2000 Maxon Road, Onaway, Michigan 49765, US
(989) 733-8521
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About Black Lake Conference Center

Not everybody realizes that the Black Lake Conference Center - also known as the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center owned by the United Auto Workers - is open to the general public. It was built in the 1970s on roughly 1,000 acres of remote, idyllic property in northern Michigan. Accommodations range from 228 rooms in the Lodge to a selection of condos, apartments and camp sites. With a massive auditorium, Black Lake is perfect for conferences, retreats, weddings, family vacations and reunions. Rees Jones added the award-winning Black Lake Golf Club in 2000. Other recreation includes exploring the surrounding forests hiking and biking or fishing in Burt Lake, Mullett Lake or its namesake Black Lake, teeming with walleye, bass and perch.

Facts

Price Range$$
Property Class★★★
Acres1000
Year Opened1970
Number of Units100-300

Amenities & Services

RestaurantsCasual
Room TypesRoom
PoolIndoor
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Beach AccessYes
Banquet SpaceYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?Yes
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Black Lake Conference Center

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4.5
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Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

First time play at Black Lake

Traditional track layout. Courteous staff. Course was in good shape for the cool spring conditions experienced in Michigan. I had heard of Black Lake from many others previously and finally decided to play the course... glad I did.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Reviews 9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nothing special

Be prepared for a long day on the course. Many players that come here probably should be hitting the forward most tees. Mold took over some of the greens. The layout is a typical northern Michigan type course. No beverage cart. Cart gps is not correct distance. Driving range balls are tore up.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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Reviews 30
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
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
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Such a great track.

Rewards good shots. Punishes bad shots. Great fast green. This is a new great classic course you would love as your home course. Only paid $49 as hot deal on Golf Now. I pay that to play goat ranches in Texas. One of my top 5 favorites in Michigan.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful course

This has become one of our favorite courses to play. Always well maintained and very friendly staff.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Hidden Gme!

This course is the hidden gen of Up North golf. Course is in perfect condition, which will challenge golfers of all skill levels. Course plays longer than you think. Lots of risk/reward opportunities around this track. Will be back to play here again, price is good, pace of play is outstanding (not sure we say any other golfers!). Very scenic and definitely has that Up North feel in the woods away from it all. Practice facilities were top notch as well, Driving Range looks like it belongs at a PGA tournament!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Almost Perfect Day

I have played this course about once per year for the past 5-6 years. The layout and tee box choices are excellent and demanding. The staff in both the pro shop and club house are helpful and pleasant. The pace of play was somewhat problematic. No rangers. The in cart computer said we were 21 minutes 'behind pace', and we were a twosome waiting on every hole but the first. Weather was a little hot but otherwise perfect. The course was in great shape except for the greens which were slow, bumpy and appeared to have a bunch of invasive grass (poa annua?) in them. I would go back since the value seems to be there, but am a little disappointed about the greens given the quality of the lay out.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

nice layout

Very nice layout,course condition was excellent.
One of the nicer courses we played in gaylord area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Tough but fair. Layout is outstanding. Condition is excellent. Will be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 38
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

RJOwner

Fantastic course with a challenging bit fair layout.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
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 Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 68
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great day at Black Lake!

We were enjoying a week on Burt Lake and found a nice Golf Now tee time at Black Lake... a great course
we've played before. The 4 of us had a great time...
no records, but a nice day of golf. Also, they have a very nice grill and bar, including outdoor seating.
We had a great day!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
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 Excellent
Played On
Reviews 53
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing

Perfect up north golf

I have a cottage in northern Michigan and have played almost every course in the area. Today was my first time at Black Lake and I have a new favorite! Everything was perfect, the conditions were awesome, the layout was extraordinary, the staff was great. Wow. I loved it all. Absolutely one of the best courses in northern Michigan.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Staff a bit abrasive

Very nice course. Showed up with plenty of time before tee time. 8:45 for 9:00 tee. Was rushed to the tee just to wait 15 minutes. Was told by every employee how busy they were like it was new to them. Just not a very friendly greeting.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Very beautiful and tough course

Very nice up north course. Requires more accuracy than most and greens are fast & multi tiered. Not to keen on rangers constantly driving around logging times on a clip board, if pace of play was slow could maybe understand, but I come to the up north courses to get away, relax, & have fun- not to have rangers riding up on me logging playing time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

A Must play

a little cold when we played but one of the best courses we have played during our 30 years of playing in Michigan. Course was in great shape. We will be back

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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