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The Grand Hotel - Michigan Golf Resort

Grand Hotel

Mackinac Island, Michigan 49757

Phone: (906) 847-3331   Fax: (906) 847-3259

Website: www.grandhotel.com

The Grand Hotel - Michigan Golf Resort
The Grand Hotel - Michigan Golf Resort

For more than one hundred and twenty five years, Grand Hotel has provided uncompromising hospitality to visitors from around the globe as they experience the rare beauty of Mackinac, at the world's largest summer hotel. Golf does not make this destination, but with the gorgeous scenery and spectacular layout of the Jewel, it is an integral part of what the resort has to offer. From the elegance of afternoon tea accompanied by chamber music, to the vibrant colors and shocking patterns of renowned designer Carlton Varney, to the succulent five-course dinners - guests are ushered into a bygone era of charm and grace that contrasts sharply from today's non-stop routine.

The Grand Hotel - Michigan Golf Resort

Open from the first weekend of May until late in October, Grand Hotel on Mackinac is accessible by ferry boat or plane, with walking, bicycles and horse and carriage the only forms of transportation on the island!

More than 130,000 overnight guests grace the property each season, and the list of celebrities that have stayed here includes past presidents Clinton, Bush, Ford, Kennedy and Truman. The 1980 film "Somewhere in Time" and the 1946 film "This Time for Keeps" were filmed on location at Grand Hotel.


Originally built in 1901, the hotel's front nine called "Grand" was given a makeover in 1987. A second nine "Woods" was added in 1994. Separated by over 1 and one quarter miles, they comprise The Jewel - the resort's 18-hole facility which features the only horse-drawn carriage ride between nines in the country. This is a beautiful "resort golf" experience, with few forced carries, wonderful conditioning from tee to green, and outstanding views.

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 The Grand nine - situated right out the door from the hotel, is short in nature and features dramatic holes with elevation changes, as it parlays about the hustle and bustle of the resort attractions. After a 15 minute horse drawn carriage ride to the back side, golfers will encounter the Woods nine, which features a more secluded atmosphere cut through hardwoods and tall white pines, providing a nice contrast to the front side. On property is a clubhouse with pro shop, and a restaurant/lounge with indoor & outdoor seating - serving excellent hot & cold sandwiches and drink. There also is a practice green adjacent. For more info on this beautiful course, visit the twoguyswhogolf pictorial review of the Jewel, with photos and course description by clicking here.


Grand Hotel is one of the few remaining wood-frame hotels from the 19th century, and is a national historic landmark. Overlooking the Straights of Mackinac between Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas, this elegant property features 385 uniquely decorated rooms, with a wide variety of sizes, locations and views. There are 97 deluxe guest rooms, as well as 52 Named Rooms (luxury suites from 1 to 4 bedrooms, named first ladies and dignitaries).

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The suites are designed to reflect American History, just as the hotel has reflected American History since its opening in 1887. Grand Hotel follows a long-time tradition of including breakfast and five-course dinner in its room rate. Rates vary by peak and shoulder season, and tipping is not permitted. Special packages, including the "Tea For Two" which is available during the shoulder seasons.


Grand Hotel offers guests a variety of activities including:

  • Tennis
  • Croquet
  • Bocci ball
  • Swimming in the 500,000 gallon outdoor resort pool
  • Bicycling
  • An exercise facility
  • Vita course
  • Saddle horses
  • Carriage tours
  • Duck pin bowling
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The Grand Hotel - Michigan Golf Resort

Children's activities including afternoon and evening programs. There is a game room, lawn games, biking, swimming, tennis and movies.

Dining at Grand Hotel

There 11 restaurants and bars with dining options available for every appetite.

The Salle a' Manger serves full breakfast and five-course dinners for guests and offers the popular Grand Luncheon Buffet Other dining options include the Bavarian-style restaurant Woods, The Jockey Club at the Grand Stand, Carleton's Tea Store and Fort Mackinac Tea Room. In addition, Afternoon tea is served each afternoon in the Grand Hotel's Parlor as well as evening Demitasse.

The Grand Hotel - Michigan Golf Resort


The Grand Hotel - Michigan Golf Resort
The Grand Hotel - Michigan Golf Resort

Music enthusiasts are right at home at Grand Hotel, enjoying a range of free, live entertainment nightly. Highlights include the Jockey Club at the Grand Stand, dancing to sounds of The Grand Hotel Orchestra in the Terrace room, and live entertainment at the Cupolo Bar and at Woods. In Grand Hotel's Parlor, music recitals accompany Afternoon Tea and evening demitasse is served after dinner. Guests can also entertain themselves on the 660 foot Front Porch, which is the world's largest!

Grand Hotel & Mackinac Island Fun Facts

  • No motorized vehicles are allowed on the island
  • While over 1 million people visit Mackinac each year, there are only 600 year-round residents on the island
  • The hotel's swimming pool was named after Esther Williams when she starred in the 1949 movie "This Times for Keeps" shot at the Grand Hotel.
  • There are 500 horses on Mackinac island
  • Grand Hotel's kitchen staff of more than 100 people prepares as many as 4,000 meals per day.
  • The Grand's famous front Porch flowers include 2,500 geraniums in 260 planting boxes of potting soil. Grand Hotel uses 5,200 geraniums (its trademark flower) in all its flower beds combined
  • One ton of bulbs are planted in the fall, including 25,000 tulips and 15,000 daffodils
  • More than 125,000 bedding plants (annuals) are used to create many gardens on the grounds.
  • Visitors to Mackinac can enjoy various restaurants plus antique and fudge shops in the 19th Century Village, and may tour Fort Mackinac and other historic sites.
The Grand Hotel - Michigan Golf Resort


  • Click here to visit the official Grand Hotel website
  • Click here to visit our informational page for the Jewel Golf Course
  • Click here to visit our pictorial review of the golf course
  • Click here for more info on Mackinac Island ( including ferry boat info and contact numbers)


Ferry Service:
Passage to Mackinac Island is provided by several ferry boat lines. (Arnold Transit: toll-free 800-542-8528.) All ferry boat lines provide service from May to November. The boats operate from early morning until early evening, with frequent crossings throughout the day. All ferry boat lines operate from Mackinaw City and St. Ignace, Michigan. Luggage transfer is simple and convenient, with assistance provided on both the mainland and on Mackinac Island.

Mackinac Island Airport:
The Mackinac Island Airport has a 3,500-foot lighted, paved runway, capable of accommodating private and charter aircraft. The airport is one mile from Grand Hotel. For more information, please call 906-847-3231. Horse-drawn taxi service is available. Please call 906-847-3323.

Flying with Grand Hotel:
|Grand Hotel can provide private air travel for up to seven passengers directly to and from Mackinac Island aboard Grand Hotel I, a Cessna 441 Conquest II, twin-engine Turbo prop. Examples of flight times: From Chicago: 1 hour; New York: 2 hr. 10 min. St. Louis: 1 hr. 35 min. Please inquire as to price and availability.

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