Garland Lodge & Golf Resort - Monarch Course

4.2027882353 4.2 stars from 5 (24)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7166 yards
  • Slope: 143
  • Rating: 74.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7166 yards 74.8 143
Blue 72 6649 yards 72.2 134
White 72 6257 yards 70.4 130
Red (W) 72 4904 yards 68.3 120

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 24 Reviews
5 stars:
11
4 stars:
12
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

24 out of 24 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive at a resort   Great for group getaways a weekend splurge playing multiple courses   Challenges include water hazards plays long  

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"Play the Monarch"


sparty1894's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Probably the most playable of the four courses at Garland. Very large landing areas, easy to find your ball if you spray. There are some very tight tee shots though on some of the holes. Greens were in good shape. Warned about ticks in some of the areas.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u052289480's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Lodging review"


pglime51's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We stayed in the main lodge room 129. The bathroom was disgusting. The shower had black mold in the tile seams. The bathroom fixtures were very old looking. Several other people in our group complained about the same mold in the two bed units. The members of our group that stayed in the single bed units on the second floor, did not have the mold issues in the showers. Not a good showing for an expensive resort.


Course Layout: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"long and challenging"


homer223's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/10/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Having played the much easier Reflection and Fountains courses the day before, this was a step up in terms of course length, difficulty and beauty. This and Swampfire are clearly the two best courses on the property.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Resort and Value"


zuppy's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Nothing to complain about. Great place and value.

4 courses on property, all very good.

wonderful. going back


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


"Wonderful"


u766748403's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was a beautiful day for golf. My husband and I enjoyed the round. We were not pushed nor were we held up. Just enough sand and water to keep it interesting.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course"


hermmy1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pristine conditions on whole course, park lime settings. Staff was very helpful and friendly since it was our first visit. Planning on playing the other courses soon.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great value . User friendly"


Sparty1971's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wife and I played. I played from the White tees and found course a good challenge . My wife played from the Red tees. She enjoyed the terrain and was not pressured by the water. She enjoys golf but is not too good.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good time except for all of the gnats buzzing around your face!"


LayDGolf4's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overall we had a good time. Nice layout. it was a beautiful day around 75 and sunny, but all of the gnats were driving everyone in the group crazy, not sure there can be much to do to correct that problem. I think it was #13 needs a little attention on the cart path....thought we were going to sink into the swamp...it was very difficult to get to the tee box.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Challenging Yet Fair"


dbarberi2014's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played the Monarch course. There's water on 15 of 18 holes. The course was in good condition and the greens were holding nicely after a couple days of heavy rain. Booked my tee time through Golfnow.com and got a great deal. Overall had a good experience. Looking forward to playing their other 3 courses in the future.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Challenging but Fair!"


Mc40in07's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Monarch course at Garland is a beautiful, well kept course. This course challenges you with distance and subtle breaks in the greens but other than that it is really a fair golf course that can be had if your game is on. The greens roll very smooth, and roll at a speed that's not too fast and not too slow. The fairways are maintained well, but we played after a heavy rainfall so they were alittle mushy. The rough is long but nothing to challenging to hit out of. The hardest part about the course is that there is a water hazard located on almost every hole. Avoid the water, and you'll do well. Overall I was really happy with the course and would definetly go back. One of my favorites in Northern Michigan!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"No Tips"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played the MOnarch from the Tips. Wow is all I have to say. Better be able to hit a somewhat straight tee shot about 285 plus on most holes. Most par 4s over 420 many with doglegs that require a long shot to have a good look at the green from the black tees. From a long hitter perspective, it was a heck of a challenge (7166) but my buddies had a really difficult time. Probably would play the blue tees next time as the black tees never offer a break. Course in great shape. Very private as we barely saw anyone at noon on a sunday. Will surely be going back next year.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Relaxing golf"


u684762540's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great place to golf with friends and challenging at the same time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"nice course"


Jamie3446808's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course, in great shape, very slow play 6hrs for 18 holes


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Awesome Tee-Boxes"


Wolverine10's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/10/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Probably the best tee-boxes I have ever hit from. We played from the back (Black) tees. We thought there were some "tight" driving holes for a course playing at 7166 yards, but for the most part, we could hit driver. Greens were quite large, undulating, and hard to read. Putting was certainly challenging. If you like PGA tour length 4 pars, then this is the course for you. 422 yards was the shortest 4 par we played on the back nine, and only one 4 par on the front nine was under 400, and that was 393!!! Very long, and demanding course. I wouldn't recommend taking an inexperienced player on it...I play to an 11, and my son plays to a 5, and we had our hands full for sure...


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Tee boxes could use some work."


kball128's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is long, it could use a tee box between the reds & whites.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Lodge & course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Challenging course at a great setting, I can't see how you could not enjoy your round at this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"great course"


Nate5068695's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/05/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was great and in great condition. Only complaint was that we had to wait at least five minutes at the bar to get served and we were the only ones in there. Actually had to go look for the staff. Got a great deal on golf now. Would not pay full price of $120 for 18.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Have to love the water"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Poor weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course had a lot of water hazards, making<br/> it challenging. The fairways and greens were well<br/> maintained. We were probably lucky that it was a<br/> cool and windy day because this course is cut out<br/> of swamp land. All in all it was a very enjoyable<br/> round of golf, would recommend it to a friend.<br/> Looking forward to playing the other three courses<br/> at The Garland Resort.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best of Garlands available courses"


u000004617025's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2014
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful layout. Challenging with tree lined fairways and water. Tees, fairways and greens were in very good shape. Greens rolled true and were above normal speed. Bunkers were raked and sand was playable. Enjoyed the Monarch the most of the 3 available courses. Saw deer, turkey, hawk and other wildlife while playing.


Pace of Play: 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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