About The HomesteadThe Homestead, known as "America's Freshwater Resort", resides in a dreamy location on the Leelanau Peninsula with a beach, two tennis courts and pool right on Lake Michigan just minutes from the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park. Places to stay range from hotel rooms, suites, condos and sprawling homes to rent within the community. The charming village is home to Cavanaugh's market, Whisker's Bar and Grill and Nonna's restaurant. The Manitou Passage Golf Club, an Arnold Palmer design, is a 10-minute drive from the resort.
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What’s not to like about a beautiful course with amazing elevations and nestled in the heart of Sleeping Bear sand dunes. Challenging yet fair and just a SOLID course design by one of the greatest, Arnold Palmer. Great clubhouse, merch and staff. Thumbs up!
Don't play in the mornings; not worth the money
First time playing Manitou Passage...probably the last time too.
We're quite fortunate in West Michigan to have so many beautiful and affordable golf courses to choose from which certainly impacts my perception of this course.
GOOD - the staff was incredibly friendly and kind. They did what they could to make the experience better. The course does have a unique layout with some beautiful views. The elevation changes are great. We played on a Sunday morning too (8:30am tee time) and almost had the course to ourselves.
BAD - NO FOOD/BREAKFAST. Nothing in the area is open early so if you have an early tee time, bring your own food. The golf course is not providing anything besides soda, candy bars and granola bars. You'd think with most everywhere else being closed for food options that they'd provide coffee (which they did get us some for free from the staff space...not readily available for purchase though) and some basic food options (bagels, danishes, donuts, etc...). There is NO DRIVING RANGE - only hitting nets. And the nets are too low to take full swings (I'm 6ft tall and would hit the top of the net on my follow-through). Not a great warm-up experience. NO GOLF CART BRAKES - The golf cart brakes don't work hardly at all...when we tried to swap carts we were told all the carts were that way. We had to be careful where we parked on the course to ensure our cart wouldn't roll away or start beeping. BURNED OUT FAIRWAYS / GREENS - the overall layout is nice but the course really seems to be in a downward spiral. Many areas of the course were burned out.
The course is worth playing...just not for $88 for a 18 and a cart. This seemed more like a $40 experience knowing how many other great options are around. I don't anticipate ever playing there again.
I really wanted this course to be nice. We had 6 buddies on a trip and had played Arcadia Bluffs the day before. We had heard the course was in bad shape, but that it was only relating to the greens. We called to confirm and the pro shop attendant blatantly lied to us. He said there were 2 fairways needing some work, but the course was in good shape overall. We decided to play and it was a huge mistake. The course was awful. Probably 16 fairways were devastated. Multiple greens were showing disease. The speed of the greens were very very inconsistent. The beer in the cart was warm and they had 3 selections. The club house had very limited selection of items. The GPS on the cart didn't work. Its a real shame bc this course could be beautiful. The worst part was they charged $77 for this debacle. Stay away.
Great Course but Needs Help
To start, I have played here probably 20 times over three years and always a great experience. Of the courses in this part of N Michigan, Manitou was always in the best shape. Such a great layout and fun course to play.
Keeping in mind current conditions with COVID, I was still surprised to see The condition of the course when we played. While it has been dry, I was still surprised to see the number of burned out spots on their fairways and the greens. Even more surprising was to see bunkers that had knee-high weeds grown up and many with high weeds inside of the bunker.
As mentioned, I typically love playing here but expected more from the highest-price course in the area.
Tremendous Layout, conditions just ok
Played in June of 2020. Probably 3 1/2 stars, and I’m trying to be sensitive to the COVID-19 situation as well.
First off, the course does have a tremendous layout. It’s a fair course, in that If you put it in play you can score. Getting off the tee is imperative - and going with less than driver on a number of holes is recommended based on my experience. Lots of undulation on the greens, and some great elevation changes from tee to green. Hole 8 is a tremendous hole. Par 3’s were good holes too. So, the layout itself makes it worth playing.
That being said, the conditions left a lot to be desired, especially considering the high expectations I had - based on reviews and word of mouth. I am sure the unusually dry conditions and the economics of COVID were factors. Fairways were firm and fast, I had no issues with them. However, greens were slow and had lots of burnt out spots. There were lots of bare spots around the green, as well. Bunkers were in good shape all things considered. Tee boxes were inconsistent - some in good shape, and others not. I felt, conditions were average at best, and if COVID wasn’t a thing, I’d say they were below that.
Cost was fair. Pace was great. Staff was super friendly and cleaned up your clubs after. Clubhouse and restaurant appeared very nice but only a tiny part was open due to COVID.
I would play it again if I know the current conditions are a product of COVID and not just poor maintenance. That being said, it is a wonderful layout with some pretty awesome views!
Expensive course that lays on the west side of Sugarloaf mountain. Some tremendous views. About half the holes are hilly , but fair. Greens and fairways are always in tremendous shape. Only negative is the cost to play.
Worth the drive
This course is worth the drive. Great value for what you get. It has lots of rolling hills, in fact, in it's' former life part of the course was used for skiing. On one of the holes on the back nine there is even a former chair lift complete with some chairs still hanging on it. The fairways and greens were in great shape. The greens are large so don't get too excited with a GIR as you still may have a long putt.
I will definitely be back.
Always a pleasure to play this course when in the area. Good test of your golf skill but not crazy difficult. Will play again.
Classic Up North Golf
Second time playing here. Greens were rolling nicely and even though it was busy pace of play was great. I don’t think we waited on a single shot. Staff was great. Only wish they had a range but the nets were ok.
Another Michigan gem!
Great day. Great price on a Hot Deal!
Beautiful conditions and layout. Super friendly staff. I'll be back. Worth any drive.
Beautiful northern Michigan golf course.
Great course with attractive amenities: Electric carts with onboard gps course layout and yardages, small cooler with ice and water, ball cleaner. Not one thing to complain about.
Scenic and challenging layout
Manitous Passage is in my top 5 favorite northern Michigan courses. I consider it to be somewhat of a hidden gem. The conditions are always excellent and the staff is very friendly. I could play this course over and over and not tire of the layout. The enormous elevation changes make for a gorgeous round, especially in the fall. I will continue to come back multiple times a year. Great value, great course!
Had a great time playing here this August during a family vacation in Northern Michigan. It's a beautiful course that challenges you more often than not. I found myself not playing my best on this particular day, but it never took away from the experience. I loved the history in the clubhouse (lots of tribues to Arny). The course was in great shop. The bartender was a sweetheart. All said, it was a great afternoon! Thanks Manitou Passage
Great experience, worth the trip
Very friendly staff, nice layout, - semi tricky shots required but gps on carts helps a lot. The greens were nice, moderate speed but a little bumpy (it is fall golf). Some excellent vistas and very pretty scenery. Very favorable women's tees.
Wonderful Arnold Palmer Tribute
Clubhouse filled with information about Arnold Palmer. Golf course is challenging from all tees and is in very good condition. Cart paths only on par 3's and GPS restricts where carts can travel on the course. Pace of play was a little slow but worth playing again and again and again and again. Hope to be back soon.
Do yourself a favor and play this Northern Michigan gem.