Northern Michigan's Shanty Creek Once Again One of the Midwest's Premier Golf Destinations

Shanty Creek Golf ResortAfter a $10 million remake of its original Summit Village, Shanty Creek Resorts has reclaimed its lofty position as one of the foremost golf resort attractions in the Midwest.

As Michigan suffers through its worst ever economic doldrums, Shanty Creek is gearing up to welcome guests seeking the best upscale northern Michigan golf getaway at the most affordable prices.

Shanty Creek Resorts, located on 4,500 acres 30 minutes northeast of Traverse City, lit the fuse on the northern Michigan golf scene in 1986 when golf legend Arnold Palmer designed The Legend, the first of the super courses in the region. Today the resort features three distinct villages and four championship golf courses including The Legend.

In the past two decades some of the most distinguished new golf courses in America were built in Northern Michigan. The state's varied topography, dense forests, sand dunes, perfect soils and abundant water, makes it ideal for intriguing course designs.

The quality and quantity of great golf found here is evident at the world-class resort destinations found across northern Michigan. Some of the biggest names in golf course design like Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio and others were brought in to showcase their talents and create what some people refer to as "America's Summer Golf Capital."

The centerpiece of Shanty Creek's $10 million renovation is in the main lobby, bar area, and restaurant of the original lodge. The middle area that included an office was blown out to open up the spectacular views over the valley overlooking Lake Bellaire.

On clear days the view extends to Torch Lake in the distance. It was also the inspiration for renaming the Summit Village's renovated 185-room hotel, the Lakeview Hotel & Conference Center.

The Legend Course at Shanty Creek"With these new renovations, guests have a much improved, grand, open lodge type-feeling when you walk in there," said CEO Michael Jordan. "We feel this view is one of the resorts most spectacular assets."

In addition to remaking the Summit's lobby, bar, and dining room area, the meeting rooms, ballroom and banquet facilities have also been reworked. All guest rooms have been redecorated and refurbished with new beds, plush bedding, flat screen televisions, electronic door locks, wireless internet, and other cutting-edge amenities. The Lakeview is now a place where golfers can relax with cocktails after a round and dine in a scenic environment.

Shanty Creek's other two villages are Cedar River, which has an 86-room luxury condominium hotel and an award-wining Tom Weiskopf golf course; and Schuss Mountain, which offers the resort's best skiing, and a popular Warner Bowen-designed golf course, and a variety of condominium rooms in privately-owned cottages that are part of the resort's room rental program. The fourth course is the original Shanty Creek course, the Summit, designed by William Diddel.

The Legend course winds through beautiful hills and ridges while offering stunning views of Lake Bellaire and the surrounding northern Michigan forests.

The course is highlighted by two of the prettiest holes in the region, the 3rd and 7th. The par-4 3rd hole swings downhill from left to right with panoramic views of Lake Bellaire as a back drop. The 7th hole is arguably the best par five in northern Michigan. Measuring 501 yards, this risk-reward hole doglegs to the right and features Shanty Creek winding in and around the hole and in front of the green providing excitement on both your drive and your second shot, if your brave enough to challenge the beautiful green setting.

In the rolling, forested land that separates Shanty Creek's Summit and Schuss Villages, Weiskopf, a former British Open champion, found the ideal site for his first Michigan course, the acclaimed Cedar River Golf Club, named after the river that runs through it.

When Cedar River opened in 2000, Golf Magazine ranked it among its "Top Ten New Courses" in the country.

From the first tee to the last, Cedar River is a beautiful, challenging course with dramatic changes in elevation. Every hole flows so naturally over the land and around the features of the terrain that the course looks as if it has been there forever.

The early holes play through the woods before coming out into a meadow where a dazzling stretch of holes plays around a lake.

The 7th hole is a Par 4 that sweeps in a dogleg left around the largest of the small lakes on the property. This is a good risk-reward hole where, depending on how brave you are you can go over the water to slice off a chunk of the 425-yard distance to the green. The 8th hole is a dramatic, long, 202-yard Par 3 that has water along the entire left side to a green protected by a big bunker wrapping around the left side.

On the back nine, the exclamation points are the 13th and 14th holes. The 13th is the shortest par 4 hole on the course at 297 yards. Strategy, deception, and a blind shot make this hole a delight. From the tees the fairway runs up to the top of a ridge where a lone maple tree marks the split in the fairway.

To the left of the tree, the lower fairway is easier to hit but your second shot is semi blind over bunkers to the small green. Going right of the tree, however demands a longer drive on the higher side of the fairway. If you hit it right and long however you will be delighted when you get to the top of the ridge to see your ball has rolled down to the fringe of the green.

Schuss Mountain Golf ClubThe 14th is a short par 3, 163 yards from the back tee. While the entire green is visible from the 50-foot high-elevated tee, bunkers on the right and left cannot be seen from the tee. The Cedar River runs in the left side of the green.

On the other side of the slopes from Cedar River, Schuss Mountain Golf Club is an old favorite that has also been recognized as a top course for women.

The Summit course is ideal for those who like to walk 18 holes, or take the family along to enjoy the classic parkland design and the great views it offers.

"The quality of golf at Shanty Creek Resorts is unmatched in the Midwest," said Brian Kautz, director of golf for Shanty Creek Resorts. "We have the only Arnold Palmer and Tom Weiskopf combination in the region, combined with two distinct resort courses, which makes us one of the best valued destinations in the country for golf packages."

Shanty Creek Resorts is a four-season resort destination that also offers 49 downhill skiing slopes on two mountains, 30 km of Nordic ski trails, snowboarding and tubing runs. Shanty features three distinct villages and lodging facilities, award-winning dining, live entertainment and a full-service conference/banquet center.

For more information, and to learn first hand why Shanty Creek is Michigan's Favorite Resort, go to www.shantycreek.com or call 1-800-678-4111.

 

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