Wawashkamo Country Club - Obi Wan
0 of 13
Wawashkamo Country Club - Obi Wan
Golden retriever Obi Wan and club manager Chuck Olson greet golfers who make the trek to Wawashkamo Country Club on Mackinac Island. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Images
Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island
1 of 13
Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island
Best way to get to Wawashkamo on car-free Mackinac Island? Bike! Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island
2 of 13
Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island
Hickory clubs can be rented at Wawashkamo for a more authentic 19th century experience. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island
3 of 13
Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island
Keep an eye out for the "Public golf links" sign when making the trip to Wawashkamo. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island
4 of 13
Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island
A cannon by the first tee commemorates the battle waged on these grounds in 1814 between American and British forces. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Wawashkamo Country Club - No. 8
5 of 13
Wawashkamo Country Club - No. 8
The 8th/17th hole can play as a long par 3 or short par 4 at Washkamo and is guarded by a green in the back. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island
6 of 13
Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island
Charming little shelters are sprinkled throughout the property. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island
7 of 13
Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island
Scottish-American Alex Smith laid out Wawashkamo in 1898 before going on to win the U.S. Open twice in 1906 and 1910. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island
8 of 13
Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island
Greens are very small at Wawashkamo and the 5th has a steep false front. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island
9 of 13
Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island
Subtle design nuances, like a mound in front of the green, give Wawashkamo a 19th century Scottish flavor. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island
10 of 13
Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island
A small tuft of rough encircles most of the 3rd green and is nicknamed the "circus ring." Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island
11 of 13
Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island
The 9th/18th hole can play as a long par 4 or par 5. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pink Pony and Chippewa Hotel
12 of 13
Pink Pony and Chippewa Hotel
A good 19th hole or place to stay after golf at Wawashkamo is the Chippewa Hotel and Pink Pony Lounge, which has a big hot tub and great harbor view. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

Tour historic nine-hole Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. -- To find one of the few Michigan golf courses to open in the 19th century, you have to get there in a very old-world way. Wawashkamo Country Club , established in 1898 on car-free Mackinac Island, is accessible only by bike, foot or horse. This nine-hole course is located in the middle of the island to the east of the small airport and is a throwback golf experience in every sense.

The course, 2,999 yards, was laid out by Scottish-American golfer and club-maker Alex Smith, who would later go on to win the U.S. Open twice. Very little has changed in the century-plus since. The design is subtle, with small greens that can be difficult to hit, even with a wedge. Many holes are straight with two big exceptions being the par-4 2nd, a dogleg right, and the par-5 9th, which veers left. There are two sets of tees per hole that switch the pars and yardages up a little bit for a second loop.

Wawashkamo is a privately managed club that offers public play and leases the land from the Mackinac State Historic Parks. It is generally not as played as Mackinac's other course, The Jewel at The Grand Hotel. You'll get a friendly welcome nonetheless and the chance to see one of the more charming old clubhouses in the state. You can also rent hickory clubs here, if you don't feel like riding your bike with your clubs slung over your shoulder.

Read Brandon Tucker's review of Wawashkamo Country Club .

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
Related Links
For #JrGolfWeek, we looked at your reviews to find the top-rated courses in the U.S. under 5,500 yards.
It takes a little compromise to squeeze in a round of golf on a family vacation without getting in trouble from your partner. Jason Deegan offers some tried and true tips on how to make it happen.
If a happy wife equals a happy life, then happy children builds the family bonds stronger. These are 12 of America's friendliest family golf resorts.
Latest galleries

Popular Videos

Now Reading
Tour historic nine-hole Wawashkamo Country Club on Michigan's Mackinac Island
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