West at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort
|Green M: 70.6/126||373||151||374||313||502||218||350||382||579||3242||422||183||403||143||420||368||290||377||495||3101||6343|
|White M: 69.1/124||355||137||357||293||491||192||342||371||565||3103||412||173||386||132||399||354||268||348||484||2956||6059|
|Gold M: 65.5/105 W: 70.2/122||338||131||243||279||443||154||271||269||486||2614||402||173||310||121||340||266||259||323||414||2608||5222|
|Red W: 68.1/118||318||122||238||249||436||148||266||265||432||2474||400||142||301||110||335||260||252||286||404||2490||4964|
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A True Michigan Gem
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.
Darl and Letha began work on the first of Gull Lake View’s golf courses in 1962 and three years later, Gull Lake View West was opened for public play. Gull Lake View West plays through fields and valleys, up and down hills, and around woods and ponds. You’ll encounter several blind tee shots, so course knowledge is at a premium. The back nine plays much harder than the front with considerably more elevation changes. It’s not often that a par 3 is the #1 handicapped hole on a golf course but that’s the case with Number 6. From the Back Tees, the hole plays 192 yards. The small green is protected by bunkers on either side. Your best bet is to hit your tee shot short and right of the pin as balls tend to bounce hard left. Gull Lake view will have you hitting every club in your bag at least once.
The success of their first course gave the Scotts a vision of how lucrative a Michigan golf resort could be. After the design of their second course, Gull Lake View East, the Scotts believed that their dream of a fabulous Michigan golf resort was well within reach. Now they needed a place for golfers to stay so Darl and Letha designed and constructed the Fairway Villas, located across the street from the East and West courses. These 2-bedroom, 2 bath villas boast fully equipped kitchens, spacious living areas, and patios overlooking the golf course. They are the perfect accommodations for groups of four to relax and enjoy everything Southwest Michigan’s finest golf resort has to offer. Since then, about 24 2-bedroom, 2-bath villas have been added which has increased the number of lodging options to 67 units.
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.
Great course on a great day! Pace of play was okay; very friendly group of eight allowed us to play in front of them. We thanked they profusely! Course was a little soggy on the back nine, some cart path only holes. Groundskeepers were aerating the greens, and sanding them behind us. That's okay, but I wish there was some way that Golfnow could let people know about this ahead of time? Great course, and definitely will be back!
This was a great course. The weather didn’t cooperate as the fog didn’t lift until the back 9. But overall it’s a great course.
I LIKED THIS COURSE, MADE FOR A FUN TIME AND I EXPECT IT WILL BE LIKE THAT AGAIN.
great experience. .
Wes in the pro shop does an excellent job. Course in great shape. Best bargain in southern Michigan.
Little Wet, Great Shape
Rained a lot before we went out. Course still in great shape.