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4.3
126 Reviews (126)
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.0
95.6%
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121 out of 126 reviews
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4.0
13 Reviews (13)
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.3
Layout
4.4
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
92.3%
Recommend this course
12 out of 13 reviews
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4.3
26 Reviews (26)
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.6
96.2%
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 71
Length 6330 yards
Slope 128
Rating 69.2
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The Natural Golf Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1992
Fairways Blue Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/15 Closed: 10/31
Architect Jerry Matthews (1992) Ray Hearn (1992)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Michigan (2015 #18)

Reviews

4.3
126 Reviews (126)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 6
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 15
Water Hazards 10
Bunkers 9
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 13
Advanced Golfers 8
Group Getaways 8
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 10
Convenient to the City 7

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A Natural Transformation

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Response from on 06/12/2017:
Thank you Dan! We're glad to have you back for another round and appreciate your outstanding review!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A Gem in the Woods

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.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Response from 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!
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Keeps Getting Better

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.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Response from 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!
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

although the weather was a little cool, the fact that there were not many golfers on made it very enjoyable. it was challenging because of the narrow fairways and trees but was a lot of fun. the greens were a litte slow but overall we had a great time. i would definitely play there again

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Response from on 05/22/2017:
Thank you for coming out to play The Natural, Scott! We appreciate your review, and look forward to your next visit!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Response from on 05/17/2017:
Thank you for your rating!
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

The Name Says it All.

The Natural is exactly what you get...Natural beauty. Not too much earth moving to sculpt this gem in Northern Michigan. Gently rolling hills, with occasional dramatic change. Holes cut out of woods, with tight fairways and large greens. Not terribly long, but quite the challenge.

Played mid October for 40.00 on a monday, well worth it. Had the entire course to myself. A little disappointed with the Fall leaves cleanup, but nontheless had a great time. Brand New asphalt cartpaths adds a MAJOR facelift to once detereorating gravel paths. A shotmakers course. Bring your A-Game

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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

Back to the Natural

We returned to The Natural for the first time since 2012. The course in under new ownership and management and we could see and feel the difference. The course conditions and putting greens were in great shape. The staff was friendly and helpful. We will play The Natural again before heading back to Texas. We also enjoyed watching other golfers play the 9th hole from the back deck after our round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Very good golf

Course is very nice. Staff is very friendly. We had perfect weather. We were a twosome so we were moving fairly quick. Caught up to an elderly couple who said things were backed up. We joined them on the fourth hole but soon we were waiting on number 6. The reason was there was a fivesome two groups ahead of us. Who was holding up the pace of play (3 hole gap). Called the clubhouse and decided to jump ahead to 9. Blew through the course and went back and played 6, 7 & 8. Seemed to be a lot of casual players who are staying at Beaver Creek Resort on the course. Course just needs a ranger to break up fivesomes. Would play it again. Oh, the rough was very lush, hence The Natural. Playing the fairway is a premium. Would play it again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful course to look at, however?

The Natural is a beautiful golf course, however, some of the holes are so difficult they are a little unfair. Some holes require a long carry to a heavy guarded green. And, depending on where you land next to the green, sorry I can't hit my 3 and 5 woods that accurately, you may have a chip shot that you can't get to the pin from there. It was tough but the course is in excellent condition and a great challenge. I'd play it again, but really, a par 4 for women that's 380 yards, dogleg left and the second shot is 80 yards carry over a marsh!! The staff was very friendly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Nice Surprise

I had played here a few years ago and it wasn't in good shape at all. This was a totally different experience. Course was in great condition, well watered despite the dry weather and well manicured. The only area requiring improvement would be that the traps needed raking and care.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very enjoyable

Really was pleased at this course and its conditions. Greens were true and maintained well.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great Track

Had a group of 8 and came across this hidden gem. Great track for the price. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about their course. The course is pretty tight and short, but definitely some reachable and challenging eagle opportunities if you can stomach it. The greens were in pristine condition and rolled true. Some quirky par 3s playing at around 100 yards but fun shots that you can find yourself in trouble if you miss the turf.

Would recommend this course to anyone and hope I get up there again. The starter even let us return to hole 1 to duel it out in a playoff #classact

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

great tight course, challenging

We had an awesome round of fall golf. course was in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

Challenging

Course was wet due to some showers, but was in great shape. Would recommend but not for the faint of heart.

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

Great course

Really enjoyed playing this course. Fairways are narrow making it.challenging. Should have used irons more often but still had a great time!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Very scenic and challenging course

Absolutely loved it . The course and the staff were outstanding. I will be back

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Good course, great value

This is such a fantastic course for the money. Compared to what I'm used to around Chicago, I think this was a really great course. I'm glad I found an amazing deal on GolfNow. Staff are so nice and friendly. The holes are well designed, well maintained, but have a lot of trees. When we went out, there weren't a lot of people, so we finished 18 in about 4 hours, after taking 15-20 minutes on the turn to snack and drink. Next time I fly to Traverse City, I'm driving up here and playing another 18 for sure.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

staff is outstanding. Check them out for stay and play

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great value and a great experience!!

The Natural is a very well maintained, challenging golf course in beautiful northern Michigan. We played all 18 holes, it was challenging and there is alot of variation. Its quiet and the facilities are pristine. The staff was very friendly and accomodating. I will go back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful course.

Challenging course. We had a fun day. You must keep it in the fairway hard course to scramble for par. A few greens were sanded. I'm guessing they were being repaired. But all the other greens and fairways were in excellent shape. I was not sure why some of the sand traps were rocky considering sand is so abundant. That is a cheap quick fix. Great golf value!!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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