About Shanty CreekThe 5,000 acres of Shanty Creek Resorts are spread among three villages - Cedar River, Schuss and Summit, each with at least one golf course, restaurant and accommodations galore. The Summit is arguably home base with the Lakeview Lodge housing the Lakeview Restaurant, spa and outside, the Legend and Summit golf courses. Cedar River offers the newest accommodations and golf course (by Tom Weiskopf).
Golf courses at Shanty Creek
Images from Shanty Creek
Picture from the parking lot as we left Photo submitted by jakewasy on 10/15/2020
Snow on my sleeve Photo submitted by jakewasy on 10/15/2020
#9 - Par-5 (Green) Photo submitted by BryanTweed16 on 08/02/2020
#5 - Par-4 (Approach) Photo submitted by BryanTweed16 on 08/02/2020
#7 - Par-4 Photo submitted by BryanTweed16 on 08/02/2020
#12 - Par-4 Photo submitted by BryanTweed16 on 08/02/2020
#14 - Par-3 Photo submitted by BryanTweed16 on 08/02/2020
#18 - Par-5 (Approach) Photo submitted by BryanTweed16 on 08/02/2020
Photo submitted by maryfh on 07/11/2020
Photo submitted by maryfh on 07/11/2020
3rd hole fairway Photo submitted by HOTSPOTTS on 06/13/2018
The Best at Shanty Creek
In my opinion, best course at Shanty Creek. Course conditions were perfect. Playable but challenging. My only complaint is hole #18. If you play take the time to drive up and look at the landing area. Otherwise you'll hit what you think is a perfect drive and end up messing up a nice round.
Great Value / Better Experience
The Summit course is a gem for the price. Out of the three courses at Shanty Creek this course is usually the lowest ranked, but in terms of value it may be the best. The greens roll as pure as some of the nicest courses in Northern, MI. Give it a shot next time you are in the area, you'll be surprised.
Well kept and open
Overall a great round with a few exceptional holes. One par three on the back nine offers a real challenge for the first tuner. Fairways are generous for the most part. A “must play’ for the area. You decide after playing them all...
Started out fine but the 3 some in front of us caused a lot of frustration. They had no idea about golf etiquette. Guy parked his cart on one side of fairway, walk across fairway to hit his ball and then walked back to his cart. I forgot to mention he walked like a walk in the park. We were a 2 some, you think they would ask us if we wanted to play ahead-no. This happens so I guess you have to let it go. Btw-I think the ranger was a friend of theirs. He talked to them 2-3 times for about 6 mins which means more waiting! We like the course so we will play there again. I have seen the course in better condition than today, but they have been short of rain.
On our top five list
Course in excellent condition and the greens were outstanding; i.e., among the best we have ever played: fast but not overly, and very true. Although we played as a twosome in less than four hours, we were behind a fivesome that bogged down toward the end. Nonetheless, it was a most enjoyable golfing experience and we shall return.
Great layout, ignore the staff
If it weren’t for the ranger giving us a “pace of play” lecture before our round, this would be a 10/10 course.
Nobody on the course on a beautiful Friday morning and the starter felt the need to lecture us on keeping each hole to ~15 minutes.
Before we even teed off:
“I’m sure you don’t care how long it takes you to play your round, but the people behind you do”
WONDERFUL layout, fast greens that roll true, and receptive to long irons. Scoreable course, pretty wide fairways. Nice par 3s!
Get rid of the starter and this would’ve been a 10/10!!
A favorite during our summer vacation here, did not disappoint. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Very challenging but fair golf course. Not for a beginner. fairways and greens were in great shape. I want to play it again before we go back home to ohio.
Course has winterkill and in rough shape
The original course at Shanty had a tough winter. . Greens were okay hard and fairly fast. Sand traps need new sand. Hadn't played the track in several years- the previous playing had much much better maintenance. Summit is a fun fair test of golf that's pretty straightforward. You have to have course knowledge to score on this course. The nines have been reversed which is a good thing as it now allows someone to walk and play nine holes as the other nine has a very long drive to the tee box and also has another long drive between two of the holes. Drawbacks - all of the Par 3's on the course are long - 180 yards plus. The 9th and 18th holes are almost carbon copies of each other featuring dead uphill approach shots. The 11th hole has to be played a couple of times to get the right aiming point for your tee shot. All in all it's the most affordable of the Shanty courses but at this time until they get it back in shape it's difficult to recommend it (I will because it's a fun old school test) as the 3 other Shanty courses are in much better condition. If you're looking for a less crowded affordable course this would be a good bet. Has large cups at the backs of all greens as well so if you don't want to be too taxed play those for fun/games.. 2.5 stars at this time....3.5 when conditions improve.
I do not honor many courses with 5 stars. Cedar is in immaculate shape. Refer to my 6/10/17 review. Not only did I play Cedar River this day I also enjoyed another wonderful round with different pins on 6/9/18 with the same consistent notes. One of my very favorite courses to play it never gets old...fortunate that I've probably played over 30 plus rounds here. An outstanding fun playable design by Weiskopf with proper challenges. A few of "stupid holes" (5, 13 & 18) that you have to play a few times to understand them but from start to finish a truly enjoyable track. Highly Highly recommended.
Virtually no one playing course but us. Great conditions, beautiful greens, perfect tees staff very friendly. Probably one of the golf gems in upper Michigan. We have played this course numerous times and have never been disappointed . Fantastic course layout with interesting holes. Woods, heather, water you name it they have it. Cedar River hole is fun to play!
Great Golf Course
I’ve played most of the nicer public courses in Michigan...this one ranks right up there with any of them. Extremely playable, scenic, and in great condition.
I was pleasantly surprised with The Legend. I was expecting Cedar River to be spectacular (and it was)....but The Legend was a phenomenal golf course too. Spectacular views of Lake Bellaire on a couple holes add to the beauty. Plenty of elevation change to give it some character.
The day we played was the last day of the year for the S. Mountain course to be open, the course was in pristine condition! Greens were great, layout was enjoyable. I played with my wife who had the best time she's ever had on a golf course thanks to the GolfBoards we rented instead of a cart. These things are amazing! Worth playing solely to use these awesome rides! Only complaint would be that we got stuck behind a couple of slow foursomes but that meant we could take our time and she didn't feel rushed (she's a beginner so it was a fair pace for her).