Manitou Passage Golf Club

4.8323529412 4.8 stars from 5 (11)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6668 yards
  • Slope: 133
  • Rating: 72.0
  • Layout

  • 4600 Club Dr, Cedar, Michigan 49621, Leelanau County
  • (844) 313-0427, (231) 228-6000
  • (231)228-2065
  • manitoupassagegolfclub.com

Year built: 1997
Architect(s): Arnold Palmer (2009), Ed Seay (1997), Wadsworth Golf Construction (2009)
Type: Resort
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bent Grass
Golf Season: Open: 4/01 Closed: 10/30

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Palmer 71 6668 yards 72.0 133
Blue 71 6257 yards 69.8 129
White 71 5824 yards 67.7 123
Member Combo 71 5557 yards 67.1 117
Gold (W) 71 5214 yards 70.4 120
Red (W) 71 4701 yards 68.0 112
Family Golf 2 71 3803 yards N/A N/A
Family Golf 1 71 2825 yards N/A N/A

Formerly known as Kings Challenge Golf Course.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 11 Reviews
5 stars:
7
4 stars:
3
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

11 out of 11 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers  

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"Scenic and challenging layout"


plumlord's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Manitous Passage is in my top 5 favorite northern Michigan courses. I consider it to be somewhat of a hidden gem. The conditions are always excellent and the staff is very friendly. I could play this course over and over and not tire of the layout. The enormous elevation changes make for a gorgeous round, especially in the fall. I will continue to come back multiple times a year. Great value, great course!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Excellent course"


CookDaddy's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Had a great time playing here this August during a family vacation in Northern Michigan. It's a beautiful course that challenges you more often than not. I found myself not playing my best on this particular day, but it never took away from the experience. I loved the history in the clubhouse (lots of tribues to Arny). The course was in great shop. The bartender was a sweetheart. All said, it was a great afternoon! Thanks Manitou Passage


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


"Great experience, worth the trip"


ronkay's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/11/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very friendly staff, nice layout, - semi tricky shots required but gps on carts helps a lot. The greens were nice, moderate speed but a little bumpy (it is fall golf). Some excellent vistas and very pretty scenery. Very favorable women's tees.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Wonderful Arnold Palmer Tribute"


nicksgoodstuff's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Clubhouse filled with information about Arnold Palmer. Golf course is challenging from all tees and is in very good condition. Cart paths only on par 3's and GPS restricts where carts can travel on the course. Pace of play was a little slow but worth playing again and again and again and again. Hope to be back soon.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course"


tucsongene's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/03/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Do yourself a favor and play this Northern Michigan gem.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Best course I've ever played"


hammerhd74's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/28/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is the best course that I've ever played. Excellent layout. Errant shots are penalized and I had plenty of those, but still had a blast! Played 2 course in NW Michigan on this trip and I'd come back here in a heartbeat. Excellent staff that was very accommodating.


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



"First time was better than the second time"


JSilkworth's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time was better than the second time

First-time starter was on point, rhythm of play was consistent I felt like I was at a high dollar course.

Second time the play was extremely slow and had trouble finding somebody who worked there.

Hope my third experience is like the first!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Hidden Gem!"


Pete3922166's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing this course in 20 years -- very nice course. Well kept. Rolling hills and scenic holes but fair -- played off the whites.


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


"worth the drivve"


pambee's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

a bit off the beaten path, but well worth the drive. Course plays a bit long, undulating, twisting, very difficult when shooting into prevailing wind. Great views, not crowded, well maintained, wonderful friendly staff. Will definitely play again!


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


"Manitou; first impressions"


u00000982873's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I liked this course. My friend didn't. Maybe because he was not playing as well. We had a wonderful golfnow deal so the price was good. The regular rate is pretty steep. With the name I expected some nice vistas overlooking Lake Michigan, but there aren't any. This course plays through the woods. There is some water, some nice sand and decent undulating greens. The tees showed remarkable wear for this time of year. The fairways are well kept and dry. If you can find a deal this is a nice course. All the carts have GPS and they say they will control your rate of play, so if you are slow and like to ball hawk there might be better options when it is busy. The staff was super friendly and helped make us feel comfortable about some of the elite aspects of the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A resort course that feels more like a member's club"


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2015
First time playing Used cart

Reviewed on

It's not often a northern Michigan resort course goes under the radar, but Manitou Passage, part of The Homestead, seems to get a lot less ink than some of Michigan's famed multi-course resorts.

The result is a smaller, 18-hole club that feels a lot more low key than the bustling resorts shuffling groups off multiple first tees. Since The Homestead took it over (it used to be named King's Challenge named after designer Arnold Palmer) they've made constant strides in course maintenance and service. You can even order beverages and food from their own app.

The course winds pleasantly around the old Sugarloaf Ski Hill, which has been defunct for years. On the back nine, you pass right under an old wooden ski lift and wonder who ever trusted that thing with their children decades ago. But I digress...

The routing features a mix of wooded holes with a few more open and surrounded by heather. The elevated tees are awesome, particularly the par-5 8th which offers a glimpse of Lake Michigan and Manitou Island.

It's certainly one of the best options within minutes of the summer hotbed of Traverse City. And if you stay at The Homestead, enlist in a 1- or 3-day golf camp from the Dave Pelz scoring school.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course




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