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4.7
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4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.4
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4.2
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7020 yards
Slope 138
Rating 73.6
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Bedford Valley - Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort
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Course Details

Year Built 1965
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season April - October
Architect William F. Mitchell (1965)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Snacks

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Michigan (2017 #13) (2015 #2)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Course Conditions in the U.S. (2015 #17)
  • Golf Advisor: Golfers' Choice (2015 #22)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Value Courses in the U.S. (2015 #22)

Reviews

4.6
135 Reviews (135)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 9
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 21
Undulating Greens 16
Water Hazards 14
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 22
Locals 12
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 12
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 20
Convenient to the City 8

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Handicap 10-14
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5.0
Previously Played

A remarkable track

I was so impressed by the condition of the entire course. This is truly a gem. Fantastic course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 06/01/2015

Hi kazucks,

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We are glad that you were impressed with the condition of the course. We hope to see you again in the future.

BedfordValleyMgmt

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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course, SLOW play

Beautiful, well maintained course, but the foursome of regulars in from of us wouldn't let our twosome play through and were VERY SLOW

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Why you SHOULD play Bedford Valley Country Club

Booked round the day prior on GolfNow due to golfing being a last minute decision, and we were happy we picked Bedford Valley. The course was in good shape, which was even more impressive considering it is the end of September. I was hesitant to play here due to being part of Gull Lake View group - played Stoatin Bay two weeks ago and the course was in horrible condition. Bedford Valley changed my perception of the group.

There was limited merchandise as well as beverage/food options, but I’m guessing that is due to playing near the end of season. Merchandise was 30%, so if you play this fall check out their pro-shop.

They had new carts (gas) which were nice. The carts don’t have GPS which was a drawback, especially not knowing the course and/or distances to hazards. If you use a GPS app or range finder you will be fine.

There weren’t many cart paths, so at times it was confusing where to go for the next tee box, but it is easy enough to figure out quickly - just know you may make a wrong turn or two.

There was standing water in some bunkers, but unless the course can control the weather I’m not sure you wouldn’t run up against that same issue anywhere.

The course reminds me of a northern Michigan course with trees surrounding it, and in the fairways. I loved the layout, but if you don’t control your drives you may not enjoy this course. There is distance to some of the holes, and well placed hazards / tree-lines to ensure if you hit a great shot you are rewarded if playing against someone who may hit the ball a mile but has no idea where it is going.

There wasn’t water coolers or bathrooms on the course - which is a drawback - especially if you play on a warmer day.

Overall, this is a good course and one I would recommend to anyone wanting to go out and golf. I would play again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
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 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Golf

Very good especially with power outage in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 215
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

A Great Test of Golf

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.

Bedford Valley was the fourth Gull Lake View course and is the only course not on the Augusta property. It’s located about 20 minutes away in Battle Creek and was designed in 1965 by William Mitchell. Bedford Valley was purchased by the Scott Family in 1988 and is known for its fairways lined with majestic oak trees, oversized bunkers, and large, sweeping greens. Since purchasing the property, the Scott family has added a complete practice facility with a full-length driving range and large putting green.

I’ve spoken with several golf pros who are familiar with Bedford Valley, and they all seem to agree that Number 13 is the hole that can make or break a round. In most cases, at least for them, it was break! From the back tees, the hole plays 496 yards; 456 from the White Tees. With water on the left and a large tree on the right, most players will not be able to hit a driver. Longball hitters may have a chance but it’s about a 275 carry over the water from the White tees. To complicate matters, the fairway is only about 10 yards wide where the trees meet the water in the landing area. A “safe” tee shot will leave about 250 yards to the green, which is guarded by a large, deep bunker about 30 tards short of the green as well as another trap front left and a third trap back right. The green slopes left to right so play your approach shot accordingly. Play smart and par or better is a possibility.

Knowing that they needed a place for golfers to stay, 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.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

dont forget your sand wedge

Beautuful course tree line fairways with mature trees and a lot of sand traps through out the course a good test of your game

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times 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 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful

I really like the layout of this course. Challenging but not overwhelming.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Hot weather
Used cart

Ladies Red tee adjustment

I played and only got 2 to 5 yards advantage from the gold tees on 80% of the holes. The ladies should have a separate tee which would reflect ladies avg. distance from very long hitting Senior men golfers.
Two to 5 yards is NOT enough difference ....

Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 391
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Illinois Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

60's design of Mid-Michigan blah

Played 5 out of the 6 Gull Lake View courses last week. Rank this one 3rd best. Really friendly staff and really good conditioning. Decent but dated clubhouse and facilities. Driving range. Practice green is not representative of what you'll find on course...it's too small and sloped. A decent fairly open enough design but mainly it's just a hit over/around sand traps and tree avoidance course.....then a putting contest on some larger than normal mainly elevated green pads. I'd play it again but there just aren't any holes that stand out so much that would make me want to travel to play them again. If I was local I'd probably play Bedford just once a year or less. Our group was on a package deal but overall I'd give it a 40 value/3.5 stars.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bedford 1of 5 great Gull Lakeview courses

Great course and layout, staff was friendly and the course was in great shape.

Conditions Good
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
Previously Played

Even with all the rain lately...

Course was in great shape even with all of the rain. One of my favorite local courses, challenging, but fair.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

One of Area's Best

Big course, big greens, big value. Course is challenging for women, but fair. Greens in great shape and roll true. Price great value for such a beautiful course. Course was busy but pace of play smooth.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Have fun

I had a good time. The food was high priced. $10.50 for hot and Water. The course was in good shape.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice Track

Very enjoyable course that’s fair but challenging, will definitely be back.. Extra friendly staff.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice Course

Pace of play was a little slow due to a 2 man scramble if front of us. There wasn’t any cart paths anywhere on the course which was odd. But overall a nice course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Greens

Greens were a little slower than I remember, but only play there once a year.

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