Black Lake Golf Club Wows in Fall
By Greg Johnson
Black Lake Golf Club in Onaway, like all the golf courses that are part of the Gaylord Golf Mecca, has enjoyed a wonderful golf season to this point. Here’s the best news: It only gets better as summer gives way to fall.
“When the weather cooperates some of the best golf here is in the fall,” says Black Lake General Manager Nick Aune. “The colors are incredible.”
Black Lake, 18 miles off northbound I-75, features the award-winning golf course Architect Rees Jones designed for the UAW Black Lake Conference Center in 2000. It is one of the 17 golf courses that are part of the Gaylord Golf Mecca, and one of the favorites of those who make the pilgrimage to one of America’s favorite golf destinations.
It’s a classic design with imaginative bunkering, top-notch conditioning and a get-away-from-it-all feel on each isolated hole just an hour drive from Gaylord and an hour drive from the Mackinac Bridge. Magnificent trees and views on the rolling terrain will start flashing nature’s vibrant colors in the next month or so. It’s great golf in living color.
The golf course is as good as they get. It has made more than one appearance on Golf Digest’s “100 Greatest Public Courses in America” list and has annually made best-of lists across the board. It was designed to provide a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. Five sets of tee markers are part of most holes. The course plays from 5,058 to 7,030 yards.
Complementing the big course is The Little Course, a nine-hole par 3 meant to introduce young people to the game as well as sharpen veteran players’ short games. In addition, Black Lake also has a practice area with a 350-yard double sided bentgrass tee range, four practice bunkers and four chipping and putting greens, a clubhouse with dining room and lounge, and men’s and women’s locker rooms.
Visitors continue to visit via the Tour Golf Package that runs in conjunction with Mecca partners Gaylord Golf Club and The Pines at Michaywe.’ It’s loaded with multiple rounds of classic golf at amazing prices, and in September fall rates will kick in. Black Lake usually stays open well into October.