100 Grand Traverse Village Boulevard, Acme, Michigan 49610, US
(231) 534-6000
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About Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

The 900-acre Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme became a Michigan landmark in the 1980s on the outskirts of Traverse City as its distinctive 17-floot glass tower was built adjacent to The Bear, a notoriously tough course by Jack Nicklaus. Guests have so many choices among 600 guest rooms and condos, five restaurants and lounges, the Gallery of Shops, four indoor-outdoor pools, an indoor water playground, a 7,000-square-foot spa, a private beach on Grand Traverse Bay, a large health club with five indoor tennis courts and two other courses, The Wolverine by Gary Player and Spruce Run by William Newcomb. The nearby Turtle Creek Hotel and Casino, accessible by a free shuttle, is also owned by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottowa and Chippewa Indians.

Facts

Price Range$$$$
Property Class★★★★
Acres900
Year Opened1980
Number of Units500+

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Casual, Bar
Room TypesSuite, Room
PoolIndoor
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Beach AccessYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
CasinoYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

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

Golf courses at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

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4.4
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The Bear

They put tee times 10 minutes apart so ny the time I reached the 5th hole there were 3 groups waiting. I quit after 9 holes. Would have been a 5 hour round.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great time

Played early morning tee time and course was is excellent condition. Never had to wait or be pushed along. Would definitely come back to play again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
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First Time Playing

Nice course. Slow play

We booked a hot deal. The course was overbooked and we were only able to get 12 holes in before the sun set. Overall really nice course and cool layout. Very nice staff and pro shop. A little hard for our skill level.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

The bear

Great place to play a round the bear lives up to its name the staff goes above and beyond to make you feel like a home course

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

Fantastic

Played Spruce Run, beautiful couse and conditions were great. Definitely recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 82
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

multiple tee boxes nice and course plays uphill and long

greens and fairways in good shape although greens were slowest on 5 rounds played in Gaylor area. course plays long and it seemed every hole played uphill and long. were a few wet spots in fairways but course in good shape following recent rain closures.. the Combo yellow white tee was good senior tee

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 73
Skill Advanced
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
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course all to ourselves

What a Treat! First Class! Pace of play was fast and course is outstanding.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Reviews 73
Skill Advanced
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
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Poor conditions and slow play

I was very disappointed. The round was very expensive. There were no carts available and so we missed our tee time waiting for a cart. The bunkers were in the worst condition of any course I’ve ever played (except for the Bear which is on the same property and has the same terrible bunker conditions. We sat behind golfers who were very slow and clearly don’t play much which meant for a very very slow and long round. If you rate the course based on price per hour then it was a good value I guess.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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Reviews 73
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

August 132021

Course was damaged by the recent storm
Several trees down
Greens were a little slow

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 73
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

August 6, 2021

Course is in great condition!
Greens are fantastic!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 539
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

GTR's most fun course

I played the Wolverine the day after getting beat up by The Bear, and what a difference it made with my post-round mood. Shooting 83 is so much more enjoyable than struggling to 96.
The Wolverine still has its challenges. The elevation changes are more dynamic than The Bear. The greens and bunkering remain plenty demanding. The first time I played it, I didn't appreciate its beauty. Now I do. It's my favorite course at GTR.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 539
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A Michigan beast

The Bear never lets up.
I have played 3-4 rounds here, and every time, my game does not hold up to the constant pressure supplied by tough carries over water and bunkers and greens that aren't easy to read or putt. It's a championship test with just enough wiggle room for resort players to get by. I wouldn't mind seeing the rough a little shorter. With so many penal aspects to the course design, players deserve some sort of concession. It might be the key to getting more players to embrace its challenges, instead of shying away from trying again.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 73
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays Once 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 Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice value

We played in the afternoon when prices were lower. The course was in great shape, the greens were very receptive and true and bunkers had plenty of sand. Pace of play was a little slow on the front nine but then two of the groups in front of us only played nine which allowed us to fly on the back nine. So our entire time was played in sub-4 hours.

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