About The ChiefThe 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.
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Target golf with little room for error
Unless you play 2-3 times a week, don't waste your money on this difficult track. Unlike other Northern Michigan resort courses this one is not inviting. Beautiful scenery but brutal golf for the average resort course player.
All of the bunkers are full of rocks up to baseball size!!!
Very hilly. Hardly a flat spot on the course. Many blind shots. Drive ahead and look what's up there first. Greens were VERY hard to read.
The Chief is challenging, but fair.
Like the Chief very much. A challenging course. Don't waste time looking for an errant shot. Drop one and move on. Scenery is bonus, making the round that much more enjoyable. Also enjoyed the bar and grill after. Good food, cold drinks.
everything you hear is true
after hearing many of my golfing friends complain that the chief is ridiculously hard and they came off steaming at the ears,of course I had to play it as a warm up round for my golf vacation this year.yes,it is one of the most difficult courses I have ever played,but what surprised my wife and I was the immaculate conditioning,stunning landscape,and the plain fun of a mountainous precision shotmakers dream.we played twice on a tues,no backups had a great deal on golfnow and an even better replay rate.due to difficulty didn't even keep score the 1st round,but managed a 97 the 2nd time and some locals were actually shaking my hand for that-my wife is a very straight shooter and took home a couple low 90s-try this course and just have fun with it!
We played it three times and each time it was different.
When we played we got there early and the friendly staff told us to go ahead and play. The weather was great but the course was in great condition and we have told many people to take the time and make drive down for a stay and play.We will be going there again next year and looking forward to play there again. In two words "simply great" .
The Chief provides a gorgeous, albeit challenging, golf experience - particularly for first-time visitors. This course won't be muscled into submission, but players who know where they're going - and can put the ball there - will be amply rewarded.
Great Upper Michigan Course. Good Value
This is a great course to play. Reasonable but somewhat of a challange. Staff is great to work with.
Seriously hard course!
Pretty good conditions. Greens were well kept. Woods and trees EVERYWHERE. Bring an extra sleeve of balls for the ones you lose in the woods!
Very difficult. Bring your "A" game!
Very challenging course. Someone had told be they have made it easier of the years. Must have been something. Didn't play well, but still enjoyed the course a lot. Will definitely play here again, while on vacation.