The course was one of the only ones nearby that had a tee time that worked. Other reviews on golf sites said the greens were challenging, and complained about the number of blind shots. The course was in ideal condition, with smooth greens and lush fairways. The reports of the greens and layout were, unfortunately, true. If you play from the orange tees, you will have several holes where you have to carry 200+ yards over wetlands with scrub bushes just to reach the fairway. There is a lot of elevation change, sometimes between tee and green on the same hole. There are also several blind shots, which did not bother me as much as the forced carry holes. I wasn't playing all that well, and got frustrated when my ball repeatedly found the OB areas. There were no local rules posted regarding balls that did not reach the other side (like more than one of mine!), such as "two tries, and then drop". The greens were undulating and hard to read, and thus tended to ruin whatever good approach shots we made. I missed several reasonable par putts by inches.
The couple I played with said they'd played here about 5 years ago, decided not to come back, and now remembered why. Some other reviewers said that you would do better on your second or third time playing here, when you know the course better. Personally, I am not sure I'd want to spend the effort when there are many other courses to try in the area.
On the upside, the price is reasonable for the area, the views of Little Traverse Bay from the back nine are spectacular. Carts are included, as well as range balls and club cleaning when the round is finally, mercifully, over.
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