Gull Lake View – A Golfing Family’s “Dream Field”


For nearly six decades, Seagull lake view, located in southern Michigan between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek (home of Kellogg’s Cereals), is part of the golf fabric of the Midwest. And a family is to thank for that. Now in its fourth generation, the Scott family continues to make Gull Lake View one of America’s premier family golf destinations. Among Gull Lake View’s six courses is the famous Stoatin Brae, which was named “National Golf Course of the Year” by the National Golf Course Owners Association in 2020.

#2 in Stoatin Brae

The Backstory: In 1963, Darl Scott left the nearby Gull Lake Country Club to build a quality, affordable golf resort for all to enjoy. On beautiful rolling terrain that could be mistaken for the scenic turf of northern Michigan, Darl and his wife Letha began to define and exemplify just how fun and exquisite destination golf could be with their first course, Gull Lake West. .

The Scotts worked hard and Gull Lake View became more popular. Two of their sons guided the family golf business into the next generation, continuing its growth and eventually developing its second course, Gull Lake East. The 36-hole destination has quickly become the “buzz” of Michigan golf. And with two courses to play, golfers had a reason to stay the night. So the Scotts built housing.

The family then designed two more courses on the route of the originals in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Stonehedge North and South elevated Gull Lake View to a new level of challenge and beauty. Golfers came from all over the Midwest to experience this down-to-earth destination.

No. 11 at South Stonehedge

One of the most unique aspects of how the Scotts developed Gull Lake View, and certainly one of the ways they cut costs and passed the savings on to golfers via affordable rates, was asking Darl to design each course and use their agronomy, landscaping and building skills to build their “Field of Dreams”. In the end, the Scotts failed to build two of the resort’s courses.

In 1988, they acquired Bedford Valley, which has hosted the Michigan Open on several occasions, and then completely changed their philosophy, creating a new-age minimalist style design.

They collaborated with Brian Schneider, Eric Iverson, Don Placek and Brian Slawnik – all senior partners at Traverse City’s famed Renaissance Golf Design – on Stoatin Brae, which opened just under six years ago. Stoatin Brae, which means Great Hill in Scottish Gaelic, is, among other things, an effort to reach travel-minded golfers who are looking for destination courses that offer exciting new adventures. Its open links style layout with delightful Scottish features allows golfers to see up to 12 greens and flags in most directions. And it incorporates architectural elements from the golden era of golf design.

Stoatin Brae

Gull Lake View is a fun and rewarding experience for golfers of all skill levels. With its variety of golf courses and simple but charming accommodations and restaurants, this resort is one of America’s best affordable golf destinations due to its quality and quantity of fun golf. Working-class buddies can enjoy a similar experience and camaraderie without breaking the bank as they would traveling long distances to high-end, multi-course beach destinations that often receive all the national attention. Gull Lake View green fees and accommodations can often be found for less than $100. America needs more of this incredible value and quality in golf!

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