Loon Golf Resort
About Loon Golf ResortThe Loon Golf Resort has grown to include a second location in Gaylord: The Ridge, formerly the Marsh Ridge Golf Resort. The Loon offers a townhome village with four-bedroom/four-bathroom units with full kitchens just steps from the clubhouse restaurant and the course. The Ridge is more versatile with hotel-style rooms, suites and free-standing condos, all within walking distance to the Summit Grill. Lodges named Copenhagen (11 rooms, one apartment), Summit (20 rooms) and Bergen (12 rooms) all feature a large common/recreation area. The Scandinavian Cabin sleeps 12 with six bedrooms, a fireplace, full kitchen and living area. Its 6,231-yard course is short but beautiful. The 6,418-yard Lakes course sports four holes on Lake Michaywe roughly four miles from both resort properties.
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Great course with a great golfing experience for our entire group of 20. We have visited this resort 5 times and the course is always in great condition and memorable.
Thank you again.
Part of a great weekend
Great course with a beautidul layout. Course needs some TLC and will be the best course of the three options at the loon if completed.
Definitely recommend the entire Loon Resort and this course to anyone considering a stay and play package in the gaylord area. Great value and hospitality every visit.
A lot to love about this course. Must play in the area.
Best value around
I almost don’t want to write a great review because I’m afraid too many people will read it and start packing the course! But this place deserves it. They’re doing it right at the Lakes.
This is my current favorite place in the Gaylord “golf Mecca.” First off, the staff is just wonderful. I always have a nice chat with the guy in the clubhouse who always seems like he’s genuinely interested in you having a great time.
The course has really improved over the last decade or so. It’s changed hands a few times and hardly resembles the so/so Lakes course from the Otsego club days. That being said, conditions are always great these days. Greens are receptive but not overly soft and always roll true. Fairways are lush and green. Grounds crew really takes care of it.
The layout is the real star here. The course has such a diverse array of holes with no two holes alike. There’s right, tree lined holes like #1 (IMO the hardest hole on the course!) and a few wide holes where the driver begs to be smashed. The view from the 2nd par 5 on the front 9 is my favorite spot in Gaylord. Amazing view and great hole. I could go on for pages telling tales of birdies and triple bogeys from this great course. It really has a little of everything.
The price midweek feels like you are getting away with something. Last year my wife and I paid $27 to play and I almost felt bad.
If this course had a range it would be perfect but it’s still worth 5 stars from me. You won’t be disappointed with this hidden gem in Gaylord. I play it a few times every year and it seems to just get better.
Not your typical Northern Michigan Course
This course layout is unique to Northern Michigan as it has no elevation changes more typical you would see with Treetops or Otsego. But still great layout and can be hard. There have been some improvements, most noticeable was the 9th hole since we last played. The tree and junk that covered up pretty good part of the hole was trimmed back and down. This made this hole much more playable. Greens ran great the only one that was in below average condition was number 13 looks like it had some mold issues attempting to fix. The only other issue if I recall was the 7th hole. Missed the hole to the left and chipped on the green (typically would have stayed on the green) and as it picked up speed rolled off the green and then rolled down to the water. Not sure what can be done about the right side of the green as it is grass bare but shouldn't run off into place out of play for ball that hits the middle of the green for average non professional player. I guess just don't miss left but don't over compensate and miss right either.
Tale of two nines
This the first time I played The Lakes course since the early 2000's, which at one time was closed for 3 years as I recall. The time I played it what is the 14 th hole was the 1st. The change also resulted in a new club house. The one issue is their is no driving range and the practice putting green is very small with cups that hadn't been moved (but likely due to the smallish nature). Now the tale of two 9 nines. We elected to play from the Blues. The back nine this was fine. The front 9 mistake. This is true for the 4th hole which is all up hill and blind shot to the fair way if you hit it well. Otherwise it's three shot par 5 at that point. The only other hole that was somewhat sketchy was #9 which could be due to the amount of rain. From about 140 yards out no carts and the group was very soft. Overall still nice layout. Just pick your tee wisely and perhaps consider moving up for the front side or at least #4.
Thumbs up for the Loon
Our group of 8 golfers played an afternoon scramble here, and had a great time. Everything was in good shape, and pace of play was alright. Loved the cheering from the restaurant deck as we tried to make one last birdie on the 18th green.
Same as I remember
The course was in pretty good condition considering the area had rain every day for the last two weeks. The pro at desk said the course was on its way back after some green neglect (mold). The exception of sand trap on the back that I mentioned to the pro (when i said something he knew exactly what hole I was talking about) had no sand and had to pitch high to the green did not work out well. This course is under the management of the Loon and if you played the Loon they do know how to create good course conditions.
Loon and Swoon
First time playing this track and was not disappointed. The course played very tough. Driver is a questionable call having to navigate the skinny fairways. You'll pay for an errant one off the tee, as the rough is thick and punishing.
Course could've been in a tad better shape, some shag but all in all solid course.
The ranger kept pushing us to stay and play; however, we have a house 5 min down the road so we don't know why he was so adamant about the S&P, but a nice dude.
Great tract. Love the elevation changes and the holes around the lake on the back. Challenging for average golfer but loved the scenery. Unannounced to us, our tee time was moved up 20 minutes. Luckily, we got there early and ahead of a group of 12. Worked out perfectly. They were concerned about us slowing them down. We finished 6 holes ahead of them. Staff unbelievably cordial and friendly. A must play when we go back.
bad weather, good course
Played on a very cool, windy day. Only people on whole course. From what I have read, this course has made a lot of improvements. Loved the elevation changes. Greens have recently been infected w/ "silver dollar" mold which is being treated but may remain remainder of season. Staff super friendly. Great clubhouse. Will definately play here again.........on a nicer day !!!
nice but nothing special
Did the stay and play. Great clubhouse/pro shop. Food very good, accommodations excellent. Staff extremely friendly. Course is ok. Typical thru the woods layout w/ some swampy areas. Nice scenery. Greens very beat up but it was late Sept. so that can be expected. Caught 2 couples on #3 and they never let us thru. No one ahead of them or behind us. Waited on every shot. Guess you shouldn't blame the course because people ahead of you were discourteous idiots.
A must play. This course is our go too course in gaylord. Great risk and reward. Friendly design. Good value. Sign up for special emails.
Fun course to play. Excellent condition. No senior rate or twilight rate.
An old friendly course.
Being late October, there were lots of leaves down even though the ground crew were doing their best to blow them off. The tee boxes were in poor shape. Rough, uneven, uncut. The value was great as we only paid $20.
Played at Marsh Ridge recently with friends. The greens and tee boxes were not attentively maintained with leaves (which is understandable for fall) and earthworm holes (maybe due to recent rain) on them. Pace of play is fine since we are the first group off the tee in the morning. When I got to the course, pro shop has not been opened yet (our tee time is 8:10 AM). Our group checked in at the front desk of the resort and was told to take our carts and go, so we did. Unfortunately there were no keys in the carts. It took us a little while before we can get on our way. The staff and manager are very nice and helpful (rushed to get us checked in and finding the keys to the carts). With so many nice golf courses to play in the area, I will play other courses next time I'm in the area.
Fabulous Fall Views
We played the Michawaye courses 20 years ago, and enjoyed them. This was our first experience at The Lakes Course. The views on a beautiful fall day were breathtaking. The front nine greens were very challenging..tough to read. The fairways were in great shape. The back nine was very enjoyable and fair. We would definitely return
Liked the Course, But...
Nice course. Reasonably well conditioned, nice rolling greens, firm set up. Some areas in fairways that need work (ant hills, ground under repair), but overall not too bad. Bunkers needed to be power raked too. Good driving range. Played on a Golf Now discount for $25. Enjoyed playing it and would again.
Some loss of golfing ambience early on, with several holes bordering I-75...serious traffic noise could be distracting.
Took over 5 hours to play...an outing where 20+ handicappers were playing the Black tees slowed play down considerably. Rangers and course could have easily prevented this. Disappointed that the course didn't act.
Well maintained northern Michigan course with several scenic holes overlooking natural wetlands. Open fairways provide leniency off the tee, but each hole still feels secluded and unique. Would definitely play again.
First played this course 15 years ago, enjoyed it then and even more this time.