View from Stoatin Brae at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort
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4.3
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4.3
Value
4.0
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.7
87.6%
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80 out of 90 reviews
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4.2
18 Reviews (18)
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4.3
Value
3.8
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
4.0
83.3%
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4.2
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4.4
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4.1
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Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Links
Par 71
Length 6667 yards
Slope N/A
Rating N/A
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Stoatin Brae - Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort
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Course Details

Year Built 2016
Architect Renaissance Golf Design (2016)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Snacks

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Michigan (2020 #24) (2019 #23)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Most Improved U.S. Golf Courses (2018 #10)

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4.3
90 Reviews (90)
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Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Fun to play

Fun layout , Lack of course knowledge made some tee shot lines difficult, greens in good condition a little slower than my liking. Balls hit in the long grass will be lost , some of the thickest grass I have ever encountered on a golf course. Staff was friendly and helpful , we played in 3hrs50min as a foursome.

Very enjoyable round

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 215
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

One of Michigan's Best Layouts

When golfers think of Augusta, their first thought in all likelihood is The Masters and Augusta National on a bright sunny day in April. I doubt it’s that small town in Michigan, midway between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. But maybe it should be because Augusta, Michigan is home to one of the largest golf resorts in the country: Gull Lake View Golf Resort. There are 108 holes within a 12-mile radius of Augusta, Mich., and offers more holes than Bandon Dunes, PGA National, or Pebble Beach Resorts. It is among the five largest golf resorts in the country. Five of the six courses have been certified as Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries since 1995.

Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort has been owned and operated by the Scott family for over 50 years. Every day, four generations of Scotts go to work at the resort in one capacity or another. There were no big-name golf course architects called in to build the golf courses; no Tom Fazio, no Pete Dye, no Ron Garl. Gull Lake View is a did-it-themselves golf resort. Except for Bedford Valley – which was purchased by the Scott family in 1988 and with a little help from Tom Doak’s Renaissance Golf Design on Stoatin Brae - the golf courses were designed and built by the Scotts. Renaissance helped out with the bunkering and greens on Stoating Brae, as well as doing some of the labor. The shaping and contouring of the golf course were done by the Scotts.

Darl and Letha are the matriarch and patriarch of the Scott family and were the first generation of Scotts to be involved with the property. Darl used to be the superintendent at nearby Gull Lake Country Club and the couple also owned the Gull Lake Motel. The Scotts sold the motel to get the funds to build their first course, Gull Lake View West, which opened in 1965.

Stoatin Brae is not only the newest course at Gull Lake View but also their crowning jewel. The course was built by the Scott family with a little input and help from Tom Doak’s Renaissance Golf Company. Translated from Gaelic, Stoatin Brae means Grand Hill and since the course sits on the highest point in Kalamazoo County, it just makes sense! The course can be described in 4 words: fast, firm, and wide open (and doesn’t count)! When the wind is up, you’ll have a good idea of what it’s like to play golf in Scotland. The course plays 6,667 yards from the tips with a course rating of 71.5 and a slope of 122. You’ll have to shoot a 71 if you want to play par golf here. And it’s priced right too. It’s probably one of the best golf values in the country. There are no water hazards at Stoatin’ Brae. But what it lacks in water, it makes up for in strategically placed bunkers and challenging green complexes. And if the wind’s blowing, you’ll forget all about the lack of water. At 336 yards, the 10th hole is relatively short however as you stand on the tee, you can’t help but wonder where is the best place to hit your tee shot? As it turns out, a long drive down the left side and over the hill provides the best angle into the green. If you can see your tee shot when it lands, you’ll probably have a tougher approach shot. Several rugged bunkers guard the green.

Although the majority of Gull Lake View’s guests come from Detroit, Chicago, and Toledo, it’s not uncommon to meet golfers from Cincinnati, and Wisconsin, and Canada while you’re there. Golfers may come out to just play Stoatin Brae but once they get a feel for one of the other courses, they’re hooked! And at Gull Lake View, there is something for everyone.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Golweek #6 in Michigan? Shouldn’t be even in top 50

Saw that it was ranked #6 in Michigan so I had to play! Started at ranger hitting off mats. Looked at the scorecard and asked in the clubhouse if the slope of 122 from the back tees was wrong. Was told that it was rated wrong and the greens were tricky. IThe greens are the best part of the course but otherwise the course is wide open and not very difficult. The course is a $50 course and maybe $60 max but to be a top 10 in Michigan it’s not by a long shot The resort much be paying Golfweek big $ because this ranking is far from truthful. Sorry for such a harsh review but I feel I was duped in driving out of the way to play the course.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 32
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Disappointed

Second time playing this course. It has slipped badly in the three years since first visit. Although a "Holiday" weekend,, restaurant was not open, No on course beverage cart, only a lightly stocked halfway house at the Ninth crossover. Very rocky sand traps, rough tee boxes, and "shaggy" most everywhere that it shouldn't be. Greens were good,, being able to make a putt saved the round for our foursome. We felt Price was too much for what we experienced. Course rating in Michigan seems way to high.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fun to play

Fun corse to play, was able to get on during the week at a reduced rate. Was in great condition, some cut grass clippings in the fairways. Greens were all very consistent, which is always good. Overall a satisfying round of 18.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Slow pace Terrible Staff

Reservations for 12:50… finally made the turn at 4pm. We didn’t get to finish because of pace of play. Had prior commitments for 6pm. the geoup behind us hitting into us. Group in front playing at a snails pace. Course staff did nothing but make Excuses. Not even an apology. No attempt to rectify the situation. We were told Simply it happens sometimes. What a joke! I’ll never play here again!

Conditions Excellent
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Hard to be unbiased when you break your personal best

But...I'll try here. So yes, first time I've ever broke 80. Most of your golf hardos will laugh at that and make fun of me but it was a fun round. 4 birdies and the course was in great shape. I'm a bogey golfer but drained 2 long putts and 2 out of my mind approach shots had me in the zone. Straight driver working all day made things very easy and kind of boring but enough about the round.
Since the last time I've played the course, it has grown in so much. As a guy who dislikes very much a tight fairway lie I loved this place. The fairways had just enough shag on them to stand up my ball for some great contact on approach shots. The tall grass was penial for sure if you hit in there, we rarely found any ball that went far in but man o man it looks pretty out there. Right now the wildflower areas are popping w/ butterflies and birds like crazy. I think the playability of the course is much better with how they have it cut and lengths of fairways and rough areas. I dig the greens that just appear from the fairway and no apron or fringe along the green, very cool look to it.
11-16 are the best stretch of holes, 12 is so fun to bomb the drive, 16 shared fairway and the view from the green make the whole round. Can't wait to go back and it's a must play in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course!

I really enjoy this course. If you are going to Gull Lake, you really should include this course in your package. It's a nice change up from the other GL courses. Pay the extra.

The course was in great shape. I saw numerous staff working on the course and doing a great job. The carts are kinda lame and there is no GPS. Not a big deal since a lot people have some type of GPS for themselves. My only complaint is about divots and ball marks on the greens. The carts don't have sand, which would help quite a bit. It would also help a lot if people would fix their ball mark on the green. Fix yours & 1 or 2 more. It only takes a few seconds and makes a big difference. Go play Stoatin Brae if you get the chance!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Disappointed

With the recognition that the course has received in the various golf magazines, I expected a lot more. On arrival on Sunday at 1:00 PM, there was no course employee at the bag drop and nearby cart area. Upon checking in our twosome at the Pro Shop, we asked about moving up from our 2:00 PM tee time and were told that the course was fully booked and another twosome would be joining us. The Pro Shop mentioned nothing about the practice range. We loaded our clubs into a dirty golf cart with no GPS or ice container. At 1:30 PM, a Pro Shop staff member told us that they had some cancellations and we could tee off immediately. No welcome to the course or instructions from the Starter. There was no one in front of us and we played the front nine in a terrific 90 minutes. The front nine is very plain with parallel holes. After getting drinks at the half way facility, we had played four holes on the back nine and arrived at the 14th tee with a foursome waiting for the green to clear. We could see three foursomes on the 15th hole and decided to not finish the round. The four holes we played on the back nine were much more challenging and interesting than the front nine, with some elevation changes. The course conditions were good and the sand in the bunkers was properly maintained. If they bring the service levels up to the advertised "Resort" facility, this would be a much better experience.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 391
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Illinois Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing

Absolutely worth a visit and a return trip

Of the six Gull Lake View courses you'd be a dummy to not play this course. On a package deal staying a Gull Lake....they charge an extra $55 to play Stoatin. Far and away the best track of the bunch....and the only one links style. Built on a treeless ridge overlooking Kzoo County the vast vistas really play with your depth perception and direction. Staff is welcoming and friendly. There's a driving range (off mats) next to clubhouse with a miles for days overlook but it's a real head scratcher as to why they built the clubhouse without a view of the course or 18th - probably a reason why the restaurant is still closed and only has rudimentary food service and bar. The 19th hole view is nice but that's about it (no watching other golfers at all) - the course itself doesn't return after nine however a really cool feature is the halfway house named The Bunker. It's located in the middle of the course. You go nearby with access it midway on both nines or just after nine due to the routing of the course. In my book makes the course a must see. Course flows nicely over the ridges and can't go without mentioning (as others have written in mags and other places) that the 6th thru 8th hole stretch is just wonderful, incredibly challenging, fair yet really fun design. We were fortunate to catch an overcast light wind day in July. If it had been hot/windy the course would have been a beast. Our group was able to play the course twice since it was a Monday.....many had much better scores 2nd time around....but they charged yet another $35. But even the initial $55 Gull Lake View up charge had some of our older group members grumbling. If it's not part of a package deal Stoatin is a solid $60 play and a really solid overall 4.3 stars plus in my book. Highly recommend a stop here if traveling through the area to play the best public access possible. If you do avail yourself of a couple day Gull Lake View package or are looking for a nearby dinner place.... make sure to make reservations at least a day beforehand to dine at nearby South Kitchen... as well as close by Kitchen House in Richland owned by a local husband/wife team. Outstanding food and service at both places.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 67
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

extremely playable

This course has really been modified from a couple years ago, much more open and a bit on the easy side. Not the Scottish countryside like before but more of an open links course. all surfaces were in great shape, greens nice and fast

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Links golf at its best!!!

Beautiful links style golf, course was in pristine condition, 20-30 mph winds made it very challenging and a lot of fun. A must play!!!!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Will play again

Will play again at different time if the year! Wasn’t in very good condition for the price and drive!

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great potential

The front nine doesn’t have a ton of uniqueness to it but it is still good, love the layout of the back nine. I think it needs a little more time for maturation and a little more attention to detail would take it to the next level. Greens are big but surprisingly difficult

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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