Shanty Creek Resorts is a Resort, 72 hole golf facility located in Bellaire, Michigan. The facility has four distinct 18-hole golf courses including Arnold Palmer's The Legend Course, Tom Weiskopf's Cedar River Golf Course, the challenging Schuss Mountain Course, and the original Summit Golf Course.
The Shanty Creek, Schuss Mountain Golf Course first opened for play in 1972. The course was designed by Warner Bowen. The course is situated in one of the most beautiful sections of the resort property, adjacent to the main downhill ski area.
Schuss Mountain provides two different course styles in one round. The front nine plays on predominately level terrain with generous fairways that are defined by dense forests. Bunkering is understated, and many of the green complexes are open in front. There are four dog-legs. The back side, beginning with hole number 11, presents a much more rolling terrain, with frequent and sometimes dramatic elevation changes. The eleventh is a long, snaking par five lined by hillsides saturated with tall native grasses, and precedes a series of holes that begin from elevated tee areas. The views from high atop these hillside tee stations are outstanding - a shot maker's delight in more ways than one.
This is a championship course. The greens are extra large, and there are no parallel fairways.
Par for the course is 72. From the back tees, the course plays to 6,922 yards. From the forward tees, the course measures 5,383 yards. The longest hole on the course is # 11, a par-5 that plays to 581 yards. The shortest hole on the course is # 17, a par-3 that plays to 179 yards from the back tees.
Watch out for # 5, a 569 yard par-5 challenge and the #1 handicap hole on the course. The easiest hole is # 12, a 369 yard par-4.
Guest (cart included), played on Friday, July 2022 at 3:30 PM
This is our 3rd of the five (5) courses here we are playing, but doing as a 4 man scramble. This Schuss Mountian GC has the longest tees of the five (5) courses at Blues @ 7,013yd / 73.5 / 130 down to Reds @ 5,370 / 65.4 / 116 on this wooded/hilly Par 36/36 layout. Conditions here today were topshelf from the four (4) tee boxes to large undulating greens rolling at 9-10. Sand traps are fluffed daily so the ball settles down very easily or fried eggs on those missed wedge shots. Of the ten (10) Par 4's, only four (4) of them are straightaway and the rest......Doglegs. With the wooded fairway borders, taking short cuts are very riskly with narrow landing areas. Knowing distances to landing areas/traps from your tee box selection is strongly advised. With no GPS on the carts you'll need more than the great hole discription on your scorecard. We played from the Whites @ 6,463yd / 70.9 / 126 and struggled hitting the greens in the right location as we had MANY missed sliding/speed putts on these large trickly hillside greens. Front 9 seemed a little more open and flatter than the narrow/hilly Back 9. We ended up shooting -9 because hitting the large greens was the easy part, putting was the rest of the story. I would have like to play this on my own ball, but moving up to the Sliver's @ 5,611yds / 66.9 / 119 would be my 1st choice and maybe some Whites also. This course is a very demanding layout if played from the wrong tees.
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