Stoatin Brae at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort

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4.0
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5 Stars
8
4 Stars
4
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2
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1
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2
Conditions
3.9
Value
3.6
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.7
80.1%
Recommend this course
13 out of 17 reviews
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4.3
7
5 Stars
3
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0
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0
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.0
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.6
85.7%
Recommend this course
6 out of 7 reviews
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4.4
9
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.0
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.6
88.9%
Recommend this course
8 out of 9 reviews
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Holes 18
Par 71
Length 6667
Slope 0
Rating 0.0
Type Resort
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Stoatin Brae - Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 71 6667 yards
Black 71 6192 yards
Green 71 5711 yards
Blue 71 4886 yards
Scorecard for Stoatin Brae Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 71.5/122 355 218 435 468 445 561 213 331 563 3589 333 157 379 457 142 368 528 167 547 3078 6667
Black M: 69.2/119 322 207 407 423 393 518 202 307 538 3317 312 152 355 433 124 358 490 128 523 2875 6192
Green M: 66.3/111 322 207 401 309 381 441 120 300 485 2966 293 152 355 386 124 358 454 128 495 2745 5711
Blue W: 62.7/97 291 98 324 268 327 404 97 249 412 2470 262 135 284 347 107 307 414 97 463 2416 4886
Handicap 17 3 1 5 7 9 11 15 13 6 12 10 2 16 4 18 8 14
Par 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 5 36 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 3 5 35 71

Course Details

Year Built 2016
Architect Renaissance Golf Design (2016)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

4.0
17
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4.0
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Previously Played

Course is maturing fast

This course is really starting to show its true challenge. In five years this course will be the best course and challenge in Southwest Michigan. Easily already a top 10 course in the state as far as public access, for the money this course can’t be touched. They are adding the driving range now which is a must. I will have no problem driving from Chicago to play 36 for have the price of sand valley in Wisconsin. The best part of this course so far is the turf. Closest thing to this grass is The Loop and Whistling Straits when it first opened before they softened it up for PGA and now future Ryder Cup. This is a must play !!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course is not mature

New course about 2 years old. Wide fairways. Course lacked a defining trait. Greens immature and bumpy. Would only play at discounted rate.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Stunner! Get here now!

This is an absolutely gorgeous course. Ignore the reviews from 2017, the first year the course was open. Greens were immaculate and the entire course was well maintained. It’s a great looking course with enough difficulty to make it a challenge but not too difficult (thanks to shorter length of some holes).

I would be back to play this again and again if it weren’t 4 hours from home. Glad I got up early and snagged the 7am tee time to enjoy the beautiful course on a beautiful morning!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

It's a Gem.

This Stoatin Brae course has huge potential. First off we loved the cart coolers, kept the beers and jellow shots ice cold all day. It was a perfect Saturday out there, and after some great Charles and Darls BBQ and beers the night before, our glutes were firing early and often. Keeping shots in the fairway is no problem here, so the 2 nephews and I were 7 under at the turn. The greens are perfect and roll true. It's not especially long, and we took advantage of the generous fairways here. We cranked out 6 under on the harder back side, and finished up at -13 for 3 men. Like all of Gull Lake, you can feel the spirit of Darl Scott all over the course, and as we smoked a bowl and enjoyed the spectacular vistas in the twilight, you could imagine his presence. It's a southern Michigan gem, we will be back for more of this one. Keep on Rockin.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great experience on a first time visit.

Really enjoyed the round today. Large fairways but tough rough and don’t go near the heather. Greens are large and challenging. We said the course was a combination of The Meadows, Macatawa Legends And Harbor Shores (greens).

No driving range was the only bummer for the day.

Great views as the whole course seems to on the high point of Kalamazoo county.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course and layout

I enjoyed the course very much was in very good shape

I would play the course again

Has lots of tee boxes to choose from and is a good test from all of them

I think all handicaps will enjoy this course

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

A Lot of Fun

The back 9 has the great land and the front 9 is sneaky fun and very challenging if you get into the rough. The half way house is one of the coolest I've seen anywhere built right into the land. If you are in this area this is a must play!

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

One of SW Michigan's finest public courses already.

Renaissance design has built a gem into some of the best land in the Kalamazoo area. The back 9 is spectacularly laid out.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Stupidest course I ever played

This is truly the stupidest course I've ever played and I've played loads of courses. I suppose one day maybe 5-8 years from now it will soften up (although I will never know cuz I will never be back) but currently it is unplayable. Greens, fairways and tees are firmer than concrete-- they could've saved money and skipped planting grass on greens. Can't even place your ball in front of ball mark without ball rolling away..Pretty scenery but pretty does not mean playable. Save your money- and it is quite a chunk of change- and play anywhere else but here.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Give It Five Years

We (my wife and I) played Stoatin Brae today and were extremely disappointed with pretty much everything.

Starting when we arrived plenty early to warm on the range and get in some practice putts - the course has no range (they can put you back in your car and send you a sister course a couple of miles away) and no practice putting green!!! Seriously I have been golfing for 30 years and have never even seen an 18-hole course without a practice green.

Next the manager had just let out a five-some ahead of us and stated that we could go ahead of them when we caught up to them. The starter then told us that we could go ahead but that there were foursomes stacked ahead of them so there was really no point. No problem we said, we're on vacation and can take our time - which was fine until we arrived at #11 and a ranger pulled up to tell us there would be a shotgun start on 10-15 starting in 40 minutes - the obviousl implication being that we needed to get it in gear (remember we were a twosome playing behind a fivesome).

Ok, the course itself. Most of the fairways and greens themselves were in reasonable shape, but the tees were ridiculous - on most tees, you simply could not get the tee (wood or plastic) into the ground more than ~ 1/2 inch. The areas around many of the greens were extremely beat up, due to uneven watering and wear.

We are golfers who enjoy different courses and experiences, but in our opinion there is no way this course is ready for play. The course itself need more preparation; the staff needs more training (I didn't mention the beverage cart that went roaring past us as we were putting on #18); the amenities need to be put in (ok, I never thought I would refere to aputting green as an amenity). All-in-all this place needs a few more years of preparation before it is ready for play (did I forget to mention that they are charging the highest green fees in the area). The property itself is beautiful, but in my opinion the owners rushed this into use before its time, didn't train the staff properly and have really put themselves behind the 8-ball in terms of providing an enjoyable golf experience for the public.

P.S. In case you think we are just miserable old cranks, we played a different course held by the same ownership group the day before (Stonehedge) and were favorably impressed with the quality of the golf and most of the ancillary features.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
First Time Playing

be ready and watch your expectations

played this course with 3 other friends. i understand the course is new and hasn't somewhat taken hold yet but i feel the course isnt very playable, especially the greens and the area around the greens. the course is picturesque and most fairways are ok but the greens have very little way to receive approach shots. you have to play at least 2 clubs down most of the time and if you miss your run up, you are overly penalized with sharp run offs and no acceptable collection areas. on top of that, the greens in some cases are not puttable either because of the condition or the speed. i more enjoyed walking the heather and finding golf balls than making my next shot. if you are a bogey golfer like me sprinkled with 6 or so pars in a round, i would really prepare yourself for a frustrating round. i hope the owners realize they could lose return golfers for the current cost and make some course saving changes.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Sunday afternoon round

I went to play this course with my son on a Sunday afternoon. We were able to get off earlier then our tee time but promptly met up with a very slow foursome (looked like there were 4 foursomes stacked up that were slow). No offer to play through for us but at the same time there was no ranger on the course. Since I had lots of time between shots I was able to walk through the gourse and find golf balls (so there is a benefit to slow play). Course will be fantastic after another year of maturity and I will be back then.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Amazing

Was blown away. Yes the course has to mature, but when it does, I believe it will be a top 5 Michigan course. Also has cooler and ball washer on carts, halfway snack shop called Bunkers built into a hill. Best par 3's and even seen a baby coyote chilling on the green I was on.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

A must play if you are in the KZOO/BC MI Area

I have personally played at most private and public courses in the area and by far this is the BEST course design. The Scott family has raised the bar with this new course. The views are awesome!!!! Members of our group kept commenting, "we feel we are in Northern Michigan playing golf".

Challenging layout, but fair and playable for all players. The big hitters in my 4 foursome were brought back to the pack because it requires shot making and patience to navigate this course. If you have a pull hook shot or a bad slice, bring plenty of golf balls.

"The Bunker" (half way house) is so unique and creative. Good selection of snacks and drinks.

Give this new course 2-3 years to grew in and it will be the top rated course in SW Michigan and even Western Michigan (book it!!!). However, it is high quality in it's current condition.

The customer service was above average (A+), typical for Gull Lake View staff.

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I highly recommend this course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Solid Addition to SW MI Golf

Thought the piece of property and land was very impressive, highest point in battle creek area it seemed and you can see clear from one end of the course to the other. very impressive how the holes are shaped to the land and not vice versa.

The green complexes were absolutely fantastic, all the greens i thought were pretty small in size. which became even smaller when you take into effect the complexes. even in early growth thou they played rather firm today but rolled so true.

the start of the round, holes 1-5 were pretty uneventful, felt like you just go back and forth (one hole north, one hole south, etc.) with 4 par 4s. Once you get to the par 5 6th thou the round really started to become something great

i do have to say i think the back nine is one of the finest collections of holes ive played in a while. the 3 par threes are absolutely phenomenal. the par 5s feature favorable landing areas and great greens made pars feel great, imagine birdies feel even better. the stretch of 10-14 was just spectacular.

overall i would def say as the course grows in it will only become even better. peak season i would pay in the $105-85 range for this course when its fully grown in. Doaks associates did a spectacular job routing the course with the land and i left thoroughly pleased. Wind howled all day and made for a very difficult scoring round, but still had a great time. highly recommend it

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Only going to get better!!!

Very nice course that will continue to improve over the summer and in the coming years. Fair layout. The greens ran smooth but not overly fast. By design it is a rugged, natural, links style golf course. No trees to speak of, rolling hills, some blind tee shots. Not much else like it in Southwest Lower Michigan. It all adds up to a very enjoyable round of golf. Worth it.

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

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