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Hidden River Golf & Casting Club

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4.9
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5 Stars
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.8
Value
4.9
Layout
4.9
Friendliness
4.9
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.8
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58 out of 58 reviews
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4.8
Value
5.0
Layout
5.0
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4.8
Amenities
5.0
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5.0
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 7101 yards
Slope 138
Rating 74.3
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7101 yards 74.3 138
Blue 72 6638 yards 72.2 131
White 72 6104 yards 69.4 125
Gold (W) 72 5512 yards 71.8 127
Gold 72 5512 yards 66.7 118
Red 72 4787 yards 67.4 116
Scorecard for Hidden River
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 74.3/138 382 406 176 461 549 469 636 456 159 3694 390 522 344 205 379 243 426 541 357 3407 7101
Blue M: 72.1/131 340 380 166 422 527 442 600 424 148 3449 346 499 328 199 371 221 379 513 333 3189 6638
White M: 69.4/125 330 321 159 387 499 388 580 341 142 3147 335 468 320 185 348 139 366 496 300 2957 6104
Gold M: 66.7/118 W: 71.8/127 282 284 140 334 474 335 527 314 130 2820 278 435 284 167 330 132 308 481 277 2692 5512
Red W: 67.4/116 228 248 120 263 432 325 443 296 77 2432 234 416 231 97 309 116 264 456 232 2355 4787
Handicap 13 9 17 7 11 1 5 3 15 14 18 6 12 4 16 8 2 10
Par 4 4 3 4 5 4 5 4 3 36 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 13 11 17 9 5 3 1 7 15 14 12 6 16 2 18 8 4 10

Course Details

Year Built 1997
Golf Season Open: 5/01 Closed: 10/01
Architect Bruce Matthews III (1997)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Fivesomes Allowed No
Walking Allowed No
Dress code Proper golfing attire required: no jeans, cut-offs, tank tops, halter tops, or tee shirts.

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4.9
58

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
19th Hole Scenic Views 6
Drinks 6
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 8
Bunkers 7
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 8
Playing Multiple Courses 7
Locals 6
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 9

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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Hidden River is a Hidden Gem

My wife and I golfed here for the first time despite living in the near vicinity (Traverse City). I have often heard of this course but never been there. It is my loss. The setting is peaceful and beautiful. There is an excellent oversite of the course flow by the player assistants (thanks Mike) and the staff is friendly and helpful. The layout of the course is stunning and varied, with both open area holes (of course bracketed by water) and wooded holes along the river. Sitting at the outdoor patio post round overlooking the river we saw a mink working along the river's edge. Great ending to a great day at a new favorite course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Highly recommend the Hidden River Golf Club in Brutus, Michigan!

I just can not say enough about the great experience we had playing at the Hidden River Golf Club! My bud and I lucked out in that we played on a Monday which is seniors day, so the price half the normal rate. Given the excellent quality of the course, greens, facilities and staff, it would have been a bargain still at the full rate. I found the staff to be very polite and professional from the moment we dropped our bags to checking in to getting assistance on the course (this being our first time playing Hidden River). The fairways were lush and well tended to. Old divots were not and issue--and the staff reminded us to attend to ours as well. The greens were well manicured, without any dry patches and rolled very true. Most of the fairways are lined with tall straight trees--very picturesque (so long as you stay out of jail). We highly enjoyed both playing the course and the scenic views. While we did not dine at their restaurant, the facilities were all very clean and, again, the staff were both helpful and extremely polite.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Excellent course

Great up north course. Well laid out and kept in great condition. Even with rain the day we played, greens were fast. Highly recommend!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Course, Great Restaurant

What a treat! Great scenery on almost every hole. Thoroughly enjoyed playing this northern Michigan wooded gem.

We stayed for dinner and found a fresh menu with a variety of the chef's creations. Our table of 8 tried a variety of dinners and everyone enjoyed their meal thoroughly.

There's a full wine list and a full bar. It was a great way to top off our round of golf on a great course. I would recommend this course to any golfer of any skill level.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Up North Michigan Golf at its finest!!

Put Hidden River on your Up North Golf Course bucket list!

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

Truly a beautiful and challenging tract

I have played this course multiple times and could play it endlessly. It’s in perfect shape and each hole is separate from the other and totally different. It’s a hidden gym like it’s name.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Perfect weather
Used cart

Rude Staff

The course is very nice, great layout, beautiful views. It was in excellent condition. The only issue was the lady behind the check-in at the pro shop. We had a 2pm tee time. Got there early, 1:20. Asked if we could tee off early. She said no. Their was a long gap with open tee times ahead of us. Went to the bag drop and the young man working that area asked our tee time. He wanted to let us off early, checked with the starter, starter said go ahead. The lady behind the desk heard the conversation. She said NO they have to wait. They ended up letting the 2:10 tee time ahead of us. we waited on for that group on every hole. Loved the course, but will not return because of the very rude lady behind the counter. Greg Gierlack

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

The course was women friendly and really beautiful

We played Hidden River as couples and found it to be both men and women friendly. The views on every hole were breathtaking since the trees were just turning into their Fall colors. We very much enjoyed our experience at this beautiful course and would highly recommend it to any level golfer.

Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice track

I always enjoy the course. The big problem was that the people playing in front of us were incredibly slow. It was a big group, so we could not play through. Then, as slow as they were, they could not move their carts, when it was their fault and that slowed play even further. But I clearly like and would recommend the course. The people are nice too.

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

Hidden gem

Beautiful setting
Great course
Great condition
Hard enough to provide good experience for low handicappers
Forgiving enough for mid--range handicappers

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
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
Previously Played

Hidden River

I have played in the past and the course is in good shape. Enjoyable track. Nice people. Good food in the clubhouse too.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor

perfect

there is nothing negative that could be said about hidden river-course design and setting was beautiful.my wife is a photographer and was joking that she was going to get the picture of that one blade of grass out of place-but we could not find one!this as after we followed 80 ladies that had played in the g.a.m. senior ladies open in the morning.hidden river is a must play

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful Course as tough as you want it to be

My wife and I played this course today and it was exceptionally beautiful. The tee boxes are such you can play the course as hard as you want I played both Blue and white tees on some holes just to see and the course changed completely. My wife thoroughly enjoyed the Womens layout as well. We will come back again

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

Hidden Gem in Northern MI

Hidden River is truly a hidden gem of the Northern Michigan golf scene. Played this prior to a buddies trip at Boyne Highlands and left our buddies trip talking more about how solid this track was.

The first three holes are designed wonderfully to ease you into the round of golf ahead. Two straightforward (driver not necessary) par 4s and a mid length par 3 really help to get your swing in place. Once you take the drive to start #4 you are transformed to an entirely different piece of property. The land is vast, with all your next holes routed through and around a lake. These holes, have wide landing areas for tee shots and well protected and angled greens to challenge approach shots. Front nine rounds off with a lovely devlis drop style par 3 that is much difficult than it looks

The back nine then shifts into a more woooded environment on the property. Playability off the tee is still very reasonable, this is not claustrophobic golf. Biggest challenge on this course is approach shots and layups that are uphill (#7 and #16 come to mind), giving you a great sense of insecurity on hitting the correct lines. Fantastic design in that aspect

Conditions are absolutely stellar. A fantastic large grass range awaits your warmup. Clubhouse is state of the art too. Will 100% visit this course again, loved it

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Pro not so friendly

Everyone was friendly except the pro. After loading our clubs behind a group of 6, we went in to confirm reservation. We were reprimanded for being 2 minutes late. He never asked why or anything. We were on property and waiting to get loaded up 10 minutes prior. Not very professional.
All other staff were very friendly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

As good as advertised

Been reading about Hidden River for a few years and finally got a chance to play it. Wow ! One of the best conditioned courses we've ever played. Maybe only Forest Dunes better conditioned. Very playable and pace of play great. Greens were a touch slow but it rained alot the night before so understandable. Great rate on Golfnow too. It's a must play from now on !

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