Lakewood Shores Resort - The Gailes Course

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4.5
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5 Stars
8
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5
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Conditions
3.9
Value
4.8
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
3.9
Amenities
2.9
97.8%
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17 out of 20 reviews
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5.0
1
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4.0
Value
5.0
Layout
5.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
5.0
100.0%
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1 out of 1 reviews
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4.0
Value
5.0
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5.0
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4.0
Amenities
3.0
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5.0
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 6954
Slope 138
Rating 75.0
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 6954 yards 75.0 138
Back 72 6393 yards 72.4 129
Middle 72 6073 yards 70.7 124
Forward (W) 73 5246 yards 72.2 122
Scorecard for Gailes
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 75.0/138 383 183 421 209 459 437 528 586 298 3504 348 553 140 489 457 500 165 386 412 3450 6954
Blue M: 72.4/129 336 167 382 203 408 401 481 548 277 3203 314 495 117 476 414 493 132 350 399 3190 6393
White M: 70.7/124 W: 73.0/125 328 151 382 163 408 356 481 504 277 3050 278 495 117 429 414 452 125 350 363 3023 6073
Red W: 72.2/122 283 135 320 139 351 295 412 410 256 2601 232 443 100 384 368 422 108 284 304 2645 5246
Handicap 11 17 6 13 1 7 9 3 16 8 5 14 2 4 15 18 12 10
Par 4 3 4 3 4 4 5 5 4 36 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 11 17 7 15 5 9 1 3 13 14 2 18 6 8 4 16 12 10

Course Details

Year Built 1992
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 10/31
Architect Kevin Aldridge

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

4.5
20

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 8
Thick Rough 8
Undulating Greens 6
This course/club is great for:
A Weekend Splurge 6
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 6

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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Love this course

I love the Gailes.. I've played it now 4 times, but this was my first time playing it in a few years. To me, it's more challenging than the rating might suggest. If your shot placement isn't precise, you'll be punished by one of the bunkers that are seemingly placed everywhere, or the thick fescue/rough. The most frustrating part is hitting a perfect tee shot, and then realizing that it found one of the fairway pot bunkers. Be wise with what club you decide to hit out of said bunkers, and maybe even consider hitting it out sideways in some cases. The greens are also pretty fast and approach shots can be relatively difficult to hold in some cases. I had a few that were just a little short, and ended up at the bottom of the hill below the green. I love the challenge of the Gailes, and will definitely be back soon!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Buddies Weekend

We booked our annual buddies weekend at Lakewood on the recommendation of friends who played the three courses on a stay and play package. There were no surprises. The fairway villa was modest but comfortable and convenient. Food was only mediocre at best, especially the breakfast buffet at $14.00 ! We played each of the three courses -18 holes on Friday, 36 on Saturday and 18 on Sunday. Pace of play was good on all three days. We enjoyed the layout of all three courses. The greens where not in great condition but good for a high traffic resort course. The only real negative comment would be the condition of the golf carts. On the Blackshire course carts were covered with mud and we had to call the pro shop twice to have them bring replacement carts to us because the batteries died. However, the staff handled the cart replacement quickly.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Great layout and great service in the restaurant. Course needs some tender loving care and a Marshall on the course during busy days to keep the golfers moving. Larger hole location made a great option for our group who has a wide variety of skill levels golfer. No ice machine for guests at clubhouse or resident area ( big opportunity) .

Overall a good venue with even more potential.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Rude starter, terrible management

We had a tee time for 4:30, so we figured to finish about 13-15 holes as a foursome before dark. When we arrived to the first tee 10 minutes early, a group of 20 golfers were teeing off just ahead of us and another twosome. You read that right, 20 golfers. They were part of an outing and felt they could play extra holes in front of us while we waited because they were trying to "decide a playoff for $1,000". We called the pro shop and they sent the starter out to break the group up, but he came back to us and said, "They're drunk, what do you want me to do about it?"

I've never heard of alcohol consumption being used as an excuse from a golf starter for not managing the course properly. And if there was such a big outing going on, why even let us make a tee time during it?

Fortunately, he let us venture out to any open hole on the course and start from there, so we were still able to finish 13 holes after teeing off at 5:00 instead of 4:30.

Needless to say, based on the poor management of that outing and the lack of enforcement by the starter, we will never come back.The course is very nice though.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Awesome time at Lakewood shores

Ok I'm not a fan of writing reviews. Ive read some though that were nothing like my experience. Every year my pals and I do a 4 night golf trip somewhere in Michigan. From getting the quote to play to the time we checked in and left the service was fantastic.

The bang for your buck is incredible. We yed 7 rounds in 4 days. Ate in their restaurant for each meal and we were all really happy with the dinners we had. The breakfest was a small buffet that did the trick. The lunch was ok but a little more selection would be nice.

The courses were great. The Gail's was our favorite. Definaltey a good challenge especially when the wind picks up. Blackshire felt like a legends style course also very nice. And sarandella while everyone says it's the easiest was also a good challenge and had the biggest green I can recall playing on 18. The pro shop staff were all great and accommodating when we asked to move up a couple tee times.

The rooms were ok. We weren't in them alot we sat outside mostly at night and played cards and drank. We have booked again for 2017 this year with suites rather then the smaller rooms.

Would be nice if the course had a few different types of beer other then the usual Coors and Bud. We had a great time though. Can't wait to come back.

Tim

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Average weather
Used cart

Good way to end they season

My dad and I played the Serradella course, the oldest and probably easiest of the Lakewood Shores courses. The course was in pretty good shape for it being so late in the season. The greens were nice (and not aerated yet, which is a plus) and the fairways were nice and clear of leaves. The rough was a bit long and there was a few spots that needed some work, but otherwise it was good. It's tough to give the facilities a grade because they are catered more towards the resort crowd and they were basically shut down for the year, but they always look well kept so hence that grade. We didn't eat so no grade on the food. The minimal staff was friendly and helpful as always. We got a good deal on GolfNow and if you come on a resort package it's a great place to play, but it's a little pricey if you just come to play normally. Try to get a deal or a package if you come to play. Overall, another great experience at Lakewood Shores. FYI: The Gailes and Blackshire courses, which are not reviewed here, are great courses as well.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Nice Course

I think they had several course outings going at the same time plus trying to squeeze regular tee times in between. Play was extremely slow. (It took 3 hours to play the front 9) Other than that, the course was nice and in good condition. I would play it again but would check first to see how they were booking tee times for the day. A TRUE links course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great fall round

Nice staff, beautiful course that was well conditioned and maintained.

Conditions Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Fair weather
Used cart

great features

will play again and again.very different from your regular course has that scotland look and feel the swirling wind and long heather grasses.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

Nice course for the price

Very green and lush course. Greens were in nice shape and rolled fairly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Poor weather
Used cart

An unnecessary bad experience

Course is very nice . Lots of beautiful flowers Speed of play was horrible It didn't help when making the turn they let very inexperienced players out on no.10 in front of us .too bad too, cause it is a nice course

Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Challenging but Fair

I live in Northern Michigan and the Serradella course at Lakewood Shores Resort is one of my favorites to play. The course is in beautiful shape from the carpet-like fairways to the run true greens. The Serradella plays about 6400 yards from the white tees. The course has a little bit of everything: water, bunkers, and trees, I feel it is a true test of golf for the average duffer. The course is adorned with beautiful flower beds on almost every tee box. How they keep the deer away is still a mystery to me! Lakewood Shores Resort is made up of three very distinctive courses and ond one pitch and putt 18 oles called the Wee Links. I have played all the courses but the Resort course ( Serradella) remains my favorite.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Stunning course

The course is beatiful very well maintaned, we did a little back up on our last nine holes, we had some groups ahead of us. But it was fine. Course is wide open very little hazards. Overall a nice course. One bad I would have to say, the course is near a lake and all day I could hear jet skis. Not very peaceful.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Blackshire

My son and I played on a Saturday afternoon. We had never played Blackshire before and were pleased with the conditions, and the staff. The course was in good shape, the weather perfect and price was fair. I would come back and play again. I don't play much so it was challenging but not difficult. If I had to make a complaint and this would be way done the list is the bunker rakes were old and broken. I know cuzz I used them often. We enjoyed Blackshire

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

The Gailles

First time on a links course, what an experience. This is a beautiful course, lots of challenges. We did have a problem with a pair of guys that hit into us, made us nervous. The course was crowded because of an outing and slow play. The ranger tried his best to keep them moving. All in all I would go back to try again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

The poorest condition course I have played in 2014

This is $20 dollar golf course. The condition of the course is very poor. There are no bag drop people. My wife and I played 4 holes and left. It took over an hour to play 3 holes (fivesome in front of us).

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather

Beautiful course

I am just an average golfer, but being a female, I thought this course was beautiful with all the flowers on the tee boxes. The course was very green and well manicured, they take pride in their golf course and I was glad we chose to golf here, but we golfed here twice for the week since the first time golfing there, brought me back again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Course is a good design, but needs LOTS of work

The Gailes at Lakewood Shores is a great design but has not been taken care of. It is in poor condition. The rough is all weeds and the bunkers are not maintained. This is the first golf resort that I have ever been at where there are no people to help you with your clubs. We had to carry our clubs from the car to the golf cart and when finished, we had to take them off the cart and carry them to the car. Pro shop people were not friendly or helpful. I will say that John, the manager of reservations was great. Without him we would have left after the first day.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Commented On 08/30/2014

The villas are in the same, neglected condition.

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Average weather

Great, golf-til-you-drop resort, but worthy of Top 100?

Lakewood Shores Resort is ideal for a value golf binge for Metro-Detroiters looking for a great long weekend with a handful of courses all offering a little bit of a different style compared to one another. The Gailes Course came to fame as a replica links course in the early 1990s and has earned regular Top 100 acclaim since. But I must be honest, when you consider the great strides links-inspired golf design has taken in the U.S. in the last two decades (thanks largely to folks like Doak, Coore-Crenshaw, Devries, Kidd, etc.), the Gailes falls a step back. It's fairways and greens are bent, while a true links is fescue. It really doesn't play like a links course, instead it's rather soft. For me, northern MIchigan golf is all about rolling hills, tree-lined fairways a little water and great value. Why try to be something you're not when what you have to begin with is pretty darn good?

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0

My favorite course! You'll love it or hate it.

A true scottish experience. I swear you hear bag pipes when you walk on the course. Perfect flat tees with "back cut" fairway bunkers...you can not see the bunkers from the tee box...use a yardage book from the pro shop. And, bring a lot of golf balls as you're in the fairwar or heather. If you got what it takes, you'll love this course as I do!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
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