SUMMIT GOLF COURSE at Shanty Creek Resorts
Michigan golf course review
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 Wieskopf 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 Summit is the original design at Shanty Creek, and affords golfers an opportunity to play a resort course at a value rate. Golfers should not expect manicured tees and
fairways, but the medium size putting surfaces are mildly undulating, true rolling and kept in very good condition. The terrain is similar to the other three courses, though not as
dramatic. After an opening hole that begins innocently enough with a gentle dogleg left, the second and third holes play over meadows to greens that are perched above deep
valleys - not a particularly grand set of holes to start. On two be aware of the large pole in the fairway located in the landing zone, and know that the green is situated to the left (not
immediately ascertainable). From there however the layout takes on a more traditional design, with rolling fairways and some elevated tee areas. Most putting complexes are
open in front, providing easy access for those who cannot hit high, soft approaches. Two greens that are an exception - that demand accuracy and a soft touch - are found on
numbers 7 and 8, which incidentally are the most memorable on the course.
The clubhouse here does double duty for the Legend course, and provides a pro shop stocked with golf attire and accessories, plus Arnie's Grill, which offers grab-n-go service
The practice facilities, which include a grass range and several putting greens plus a short game area with bunker, are also shared by the two courses. A fleet of new carts (in
2004) provides comfortable seating and features dividers in back plus canvas covers to protect golf bags during inclement weather. 100, 150 and 200 yard blocks are posted on
all par fours and fives, and small flags indicate front, middle and back pin placement on the greens. Three sets of tees play to 6260 yards/122 slope, 5910/117 slope and 4679/113 slope.
As the slope ratings indicate, this is a player friendly layout that can be navigated by all levels of abilities. The landing areas off the tees are usually generous, although some tight,
tree lined fairways will challenge golfers to keep it in play, and the rolling nature of the terrain also keeps it interesting. For families and beginners, the packages at Shanty Creek
that include golf on the Summit are some of the best available in Northern Michigan. The red flags you see on the Summit greens are not for foot golf – they are simply larger holes
for beginning golfers to use as an alternative – making the round easier and the game more enjoyable. I was tempted to use them myself! For more information on the course,
visit our page for the Summit by clicking here.