About The HomesteadThe Homestead, known as "America's Freshwater Resort", resides in a dreamy location on the Leelanau Peninsula with a beach, two tennis courts and pool right on Lake Michigan just minutes from the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park. Places to stay range from hotel rooms, suites, condos and sprawling homes to rent within the community. The charming village is home to Cavanaugh's market, Whisker's Bar and Grill and Nonna's restaurant. The Manitou Passage Golf Club, an Arnold Palmer design, is a 10-minute drive from the resort.
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Tremendous Layout, conditions just ok
Played in June of 2020. Probably 3 1/2 stars, and I’m trying to be sensitive to the COVID-19 situation as well.
First off, the course does have a tremendous layout. It’s a fair course, in that If you put it in play you can score. Getting off the tee is imperative - and going with less than driver on a number of holes is recommended based on my experience. Lots of undulation on the greens, and some great elevation changes from tee to green. Hole 8 is a tremendous hole. Par 3’s were good holes too. So, the layout itself makes it worth playing.
That being said, the conditions left a lot to be desired, especially considering the high expectations I had - based on reviews and word of mouth. I am sure the unusually dry conditions and the economics of COVID were factors. Fairways were firm and fast, I had no issues with them. However, greens were slow and had lots of burnt out spots. There were lots of bare spots around the green, as well. Bunkers were in good shape all things considered. Tee boxes were inconsistent - some in good shape, and others not. I felt, conditions were average at best, and if COVID wasn’t a thing, I’d say they were below that.
Cost was fair. Pace was great. Staff was super friendly and cleaned up your clubs after. Clubhouse and restaurant appeared very nice but only a tiny part was open due to COVID.
I would play it again if I know the current conditions are a product of COVID and not just poor maintenance. That being said, it is a wonderful layout with some pretty awesome views!
Expensive course that lays on the west side of Sugarloaf mountain. Some tremendous views. About half the holes are hilly , but fair. Greens and fairways are always in tremendous shape. Only negative is the cost to play.
Worth the drive
This course is worth the drive. Great value for what you get. It has lots of rolling hills, in fact, in it's' former life part of the course was used for skiing. On one of the holes on the back nine there is even a former chair lift complete with some chairs still hanging on it. The fairways and greens were in great shape. The greens are large so don't get too excited with a GIR as you still may have a long putt.
I will definitely be back.
Always a pleasure to play this course when in the area. Good test of your golf skill but not crazy difficult. Will play again.
Classic Up North Golf
Second time playing here. Greens were rolling nicely and even though it was busy pace of play was great. I don’t think we waited on a single shot. Staff was great. Only wish they had a range but the nets were ok.
Another Michigan gem!
Great day. Great price on a Hot Deal!
Beautiful conditions and layout. Super friendly staff. I'll be back. Worth any drive.
Beautiful northern Michigan golf course.
Great course with attractive amenities: Electric carts with onboard gps course layout and yardages, small cooler with ice and water, ball cleaner. Not one thing to complain about.
Scenic and challenging layout
Manitous Passage is in my top 5 favorite northern Michigan courses. I consider it to be somewhat of a hidden gem. The conditions are always excellent and the staff is very friendly. I could play this course over and over and not tire of the layout. The enormous elevation changes make for a gorgeous round, especially in the fall. I will continue to come back multiple times a year. Great value, great course!
Had a great time playing here this August during a family vacation in Northern Michigan. It's a beautiful course that challenges you more often than not. I found myself not playing my best on this particular day, but it never took away from the experience. I loved the history in the clubhouse (lots of tribues to Arny). The course was in great shop. The bartender was a sweetheart. All said, it was a great afternoon! Thanks Manitou Passage
Great experience, worth the trip
Very friendly staff, nice layout, - semi tricky shots required but gps on carts helps a lot. The greens were nice, moderate speed but a little bumpy (it is fall golf). Some excellent vistas and very pretty scenery. Very favorable women's tees.
Wonderful Arnold Palmer Tribute
Clubhouse filled with information about Arnold Palmer. Golf course is challenging from all tees and is in very good condition. Cart paths only on par 3's and GPS restricts where carts can travel on the course. Pace of play was a little slow but worth playing again and again and again and again. Hope to be back soon.
Do yourself a favor and play this Northern Michigan gem.
Best course I've ever played
This is the best course that I've ever played. Excellent layout. Errant shots are penalized and I had plenty of those, but still had a blast! Played 2 course in NW Michigan on this trip and I'd come back here in a heartbeat. Excellent staff that was very accommodating.
First time was better than the second time
First time was better than the second time
First-time starter was on point, rhythm of play was consistent I felt like I was at a high dollar course.
Second time the play was extremely slow and had trouble finding somebody who worked there.
Hope my third experience is like the first!
First time playing this course in 20 years -- very nice course. Well kept. Rolling hills and scenic holes but fair -- played off the whites.
worth the drivve
a bit off the beaten path, but well worth the drive. Course plays a bit long, undulating, twisting, very difficult when shooting into prevailing wind. Great views, not crowded, well maintained, wonderful friendly staff. Will definitely play again!