CHAMPION HILL GOLF CLUB (231-882-9200)
Michigan Golf Course Review
Champion Hill and Pinecroft Golf Clubs in Beulah are sister courses that provide two distinctive championship layouts, which are amongst the most value oriented golf properties
in Northern Michigan. This family owned enterprise provides locals and visitors with scenic designs with both open for public play, that are built on along an extremely interesting
and rolling topography, To the delight of all players, rates including carts during prime time are kept below the $50 range ($45 in 2010)!
Food service (other than cold sandwiches, snacks and beverages) is not available at either course. Both properties however, do provide grass driving ranges and
putting/chipping greens, along with small but functional pro shops. Both courses have partial cart paths, allowing golfers to drive directly to their ball. Yardage markers are posted
at 100, 150 and 200 yards (250 on par fives) and small flags on the sticks indicate front, middle or back hole locations on the mildly sloping putting surfaces. 150 yards stakes are
also present on the par fours and fives on the Champion Hill course.
The traditional, tree lined Pinecroft course is located just east of Beulah and is situated on 160 acres of scenic terrain with several holes providing wonderful views of Crystal
Lake. The clubhouse deck is a beautiful place to catch the gorgeous sunset over the lake on summer evenings. Rated 4 stars by Golf Digest Places to Play - this is truly one of the
best golf values in Michigan. Champion Hill in contrast, is a highlands links design nestled in the windswept hills at the highest elevation points in Benzie County. It is located
between Beulah and Honor, just minutes from Pinecroft. The adjacent Narrow Gauge Farms Golf Community offers affordable single family wooded building sites with stunning
views of the course and surrounding countryside.
The photos in this review are of the Champion Hill Course. The layout features scenic, open, rolling bluegrass fairways wedged between heather covered mounds, and
contoured greens that vary in shape and size. There are 60 sand bunkers located near the landing zones off the tee or situated greenside, and water comes into play on 1 hole.
Players may be surprised to find their ball in one of the sand traps that are hidden by the mounding and grass walls that line the fairways. The beauty and challenge of this layout
is highlighted by the many elevated tee areas and raised green complexes.
There are 3 sets of tee areas that play to distances and slopes measuring 6884 yards/121 slope, 6250 yards/118 slope and 5125 yards with a slope of 116 from the forward tees.
As the slope ratings indicate, this is a fair and playable design for all levels of golfers.
A round at Champions Hill and Pinecroft are highly recommended by twoguyswhogolf. The convenience of location means that golfers can play both courses the dame day - and
the distinctiveness of the designs means that players will enjoy two very different experiences. There are several accommodations options for out of town visitors. For more info
on Champion Hill.,visit our page for the course with a direct link to their website by clicking here