Black Lake Golf Club

4.5147352941 4.5 stars from 5 (38)
  • 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: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 38 Reviews
5 stars:
29
4 stars:
5
3 stars:
3
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

35 out of 38 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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"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



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


"Great Northern Michigan Golf Course"


u000001585370's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This is a beautiful golf course that is in excellent shape and a challenge to play. If you are playing the courses in the Northern part of Michigan this is a must play. The staff is extremely friendly and the food and beverages in the clubhouse are top notch. They know how to take care of their golfers. We have had a group outing here now for several years and it is the highlight of our trip. You will not be disappointed if you decide to play at Black Lake.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A hidden gem"


scrooge75's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

Rees Jones - we knew that we're going to find a real good treat when we booked that course.

For a bargain of just $29 on golfnow.com we booked ourselves for a round on the course. If you're looking for a beautiful design in a quite surrounding - there you go. It's quite peaful at the black lake an it's fun playing the course.

We played it on a drizzling day but the course was in quite well condition. For sure it's nothing compared to e.g. Forest Dunes but it's certainly a course you want to consider when being in the area. It's around 45 minutes north of Gaylord. Staff was friendly and helpful.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"This course has great views"


wheiob's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful golf course. Very very plush. Could not ask for any more in a golf course. Will be back to play again and again. This in my opinion is in the top 10 courses in the state. Also you wont find a better burger anywhere, and I mean anywhere.


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


"Course Review"


SW2278's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I would definitely recommend this course. The pace of play on the front was fine even with a group of 25 in front of us..... Then the wheels fell off and it took 2 hours to play 10-15 but the rangers did jump in and sped things up.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Day!"


golfcolo's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Arrived for my Tee time a bit early, checked in and went to the starter who said I was free to go off but there were a number of groups out ahead. He said he would check to see if I could go off the back and make the turn when tee times were slow. He got me out there and I only had to wait on one group and they allowed me to play through. Great Course, great weather, great Day. Hats off to the staff. Treat yourself to a good experience and play Black Lake.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice place"


ghomebrewski's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Golfed here on Friday.....perfect spring day in the north.

We made a last minute call to try golfing here instead of another place.....found a great rate, and booked it. Unfortunately there was a mixup, and we booked Saturday instead of Friday. The manager was very kind to allow us to go on Friday instead, and we had a great time.

Course layout is typical style for N Mich woods course....each hole stands on it's own, and you hardly see another golfer. Fairways are generous, and well placed bunkers along the fairway reward well placed shots, but give you something to think about before you just step up and crush one.

Did I say there were bunkers? Yes, nicely bunker-ed layout, and the sand condition was great, so no hard baked mud to hit out of.

Definitely give this a shot if you are in the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"One of the best"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've played the course many times, and it's one of the two best up here. Great layout and good variety of holes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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