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.
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