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THE LEGEND GOLF COURSE at Shanty Creek Resorts

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The Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek Resort | Michigan golf course

General information

Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire just NE of Traverse City is a four season resort that has been has been ranked Silver Medal Resort by Golf Digest, Top 25 Golf Resort by Travel & Leisure Reader's Survey and Best Golf Resort in Michigan by The Detroit News Reader's Poll. Four 18-hole championship layouts include the upscale 4-1/2 star Arnold Palmer designed Legend, the spectacular Tom Weiskopf designed Cedar River, one of Michigan's long time top public courses Schuss Mountain, and the player friendly and original design at Shanty Creek, the Summit. Three distinctive villages at the Summit, Schuss and Cedar River offer a variety of accommodations ranging from standard rooms and suites to condominiums, chalets and fully equipped homes. A great variety of dining and recreational opportunities are available. For more info on the resort visit the Shanty Creek Resorts website by clicking here

THE LEGEND GOLF COURSE

The Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek Resort | Michigan golf course

The Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek Resort | Michigan golf course

The Legend Golf Course is a revered Arnold Palmer design that has been named as one of the top four resort courses in the United States and the # 1 resort course in the Midwest by Golf Magazine readers. Golf Digest has awarded the Legend 4-1/2 stars out of five! This is a challenging layout that also provides some generous fairways and mildly undulating but true rolling greens which make it possible to play to one's handicap. As Mr. Palmer declared when he designed the course, "if a golfer is a 12 in Detroit, he should not be a 20 here". Some stunning landscape defines the terrain in this section of the state, and the Legend fits right into it. 

The Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek Resort | Michigan golf course

The Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek Resort | Michigan golf course

There is a great variety and rhythm to this design, which features many elevated tee areas, doglegs that bend pretty equally to the left and right, and slightly raised, well bunker putting complexes. There are 57 sand traps total, and water comes into play on 5 holes. The first six holes play up and down along manicured fairways that present some good scoring opportunities. The uphill par four 2nd features two carries over ravines, with the last one coming into play along the right side about 100 yards out. This may surprise some folks that are playing this course for the first time. On the course's number one handicap - the par five 7th, there is a pond on the right and a creek cuts directly across about 190 away. The second shot must fly this hazard, to set up a reasonable approach that must land softly on a thin green fronted by another creek, with a beautiful rock retaining wall providing the aesthetics. The eighth also features a babbling brook immediately in front of the raised putting complex - two gorgeous holes in a row.

The Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek Resort | Michigan golf course

The Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek Resort | Michigan golf course

Elevated tee areas and doglegs dominate the landscape on the back, as the terrain becomes even more undulating. The par three 12th is outrageously beautiful - and is pretty challenging as the 18th handicap. Water is situated immediately to the left and a sand bunker awaits shots that attempt to approach safely to the right (hole is pictured below). The # 2 handicapped 13th is extremely rolling, and plays longer as the second shot (and third for many golfers) is noticeably uphill. Bunkers play a role in defining the doglegs on the three finishing holes, and the approaches to these holes are some of the tightest on the course.

The Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek Resort | Michigan golf course

The Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek Resort | Michigan golf course

From the championship tees the Legend is quite a test, as it measures 6764 yards and warrants a slope of 137. The blue tees measure 6269/130 slope and the whites play to 5801/121 slope for men and 129 for women. The forward tees provide ample breaks on the forced carries and doglegs, as they measure 4953 yards with a slope of 124. 100, 150 and 200 yard stakes are visible on the fairways, and some sprinkler heads are also measured to the center of the green. As with the other courses at Shanty Creek Resorts, small indicators on the flag sticks are positioned high (back of green), middle, and low (front of green) for pin placements. The canvas/vinyl covers on the back of the carts are a much appreciated feature during inclement weather.

The Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek Resort | Michigan golf course

The Legend Golf Course shares a clubhouse and practice facilities (range, putting greens and short game area) with the Summit course. On property is a pro shop and Arnie's Grill for grab-n-go items. This facility and both golf courses are located in the Summit Village, making it very convenient for folks staying in this section of the resort. The Schuss Mountain and Cedar River courses have separate clubhouses and practice facilities, and are situated a few miles away. Great packages are available to stay and play at any of the four courses, and at any of the three villages. For more info on The Legend Golf Course, visit out page for them on our web catalog of Michigan courses to play by clicking here.

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