High-five: Course at Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort

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By Jason Scott Deegan, Senior Editor

AUGUSTA, Michigan – You don’t have to drive north to find one of Michigan’s greatest golf resorts.

The Bedford Valley course at Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort continues to host the best tournaments.

Halfway between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek is Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort in a well appointed location for golf.

Five decades ago, the Scott family brought golf and resort life to southwest Michigan. Darl Scott built the 6,303-yard West Course in 1963. Today his sons, Charles and Jim, oversee a five-course empire, making the family one of the state’s largest golf operators. The five courses are classified between four and four and a half stars by Golf Digest and are certified Audubon cooperative sanctuaries.

A stay at Gull Lake View will certainly not disappoint. You will save money on gasoline and also on green fees, while remaining surprised by the quality of the experience.

The courses at Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort

A decade after the West Course, Darl and his sons added the East Course in 1973. The Fairway Villas adjacent to these two courses are perfect for foursomes or families. The 64 two-bedroom, two-bath units with full kitchens are within walking distance of the practice greens and both courses.

Stonehedge South’s 6,656-yard championship track put the resort on the map in 1988, with its wooded terrain, drop-offs and large greens. Rock faces line picturesque alleys. Most golfers consider this to be the best of the resort’s courses, although Bedford Valley has its fans too.

The 6,763-yard Stonehedge North, the newest of the five Gull Lake View courses, offers a distinct mix of six par-3s, six par-4s and six par-5s. This combination allows golfers to score, as long as they stay in the fairways. .

Bedford Valley, a Kalamazoo course purchased in 1988, was designed in 1965 by William Mitchell and remains one of Michigan’s top championship venues. Known locally as “The Big Course” for its huge greens, large bunkers and fairways lined with mighty oak trees, Bedford Valley has hosted the Michigan Open, Michigan Senior Open and the Division National Championship. NCAA III, among other events.

The resort’s three lodges – East Course Grill, Bedford Valley, and Stonehedge – offer dining. Meeting space is available. Those who don’t want to leave can learn about real estate at Cranes Pond, a community centered around a private 54-acre lake.

Other golf options

Southwest Michigan doesn’t get the credit it deserves as a golf destination. The Yarrow Golf & Conference Center, also in Augusta, has perhaps Ray Hearn’s best contribution to his home country. The route winds through forest and wetlands. The drama for the last nine built before ending on a green guarded by dangers in the shade of the clubhouse.

About 30 miles southwest of Vicksburg, the Angels Crossing Golf Club will be worth a visit. His signing moment comes at the sixth hole, where a 70-yard green is longer than a football half-pitch. That’s a difference of six clubs from back to front. Bruce Matthews III did a great job turning the ownership of a former paper mill into a fascinating outdoor experience.

Southwest Michigan Off Course

The area between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek is not a tourist hotbed, but there are some unique attractions. In the fall, golfing in the morning and watching football games at Western Michigan University in the afternoon will delight sports fans. Binder Park Zoo and Kalamazoo Air Museum are great for families. The zoo is small enough to be easily reached on foot but large enough for entertainment. The Lady Gull Diva offers dinner excursions on Gull Lake. Augusta’s Barn Theater presents musicals and performs with Broadway actors all summer long.

September 5, 2012

Jason scott deeganJason Scott Deegan, Senior Writer

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed over 700 golf courses and destinations for some of the industry’s biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer’s Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.


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