Golf Advisor Icon
Rating Index Rating
Tooltip Information Icon
4.4
2 Reviews (2)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.0
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
5.0
Pace
5.0
Amenities
4.4
100.0%
Recommend this course
2 out of 2 reviews
Read Reviews
Average Rating
Avg Rating
0
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
0
Value
0
Layout
0
Friendliness
0
Pace
0
Amenities
0
0%
Recommend this course
Read Reviews
Average Rating
Avg Rating
0
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
0
Value
0
Layout
0
Friendliness
0
Pace
0
Amenities
0
0%
Recommend this course
Read Reviews

About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Links
Par 67
Length 5445 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A

Previously known as Grand Hotel Golf Course.

Course Details

Year Built 1901
Golf Season Open: 5/01 Closed: 11/01

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fee
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes - "Grand Junior Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Available Sports

FootGolf

Reviews

4.4
2 Reviews (2)
Advanced Filters
Overall Rating
Recommended
Handicap
Age
Type of Golfer
Gender
Played On
Reviews 60
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Michigan Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Spectacular golf on a spectacular island

I come to Mackinac Island often, but I had never played the Jewel. I'm very glad I did, because it's a wonderful golf experience with some of the best views you'll see on a course.

While playing the first nine, you can feel the history. You're playing golf right next to the famous Grand Hotel and right below the governor's mansion. It's a short nine, but the doglegs, water hazards, and the 245 yard par 3 7th make it more difficult than you'd think. Speaking of the 7th (a hole recently showcased by Pure Michigan), you'll want to take a moment on the tee box and take in the history and gorgeous northern Michigan views before trying to achieve a difficult par.

After you're done playing the short front nine (with some deceivingly fast greens), you hop onto a taxi carriage and take a ride to the top of the island to play the back nine. I didn't think the views on the front nine could be beaten until I got to the back. Holes 10, 17, and 18 all give you glimpses of the Mackinac Bridge and the upper peninsula and the rest are set in a beautiful and dense forest. Those holes (10,17,18) with views of the Straits of Mackinac get very windy and there's a good chance you'll have a plane or two fly over since it's right next to the airport. It's a much longer set of holes with a lot of elevation changes and some tight tee shots thrown in the mix. Both nines are extremely fun golf.

I don't think you'll find a more unique course anywhere else. The history, carriage ride, and contrast between nines are a rare occurrence- one you should experience for yourself.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 288
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Walked

Hits the spot on historic Mackinac Island

There are bucket list golf destinations all over Michigan. Car-free Mackinac Island, however, is a bucket list historic summer destination with family-friendly, complementary golf.

The Jewel is part of the legendary Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, one of the historic icons in Midwest hospitality. The Jewel's original nine holes play right next door. It's a modest but interesting nine with uphill and downhill holes. The par-3 7th is certainly the signature: a downhill shot over 200 yards to a green guarded on each side by water.

What's really interesting is the back nine is separated by a 1.5-mile horse ride deep into the island' interior to the Woods nine. This nine is a little longer and in dense woods. Unfortunately, we only got in a few holes on this nine before being rained out, but I drove the entire course and there are some really good holes, included a meaty, narrow par 5 with an elevated green.

Afterwards, stop inside the historic Woods restaurant and throw a few balls of duckpin bowling. Or, have dinner or drinks outside at the Jockey Club at the main clubhouse, part of the Grand Hotel.

The Jewel is one of the more unique and family-friendly options anywhere. And that goes for the whole of Mackinac Island, too.

Conditions Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Nearby Courses
Mackinac Island, Michigan
4.4285714286
2
Carp Lake, Michigan
5.0
3
Carp Lake, Michigan
0.0
0
Cheboygan, Michigan
0.0
0
Cedarville, Michigan
3.8333333333
3
Hessel, Michigan
3.6667
9
Mullett Lake, Michigan
4.5
2

Stay & Play Offers

From $178
Valid dates: May 05, 2020 - Dec 31, 2020
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OTTER CREEK STAY & PLAY PACKAGES The packages shown below are all special rates and designed for the golfer. Each has its own unique offerings, choose any of them and enjoy your stay and enjoy your golfing!
Now Reading
New Cookie Policy
WE AND OUR PARTNERS USE COOKIES ON THIS SITE TO IMPROVE OUR SERVICE, PERFORM ANALYTICS, PERSONALIZE ADVERTISING, MEASURE ADVERTISING PERFORMANCE, AND REMEMBER WEBSITE PREFERENCES. BY USING THE SITE, YOU CONSENT TO THESE COOKIES. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON COOKIES INCLUDING HOW TO MANAGE YOUR CONSENT VISIT OUR COOKIE POLICY.
CONTINUE