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4.5
42 Reviews (42)
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.0
93.1%
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38 out of 42 reviews
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4.9
7 Reviews (7)
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4.7
Value
4.6
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.9
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.9
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4.8
18 Reviews (18)
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Conditions
4.6
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4.5
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.6
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4.1
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4.8
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Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Links
Par 71
Length 6667 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A
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Stoatin Brae - Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort
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Course Details

Year Built 2016
Architect Renaissance Golf Design (2016)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Snacks

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Michigan (2019 #23)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Most Improved U.S. Golf Courses (2018 #10)

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4.5
42 Reviews (42)
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Reviews 7
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Wonderful

Awesome course layout in great condition. I wish I lived nearby so I could play it again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

Great conditions on the course. Food was lacking, but that was more sue to the pandemic than the facility.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Perfectly Firm

Incredible course on an amazing piece of property. I read some reviews about the course not playing as firm as it should and got a little worried, but it seems like they heard the reviews and the course was playing as fast and firm as possible. It was wonderfully baked out and made for a super fun round of golf with all the slopes, especially around the greens.

My only two very minor improvements would be: 1) pin sheets. There are a couple blind shots, and since it was my first time i got fooled by a couple pins. Would be nice to have a pin sheet especially with the awesome greens. 2) maybe it has to do with the grass, but the turf right around the greens didnt seem to be playing as fast as the rest of the course. It almost seemed sticky like bermuda or something. My only complaint with this is that it made some of the slopes off the green tougher to use, but certainly not a big deal.

Overall, amazing course and can't wait to get back

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

First visit..

Went on Saturday to learn the course for upcoming tournament. I ended up being a single. 8:30 am. Thick fog for the first three holes, lost 3 balls as I had no idea where it went. Couldn't see anything. I asked a couple in front if I could join them as I needed some local knowledge due to low visibility. Friendly people! Once the fog lifted..absolutely beautiful! I stopped several times during my round just to take in the beauty. Golf is more than just about the score. Now.. about the playing. If you miss the fairway, odds of finding your ball are about 50/50 and odds of saving par probably 20/80. The greens were very slow that day. But its early in the season and with the State shutdown thing going on, I understand. If the greens were shaved and rolled, the undulating greens would probably make it a US Open venue. Not the longest course in the world, but once you're on it you'll be thankful. I played front 9 with a driver and paid the price of barely missing faiways...shot well over. I played back 9 with a 2 iron and shot par. From the fairways, this course is gettable. Perfect fairways and approachable greens will allow you a lifetime low score. Off the fairway and you could be considering a new hobby. Loved this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 28
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course! ...really slow greens

Second time playing the course. Absolutely love the layout. Lot of fun! Only issue for me is is That this is a links style course but the fairways and greens were so long that there was no roll out in fairways and you had to hammer putts. The greens shouldn’t be lightning fast because it would be impossible with all the undulation, but they can’t be so slow you have to hit downhill putts hard still. Medium pace greens would have made it a perfect round.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course to play

I brought a group of six friends out that hadn’t played the course. After our 4 1/2 hour round we meet in the restaurant (Blue Stem) to swap stories. My friends told me they loved the course and couldn’t wait to play it again next year. The also thought the Bunker (halfway house) was the best thing they had ever seen on a golf course. Overall it was a great day to play with friends and finish out the 2019 season.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 60
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Michigan Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Walked

Exceptional course with potential to be even better

Stoatin has some incredible architecture for a pretty good value. It's very walkable and the routing makes a lot of sense as you're playing. The stretch from 10-15 is one of the best collections of holes I've ever played. The land on that portion of the property is outstanding. These holes don't take away from the ones rounted on the flatter section of the property. Visual deception, bunkering, tall heather, and demanding greens make those holes a blast to play. Renaissance did a great job with this course. The reason this is not a 5-star course to me is the conditioning. I believe if Stoatin Brae played firm and fast, it would be, without question, one of the best in Michigan. When I played, it was rather soft and the fairways were pretty grown out. I can tell it was designed for more of a ground game approach, but that just doesn't work as well as you need it to. By all means, get to Stoatin as fast as you can. I just think it can be even better.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

An Absolute Gem! Put it on your must play list!

Disregard some of the early reviews for Stoatin Brae, this course has grown into itself and will continue to get better with each passing year. Played an early morning round a few weeks ago at Stoatin Brae and could not have been more impressed with the quality of this course. From the friendly, welcoming gentleman in the pro shop, to the impeccable course conditioning, to the challenging but fair and fun layout, and the best views in the area - this course is an absolute must play if you’re in the area. The front opens up and gently eases you into the round, allowing you to get a feel for the course and the conditions. Once you make the turn you’ll feel like you’re in a whole new world of dramatic elevation changes and undulation that makes finding a level lie a challenge. Get out and play this course while it’s still under the radar. I’ve played most of the top public courses in the state, and Stoatin Brae is every bit as good and it would not surprise me at all to start seeing it on some of the “best of” lists soon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course. Greens were not tricked up, but a few of the pin positions were diffulcul

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Tough but fair test

Lovely course in a lovely location. Very tough, but fair. Rough can be punishing, so accuracy over distance is key.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 38
Handicap 15-19
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Enjoyable

Great track. Forces you to think about your shots. Keep the ball in play and out of the high grass and you can score. Hit them straight out there.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Stoatin Brae

Played this course for the first time last weekend and it was awesome. It did play tight from the blacks and when I play it again I would be prepared for less than driver from most tees. Loved the small, undulating, tortoise shell greens. Very Donald Ross esque. They all putted fast and true. Not a pimple on the greens. The fairways were extremely nice and hard (rare for this region) which really allowed one to use the bounce on the club and avoid digging when trying to generate spin. Only negative is the price. We played at peak time on a weekend do the $94 loop was a bit much. Next time will get up earlier to take advantage of the discounted rates. It’s made my regular course rotation and I highly recommend it to others..

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 210
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked

Brilliant Midwest minimalism

As recent years have taught us, less is more when it comes to golf course design. And Tom Doak's Renaissance Golf Design associates absolutely nailed their design of Stoatin Brae, which uses the natural terrain, rather than extemporaneous shaping, to create compelling golf.Firm turf, generous corridors and sneaky greens all provide a challenge that delights any golfer.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Range balls

Everything was perfect, but when booking through GN range balls were included in price. But we had to pay for range balls at course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Challenging Course!

Challenging! Bring extra balls, grass very thick and can lose a ball a foot off the fairway!. Beautiful setting, greens were awesome and the fairways were tight!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Phenomenal Golf course!

Arrived at the Stoatin Brae golf course early morning on a Monday. Staff were happy to see us and quickly had us loaded up and ready to go. Range facility was decent and offered a great elevated view of the surrounding countryside as you warmed up. The course was in great shape and found to have some diabolical green complexes. Greens ran smooth and were a reasonable speed. Do not believe that they can get the greens much past 11 stimp as they would severely limit usable pin locations.
Layout was exceptional (Renaissance design comp- Tom Doak influence) with very generous landing areas from the tee boxes. I would compare it to Arcadia South (without the immaculate conditioning). Do not hesitate to go play now as I can see rates skyrocketing as soon as it gets polished and popular. You will not be disappointed!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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