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4.7
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.7
96.7%
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4.6
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4.6
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4.6
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4.6
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4.6
Amenities
4.6
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4.6
94.4%
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4.6
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.6
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4.6
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4.6
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4.6
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 70
Length 6204 yards
Slope 147
Rating 78.4
Book a Tee Time at
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa - Spruce Run
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Course Details

Year Built 1979
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/15 Closed: 10/31
Architect Bill Newcomb (1979) John F. Robinson (1995)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Slacks, shorts and collared shirts are permitted. Denim, tee shirts and cut off shorts are not allowed.

Available Facilities

Banquet Facilities, Spa

Available Activities

Swimming

Reviews

4.8
21 Reviews (21)
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Reviews 10
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great time

Played early morning tee time and course was is excellent condition. Never had to wait or be pushed along. Would definitely come back to play again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fantastic

Played Spruce Run, beautiful couse and conditions were great. Definitely recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 84
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

multiple tee boxes nice and course plays uphill and long

greens and fairways in good shape although greens were slowest on 5 rounds played in Gaylor area. course plays long and it seemed every hole played uphill and long. were a few wet spots in fairways but course in good shape following recent rain closures.. the Combo yellow white tee was good senior tee

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 89
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

August 132021

Course was damaged by the recent storm
Several trees down
Greens were a little slow

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 89
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Beautiful Views

Excellent course conditions. Tricky greens. Stay below the hole!
Fun course, don’t let the yardage fool you.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Awesome Golf Course

Spruce Run may be considered the little brother to the Bear and the Wolverine (even though it is significantly older) but it deserves plenty of recognition itself. The course was in phenomenal shape. The fairways were tight and the greens were slick. Almost every hole was tree lined, and there were multiple times where a hole would look impossible from the looks from the tee box. But there were some excellent holes on the course. There were several magnificent elevation changes, and some very severe doglegs. If traveling to Grand Traverse, don’t overlook Spruce Run because it is just as good as the other two in its own way.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

S R Sweeet

Other than the threesom behind us wanting to set a speed record the first five holes. (They finally backed off) We played in under four hours. The course is tight but playable the first 13 holes than opens up. Great layout and tricky greens. Very fun and I recommend it to anyone.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great value course

The course was in good shape, with thick rough that punished errant tee shots. Great value for the area, costing almost $100 less than the other courses at the Grand Traverse Resort.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Mean Greens!

Hole layouts were very creative with tons of bunkers and amazing views of the resort and bay. Course conditions were pristine and the greens were rolling VERY fast. I four-putted for the first time in my whole life so that was unpleasant but still had a great time!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great conditions, good value

Well maintained and decent value. Solid course to play as a warm up to the more challenging and expensive course next door — the Bear. The greens are in great shape and fast. The layout is fairly forgiving. I had easy shots to the green after hitting a few tee shots into the trees. On the other hand, hitting into the fairway bunker on #4 forced a layup because I didn’t dare try to carry the water. Another layup was forced on #5 because of the big tree in front of me on the fairway. #7 is drivable if you can get it over the trees. The back nine was shorter (par 34) and included a couple short drivable par 4s (#12 and, if you can bend it right, #13).

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 93
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Michigan Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Not a little brother

This course is always overshadowed by The Bear, but I think it has a lot to offer for every type of player. It's just about as tough as the famous course on the property, with the stretch of holes 3,4, and 5 being some of the hardest I've ever played. With that being said, it's definitely more playable for people who can't make the forced carries The Bear requires you to. The resort does a very fun big-hole tournament here every October. Come here and play The Bear, but make sure you get a tee time at Spruce Run as well. I can promise you'll have just as much fun.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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