5085 Shanty Creek Road, Bellaire, Michigan 49615, US
(231) 533-9000
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About The Chief

The Chief is one of three golf resorts within close proximity of one another in Bellaire - Hawk's Eye Golf Resort and Shanty Creek Resorts the others. It offers several accommodation choices. The golf cottages along the fifth fairway are executive quality with upper and lower units. Each one sleeps eight (four double beds total) with a kitchen and living space. The five-bedroom Valley View home is located across the street from the course. A four-bedroom cabin called "The Roost" sits on the 18th fairway close to the Pelican's Nest restaurant. For all three options, passes to the Shanty Creek Resorts pool facility are included. The Blue Pelican Inn & Restaurant, run by the same owners, is roughly 10 miles away in Central Lake.

Facts

Price Range$$
Property Class★★★
Year Opened1996
Number of UnitsLess than 100

Amenities & Services

RestaurantsCasual
Practice FacilityYes

Rules

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

Golf courses at The Chief

Reviews

4.2
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Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Extremely challenging

Many,many blind shots made club selection and direction too difficult. Many times I could not have seen if there were any if fairway or even green when I was hitting. There was an unusually high number of forced carries.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The Chief

Excellent value! Friendly staff. They were waiting for us, " you must be the 8:00 group" with a smile!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Best valiue in Northern Michigan

Very difficult course. Every hole had it's unique challenges. Course layout was spectacular. It was a true value.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Tough Course!

I'm a 16 handicap player and this course was too difficult to be fun. Too many blind shots, large bunkers which discourages people from raking, and course does not seem to flow well. Greens were nice but a wee bit slow. Staff was friendly and helpful. Dinner at Pelican's Nest after golf was delicious.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

This course has been well taken care of.

I have played Hawks Eye as well, and both of these courses are an excellent bang for your buck.
A "must" in Northern Michigan.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Beautiful "Up North" golf!

Great conditions other than the bunkers...most should be played as waste areas...not the greatest sand! Saw deer, turkey's, woodpeckers and other asserted wildlife....nice!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Glad I brought extra balls

Condition was very nice... But using your driver ... Well , leave that at home. The hills are nice for the first hole or two..... Then if your not a pro the balls n drops start to add up$
I only lost 5 balls total... My friend lost 20... Did not have a good time to say the least :(
If u are looking for a challenge ... This is for you"

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Elevation& Beauty

The Elevation changes with the awesome views and the Excellent shape of the entire course makes this a Must Play in Northern Michigan. Ive only been on one course that matches or exceeds the beauty of this course which was the Reflections at Garland. This course has quickly become one of my Favorites.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

The Chief

Very slow carpet greens but well manicured. Fun elevation changes and a nice overall course. Good luck walking this course however...

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 326
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Illinois Advisor
Top 10 Contributor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Chief was in the best shape in several years

Very challenging track which is always worth a play. Course is in the best shape it's been in several years....the last couple of years overall The Chief was in very rough shape but this year greens/traps and fairways were great!! Kudo's to the owner as he is maintaining this challenge and also making some smart changes/improvements to assist with playability. High handicappers will run up a huge score on this course. Play the forward tees so you can enjoy your day rather than beating yourself up. Gold forward tees still have a 132 slope which is more than plenty.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Awesome scenery, ravines to cross, great shape

Great course, forget how neat it was. #1, #5, #10, #11 all ravine/carry drives. #4 and #16 are spectacular. Some of course is tight, about 1/2.
Might be best deal in N Michigan?

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

good course for average player.

Lots of hills not a course to walk if you are a average golfer plan to lose some balls.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

This course is the chief!

Awesome layout! One of the best in the area. Hawk's Eye beauty but more narrow! Take the rocks out of the bunkers (?sand) and add hole descriptions on the cart and would be 5 stars. Can leave driver in bag on many holes, even from the tips. Rivals Dunmaglas as one of area's toughest tests.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Our group was SCALPED at the Chief.

very difficult course, with some strange holes. Play was Slow. Large stones in sand traps damaged clubs. There are numerous courses nearby that I will play instead of this one

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Not going back.

When we arrived at 3:30, the course had an event earlier in the day that went longer than they anticipated - there was no carts available for a few minutes. We went to the first hole only to be behind a bachelor party of 16 boys, I emphasize boys because they were acting like boys. Hooting, whistling, smoking cigars & cigarettes, apparently had been drinking for awhile. After them, there were another foursome waiting. No starter anywhere. We decided not to wait for the entire 16 boys to finish, then the other 4 - we almost turned around & left but started at the 4th hole instead. The tee boxes were hacked to heck, there were even potholes on the fairway.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

very hilly course

beautiful location, small greens, lots of elevation changes for approach shots, scary cart path driving and a lot of fun. the course beat me up but I'm not a great golfer.

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

sprinklers on with standing water on greens

sprinklers on with standing water on greens.
Pretty course with lots of hills and long distances between holes

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Awesome!

This was the first time playing the Chief. Absolutely a beautiful course, every hole offers something different and challenging as well.

We will be playing this course again...

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful, enjoyable course with many changes in elevation.

I liked everything about it except that there seemed to be a lot of larger sized stones in the sand traps.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course!!

Nice course was challenging the first time went back and played it a couple days later and adjusted some of my tee balls and scored a little better. Well worth what I paid!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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