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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6965 yards
Slope 142
Rating 73.8

Course Details

Year Built 2001
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect Ray Hearn (2001)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Amex MasterCard Visa Discover card(s) Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Snacks

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

4.9
8 Reviews (8)
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Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Awesome Course!

Love this course, its a hidden gem, not sure why don't hear more about it, one of best courses in Michigan. Facilities are modest, course is awesome. Great layout, each hole is your private sanctuary, excellent greens, excellent conditioning. Highly recommend!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 35
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Michigan Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Group Golfer Deal Steal on this course - Bucket list course

As state we did play under group golf coupon for $30, which was a real bargain. The course to me was two different 9's when it comes to difficulty We played the blue tees for 13 to 24 handicap. The opening 9 seemed a bit easier, only 100 yards shorter than the back 9. The back 9 starts out as brute par 4 399 yards, shortest par 5 with an elevated green with sand trap in front you can't see the green or flag and side sloping green if your on the wrong side you will not stop the ball near the hole, Next par 5 with split fairway. These three holes can sink your round. All the greens have more slope than undulation, being in the below the hole is a premium. Staff is very friendly, club pro took the time to go thru the holes where to and not to play. I gave average on the amenities we did not see the beverage cart until we started the 10th hole and only saw it once more on the back 9, after being advertised cart was on the course. Comment was made group of 16 on back were getting extra attention. Fortunately we purchase something to drink and there are many coolers on the course with water. This should not be reflective of the staff, they all treated everyone well. Just a little misstep not taking into consideration those others on the course and perhaps something to avoid in the future by management. Overall this is must play in Michigan and should be on your bucket list golf courses. It was one of mine and I was not disappointed and neither were others in our group.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fun, fantastic layout

Hemlock is a must-play course if you are in the area. The design is fantastic, and definitely forces you to think. Accuracy is a premium off the tee, but the course has decent width and is playable as long as you select the right tees for your game. Highly recommend, and hope to return again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Fun,fun,fun

This place has the best conditioning. I had a blast playing here. The tee boxes were perfect. The greens were perfect. Please play here. It was my favorite round this year.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great and Unique Course

This is a challenging course with lots of tee box options. The course uses massive sand waste areas to create a unique look and challenges. Split fairway on one hole is fun and difficult. Highly recommend this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 507
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Exposed sandy soil gives the Hemlock a unique look and feel

The Hemlock gets lost in the crowded northern Michigan golf landscape, simply because there's such limited nearby hotel options in the summer and the clubhouse is still temporary. The golf course, though, stands out as one of the best examples of architect Ray Hearn's creativity. He used the sandy dunes in one section of the property to build its most interesting holes - the par-4 third and the controversial par-5 12th. The third green can be driven, but only by a great shot that avoids a massive sand hazard. No. 12 needs some tweaks to make it better, but I'm a fan of the approach shot over a shapely sand dune. If you chose the right side of the fairway on your second shot, it leaves a blind approach to find the hidden green. It's not any easier even if you can see the green from the left side of the fairway. Tall trees and a few elevation drops (like the par-3 13th hole) provide the traditional northern Michigan ambiance golfers love.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Fantastic Course, A Hidden Gem!

Fantastic golf course, conditions were exceptional. The golfing experience and uniqueness of the course immediately vaulted it into my top 5 in the state. The course definitely has the "up north" feel, but with a distinctly "southern coast" influence. There are quite a few holes that, if you dropped someone off that didn't know where they were, would immediately think they were playing a course in the coastal Carolinas or Georgia. Tall pines and hardwoods, large waste areas and wetlands, and dunes and bunkering that are unlike any other course in the state, with maybe the exception of The Grande in Jackson being close behind. The course feels very natural in the sense that I didn't feel any holes were shoehorned in or contrived, each one is different and many are very memorable. Because of it's location, the course is relatively flat, with subtle undulations. Greens are large and receptive, and were in beautiful shape. The fairways were also in great shape, and are well proportioned - landing areas are generous but not huge.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Challenging

Very challenging, monstrous sand traps, huge waste areas. Beautiful and fun, if you're hitting well. If not, bring lots of balls.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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