The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort

4.3982647059 4.4 stars from 5 (83)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6355 yards
  • Slope: 128
  • Rating: 69.2
  • Layout

  • 4706 W Otsego Lake Dr, Gaylord, Michigan 49785, Otsego County
  • (989) 732-1785
  • (989) 732-1145
  • www.thenaturalgolfcourse.com

Year built: 1992
Architect(s): Jerry Matthews
Type: Resort
Greens: Bent
Fairways: Blue
Golf Season: Open: 4/15 Closed: 10/31

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: No
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: No

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 71 6355 yards 69.2 128
Middle 71 5865 yards 67.3 123
Forward (W) 71 4830 yards 67.8 117

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 83 Reviews
5 stars:
43
4 stars:
33
3 stars:
6
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

80 out of 83 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers group getaways   Challenges include elevation changes water hazards bunkers   Great for drinks  

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"My Final Review"


LETHAL30LEFTY's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This is my last chance to boast and brag about The Natural. I've done a few reviews on here, but I'm leaving 5 stars this time.

It was a damp day with minimal wind but the course was in the BEST condition I had seen it, especially during the peak of the autumn season. I can't gloat enough about the fall colors bursting everywhere. I spent more time taking pictures of the orange and red leaves than I did focusing on my game. Barely any leaves in the fairways, greens, etc. It was excellent.

Had the entire course to myself which was not a surprise given the weather conditions. I managed to shoot under 80 with three penalty strokes on front 9. This course is a GREAT VALUE in the Gaylord area and I will always return every season until if conditions ever detereoriate. I doubt they will!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from #TheNaturalatBeaverCreek on 11/10/2017:

Thank you for sharing your last round at The Natural! We're glad you were able to make it out before we closed for the season and enjoyed some of the best conditions of the season! We look forward to seeing you back here in the spring!


u684762540's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2017
First time playing 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


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 09/28/2017:

Thank you for your 5-star rating and review! We're glad you enjoyed the course and we hope you'll come back for another round before the end of the season!

"Bad Experience"


davidblakely's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was ran very poorly. First 6 holes went fine then it started to back up big time! Wait on every hole was long. When we finally got to the turn there was three foursomes waiting to tee off... There were a lot of younger groups at the course and they were loud and rude. There pace of play was horrible and there was no one working at the course to get them moving. When I suggested in the clubhouse that something wasn't right I was scolded for daring to say they weren't running the course very well... we decided to play the front 9 again only to have it all backed up again by the 4th hole... Needs new management!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 10/25/2017:

Hi David, we appreciate you playing The Natural this season and your feedback on your experience.

"The natural"


Jason8331199's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very green course. Tight driving holes! Very nice greens.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort on 08/22/2017:

Thank you for sharing your experience, Jason. It sounds like you had a great round! Please let us know if there is anything we can do to boost your review up to five-stars during your next visit!


u767833698's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

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

Reviewed on

Beautiful course and conditions. A lot nicer than courses just south.


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


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 08/11/2017:

Thank you for coming out to play at The Natural at Beaver Creek, and sharing your five-star experience. We're happy you can rate us this highly with the sheer number of courses back in Central Florida!

"Beautiful course. Tough, but fun test."


glenk69's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens were fast and tough to read, very grainy. But the course is beautiful, quite hilly. Fun to play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 08/11/2017:

Thank you for your review and feedback, Glen! We're glad you enjoyed your round at The Natural!

"Play the Natural"


u000007593045's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The Natural was in great condition. I could tell that a lot of over growth has been trimmed back to restore the courses original look. Golf carts looked brand new. Paved golf cart paths looked brand new. Everyone there was friendly to us. Greens were a little slow, but consistent. Play this one if you get a chance. Up North golf with tight fairways, long carries over wetlands, and elevated tee boxes.


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


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 08/09/2017:

Thank you for sharing your five-star experience at The Natural at Beaver Creek! We're glad you enjoyed your round!

"nice layout, with some nice holes by the water"


garry4bruins's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Challenging, but manageable for the average golfer.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 08/07/2017:

Thank you, Garry!

"Bring your A game"


emiliocan's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you do not like target golf than do not play this course. Of course if you enjoy beautiful Mchagan and are not concerned too much about where the ball goes then you must play this course.

Lovely elevations and sweeping dog legs and greens that will drive to drinking.

Fabulous test of golf.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 08/07/2017:

We are glad you enjoyed your experience and the style of our course, emiliocan! Thank you for your five-star review!

"natural"


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 07/30/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice resort course,condtions and layout were quite nice.Staff friendly and helpful,good value for a pleasant Gaylord course


Pace of Play: Good

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


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 08/03/2017:

We're glad you enjoyed your round at The Natural at Beaver Creek, mjwdelivers! Thank you for coming to play our course!


u384203067's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

3-4 groups waiting on half of the holes and no ranger.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 08/01/2017:

Thank you for golfing The Natural and for your feedback on your round.

"slow day"


u000001536720's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

6 hours 15 minutes to play 18 holes. Was told at the end there was a group of about 30 in front of us. Why don't they tell you that before you go out so you can prepare. Sitting out there with nothing to eat or drink and no beverage cart running....long long day. Other than that NO complaints. Course in great shape.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 08/01/2017:

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed the course, and appreciate you sharing your experience with us.

"Breathtaking"


Weezer195's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

This was one of the most beautiful courses I have golfed at. It was very challenging but not too much. The staff was awesome from the young men/women who greeted you to the staff who served and the ones who cleaned my clubs at the end of my game,. I will return again when I am in the area, absolutely loved it!


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


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 08/01/2017:

We're glad to hear you enjoyed your round, Weezer195! Thank you for your review, and we look forward to seeing you when you are in the area again!

"Tight, tight, tight"


Mrklig's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Stay on the fairway or you will cost yourself a shot. The rough is thick and the trees are close. Every home offers something different from the hole before. The course was very wet, but still beautiful. The greens were quick but fair.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 08/01/2017:

Thank you for your review and feedback, Mrklig! We hope you didn't hit the rough often, and are glad you enjoyed the course!

"Tranquility Personified"


u00000664340's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I don't understand why but, we almost had the course to ourselves. We only saw other golfers twice the entire 18 holes. The course and surroundings were pristine. The pro shop and restaurant are very nice as well as the personnel. We definitely will return!


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


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 08/01/2017:

Thank you for your five stars! We're glad you had a quiet, relaxing Thursday round at The Natural at Beaver Creek!

"Improvements from the past"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

It has been 10 years since I played the Natural. There has been improvements with Cart paths and overall course conditions. There was one hole on the back where it appears they have an old bunker and can't decide what to do with it (my opinion). Other than that the course was in the best condition since I played. If you want reasonable priced place to play in Gaylord area I would certainly return. This not going to have the viewing vistas of Treetops or Tribute but it is solid course. The only other issue was the person opening was late. Said couldn't let us on the course early. Wasn't the issue we were there early to hit some balls and get a little practice in.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 08/03/2017:

We're glad you came back out to play The Natural at Beaver Creek. Thank you for your review and feedback on your experience!


u993867355's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice course from what it was a few years ago Greens are in great condition, staff very friendly


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 08/01/2017:

Thank you for your review and compliments of the great staff at The Natural at Beaver Creek!

"A Natural Transformation"


DANSTRIEBEL's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Perfect conditions, friendly folks and the new cart path has transformed this course back into a jewel near Gaylord, Michigan. My revisit was worth while. One of best set of closing three holes in Michigan.


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


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 06/12/2017:

Thank you Dan! We're glad to have you back for another round and appreciate your outstanding review!

"A Gem in the Woods"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We enjoyed our round at this course. The first 9 holes were a little slower with a threesome ahead of us where one golfer for sure was a beginner. The course was in excelllent shape with paved cart paths and woods surrounding each hole. There were a couple of holes that were odd esp. hole 18. Some shots were blind and we surely would have played some holes differently with course knowledge. All in all a pleasure to play. We enjoyed ourselves and probably would not have found the course had it not been on golf now.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 06/02/2017:

We're glad you found us, lmaule! Thank you for coming out to play The Natural, and for reviewing us. We're happy to hear you all enjoyed your experience, and hope that you will be back again for another round soon!

"Keeps Getting Better"


LETHAL30LEFTY's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

I reviewed this course back when I played it in October 2016, but wanted to write again. Something about it keeps bringing me back. The fresh asphalt cartpaths constructed last year really make things SMOOTH. Also, the removal of many trees has really opened up some areas for sunlight to boost some growth (especially behind #2 Green and along-side #13 Fairway, always a tricky hole). The GREENS were putting very FAST and TRUE even with wet conditions as I endured all day. Bring your A-game to this A+ course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort on 05/31/2017:

We appreciate your continuous support, MSTRN8! Thank you for coming back to play the course again this year, and for your great review!


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