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3.9
10 Reviews (10)
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Conditions
3.8
Value
4.0
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.0
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.5
68.9%
Recommend this course
6 out of 10 reviews
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3.6
7 Reviews (7)
5 Stars
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Conditions
3.4
Value
3.9
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
3.6
57.1%
Recommend this course
4 out of 7 reviews
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3.6
7 Reviews (7)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.9
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
3.6
57.1%
Recommend this course
4 out of 7 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 6021 yards
Slope 116
Rating 68.8
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Elmbrook Golf Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1964
Fairways Blue Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/15 Closed: 11/15

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks, Grill, Beverage Carts

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Lounge, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

3.9
10 Reviews (10)
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Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good beginner course, fairways were pretty rough and greens were really challenging. Other than that great course for $20 9 holes.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Rude Employee and Poor Maintenance Crew

When we booked our tee time we asked a very nice woman if my parents could walk along with us. She said “Absolutely!”. When we arrived to play, Greg, acted like we made this whole story up. “Oh yea? What was her name?” he asked us. Like we would make that up?? We also were supposed to get range balls. When we asked for them his response was, “Do you even want them??” He was rude, stand offish, and not at all welcoming. On top of that, the maintenance crew could care less if you are coming down the fairway. They don’t move and continue to mow. This was our first time to this course and we will not return.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Needs new clubhouse staff

I walk into the clubhouse to check in an Greg had to been on of the rudest person I have ever encounter in a clubhouse. The maintenance staff had no clue if anyone was teeing off. And the back trees had multiple tee boxes with limbs hanging down over them. I will not go back!

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Whatta GREAT turnaround from previous year!

Great conditions and super customer service! After we decided NOT to play Elmbrook again after 2018 due to poor conditions and pace of play, we succumbed to purchasing another Group Golfer certificate in the off season--very glad we did. Conditions have improved and, very playable. Like a few othe muni's, always quite a few people playing 'at golf' which makes for slower play, but overall, decent pace. This has always been a fun and challenging course and, now with conditions improved-a great track on the comeback.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 69
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Michigan Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Walked

Conditions are not great

I've played a few time, and every time I've played, it seems like the conditions have gotten worse. It does not make for a very enjoyable experience. They should at least lower their rates to match the conditions because it hurt me to pay that much for brown grass and leaky mowers. The views are nice, but without good conditioning, I can't recommend this course. There are much better places to play in the area for less money.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 44
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 500 Contributor
Illinois Advisor
First Time Playing

Worth playing if just for the view from the 6th tee box alone

Played the front 9 on this course with my father during a vacation in Traverse City. Pace of play was great as we finished 9 holes in well under 2 hours on a weekday afternoon. The staff was very friendly from the booking of the tee time over the phone to giving some tips about blind tee shots and the best views from the course. Definitely worth a 5 star rating. As stated in the title of the review, the view from the 6th tee box is also worthy of a 5 star rating. However, the rest of the course is what it is; a very average course tucked away a couple of miles outside of Traverse CIty.

Pros: As stated above, the staff friendliness and the view from the elevated 6th tee box stand out to me. The view from the tee box gives you a perfect vantage point to see Traverse City, the west bay, the east bay, and Old Mission Peninsula. Its beautiful looking out at that and then having a 382 yard par 4 laid out directly underneath you. When a hole makes you take out your phone and take multiple pictures of it, you have something special on your hands. A picture of the hole/view will be posted on my Instagram account (same SN, Iamdiesel18).

Besides that, the course was challenging. Tight fairways on some of the holes. OB, natural areas, mature trees, and thick rough also come into play on multiple holes and will gobble up errant shots. I hit driver, 3 wood, and hybrid off of various tees so this course isn't just a course to bomb it even though the overall yardage is "short" by today's standards. It is a course with good variety including elevation changes, blind shots, driveable par 4's, challenging par 3's, and par 5's that are reachable in 2 shots. My dad who maybe plays once or twice a year was able to scratch out a couple of pars and bogeys and enjoyed himself. If a beginner AND an advanced golfer both enjoy the same course, that speaks volumes for playability.

Cons: When a beginning golfer points out deficiencies in course conditions, that's not good. Patches of hard pan and either diseased or really, really chewed up greens can be found throughout the front 9 holes. I had just played Forest Dunes and The Loop. Based upon the price we paid to play, I didn't expect the same course conditions as those other two courses. I did think that for being a "Traverse City golf course", it would be in better than average condition.

Verdict: My guess is that this course isn't trying to compete with the resort courses in the area. It appears to be very comfortable and content with where it currently stands. If you want pristine conditions, pay the extra money and play the resort courses in the area. The Grand Traverse Resort is a half hour away, however you'll pay almost 3 times the price to play there (and that's not even for The Bear course or The Wolverine course). If you want a "value" course in the Traverse City area to take your family to, this would be the place to take them. In addition to normal golf, they also have a foot golf course on the course. Again, a good thing to get the entire family involved AND unlike on other courses, it did not interfere with the actual golf play on the course. Seriously, the price of a greens fee is worth it for the views, the relaxed setting, and the fun you can have playing here with your friends and/or family. This course does not advertise itself to be the best course in the area. Its a value play and one worth at least playing 9 holes on. I'm glad I took a chance on it and even my dad gave it a thumbs up.

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