The Legend at Shanty Creek in Bellaire, Michigan, USA | GolfPass
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4.4
100 Reviews (100)
5 Stars
69
4 Stars
21
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.1
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.8
89.3%
Recommend this course
93 out of 100 reviews
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4.2
9 Reviews (9)
5 Stars
6
4 Stars
0
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.0
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.9
77.8%
Recommend this course
7 out of 9 reviews
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4.2
23 Reviews (23)
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
3
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.0
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.5
82.6%
Recommend this course
19 out of 23 reviews
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Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 6764 yards
Slope 137
Rating 73.2
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The Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek Resorts
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Course Details

Year Built 1986
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/27 Closed: 10/21
Architect Arnold Palmer (1986) Ed Seay (1986) Robert Walker (1986)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Spa

Available Sports

Fitness

Accolades

Reviews

4.4
100 Reviews (100)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 10
Bunkers 9
Undulating Greens 8
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 12
Advanced Golfers 10
Group Getaways 9
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 11
At a Resort 9

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Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

No Love

Sadly, The Legend, one of the best layouts in Northern MI, is all burned out. Entire Tee boxes are cooked, parts of greens burnt, and large portions of many fairways are BROWN. Played a few other resort courses in Gaylord, and they seemed to manage to water the grass just fine. Arnie's Grill is not a grill at all, it feels like a cafeteria from high school. Not sure what's going on, but it definitely needs a lot more love.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 48
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 06/09/2022

We're glad you enjoyed your 5-star experience with us. Please comment or reach out to our team in the golf shop to let us know more about your round at The Legend at Shanty Creek!

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Fantastic Course

I love this golf course even though it is probably one of the most difficult in my personal opinion. The fairways are narrow so it leaves you with minimal room for error off the tee. The greens, tee boxes, and fairways are in great shape. The layout and difficulty is what has me coming back to this beautiful golf course. Additionally, extremely friendly staff.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Going Downhill

It was not in good shape. Greens aerated still and in generally rough shape, fairways with browned out spots all over, just not what it’s been previously when I’ve played here in 2018 and 2019. Hoping it’s better when I come back in September and will update if so. Not at all worth the money as it stands. The restaurant/grill is also in serious need of an overhaul.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 07/07/2022

Hello, thank you for taking the time to review us, and for the 3 stars. We're sorry to hear the course may not have been in the best shape on the day of your round. We appreciate your feedback as we work to make any necessary improvements. Thank you for choosing to golf with us, and we look forward to seeing you again soon at The Legend at Shanty Creek.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

More Like The Myth

First review I have ever posted.

I know it’s early in the season but it should be unrealistic to pay more than $30 for a course that has aerated greens, especially if they don’t fill the holes with sand. Unfortunately every green at this course was under these conditions. On top of that the course appears to not have been well taken care of in a couple years, although the back nine was in slightly better shape. I’ve grown up hearing how amazing this course is and yes the course layout and views are spectacular but currently the course is not.
I do want to point out that the people that worked there were as nice as I’ve encountered golfing but I would advise anyone to golf somewhere else until the conditions improve.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 06/14/2022

Hello. Thank you for taking the time to review and leave your feedback on your recent round with us. It is always our utmost goal to provide our golfers with a fun and enjoyable time and we apologize if we missed the mark. Please feel free to reach out to our staff in the pro shop with any additional concerns. Thanks for choosing The Legend at Shanty Creek.

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Last round for the year

Legend has some great challenging holes and always like it for demanding you bring your game.

Sadly, due to level of heavy rain and ppl who have no respect for the course… chewed up sections with the carts…

Till next year…

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Course Awesome - Arnie's Grill HUGE Disappointment

The Legend golf course continues to be one of the best courses in Michigan.
Unfortunately, the clubhouse facilities have suffered from a lack of investment and reflect very poorly on Shanty Creek and The Legend course.
Restrooms - dumpy
Arnie's Grill - IS NOT A GRILL. It's like an old cafeteria that nobody takes care of. The patio, which has a great view over the Summit course, is a mossy, paint peeling, AstroTurf bummer.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 408
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Illinois Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Copied part of my 6/6/21 review

Returned to Shanty for some fall golf. Had some very nice weather. On my next visit to the area I'll probably just skip playing Legend.....HawksEye was already closed for the season....would much rather play that instead. Legend is definitely not a 5 star and it's simply not even a 4 star for the overall conditions and what they charge.

The Legend simply put is getting a tad "long in the tooth" with age. It desperately needs a solid rehab or renovation in a number of areas. Especially the cart paths.....many are crumbling and for a resort course of this stature it's really been neglected. Don't get me wrong I really enjoy playing Legend but Shanty needs to pay attention and invest some funds in to what was their featured 18 holes years ago....otherwise they'll start getting real push back for what they charge to play it. It's a 50/60 course at most right now....definitely not towards the c-note range. The clubhouse/bathroom facilities for the Legend/Summit courses are also is old, smelly and tired. The pretty Legend flower logo in the hillside at the first tee only goes so far guys. Recommend play however Cedar River (and now Hawk's Eye) are the courses not to miss at Shanty. 3.75 stars. Legend is downgraded from my 4 star plus plus previous reviews.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/14/2021

Hello, thank you for leaving us a review. We are sorry to hear your experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you will give us another try in the future. Thank you for choosing The Legend at Shanty Creek.

Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Layout

The layout changed and the painted markings could be better. The course was awesome! Definitely coming back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

The course felt like we were playing in a swamp

I've never before played on a course as wet as this. It wasn't just parts of the course that were wet, it was the entire course including the sand bunkers, some of which still held water. The small amount of rain we had did not justify the water on the course. I suspect there is a lot of clay under the soil and there are obviously drainage issues. The tee boxes and fairways were like wet sponges, although the large and difficult greens were still fast and unreceptive. We were advised that due to the wetness of the fairways, the carts must stay on the cart path, so there was a lot of walking during our round that we hadn't anticipated. I've played this course before when it was drier, but today the course should have been closed; playing on a course this wet and difficult takes the fun out of golf.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Commented on 09/29/2021

Hello, thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. Your feedback about the course is important to us. We with the recent rain we are working to get everything up to par. We have projects ongoing to recover the fairways and greens from the water on the course. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We are going to escalate your feedback to our team so we can make improvements before your next game. We will continue to work towards an excellent experience by using your comment for guidance. Thank you for playing The Legend at Shanty Creek. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 36
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Perfect conditions

Glorious day. accommodating staff wonderful weather highlight of golf weekend great finishing hole

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 48
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

First time

Condition was pristine. Course was a challenge but fair. We loved it! Very amenities which is probably lack of staff at this time. Could have used a course ranger other than that great experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 22
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Gorgeous and challenging!

Gorgeous and challenging course! Well maintained (cart path was a little rough) but the course itself is beautiful. Nice layout with challenging hazards, hole #7 is a beast. Definitely a shot placement course, fun, and will definitely play again!

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