Black Lake Conference Center
About Black Lake Conference CenterNot 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.
Amenities & Services
Golf courses at Black Lake Conference Center
Images from Black Lake Conference Center
It’s been a long time since I’ve played this course, and it was better than I remember (I was maybe 16 the first time I played). Very challenging and plays longer than listed. if you don’t hit the fairways, you’ll be in trouble. But there are also a fair share of inviting fairways. Greens were quick, and some had multiple tiers but very well kept. Sand traps had fine sand, not dirt with rocks in it like other courses. Layout was beautiful; tough to beat the pine trees lining every fairway with multiple small ponds and ravines. Beautiful spring Saturday am and the course wasn’t crowded at all. Will be returning.
Staff was awesomel! Course in beautiful condition! $$ was vey affordable!
Other than the Gnats
Course was lush and in good shape. Thick rough, fairways overall good shape and greens were smooth and rolled with good speed. If it weren’t for the bothersome gnats that wouldn’t leave us alone it would be 4.5 stars.
Challenging, yet very playable. Great layout. Awesome GPS in carts. Probably can't find a better course for the money. Will return many times.
Beautiful golf course during fall foliage
It is a beautiful course, especially during fall foliage season. Friendly staff. Strongly recommended.
The pace was excruciating.
1 :30 hour pace through the first seven holes, Forty minutes to play 8 and 9. When made the turn, there were literally 5 groups at the tenth tee box. There wasn't a starter to get play moving or even an explanation. This resulted in a 6+ hour round and we played the last hole in the dark.
With all of the different courses to choose from in the surrounding areas, it's not worth the extra forty minute drive....I'm just saying
Course nice, lacking customer service and ...
Found the course in good condition.
When we paid no receipt was provided, and person in pro shop disinterested.
We were charged gratuity to have our golf bags placed on the golf cart, this was not optional. The individual did not wear gloves or appear to use a hand sanitizer. Also disinterested
The Starter was the shining moment in customer service, he offered some course incite, and wished us a good round.
The GPS on the cart was not always helpful. While driving on the paved cart path the GPS would stop showing the selected hole and ask us to return to the cart path, annoying! And the GPS stopped at the beginning of the 17th hole, I found this annoying as the score card does not show pictures of each hole, thus the last two holes we were hitting blind.
Two of the sand traps were difficult to physically enter and exit from, and I fell during one attempt.
When leaving the course again limited COVID, no gloves yet they instist on handling your golf bag, remember they include their gratuity as a separate charge. When making Tee Time all fees especially mandatory gratuity should be shared to a customer.
Amazing hidden gem!
After playing many courses both collegiate my and professionally, this course is a very strong track. Great design and condition. One of the most hidden courses I’ve played which intrigued me. When I saw Reese Jones designed it, I wanted to give it a go. Played long when I played as it was wet. Great practice facility, clubhouse and restaurant. I highly recommend.
A Northern Michigan Gem!
An experience you can only get in Northern Michigan. The course is beautiful and in excellent condition. Greens were very soft in the morning hours and they never quite rolled like i expected. Otherwise, well worth the trip.
Played this course twice in a weekend on a golf trip. Worth the drive to the middle of nowhere. Beautiful clubhouse, go inside and check it out. Only thing I didn’t care for was the additional charge for bag handling and I put the bag on the cart myself. Very tough course, it’s going to test every club in your bag. Rough is thick, and the greens roll fast and true. Each hole feels like it’s by itself - you don’t have people from other holes hitting into you ever. We will be back for sure.
A gem in the north woods
Played this course for the 2nd time in 3 years. At one time if you were not allied with the UAW, you could not play it. Outstanding layout in the middle of nowhere Michigan (Onaway). I will defiantly play this again !
Very nice course,this is the first time I played it in the rain making it more of a challenge.it was still very nice