March 2nd, 2016 04:32PM
For decades, when it came to rating golf courses, the standard had been set early by Golf Digest back in 1966, who came out with the first Top 100 courses list. Today, along with Golfweek, and GOLF Magazine, these top national publications offer a variety of course ratings, which are mainly based on the architecture and design of the golf courses.
Today, a new system to rate courses is emerging and growing fast nationwide, which is powered by Golf Channel. Golf Advisor (www.golfadvisor.com) has become a leading source of golf course ratings and reviews by golfers, for golfers. Think TripAdvisor for golf. Golfers can rate and write reviews based on experiences in the following six categories including overall condition, value, pace of play, staff friendliness, course layout, and course conditions.
With more than 75,000 voters across the country, Golf Advisor featured more than 121,000 reviews in 2015. When it comes to Michigan, Golf Advisor recently ranked the Top 25 courses in Michigan, which included two courses from the Gaylord Golf Mecca. Gaylord Country Club (No. 23), and The Natural (No. 18) received high-praise from its reviewers. Read the full story here on Golf Advisor:…link to site below:
Founded in 1924, Gaylord Country Club is one of northern Michigan’s oldest golf courses. This semi-private club, which meanders through the hills and hardwoods just west of Gaylord, is a classic parkland design reminiscent of the early 20th century courses. The close proximity from greens to tees is very popular among golfers, as well as the design of the green complexes, which are small, subtle, and fast. Visit www.gaylordcountryclub.com.
When new owner Steve Lamb acquired The Natural Golf Course and Benjamin’s Beaver Creek Resort, located on the west end of Otsego Lake, he wanted to create an upscale but rugged golf retreat set among some of the most scenic wetland areas found in northern Michigan. Combining the rustic but spacious log cabins at Beaver Creek, with the newly upgraded Natural Golf Course, designed by Jerry Matthew’s, he has created one of the premier golf experiences in the Gaylord Golf Mecca. Visit www.thenaturalgolfcourse.com.
See links below to read what golfers are saying on Golf Advisor about these two fun courses to play in Gaylord.