Work on the new golf course at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort in Michigan, USA is progressing well, with the 18-hole course expected to be ready for play in mid-2016.
Stoatin Brae will be Gull Lake View’s sixth course and was designed by a Renaissance Golf Design team of Tom Doak.
A number of the company’s senior partners – namely Eric Iverson, Brian Schneider, Brian Slawnik and Don Placek – oversee the design and construction of the course, working with members of the Scott family, who own and operate the complex for three generations.
“The overall approach is consistent with how Jon Scott really feels,” Iverson said. “Bring the fun back to golf. It’s one of the things we all need to do to make sure the game perseveres.
Built on the site of a former apple orchard, the course has been cleared and replanted with prairie grasses.
“The desire is for the course to be fast and firm,” said Brian Schneider. “There will be the ability to run the ball across the floor and into the greens. The fairways are wide. It was built to be fun. Fun plays a big part in all the work we have done. Fun means be able to play a ball, find your ball, have width off the tee, half par holes From tee to green you can find your ball Par is defended around the greens There is a little more contour in the greens at Stoatin Brae than on the resort’s other courses.”
When complete, the course will play a total of 6,700 yards from the back tees, but an additional set of front tees will also be put in place to accommodate beginners, young golfers, women and seniors. From these tees, the course will play approximately 4,000 yards.
“As far as short starts, when I approached Eric about it, he immediately agreed,” said Jon Scott, president of Gull Lake View. “The guys at Renaissance are really, honestly committed to building something that works on every level. They have a ton of experience building around the world and as broad an exposure to golf courses as any team. of design that we could have worked with. Making a challenging course for good golfers and a playable course for the average guy is about as hard of a design job as it gets.