The par-3 fifth hole at Black Lake Golf Club features a waste bunker from tee to green
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4.5
86 Reviews (86)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
11
3 Stars
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2 Stars
1
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.4
89.2%
Recommend this course
80 out of 86 reviews
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4.4
10 Reviews (10)
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.2
90.0%
Recommend this course
9 out of 10 reviews
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4.5
12 Reviews (12)
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.3
91.7%
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11 out of 12 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Traditional
Par 72
Length 7046 yards
Slope 143
Rating 74.8
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Black Lake Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 2000
Fairways Pennlinks & Providence
Greens Providence
Golf Season April - October
Architect Rees Jones (2000) Greg Muirhead (2000)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Mc's Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, MC, AMEX
Metal Spikes Allowed Soft spikes only
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks, Grill

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities, Lockers

Accolades

Reviews

4.5
86 Reviews (86)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 9
Dinner 6
Patio Dining 6
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 14
Elevation Changes 10
Water Hazards 10
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 12
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 10
A Weekend Splurge 10
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 13

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Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great Northern Michigan Golf Facility

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!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great Northern Michigan Golf Course

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

A hidden gem

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.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 27
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

This course has great views

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course Review

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.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 78
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great Day!

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Nice place

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

One of the best

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

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Play a top course

We play as a couple all the courses in Northern Michigan and this is our favorite. It is the best bite for the buck!
Don't miss it as part of your golf experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

An excellent day!

I've played this course before which is exactly why I keep going back. It is an amazingly beautiful course. Fair yet challenging course. Very friendly staff. Clubhouse is beautiful inside and out. If you consider yourself a golfer then you will be glad you played here.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

everything

great we enjoyed it all. I want to play it again and again

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

A not so great experience

No bag person available to load bags. Had to search and then got reluctant help. Grueling 4 hour 45 minute round. No ranger. No beverage cart. Lots of bugs.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Hidden Gem

This is not the first time I have played Black Lake nor will it be the last. This course is ALWAYS in impeccable condition. I brought a group of 20+ guys there. They all loved the course. It suits golfers of all levels with the different tees. You must make the drive to play this course. Group golfer generally runs a promotion in October for this course for $44!! If you don't mind the trip, you have to play this course! The greens putt very true, and the tees and fairways are perfect.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice

The course was nice. We encountered some black nats on the course which was a little annoying. The course was in great condition. The starter was very friendly! For the most part enjoyed our day!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very long round

Great course in good condition. The layout is pretty tight with many uphill and downhill shots. Greens were great.

Bad- the round took 5:28. We called the clubhouse as there were 4 groups on the 5th hole. Ranger said pace of play was on time. Waited 5 minutes on very hole from there on. Ruined the whole round.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 32
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Used cart

Off the beaten path but worth it!!!!

Took a detour off the I-75 beaten path on a trip up to Petosky and it was worth the hour diversion.Played the course on a weds in July on a golfnow hot deal for 35.00.It was well worth that for a course that was in excellent condition.Thought there would be more holes with "elevation"...there were some...just not as many as I had hoped for such as some of the courses in Gaylord have...not a negative by any stretch.The course from tee to green was immaculate.Pace of play was just under 4 hrs on a perfect july afternoon...traps were better than most but not primo...some small rocks/pebbles..just a minor annoyance more than anything,,still give it 5 stars in spite of the sand conditions.If your are in northern Michigan and can get a hotdeal price you will not be dissapointed

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice day at Black Lake!

This is a beautiful golf course! The layout is very challenging but not unfair. Five sets of tee boxes are very nice for us older guys who don't hit it quite as far as we used to. A few bad spots in the fairway that didn't used to be that way back when economic times were better.But still a great course! Everybody had a great time! Thanks!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Most scenic course in Northern Michigan

This is my favorite course in Northern Michigan. It has it all-sand traps, bunkers, hills, ravines and phenomenal scenery. It is well kept and very challenging.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great challenge

If you are playing well not that difficult, however there is sand everywhere you look, so slighty off your game makes for a long day!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Excellent & Challenging Course

Immaculate conditions, terrific clubhouse and food/beverage service and a course that presents tough but fair challenge to mid-to-serious golfers. Well worth the drive to get there as it's only about an hour from Petoskey and you'll be very pleased with the value you get for a very respectable green fee w/ cart!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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