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“Spruce Run is not just for average golfers”

Grand Traverse Resort Golf Courses
Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Acme
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Owner description: One of the Midwest's premier golf destinations, Grand Traverse's lush location has three distinct championship courses: the original Spruce Run, the Gary Player-designed Wolverine and The Bear, named for its illustrious architect, Jack Nicklaus.
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“Spruce Run is not just for average golfers”
Reviewed 12 August 2013

Spruce Run golf course might be the least of the three golf courses at the Grand Traverse Resort on the East Bay of Traverse City, but it definitely is worthwhile. It allows the golfer to play at the same resort property as the Jack Nicklaus designed Bear golf course, without the course rating difficulty. This property has a timeless yet upscale clubhouse, pro shop, and a grill with patio dining facing the 18th hole of the Bear. The view off of the patio in the evening out over a large pond and the rolling hills of the property is excellent. The staff are professional, courteous and friendly. If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then the clubhouse appears have been copied by the less impressive clubhouse at the Forest Dunes golf course in a remote area of Michigan. Spruce Run has the look of a resort golf course but has a good amount of even wider fairways than some municipal golf courses. The cart path winds beautifully through open areas with native grasses, pine trees, and rolling hills. Although carved out of hilly terrain which provides a number of elevated tees, the course itself plays gently flat with just a few uneven lies. Sprinkle in some water and one or two forced carries to greens, and you have a balanced golf course. It does however pass next to condos on one hole and next to the pavilion of the resort on one short par three -- parred that one. On the back nine, it gives you a visual experience similar to that of the Gary Player designed Wolverine course, and in fact crosses it once there. I would highly recommend this course for mid to high handicappers and anyone that wants to get in a pleasant round of golf.

Visited August 2013
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English first
Allentown, Pennsylvania
1 review
Reviewed 9 July 2013

Lakes, Hotel was nice & comfortable, casino is another attraction. Visit with family. Traverse city hotels were expensive. Stayed in kalkaska, North Country Inn

Visited June 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“Great course”
Reviewed 29 June 2013

The Bear is a great golf course but very difficult. It is a long and narrow course which means you need long straight drives or you will be spending a lot of your time in difficult roughs. The course is very well maintained and lots of fun to play. If I lived in the area I would play this course often.

Visited June 2013
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Ludington, Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful but dated”
Reviewed 19 January 2013

Special night and we arrived to find our room next to a boisterous family. We went to the desk they pleasantly upgraded us to a bay view tower room for no extra cost ! All hotel personnel were friendly and expert at what they did. Had a martini in the lobby bar and it was mediocre and only half a glass. Did not eat at the restaurants. Room was spotless and really lovely but the hotel is dated and there was some areas needing painting, poor lighting over the bathroom sink and the handle on the door to the balcony loose. We paid off season rates and thought it was a good value. We would not pay full season rates for this hotel. Good place though and if you golf and enjoy the pool etc worth it.

Visited January 2013
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Grand Blanc, Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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“Spruce Run”
Reviewed 18 September 2012

It's the cheapest and supposed to be the easiest at the resort... but for a novice like me, it was not easy at all. The staff was wonderful, the carts were sparkling, the greens were a little rough, but it's fall and they had a huge outing that morning. The views were gorgeous and everyone was friendly.

Visited September 2012
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