TIMBERWOLF GOLF COURSE (231-258-5685)
Michigan Golf Course Review
Timber Wolf Golf Club in Kalkaska on M-72 just east of 131, is a beautiful 18-hole championship design that at just $35 including cart prime time, deserves consideration as
Northern Michigan's best golf value in 2007! Also, they were voted Best Golf Course on WPBN- 7 & 4 Up North Live's Survey for 2009. What folks have to understand, is that what
you see from the road as your are driving to the course (or as many people will do - drive by on the way to Traverse City) - is not what you get!
The course looks fairly flat and open from the road, but those few holes that are visible from Hwy 72 are perhaps the only ones that are not tree lined or incredibly rolling. Most of
the layout plays along a hilly topography, with some surprising elevation changes along the way. Contoured fairways play to modern style green complexes, with large undulating
bent grass putting surfaces.
The tees and fairways are bluegrass turf, but were in very good playing condition on our early August visit. There are 47 sand bunkers situated near the landing zones off the tee or
greenside, and water hazards come into play on 2 holes. New ownership in 2007 is doing a great job of getting this course in prime shape - and helping to make this an
enjoyable experience fro all levels of players.
The variance in slope ratings proves that this layout is good challenge for all levels of golfers. The tips play to a 134 slope at 6467 yards, with holes ranging from those that allow
driver off the tee, to those that demand careful club selection and shot planning. The White tees measure 5548 and are player friendly with a 119 slope, and the Red tees measure
4862 yards and present a fair challenge for women with a 123 slope.
On property is a practice green for putting and chipping (no driving range), plus a clubhouse with pro shop plus snack area serving beverages and hot/cold sandwiches and lunch
items. There are yardage markers on the par fours and fives at 100, 150 and 200 yards, and position markers on the flagsticks indicate front, middle or back hole locations.
Don't be fooled by the drive by - check this course out and we think you will get a good bang for your buck! For more info, visit our page for this course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.