A view of the 18th green surrounded by tricky bunkers at Cedar River from Shanty Creek
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4.7
118 Reviews (118)
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Conditions
4.8
Value
4.4
Layout
4.9
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
96.6%
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113 out of 118 reviews
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4.7
19 Reviews (19)
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4.8
Value
4.3
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
94.7%
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4.8
21 Reviews (21)
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Conditions
4.9
Value
4.3
Layout
5.0
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.5
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4.8
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Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 6980 yards
Slope 135
Rating 73.2
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Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek Resorts
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Course Details

Year Built 1999
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Open: 4/27 Closed: 10/21
Architect Tom Weiskopf (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts 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
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Spa

Available Sports

Fitness

Accolades

Reviews

4.7
118 Reviews (118)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 6
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 12
Bunkers 11
Forced Carries 7
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 16
Advanced Golfers 12
A Weekend Splurge 10
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 14
Worth the Drive 14

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Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

End of days

I like to start my season up at Shanty playing Cedar River when it opens, and play it as my last round for year….

Like an old friend, CR continues to play true and enjoyable…

Thanks for taking such good care of it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fall color trip

Cedar River is in great shape overall but the fairways in many areas are getting divot laced. 3 very good tee shots and my ball finished in a fairway divot....two of those times in areas that it was almost impossible to avoid them unfortunately. Cedar is one of my all time favorite courses - I never get tired of playing it.....a spectacular design and really fun to play. Especially knowing just how to route your ball for maximum rollout. This is a Weiskopf gem that's not to be missed if you are in the area. A must play each and every time I venture to Northern Michigan. 4.0 stars on this day. Tree colors were just starting to pop....mid to late October course will be photo eye candy. Highly Recommended.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good drainage

The area had 1.25” of rain the night before and all holes were playable at 9am. No standing water was on any fairway or green. Carts were still allowed. They strive to keep the course free of leaves. Quick greens even after the rain

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
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 Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Fantastic Condition and Layout

My wife and I played 9 holes after a morning downpour. Despite wet conditions the course fairways and greens were in fantastic condition. We Can’t wait to play it again!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent layout/ beautiful.

Beautiful layout through the woods with alot of rolling terrain. Very fair course with great views and fantastic homes built in the woods. Tom Weiskoph design. Would definitely play again. Only issue was that there were many unfixed ball marks on the greens. Bad etiquette by many golfers not to fix their ball marks.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

5 star bathroom

The real O'Boyle said the cedar river bathroom was one of the best he's experienced. After many successful visits he came out renewed and ready to play.
Golf was of course fantastic and the weather was perfect but the bathrooms were worth the trip up north.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

The course is beautiful, only some issues with staff

Came here with a group of women alumni collegiate golfers for our first annual reunion trip. We played here the first day. This was one of the most pretty and scorable golf courses shanty creek has to offer and it was overall a fun track!

Unfortunately, a sour taint started off our weekend when we experienced an incredibly rude ranger who came up to our groups to address pace of play. We had been waiting every hole all day on the group of guys in front of us. The ranger came up to us (women) and said we needed to keep up. We attempted to tell him we’d been waiting on every hole, even on the very hole he came up to us as the guys were still on the green of a par 3. We asked him if we should start hitting into them or play through them and he scoffed said “you all wouldn’t play fast enough” he also made our first group hold up three fingers and say scouts honor we had waited every hole. One of our group players afterwards went to the men’s group ahead of us to ask if they had been told by the ranger to play faster or keep good pace of play and they said no… our group has dealt with the stereotype of women golfers before, but this was one of the worst. The slamming of the clip board on the windshield of the cart and the condescending tone brought tears of frustration to some of us and unavoidable anger to others.

However, Isaac who works by the carts was amazing!! He put us in a better mood before we left and he handled our complaints with class.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 08/17/2021

Hi, we appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are sorry to hear your customer service experience was not up to par. Please reach out to our management team at (231) 533-2020, and thanks for visiting The Cedar River at Shanty Creek. We hope you'll give us another try in the future.

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Commented on 08/16/2021

We had a group of women and one gentleman in our group!

Played On
Reviews 2
Plays A few times 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 Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Excellent day with my sons

Course was in good shape and a beautiful round. Greens were a little slower than anticipated but rolled true. Tees were flat for the most part and staff was excellent

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

Cedar River

Excellent facilities and staff. Course was immaculately manicured. Fairways were wide enough for the casual golfer but afforded advantages for a well placed shot. Greens were fast but also held long irons. I would recommend this course to all levels. A top ten public course in the state of Michigan.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Awesome Golf Course

This course is so scenic and is always kept in great shape. This is a must when you are in Shanty Creeks.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Hot and Fast

With the hot dry weather Cedar River was playing firm and fast. In great shape as well. One of my favorite courses in the whole wide world I never get tired of playing Cedar River.....it's spectacularly designed and just plain fun to play. Especially knowing just how to route your ball for maximum rollout. This is a Weiskopf gem that's not to be missed if you are in the area. A must play each and every time I venture to Northern Michigan. 4.5 stars. Highly Recommended.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Immaculate - Hidden Gem

If you haven't played Cedar River at Shanty Creek, do yourself a favor and go now! The track is difficult yet playable. Wildlife was abundant and the course conditions were second to none. Started at 5:45pm, played by myself and it only took 2 hours and 15 minutes!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Beautiful course

One of the nicest Shanty Creek golf courses highly recommend only downside they booked too many people on the course

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

CEDAR RIVER never disappoints

Cedar River is one of the BEST tracks in Northern Michigan. Itbis the absolute best that Shanty Creek has to offer. Don't miss your opportunity to play this great track!!

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