Chestnut Valley Golf Course

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About

Holes 19
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6406 yards
Slope 125
Rating 71.8
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6406 yards 71.8 125
White 72 6007 yards 69.5 118
Red (W) 72 5166 yards 72.1 116
Scorecard for Chestnut Valley
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 70.0/121 468 373 174 500 397 512 149 540 350 3463 361 135 325 428 165 380 525 211 513 3043 6506
White M: 67.9/113 430 355 152 488 370 482 140 520 325 3262 340 110 270 335 140 370 500 185 495 2745 6007
Red W: 69.4/124 378 250 129 432 323 398 135 475 275 2795 300 100 240 318 128 295 430 135 425 2371 5166
Handicap 3 7 13 11 1 9 15 5 17 16 18 14 2 12 4 8 6 10
Par 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 5 4 37 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 3 5 35 72
Handicap (W) 5 11 17 1 9 7 15 3 13 12 18 10 8 16 4 2 14 6

Course Details

Year Built 1994
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect Larry Mancour

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

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The Chestnut Valley Golf Course & Restaurant is a semi-private facility that opened for play in 1994. The course was designed by local PGA professional Larry Mancour and is located in Harbor Springs, Michigan. Chestnut Valley plays 6,506 yards from the back tees with a course rating of 69.9 and a slope of 120. A second set of tees plays 6,007 yards (67.8/114), while ladies will have an enjoyable time from the Red Tees at 5,166 yards (68.4/116). Choose the set of tees that best match your game and you’ll have a good time. Chestnut Valley has been awarded a 4-star rating from Golf Digest.

Chestnut Valley gets its name from the American Chestnut Tree, which is very rare. The golf course is fortunate to have one of the few remaining American Chestnut Trees in the nation, located between the 10th and 11th holes. Everyone’s best guess is that this one is around 125 years old. The course sits within a beautiful log home community in Michigan’s northern hardwood forest.

You won’t find anything fancy at Chestnut Valley; what you will find is a fun, friendly and affordable golf experience that will test even the best of golfers and leave everyone who plays with some fond memories. The front nine plays over 400 yards longer than the back regardless of which tees you play. It’s also a par 37 with a 3rd par 5 thrown in. The front nine cuts its way through the Northern Michigan forest and can be a little tight in spots, while the back nine is considerably shorter and more forgiving. The course has well-groomed Bermuda fairways and mildly undulating Bentgrass greens. If you’re still tied after the round or need to recoup some losses, there’s a short par 3, 19th hole.

Before your round you can warm up Chestnut Valley’s full-length driving range and take a few putts on the practice green to get an idea what you’ll be facing once you get out on the course.

Memorable Holes (All Yardage is From the White Tees)

Number 5, Par 4, 370 yards. It may not be the longest par 4 on the course, but according to the scorecard, it is the most difficult. It’s a slight dogleg right with a strategically placed fairway bunker that awaits errant tee shots on the left. With trees bearing in on the fairway on the right, the landing area tends to look small. The approach shot plays uphill and will require at least one extra club. There is a lot of undulation in the green as well. A word of advice: Try and keep your approach shot below the hole.

Number 6 Par 5, 482 yards. There is no trouble on this hole other than the trees that line both sides of the fairway. Play your tee shot down the left center of the fairway, if you can hit a fade, even better. A good tee shot will give you a look into the green and the opportunity to get home in two, The green angles away from you and is wide left to right but shallow front to back. A back left pin placement can be tricky.

Number 9, Par 4, 325 yards. There’s something about a short hole that is exciting, however this shorty is no pushover. Accuracy is more important than distance here as trees line the right side and the driving range is OB on the left. All you need to do off the tee is find the fairway. A lone pot bunker on the left can ruin what you thought was a perfect tee shot. There’s also another bunker guarding the front left side of the green. The green slopes back to front, so play your approach shot just short of the green and watch it funnel down.

Number 11: Par 3, 110 yards. A short par three with a difficult green. Your tee shot needs to be deadly accurate as a bunker guards the right side of the green. The green slopes left to right and should you fly the green, just head to the drop area. Short off the tee is much better than long.

Number 12, Par 4, 270. A quick look at the scorecard and you’re thinking drivable green. Not so fast; it’s uphill and plays a lot longer than indicated. For those of you that decide not to go for the gusto, be warned: There’s a fairway bunker about 200 yards out on the right and a grass berm about 240 yards out on the left. A bunker back right tends to catch long shots. Hit it on the road to the right and just go ahead and retee. If you’re putting from the lower level of this two-tiered green (front right and rear left) be sure to hit it hard enough to get up the hill or you’ll be doing it all over again. A short hole that can provide unfavorable results if played incorrectly.

Number 15. Par 4, 370 yards. This is the beginning of what may be the best four finishing holes in the area. A well-placed bunker waits for anything hit right and a large gully awaits any approach shot that is hit short, making it necessary to carry the green. The green slopes upward from front to back. Play this hole down the right side to have the best angle into the green. Mishit your tee shot and you’ll probably have to layup in front of the gully.

Number 18: Par 5, 495 yards. This double dogleg par 5 starts out to the right and then comes back left, only to go right again. You’ll need a good tee shot to make it to the crest of the hill, which will give you a good look downhill into the green. The landing area for your tee shot is narrow with fairway and grass bunkers populating the landing area of your layup shot. There’s also some heather on the right side that needs to be avoided. Two solid shots will leave a short pitch into the green and a good chance at par or better.

Dining

After your round, stop by the restaurant for some well-prepared food and your favorite post-golf libations. They offer both lunch and dinner menus and have some of the best grilled chicken sandwiches and burgers in the area. After 5pm, the dinner menu kicks in, with entrees such as an 8 oz. Center Cut Sirloin or Sautéed Walleye. All entrees are served with potatoes, vegetables and a dinner roll. On Fridays it’s all you can eat perch night and Saturday features slow roasted prime rib. There’s also a complete kids menu. No wonder many of the locals show up just for the food.

Stay and Play

Although there are no accommodations on property, Chestnut Valley has teamed up with a few local providers to offer some stay and play packages. The Crooked River Lodge is located about 10 minutes east of the golf course and offers cozy log cabin rentals. Trout Creek offers vacation condominium rentals and Land Masters offers both condos and vacation homes. Visit the Chestnut Valley website for more information.

Last Word: It’s not high class or over the top; what you see is pretty much what you get at Chestnut Valley. General Manager Lloyd Swadling IV has put together a friendly and knowledgeable staff who not only go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your time here, but can also offer some tips on how to best play the course. Out here you’ll find that the course can be somewhat challenging and if you start to get overwhelmed, just look around at the natural beauty and terrific views that God has created. Chestnut Valley offers good values for both golf and food and is well worth checking out if you’re in the area.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Hidden Gem

Friendly bagstaff helped us with our bags, went out right at our tee time and never had to wait for other groups. Pace of play was great. Front 9 is cut through the woods so its a little tight, but the back 9 is shorter and more forgiving. Had a great time and prices are lowest in the area. I would definitley recommend this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Valid dates: Apr 13, 2019 - Apr 16, 2019
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1875 Club House Dr, Harbor Springs, Michigan 49740, Emmet County
(231) 526-9100
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