You’ll find Grand Traverse Resort amongst Northern Michigan’s rolling woodlands, endless vineyards and surrounded by the deep blue waters of Lake Michigan. Considered to be the premier getaway destination in the Midwest, Grand Traverse has been ranked as one of the nation’s finest resorts, receiving spectacular reviews from Golf Digest, USA Today, Travel & Leisure and many others.
Grand Traverse Resort is home to three championship courses totaling 54 holes designed by some of golf’s greatest players and course designers.
Designed by the Golden Bear himself, The Bear is every bit the bruin it was when it initially opened in the mid 1980’s. Regarded as the toughest 18 holes in Michigan, the course includes Scottish terraced fairways, tiered greens, deep rough and treacherous pot bunkers.
The scenery surrounding the course is also unparalleled; lined with tall thick oaks, lakes abound, and enough fruit orchards to feed an army. The fairways are wide open, but if you miss your shot you’ll find yourself in trouble as the ball will end up in links style moguls. While The Bear is tough, it is also very enjoyable and certainly worth playing.
Gary Player’s signature course, The Wolverine, is now open. A wolverine in the wild is considered a dangerous, versatile predator, and many compare The Wolverine course to the animal it was named after.
Winding and weaving through the north woods and wetlands, this course offers many challenges that utilize the surrounding terrain. Great views of Grand Traverse Bay greet you upon reaching the back nine, almost as a reward for the hard work you’ve put forth so far.
As the original course of Grand Traverse, Spruce Run began as a nine-hole Acme Public Golf Course. It was not until the 1970’s that it was expanded to 18 holes. The course was later renamed to Spruce Run in 1979 as a reflection of the numerous spruce and fir trees that run along the fairways and greens.
Although much more forgiving than The Bear, Spruce Run is still challenging and fun to play. Engulfed in the rolling hills that surround the hotel, Spruce Run offers remarkable views of the area.
After a long day battling the fierce Bear and Wolverine, you can unwind at the luxurious spa or private Beach Club located on East Grand Traverse Bay.
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As if the views of Traverse City weren’t amazing already, venture up to the top of the 16 story glass Tower and enjoy panoramic views of the region. While you’re up there, grab a bite to eat at the Aerie Restaurant & Lounge.
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