Greywalls Course at Marquette Golf Club
|Gold (W)||71||5258 yards||70.8||137|
|Championship M: 73.5/147||579||425||174||425||312||188||489||343||389||3324||336||388||491||559||449||240||371||137||533||3504||6828|
|Back M: 71.6/142||545||397||164||379||290||178||432||328||360||3073||336||388||463||534||414||202||371||137||533||3378||6451|
|Middle M: 68.5/133 W: 74.5/137||509||364||146||316||275||151||347||298||333||2739||320||363||382||514||401||179||349||121||463||3092||5831|
|Forward M: 65.5/124 W: 70.3/127||477||322||115||256||251||137||347||270||284||2459||283||319||350||434||319||129||319||94||442||2689||5148|
|Front M: 65.1/115 W: 69.7/126||416||287||94||256||158||85||304||237||284||2121||264||269||350||434||319||129||282||94||369||2510||4631|
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The DeVries designed Greywalls at Marquette GC is demanding, picturesque and a truly joy to play. Already want to return to the UP to play it again.....well worth the trek. I heard many of the members want the nines to be switched up but I like it just the way it is. Starting out from the clubhouse you'll experience one of the longest drives by cart to reach the first tee and a starter shack/halfway house which features one of the most pleasing vistas of Lake Superior and golf holes that you'll find. You even get to preview several holes you'll be playing later so pay attention!! If you've played Black Forest (in Gaylord/Doak's first) and Dunmaglas (Charlevoix) I'd tell you Greywalls is a cross of both of those courses except on steroids.
My impression is that front nine holes were built to intimidate you. Mid to high handicappers...play the middle tees at 5831 yards.....you'll be able to enjoy your day more otherwise I guarantee you'll be a bad mood well prior to reaching the halfway house to medicate.
Your challenge begins with a downhill par 5 with fairway swales and mounds all over....protected by a turtle back green on a hillside. Almost all the greens have several levels or areas....some are a bit over the top but are still very playable and keep your interest/attention at a very high level. Local course knowledge is helpful but even for a first timer like me just concentrating on getting my tee shots and approach shots on a proper line did the trick just allow the elevations and ground to do the work. It was helpful not to know all the trouble that could be had. The 2nd thru 4th holes are demanding but the short uphill tee shot dogleg left par 4 5th with a 100 foot plus rock outcropping to the right of the green site coupled with the up hill par 3 6th were two of the most perfect back to back golf holes I've ever played. The back nine seems to settle down quite a bit...still demanding...just less severe. The Par 5 finishing 18th is a vista pleasing no sand down hill par 5 that funnels your tee shot... reachable in two with a dome in the middle of the green protecting the flats on all sides....a most memorable pleasant finish.
Conditions were top notch and well maintained. The starter that afternoon - Sid (doubling as the halfway house attendant) was outstanding. I hope they put in that sliding glass door for him in the halfway house so all the starters can enjoy the vistas as much as the golfers!! From top to bottom each and every one the staff at Marquette GC is top notch - Director of Golf Marc Gilmore down to the cart attendants and servers in the clubhouse...they are the most welcoming, pleasant folks you'll ever find and an absolute joy to interact with. Easy to see why this track is one of the top 10 you can play in Michigan. It's a gem. Absolutely do not miss playing the Heritage 18 especially if you are fan of old school golf design.....it's just as good from a different perspective. Each of these courses on their own would be worth scheduling a summer trip to the UP.
I have played 5 courses in the so called top 100 in the midwest. This place is by far one of the best courses I will ever play and will be back next year. Played in the spring and conditions were perfect. One of the best layouts I have ever seen through the forest and through the mine. Worth the drive.
GREYWALLS, A TIMELESS BEAUTY
Greywalls Golf Club is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in the city of Marquette. The course's natural beauty was formed by the glaciers and carved into a breathtaking landscape by designer Mike Devries. The giant quartz boulders, which the designer built the course around gives Greywalls a bold and majestic feel. Natural elevation changes, rolling hills, matured trees, plush fairways, thick rough grass off the fairways and great views of Lake Superior come together for a golfers paradise. The day I played Greywalls it was sunny, with a mild breeze and the temperature was in the lower 70's. I played the back tees which has a slope rating of 70.7/138 and measures 6537 yards. There are 5 sets of tee boxes and the Championship tees are 6828 yards with a slope rating of 73/144. Within the beauty of this course lies a beast with a wicked bite. It comes in two forms; the fast, undulating greens and changes in the weather conditions. You will feel the true grit of the beast either way. Pray for sunshine. Standing on the first tee box and admiring the stunning view of Greywalls, I am reminded of rounds I played at Ballybunion in Ireland, and Kingsbarns Golf Links in Scotland and modern courses such as Pelican Hills, Half Moon Bay, and Bodega Bay in California. These prestigious golf courses all take advantage of natural terrain and challenging layout. Greywalls seems to have the best features of all these courses combined into one spectacular golf course. Golfing Greywalls is most exhilarating, and refreshing at the same time. Playing with someone who has local knowledge of the course was better than having a caddy, and much more rewarding. I played well, and made a few birdies, but the best testimony I can give Greywalls is, "I look forward to returning to this side of heaven, and golfing at a course that is both a Beauty and the Beast." My memorable round of golf was made complete by Marc Gilmore, the Director of Golf at Greywalls. I was given a detailed history of the course's humble beginning, it's challenges, and exciting plans for future expansion, including a new club house and state-of-the-art facilities. My delicious meal in the Clubhouse dining room was made special by lively conversation with Jaycie, the long-time Clubhouse Director. Her passion for customer satisfaction, a savoring meal, and a well rounded menu with fresh local foods, added to the charm and grace of Greywalls. The future of Greywalls is made brighter by the dedication of Marc and Jaycie. Their plans for the future of the course will elevate Greywalls from a "Hidden Gem", to "The Gem" of Michigan golf. Course Review Horace Bell (Golf Enthusiast)
Greywalls Course at Marquette Golf Club
Pro: Even though it is in the far northern parts of Michigan in the Upper Pennsulia the course did really well. The layout never was flat and it had lots of elevation change. The greens and fairways were good as well. The course stood out well. Con: I would not recommend to walk this course because of the big elevation changes. Always take a cart. It can be pricy to play there
some great courses are out of the way and off the beaten path - sand hills, bandon dunes & greywalls. I couldn't rate this as 5 stars compared to these courses, but you get the idea, if you are in the area, and Marquette is quite out of the way, this is a must play course, rugged and challenging yet fair and playable. if you're used to country club fluff or muni traffic, be prepared as this will be a big eye opener. At the top of my list of all time favorite courses, its 3hrs drive away for me, so i wish i could play more.