The Cedar River at Shanty Creek

4.7607647059 4.8 stars from 5 (64)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6980 yards
  • Slope: 144
  • Rating: 73.6
  • Layout

  • 5780 Shanty Creek Rd, Bellaire, Michigan 49615, Antrim County
  • (800) 678-4111, (231) 533-8621, (231) 533-6076
  • www.shantycreek.com
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Year built: 1999
Architect(s): Tom Weiskopf (1999)
Type: Resort
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bent Grass
Golf Season: Open: 4/15 Closed: 10/31

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6980 yards 73.6 144
Blue 72 6530 yards 71.2 136
White 72 5965 yards 69.3 126
White (W) 72 5965 yards 74.8 145
Red 72 5315 yards 70.5 128

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 64 Reviews
5 stars:
45
4 stars:
18
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

61 out of 62 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers a weekend splurge   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes forced carries   Great for drinks  

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"Outstanding"


HOTSPOTTS's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Illinois Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I do not honor many courses with 5 stars. Cedar is in immaculate shape. Refer to my 6/10/17 review. Not only did I play Cedar River this day I also enjoyed another wonderful round with different pins on 6/9/18 with the same consistent notes. One of my very favorite courses to play it never gets old...fortunate that I've probably played over 30 plus rounds here. An outstanding fun playable design by Weiskopf with proper challenges. A few of "stupid holes" (5, 13 & 18) that you have to play a few times to understand them but from start to finish a truly enjoyable track. Highly Highly recommended.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"Beautiful course"


mikerrudy's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Virtually no one playing course but us. Great conditions, beautiful greens, perfect tees staff very friendly. Probably one of the golf gems in upper Michigan. We have played this course numerous times and have never been disappointed . Fantastic course layout with interesting holes. Woods, heather, water you name it they have it. Cedar River hole is fun to play!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Golf Course"


Bucks9395's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/07/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

I’ve played most of the nicer public courses in Michigan...this one ranks right up there with any of them. Extremely playable, scenic, and in great condition.


I recommend this course


"Great course!"


keschu110's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played on a hot Saturday afternoon and never waited on a hole. Course was in great shape. Only negative would be to have balls supplied on driving range. $7 for a bucket when you have paid for a round of golf isn't necessary


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u956384828's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2017
Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Terrific Course"


Joeknows2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Doesn't Play as long as yardage because of mostly elevated tees. Absolutely a beauty !!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Lots of fun!"


u000003380273's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played this course in a constant rain and had a great time! It had been raining for 24 hours before we played but course drained very well, we were able to drive carts everywhere, and geeens were excellent! Great Weiakopf layout and incredible views and topography! Play this course!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Cedar River Bellaire Michigan"


u378471032's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One of the most beautiful courses I have ever played! If you want a spectacular course to play in Northwestern Michigan this summer or fall choose this course you will not be disappointed.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Do not play on a Saturday"


emiliocan's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Like they say in the movies, rack them and stack them.

5 1/2 hour round of golf is far too long. Simply you cannot get into any golfing rhythm and too top it off the marshall come along and asks to play faster.

How can you when you too groups waiting at a tee off box waiting to play, that was an insult to injury.

This was just shameful as the course is tour quality with great elevation changes with greens to match

I will play this course again but not on a week end.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



izzylipscomb's avatar
Age:  65+
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2017

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"A must play"


JoanneCle's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Outstanding in all respects: course layout; tees, fairways and greens; variations in elevation; difficulty level; pace of play; you name it.... Eager to replay and we will soon.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u473229022's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"#25 you can play in Michigan (Golf Digest)"


HOTSPOTTS's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Illinois Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Cedar River is one of my all time favorite courses. I'd play it every day if I was forced to. Sporty in areas and always challenging yet forgiving. An outstanding back nine routing with 3 3's, 3 4's and 3 5's. Except for the quirky short par 4 13th which you have to play 5 times or more to understand it. The 12th hole is one of my favorite par 4's to play and the par 3 14th downhill towards the Cedar River is always an adventure. Great facilities and in wonderful condition. 4.75 stars.....my only downgrade is the range which goes straight up hill so you don't get a good read on distance/flight paths when warming up. Well deserving of its place in the top 25 you can play in MI. A very good value if you play twilight or get a hotdeal.....and friendly folks. Several other courses nearby part of Shanty Creek - Legend, Schuss and Summit. Hawk's Eye and The Chief also nearby so you have 6 courses minutes from each other as well with the town of Bellaire down the hill where Short's Beer is located. All 6 are worth a play. Cheers!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 06/14/2017

Brandon - thanks for your kind words. I travel to Northern Michigan at least once a season to play mainly at the Shanty Creek area courses and venture out to other courses from there from time to time. This year included an adventure to experience Marquette GC in the UP. I don't use twitter much but my handle is John Spotts@spottersgolf. Next on my list is figuring out a way to get on Culver Golf Course (Culver Academy in Indiana) which is a newly restored 100pct Langford/Moreau nine holer.....I'm a huge fan of their designs. Do you have any connects? Cheers sir and an honor to be contributor to the cause.


Commented on 06/14/2017

Were you just on a northern Mich golf trip? Thanks for all the reviews. Let me know if you have a Twitter or IG handle.


"Wonderful Greens!"


u000003041083's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/18/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had heavy mist in the morning for about 8 holes. The course was well maintained and the greens were impeccable! Couldn't hardly find a ball mark on them and they rolled beautifully and true even wet. They were pretty fast for a moist day. A real treat. They are going to close the course on the following Sunday and it was still in such wonderful shape! There were only 2 twosomes on the course that day. It was great. They only had the proshop open, no drinks or food available since closing in 5 days.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Perfect"


nspafab's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in the best shape it's been in all year. Had the entire 18 to my self. Love playing here!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Cedar River is a MUST PLAY"


LETHAL30LEFTY's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/11/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Played C.R. as a replay to The Legend, which I had played earlier that morning. I didn't think this course would top the Legend, but I was wrong. Although I enjoyed the layout better at Legend, I was no disappointed at CR.

Every hole is cut from the deep forests of Northern Michigan. WIDE Fairways, and tough green complexes. Some raised, but all guarded by huge bunkers. Some forced carries off the tee, but overall very playable and I still can't get over how well it was maintained for mid October.

Great value - played 36 holes for $85 that day and can't wait to return. I was thrilled to shoot in the 70s on both courses as I was challenged immensely. Shanty creek - You're doing alot of things right up there!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Awesome"


dogfrank's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/06/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Best course there is! Everyone need to play it!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Very enjoyable round of golf"


u000007977905's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/01/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Couldn't complain about a single thing. Perfect day on a beautiful golf course in perfect condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"cedar river"


u000003114213's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice round on a great day. Fairways & greens were in great shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Course-Great Price"


mengelmeyer's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/19/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Awesome course that will challenge any player. Wide range of tees from which to play...and course played long with the damp (following a rain) fairways. All surfaces were in superb condition...the best of all the courses we played in the Shanty Creek area. Pace of play was outstanding.....we owned it for the most part...and we got a great deal on a "Hot Deal" at GolfNow.com.....35 smackers.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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