Black Lake Golf Club

4.5374647059 4.5 stars from 5 (45)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7046 yards
  • Slope: 143
  • Rating: 74.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Mc's Golf Academy"

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: Soft spikes only
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: Visa, MC, AMEX

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7046 yards 74.8 143
Blue 72 6743 yards 73.4 140
White 72 6401 yards 71.9 137
Silver 72 5831 yards 69.0 126
Silver (W) 72 5831 yards 74.2 142
Green (W) 72 5058 yards 70.2 131

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 45 Reviews
5 stars:
33
4 stars:
8
3 stars:
3
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

42 out of 45 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views a bucket list/top 100 pick a weekend splurge   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes water hazards   Great for drinks dinner patio dining  

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Reviews


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"Love this course!"


u000007334141's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Probably the best maintained course I have ever played. It would be a shame to miss playing here just because there are so many great courses on the west side of the state. Make the effort to play here.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"A must course..of many great ones around the area!"


stevowonder005's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is busy. Never seen it not busy. But they put in pretty good effort to keep the pace of play. A great course...and I've seen more than 20 up there and this is proably 1-3 that I must play when I visit. O-H. Great staff too.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Ranger Beware!"


krisherm1's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

A few friends and I were attending a wedding at Black Lake later that afternoon, and decided we wanted to get in a morning round to enjoy the nice early fall weather. We had a group of 4, three of whom were playing (one beginner), and a fourth who was just along for the ride and the scenery. The pace of play was average (we were waiting on most shots) but overall still finished the round in exactly 4.5 hours. The first time we came into contact with the ranger (hole 2 or 3), he accused of not all paying for our round. One of our guys had misplaced his receipt, but we had already worked that out with the starter, who at the time called up to the pro shop to confirm we were all paid. The ranger came back 2 holes later to tell us we needed to pick up the pace of play (we were just finishing a par 3 after of course waiting 10 minutes before we could tee off). The ranger proceeded to tell us that someone from GolfDigest was there "rating the course" and that we needed to be aware of that. He found us again after 17 and made some other snide remark about how nice he was for not having bothered us for the last 11 holes (thanks a lot). We finished and walked off in exactly 4.5 hours. Just because we had a beginner golfer with us doesn't mean you have to be completely rude to us. Overall, the course condition was excellent. Great place to play, but the one lingering feeling after leaving was that they didn't want us there . If it weren't for that, this would be a 5 star rating.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"black lake"


mjwdelivers's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

everything about black lake was very nice,other than the fact they had an extremely slow outing finishing up before us that pushed our tee time back 40 minutes.the couse was well maintained,a very nice and challenging rhees jones design that tore me up a bit still left us with an enjoyable round.highly recommended


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course and must play"


Ballcrusher62's avatar
Michigan Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2017
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

This is the second time I have played Black Lake and do love the course. My only comment is we received warning being off pace. We were off pace but I would mention there were 5 holes with pin positions that made it quite difficult and requiring many in our group to three putt. I don't mind tough pin positions but when you roll a ball almost up to the hole and rolls back to your feet that would suggest pin positions are in bad spot to keep up pace of play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



headobig's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Pure Michigan Golf"


u531236446's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens, fairways....perfect. Views are outstanding. Difficult but doable golf for all abilities. We always have fun.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Horrible pace of play"


FSUDawg's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Made tee times through course's website. No mention of outing when making tee time nor when we checked in at pro shop. It took 4 hours and 20 minutes to play 14 holes. We had players (assume from outing) driving up and down cart paths while we were playing. The pro shop was closed when we finished after 14 holes. Telephoned the pro shop and was told that they erred in not informing us of the outing. Little consolation. We've played this course numerous times, but not sure if we'll play it again.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course



gauge01's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course with some repeat holes"


sbucrek's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/10/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great conditions and piece of land - back to nature. A all holes are isolated one from another, but many look the same - I. e. wood lined holes from tee to green.

Ckubhouse is very nice.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u000005461844's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Great course"


tincup313's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/29/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff is always friendly and the golf is top notch. A must play if you are in the area


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Up North Nirvana"


newnoonan's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I believe this is the best course in Northern Michigan. Black Lake is playable for anyone of any skill level. For the money, even at full price, it can't be beat. I play here every chance I get.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u440487935's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Tough but beautiful"


uKLFY4573KL's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course, fairways, layout (although we could not find 17), very narrow, lots of trees; bring a lot of balls and hit em straight!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Poor pace of play"


Snowman888888's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Loved the course and conditions. Fantastic and worth the drive. However I will never be back due to the horrible pace of play. Had a nice crowd that day but our round took 5.5 hours. Ranger told us on hole 4 that group 2 up from us was out of position but he did nothing about it and that was the last we saw him. When we got in they said they heard from others that the pace of play was bad but claimed they were busy so what could they do. Horrible pace of play for such a beautiful course. Don'the say you weren't warned.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Happy golfer"


tbaer11's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is a great track. Challengingredients yet fair. The staff was extremely friendly. Would play any chance I have.Lowell


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"This course has nice layout"


u042704787's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/31/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Liked course layout fairways and greens in great shape played long lots of elevation


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Pristine course conditions in isolated area and we'll worth drive"


shadrap's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/29/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was 50 mile drive from my lodging in boyne falls and we'll worth hour drive. Greens and fairways and rough extremely well maintained.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Northern Michigan Golf Facility"


u000005158892's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/28/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

If you get anywhere near Indian River during the summer, this course is a must for those who enjoy a beautiful wooded nature setting with long holes and challenging hole positions. It was a ride through the forest for us with a surprise around every corner. The clubhouse had great food and the staff was extremely pleasant.

Five stars for a new golfer looking to test modest skills. Must hit 'em straight!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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