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.
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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!
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.
Very nice layout,course condition was excellent.
One of the nicer courses we played in gaylord area.
Tough but fair. Layout is outstanding. Condition is excellent. Will be back.
Fantastic course with a challenging bit fair layout.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
Worth the drive.
A fantastic, pristine course. Not overly challenging for a 12 handicapper but you better hit your landing area. Worth every nickel.
Love this course!
Probably the best maintained course I have ever played. It would be a shame to miss playing here just because there are so many great courses on the west side of the state. Make the effort to play here.
A must course..of many great ones around the area!
This course is busy. Never seen it not busy. But they put in pretty good effort to keep the pace of play. A great course...and I've seen more than 20 up there and this is proably 1-3 that I must play when I visit. O-H. Great staff too.
A few friends and I were attending a wedding at Black Lake later that afternoon, and decided we wanted to get in a morning round to enjoy the nice early fall weather. We had a group of 4, three of whom were playing (one beginner), and a fourth who was just along for the ride and the scenery. The pace of play was average (we were waiting on most shots) but overall still finished the round in exactly 4.5 hours. The first time we came into contact with the ranger (hole 2 or 3), he accused of not all paying for our round. One of our guys had misplaced his receipt, but we had already worked that out with the starter, who at the time called up to the pro shop to confirm we were all paid. The ranger came back 2 holes later to tell us we needed to pick up the pace of play (we were just finishing a par 3 after of course waiting 10 minutes before we could tee off). The ranger proceeded to tell us that someone from GolfDigest was there "rating the course" and that we needed to be aware of that. He found us again after 17 and made some other snide remark about how nice he was for not having bothered us for the last 11 holes (thanks a lot). We finished and walked off in exactly 4.5 hours. Just because we had a beginner golfer with us doesn't mean you have to be completely rude to us. Overall, the course condition was excellent. Great place to play, but the one lingering feeling after leaving was that they didn't want us there . If it weren't for that, this would be a 5 star rating.
everything about black lake was very nice,other than the fact they had an extremely slow outing finishing up before us that pushed our tee time back 40 minutes.the couse was well maintained,a very nice and challenging rhees jones design that tore me up a bit still left us with an enjoyable round.highly recommended
Great course and must play
This is the second time I have played Black Lake and do love the course. My only comment is we received warning being off pace. We were off pace but I would mention there were 5 holes with pin positions that made it quite difficult and requiring many in our group to three putt. I don't mind tough pin positions but when you roll a ball almost up to the hole and rolls back to your feet that would suggest pin positions are in bad spot to keep up pace of play.