru, makes for some of the best golf on any one property anywhere. With panoramic views (that on some holes go for 30 or more miles over deep forested valleys) these golf courses have pure holes that are as artistic as they are breathtaking in their natural beauty. The Fazio Premier and Smith's Signature designs have made some of golf's most prestigious national magazine rankings.
The senior member of the Mecca is the in-town Otsego Resort, formerly the Hidden Valley Resort. Carved from 1,100 acres of hardwood forest, The Tribute is Otsego Resort's flagship golf course. Designed by Rick Robbins and PGA Tour veteran and NBC golf analyst Gary Koch, The Tribute offers an unparalleled golf experience. From 20-mile vista views to an up-close and personal tour of the Sturgeon River Valley basin, this is what northern Michigan golf is all about. Spacious greens, expert bunkering, multiple tee locations and dramatic elevation changes make this a challenging and memorable experience.
Designed by William H. Diddle, one of the foremost architects of his time, The Classic is a traditional club layout and the founding course of the Gaylord Golf Mecca. The Classic is a very playable course for all skill levels. From the 9th hole, it offers breathtaking views overlooking the Sturgeon River Valley, nature’s backdrop to the famed Otsego Ski Club.
Loon Golf Resort
The Loon is a classic parkland design with a combination of multiple tee areas, well-designed bunkers and challenging greens. With generous landing areas and gently rolling fairways, The Loon truly has some of the most scenic views northern Michigan has to offer. The Lakes course is a favorite with all levels of players, offering six links-style holes, six holes set amid the natural setting with breathtaking views and four holes that play around pristine Lake Michaywé. New in 2015 was the addition of The Ridge course, formally Marsh Ridge Resort. The Ridge is a wooded parkland setting featuring a variety of unspoiled marshlands with beautiful bridges and dramatic elevations throughout.
Michaywé The Pines
The Pines Course at Michaywé, originally designed and recently renovated by Don Childs, is a traditional and solid layout that offers exemplary conditions. The five sets of tees ranging from 5,200 to over 7,000 yards accommodate all levels of golfers. Exceptional golf and service are complimented by Michaywé’s Inn The Woods Restaurant which provides excellent dining in a casual and relaxed northern Michigan environment. When planning your next getaway, visit Michaywe.com for a course tour and information, amenities, rates, special offers and a link for easy tee time reservations.
Jerry Matthews, renowned for designing courses that reflect the environment’s natural beauty, designed The Natural. The Natural winds through elevated forested terrain around some of the most scenic wetlands found in northern Michigan. The clubhouse, located on an elevated bluff, overlooks the wetlands and seven of the eighteen challenging holes. The Natural, with its rustic setting, is conveniently located next to Benjamin's Beaver Creek Resort three miles south of Gaylord.
Black Lake Golf Club
Black Lake Golf Club is an 18-hole facility cut from a 1,000-acre forest retreat owned by the United Auto Workers. Rees Jones, nationally respected architect, handled all design work. Holes mesh seamlessly with the surrounding terrain and dense tree lines. Black Lake Golf Club was awarded 2nd place for “Best New Upscale Public Facility” and voted the top rated public course in Michigan by Golf Digest in 2000. Also in 2000, Golf Magazine selected Black Lake among its prestigious list of “Top 10 You Can Play” in America. With a championship design, Black Lake affords UAW members, guests and public golfers of all abilities an enjoyable round of golf.
Gaylord Country Club
Gaylord Golf Club is one of northern Michigan’s oldest clubs. Established in 1924, the club moved to its new location just west of Gaylord in 1975. This semi-private course meanders through hills and hardwoods and features private club conditions. Unlike today’s modern courses, which take more time to play, Gaylord Golf Club is a classic parkland design. You’ll find close proximity from greens to tees and a variety of holes designed to allow players use of every club in their bag. The course features four sets of tees making it playable for all abilities. Gaylord Golf Club is one of the few semi-private clubs in northern Michigan allowing public play anytime.
Indian River Golf Club
Indian River Golf Club was established in 1922. Through the years changes and improvements have been made, but some things will always stay the same, such as the club's long standing pride in ownership and friendly professional staff. Golf Digest has rated Indian River Golf Club as one of the best places to play in northern Michigan. The course is always in excellent shape and it is a challenging, yet walkable layout with a variety of tees for all levels of golfer. The course also offers plenty of diversity with elevation changes and water, along with tree lined and wide open fairways. Additionally, Indian River Golf Club’s restaurant, “The Greenside Grille,” has a reputation for exceptional food. A full service restaurant and bar, golfers can enjoy a great day of golf, food and friends and see why Indian River Golf Club is one of the friendliest clubs in the north!