THE LAKES GOLF CLUB (989) 732-4454
Michigan Golf Course Review
The Lakes Golf Club in Gaylord re-opened in the summer of 2007, one year after officially closing (as the former Lakes Golf Course - one time part of the Otsego club and also a
former Michaywe property). The new layout features some renovated green complexes and some very interesting golf holes- that will certainly challenge all levels of players.
The setting is quite serene, surrounded by rolling woodlands and pastures, with just a smattering of residential properties along the perimeter of the layout. The beauty can
temporarily distract one from the realization that this course is quite difficult .This is especially true on the front side, when golfers will often find uneven lies with the ball sideways,
or situated below or above the feet creating tough approach shots to well bunkered, sloping green complexes. Pin placement means everything here, as some of the hole
locations we encountered were very devious. Be careful on the short par four 7th - a sharp dogleg that turns 90 degrees to the left less than 100 yards away. If the tee shot is not hit
far enough - there is no clear entry to the green
The back side is less undulating and presents more scoring opportunities, as good shots will most often be rewarded with good lies. The three hole stretch beginning at hole
number 12 winds along a lake and provides some gorgeous scenery, as well as excellent shot values. The par threes on the back side a spectacular - with carries over significant
water hazards necessary on both # 12 and # 17.
On property is a practice green for putting and chipping (no range), and a clubhouse with pro shop plus bar/snack area serving beverages plus hot & cold sandwiches. On course
yardages are marked on sprinkler heads and at the 100, 150 and 200 yard areas, and color coded flags indicate the front, middle or back hole locations on the small to medium
sized putting surfaces. There also are 150 yard stakes on par fives and on the longer par fours.
Three sets of tees play to distances measuring 6418, 6120 and 2216 yards. The new course and slope ratings were not available - but we would rate this course as more difficult
than average. One cannot automatically take driver out of the bag on some of these par fours and fives. Water comes into play on 7 holes, and 42 sand bunkers are situated
greenside or near the landing zones on the fairways.
Rates topped out at $45 including cart in 2007 - making this a very good value course. For more info, visit our page for the course, with direct link to their website - click here.