CANDLESTONE INN GOLF & RESORT (616-608-0681)
Michigan Golf Course Review - A YouTube video is available at the bottom of this review.
Candlestone is an 18-hole championship golf course cut into a stand of thick mature pines and an old maple orchard. Designed by Bruce Matthews, this layout features a variety
of open and tight driving holes with some parallel fairways separated by rows of pines and hardwoods. The topography is partly level, but also features some rolling terrain and
elevated tee areas.
Facilities on property include a 25-room hotel, Water Tower Grille, banquet/outing facilities, a small pro shop, plus grass range and practice green. Stay & play golf packages are
available, ranging from $69 to $89 per person in 2006.
The golf course has served as home to the Western Michigan Amateur, and provides five sets of tees that measure in distance 7016 yards, 6635 yards, 6115 yards, 5483 yards
,and 4940 yards. Significant water hazards come into play on ten of the holes, and 40 sand bunkers are strategically located near the mildly undulating putting surfaces or along
the landing zones on fairways.
On course yardages are indicated by color coded stakes at 100, 150 and 200 yards, and red, white and blue flags on the greens provide golfers with front, middle and back pin
placement information. Though generally well bunkered, most green complexes present open fronts and have sufficient room greenside for up and down opportunities.
The Candlestone golf course opened in 1978, to compliment the hotel and restaurant that came into existence in 1971. The resort is a good bargain for those seeking
accommodations with golf on property. The remodeled hotel offers cable television, room service, wireless internet and complimentary continental breakfast.
For more information on the course and hotel facilities, visit our page for the property, with direct link to their website by clicking here.