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Palmer’s team faced a design challenge brought on by the area’s history of glacial formation. Moraines and outwash plains from melting glaciers characterized the lower elevations. Long ridges or “drumlins” characterized the higher. Numerous shallow and some deep drainage ways were in the intricate and rapidly changing relief throughout the site. Slopes as steep as 45% and sandy soils gave rise to extreme risks of erosion. The Palmer team’s solution begins in a sprawling meadow at the lowest elevation, climbs over several miles to the peak and returns to finish in the meadow. Along the way, carefully framed views of fescue filled meadows, hardwood forests, expansive ridges, sparkling ponds and the Manitou Passage await the golfer.

No. 1: 427 Yards, Par 4

PRO TIP: A slight dogleg left with trouble down the left. Favor the right center off of the tee for the best approach to the green.

No. 2: 324 Yards, Par4

 PRO TIP: A tight dogleg left. Driver is not needed for the longer player. Again, favor the right for the best angle of approach. Uphill approach requires one more club to carry deep greenside bunker.

No. 3: 180 Yards, Par 3

PRO TIP: Uphill Par 3 with trouble left. Despite tee shot being uphill, hole usually plays downwind.

No. 4: 408 Yards, Par 4

PRO TIP: Slight dogleg right. Play to the left side of the fairway as this offers the best angle for the approach shot.

No. 5: 545 Yards, Par 5

PRO TIP: Long, straightforward Par 5. Reachable in two shots for the longer player. Aim second shot at the greenside bunker in the distance.

No. 6: 425 Yards, Par 4

PRO TIP: New tee boxes have transformed this tee shot into one of the most demanding on the course. Native grasses line the left and right sides of the fairway from tee to green, so accuracy is at a premium. Aim tee shot inside the right fairway bunker for the best angle on the approach shot.

No. 7: 200 Yards, Par 3

PRO TIP: Dramatic downhill tee shot highlights this breathtaking Par 3. Most often plays one or even two clubs less than yardage. Left greenside bunker is trouble.

No. 8: 570 Yards, Par 5

PRO TIP: Our signature hole. Take a moment to enjoy the view of the Manitou Passage to the northwest along with the views of North Manitou Island and the Shoal Lighthouse. A true three shot hole for nearly all players requires an accurate tee shot and a well-played second shot in order to have decent yardage for a short iron third shot. Be mindful at all times of the hazard that lurks in front of the green.

No. 9: 394 Yards, Par 4

PRO TIP: New tee boxes have lengthened the hole making accuracy even more important. Play to the right center off of the tee and hope to reach the crest of the hill that bisects the fairway. This gives a better view and angle forthe second shot. 

No. 10: 550 Yards, Par 5

PRO TIP: A long Par 5 with a fairway bunker guarding the left side of the fairway and native hardwoods guarding the right. Plenty of room off of the tee but second shot must avoid the fairway bunker that is on the right 150 yards from the center of the green. A nice bail-out area for missed approach shots is to left  of green.

No. 11: 377 Yards, Par 4

PRO TIP: A medium length Par 4 that has a wide landing area. Bunker on the left side of the fairway needs to be avoided.

No. 12: 435 Yards, Par 4

PRO TIP: Most demanding tee shot on the course. Slight dogleg right has native hardwoods flanking the left and a penal bunker on the right side of the fairway in the landing area. Green is tilted back to front to help long iron approaches stay on the putting surface.

No. 13: 194  Yards, Par 3

PRO TIP: First Par 3 on the back side features two deep greenside bunkers that need to be avoided. Miss the green right for an easier chip to the narrow green.

No. 14: 395 Yards, Par 4

PRO TIP: Accuracy is more important than length here as a carefully placed tee shot avoids the fairway bunkers on the left and sets up the approach to the narrow green guarded on both sides by single trees. Be careful of the long and errant approach: new back bunkers await poorly struck short irons.

No. 15: 176 Yards, Par 3

PRO TIP: The second of the three inward Par 3’s, this hole plays slightly uphill to a sloping green. The refurbished front bunker will capture the tee shot of the player who mistakenly under-clubs. Check the wind direction before pulling your club on the tee.

No. 16: 435 Yards, Par 4

PRO TIP: The new tee boxes offer players multiple options to a now less severe dogleg left with room to maneuver a fade off the tee. Use as much club as you like, as the hole plays uphill to a deep front to back sloping green.

No. 17: 168 Yards, Par 3

PRO TIP: All new tee boxes step down the slope and make this picturesque Par 3 all the more attractive. The tee shot plays about 80 feet downhill to a green guarded on the right by two deep bunkers. The tee shot plays at least two clubs less, but be mindful of the prevailing wind as it is often into the player and can play havoc with club selection. Short here is acceptable as a there is a new fairway extension to the front of the green.

No. 18: 525 Yards, Par 5

PRO TIP: The finishing hole has been returned to a risk reward Par 5. Longer hitters can go for the green in two or lay up to protect par. Aim the tee shot to the right of center of the fairway as the mounding will add yards to your tee ball. On the approach a new mounding will add yards to your tee ball. On the approach a new bail out area short and left gives an errant shot a chance at par. Dramatic new terraced bunkers compliment the beautiful new terraces on the clubhouse behind them.