5085 Shanty Creek Road, Bellaire, Michigan 49615, US
(231) 533-9000
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About The Chief

The Chief is one of three golf resorts within close proximity of one another in Bellaire - Hawk's Eye Golf Resort and Shanty Creek Resorts the others. It offers several accommodation choices. The golf cottages along the fifth fairway are executive quality with upper and lower units. Each one sleeps eight (four double beds total) with a kitchen and living space. The five-bedroom Valley View home is located across the street from the course. A four-bedroom cabin called "The Roost" sits on the 18th fairway close to the Pelican's Nest restaurant. For all three options, passes to the Shanty Creek Resorts pool facility are included. The Blue Pelican Inn & Restaurant, run by the same owners, is roughly 10 miles away in Central Lake.

Facts

Price Range$$
Property Class★★★
Year Opened1996
Number of UnitsLess than 100

Amenities & Services

RestaurantsCasual
Practice FacilityYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?No
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at The Chief

Reviews

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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
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5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Challenging design

Nice layout in Northern Michigan woods. Course was very wet in places due to several days of rain last week.
Greens painfully slow.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Decent course, fun round

The Chief is a decent course but could be better. It is a little gimmicky at times with a few too many blind shots and no information on the tee boxes or scorecard to let you know what kind of tee shot you need to hit at times. Would be easy to add some small signs to inform players of layup distance, etc. They have also rearranged the holes since I played there last and the course doesn’t always flow great now and the signage between holes is definitely lacking.

All that being said... it is a fun course! There are some really good holes with some great downhill approaches to greens. We had a good time and will play again if price is below $50. The course also was not super busy so pace of play was good... especially after we got past a 6some. :)

The bar and patio area looked nice but they were not open before or after our round.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful Course

It is a challenging but beautiful golf course. Great views and in good condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Quirky but fun

Lots of elevation changes. The layout was a bit weird but the course was marked well. It felt like desert target golf set in northern Michigan. We had a fun round and the price was right. The course was in pretty good condition.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Quirky layout with tiny greens

We played the course again in a large group. There are simply too many blind tee shots and forced carries over hazards. Some holes seemed "tricked up" instead of making them fair difficult holes. As other reviewers have said, the course layout changes made GPS difficult; but the managers did give us a GPS cheat sheet to help. The holes were often pretty and well maintained. Greens were quite spotted in places. It will be many years before I go back again. Too many better choices in Northern Michigan.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good layout, fun to play! One issue with starting the round.

One issue when starting my round. Booked as a single, arrived 50 minutes early. Was told there were a couple groups ahead of me and said to hang out at the putting green and would let me know when it was time to proceed to the first tee. No one around to get me started at all. One group went off right away but there was at least a 30 minute gap between groups. I had to wait the entire 50 minutes then just proceeded to the first tee without any direction. Ended up playing through all of the groups anyways, but found it ridiculous I couldn’t start sooner. Most courses I’ve been to would be more accommodating. I did find the course fun to play but man did the greens SUCK!! Still had some aeration marks and did not roll very well.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Disappointing Trip

We booked through The Chief for our annual golf trip. We were told we would be golfing The Chief, Hawk's Eye, and Sundance. We started on The Chief. The course was in decent shape, but they had moved all the holes around and the woman at the desk did not say a word about it, so none of the GPS's worked. The greens were so slow that I could not get myself to physically hit the ball as hard as you needed to in order to get it anywhere near the hole. The course was difficult and most of the guys in the group (not great golfers) lost many, many balls. After the Chief, we were sent to Atrium Dells, a nice course, but not Sundance, and on the final day, Mike (the guy who set up the trip) had us for a tee time at 1 P.M. on departure day as Hawk's Eye had leagues on Tuesday and did not even open to the public until then. We ended up at Centennial Farms and this course was a joke. I contacted Mike to give him the opportunity to make things right, and he ignored me as well as other group members. If you are planning a trip to the area, do not go through Mike at the Chief.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Didn’t care for the new layout of holes. #1 is now # 16. Liked the original layout better

Great course but for advanced golfers only. Lots of target golf. We enjoyed it very much

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Really Gone Downhill

This course is in awful shape. Greens are not well kept and overall we were really disappointed. The summit course was in way better shape and less $. The staff at the restaurant were way below average. took almost 25 min to get our fish fry on Friday night. Music was probably the highlight. I will not be returning.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great day on a great course!

Great day; course in great condition. Pace of play was good; there was a group of about 8-9 on the front nine that slowed play on the last couple of holes? Not sure why they allow that on a Saturday?

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

The Chief

Very helpful informative staff, the greens are difficult and the hilly course is truly cut right out of the woods. You rarely see others while you are playing as the holes are spread out. Not for the weak or beginner golfer due to carries and hills. The only concern was the greens could be in better shape and consistent imho.
Definitely will go back.

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