Zehnder's Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark
About Zehnder's Splash Village Hotel & WaterparkThe Zehnder's Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark was built for family getaways, but golfers can stay to enjoy a round at the nearby Fortress, long considered one of mid-Michigan's toughest and best tracks. The Zehnder's family has transformed Frankenmuth into a vacation getaway convenient for metro Detroiters. The chicken dinners at Zehnder's Restaurant have become a Michigan staple.
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Quickly has become my favorite course in mid Michigan. Not only for value but also for course condition there are not many that can compete with the fortress.
Nice price for this very well maintained course.
Had rained earlier -- cart path only, but worked out ok.
Good course to play.
Course was alright, management of the course could for sure be improved
Purchased thru Golfnow at a discounted rate ($39/round instead of the usual $60/round). Followed a pair out (appeared to be a pro and a student). Pair in front of us quickjly caught the group in front of them, and instead of playing thru after prompted by the group in front of them continued to lag behind. Pro/student did coaching at nearly every shot, incl on the greens, repeating shots on the greens. Caused a big backup behind us and several other groups. Complained to the pro shop and ranger at the turn. Nothing was done. Made it very difficult to get into a rhythm when every shot you had to wait for the pro/student in front of us.
Course was very tore up starting at about 100 yards to the pin. No one seemed to take an effort to fix divots or ball marks so the course and the greens were pretty rough.
I had previously heard pretty good things about this course, but I'd have to say I was a little disappointed and will not return even at a discounted rate again. Definitely not a $60/round course.
I agree with other commenter, your review couldn't have been further from my experiences at the fortress, always in great shape and the employees are to notch.
This is a terribly unfair review. I don't care about your personal experiences on the course, burnsleah21. The crime here is that you gave The Fortress a "Fair" rating for Course Conditions. Wow. Really? Your words hold no weight and I feel bad for anyone that gets into a debate with you - they should be prepared for a childish, maddening interaction that is driven by emotional bias and unrealistic substance. It's unfortunate that your experience at the Fortress was unpleasant. In my opinion, it is a great golf course with excellent conditions. I recommend you a different course; have you ever played Augusta National? You may find it to be better suitable by your standards...
Great Public Course
Came back to play here again because the course is always in great shape. Fairways are like carpet and greens are true (could be a little faster). I do find the regular rate a little high but you get what you pay for.
The course was in exceptional shape. Played mid week mid morning and finished in 3.5 hrs. Greens in terrific playing condition....fast and true. Well worth a drive up to Frankenmuth.
Yes it’s worth the trip!! What an amazingly conditioned golf course l, best greens on a public course in Michigan (including Arcadia and forest dunes). Big shout out to the Agronomy team, greens rolling about a 12, and almost not an imperfection to be found. Drive an hour and a half and would do it again. I’m sure most people in the area think it’s too much to pay (per the complaints I read). If this course was in Detroit it would be $100 easy
This course is real gem. Position golf is more important that bomb and chase. Course is a mix of links style and tree lined holes, if you keep it in the fairway it is really enjoyable. Staff was great and they treated us to a great day all around.
Great shape as always
Greens were immaculate. We’re aerating two fairways but had them done really fast. No issues. Course is immaculate.
If you live within an hour or two of this course, or have been to Frankenmuth and not played, you are missing out, this is an AWESOME golf course. The layout is tough but not ridiculous, it’s long from the tips, yet still challenging from the middle tees. The Bunkering around the greens makes approach shots at the Fortress really tough, especially on 13, the approach shot is very hard. The staff was VERY friendly and even offered me some tips on certain holes. The greens, fairways, and Tees are all in pristine condition, and it has some really natural long grass that just looks like it belongs on a golf course. I WILL be returning to this course in the near future.
Tough From the tips
Played the tips - 6850 yds, 140 slope. Many long par 4s that will give your long irons a go. Greens are smooth but tricky.
You need to play this course once before you even think about scoring well.
The Back 9 was much more challenging than the front - 15 and 16 will be tough to figure out the first time around.
Course was in great shape and hole 13 was amazing.
The Fortress was in perfect condition. The course is playable, but difficult. The finishing holes (16-18) are very difficult. The greens were fast and true, but not too firm to hold good iron shots. The green complexes are awesome. If you want to avoid three putting, you MUST put the ball in the right location on the green. The greens are very pleasing to look at, but the severe undulations made it almost impossible to stop a first putt anywhere close to many of the holes for pin location number 4. $49 in the fall is more costly than other courses in the area, especially when many other resorts have shifted to value packages with stay and play including unlimited golf. I look forward to playing The Fortress again. It was a very enjoyable experience.