Northern Michigan Golf: Grand Traverse Resort

Northern Michigan Golf: Grand Traverse Resort

Three Golf Course and Much More By Dave Finn The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, owned by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa First Nations, offers a relaxed northern Michigan lifestyle with some excellent golf. Central to the property is the clubhouse where three championship courses and a Dave Pelz Golf School. The

Three Golf Course and Much More

By Dave Finn

The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, owned by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa First Nations, offers a relaxed northern Michigan lifestyle with some excellent golf.

Central to the property is the clubhouse where three championship courses and a Dave Pelz Golf School. The resort also offers more than 585 rooms, suites and condos and another 120 rooms at their sister property, Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, a 9-minute shuttle drive away.

For those who also enjoy soaking up the sun, the nearby miles of sandy beaches Traverse Bay make this resort a premier Midwest destination.

TripAdvisor voted the Grand Traverse Resort as one of the 15 Best Golf Destinations in America (2018),  and Golf Digest (2017-2018) designated The Bear as No. 78 in America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort

A bear is big and bold, and so is this Jack Nicklaus Signature design – a good mix of open and tight tree-lined fairways with plenty of waste bunkers and 14 holes that feature water or marshes to carry over.

Stretching out to over 7,078 yards with a course rating of 76.3 and a slope of 148, this may be one of the toughest golf courses you will find anywhere. Even from the whites at 6,122 yards the rating is still 71.2 with a slope of 140 so bring your ‘A’ game.

In addition, the greens are well protected and appear to be smallest on the planet – either wide and shallow or narrow and elongated eliminating the bump-and-run game. The putting surfaces are extremely fast, and many are terraced with big undulations. More

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