WILDERNESS VALLEY GOLF RESORT (231) 585-7090
Michigan Golf Course Review
The Wilderness Valley Resort in Gaylord features two championship golf courses that are rated between 3 and 4 stars by Golf Digest Places to Play. Both layouts are serviced by
one clubhouse, which includes a small pro shop and a restaurant/lounge that is popular with the local crowd. Each course features a practice green and a small grass range is
situated near the clubhouse. Black Forest is 4 star rated and is the premier layout, while the Wilderness Valley course is imminently more playable, with less challenging\ green
complexes and with generally more room along the fairways and greenside.
The Wilderness Valley course is a good compliment to Black Forest - as this layout is infinitely more playable, with abundant fairways that often lead to level putting surfaces. This
user friendly resort course is one of Gaylord's oldest and most traditional designs. The terrain and scenery is similar in nature to it's sister course, but with understated bunkering,
playable rough and generous approach areas greenside, it is much easier to recover from mis-hit approaches and tee shots. Elevation changes keep it interesting, as do the frequent doglegs.
The par threes are very score-able, and many green complexes feature lone bunkers on each side, located in mostly avoidable locations. Yardage blocks are provided on the tee
boxes of these four par three holes, and color coded 100, 150 and 200 yard markers are visible in the center of the fairways of all par fours and fives.
Pin placements are indicated by small markers on the flag sticks. Three sets of tees measure 6519 yards/126 slope, 6098 yards/121 slope, and 4889 yards with a slope of 115.
Nice greens, ample fairways and conditioning that rivals that of the Black Forest course - at a cost of under $50 with cart in prime time - a nice value.
The combination of the Wilderness Valley and Black Forest courses provide golfers with a really nice contrast... similar terrains but vastly different golfing experiences.
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