Bedford Valley Course at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort
Battle Creek, Michigan 49017
Phone(s): (616) 965-3385
Fax: (269) 965-6871
Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort boasts five championship courses, all of which have scenery provided by southwest Michigan's beautiful lake region. The golf course has a convenient location that is easily accessible from Detroit, Toledo, Chicago, Grand Rapids, and Lansing. It is a favorite spot for golfers throughout the Midwest and Great Lakes. Bedford Valley might be the most well known of the five since it has hosted numerous events over the years including the Michigan Open, Michigan Maxfli PGA Junior Championship, and the NCAA III National Championship. The golf course is known locally as "The Big Course." The aptly chosen nickname originates from the layout's massive greens bordered by large, deep bunkers and the fairways that are lined with towering, mature oaks. Golfers appreciate the course's shot values and the challenging but fair test it offers.
Golf course details
- Holes: 18
- Designed by: William F. Mitchell
- Public/Private: Resort
- Year opened: 1965
- Golf Season: April - October
- Guest Policy: Open
- Tee times welcomed: Yes
- Fairways: Bent Grass
- Greens: Bent Grass
- Pro in house: Yes
- Driving range: Yes
- Rental clubs: Yes
- Rental carts: Yes
Green fees price ranges
- Week days: $46 - $65
- Weekends: $54 - $65
- Tee times from $18 - Check prices
- Metal spikes allowed: Yes
- Dress code:
- Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Length, slope and rating for each tee
Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort has been owned and operated by the Scott family for over 50 years. Every day, four generations of Scotts go to work at the resort in one capacity or another. There were no big-name golf course architects called in to build the golf courses; no Tom Fazio, no Pete Dye, no Ron Garl. Gull Lake View is a did-it-themselves golf resort. Except for Bedford Valley – which was purchased by the Scott family in 1988 and with a little help from Tom Doak’s Renaissance Golf Design on Stoatin Brae - the golf courses were designed and built by the Scotts. Renaissance helped out with the bunkering and greens on Stoatin Brae, as well as doing some of the labor. The shaping and contouring of the golf course were done by the Scotts.
Darl and Letha are the matriarch and patriarch of the Scott family and were the first generation of Scotts to be involved with the property. Darl used to be the superintendent at nearby Gull Lake Country Club and the couple also owned the Gull Lake Motel. The Scotts sold the motel to get the funds to build their first course, Gull Lake View West, which opened in 1965.
Bedford Valley was the fourth Gull Lake View course and is the only course not on the Augusta property. It’s located about 20 minutes away in Battle Creek and was designed in 1965 by William Mitchell. Bedford Valley was purchased by the Scott Family in 1988 and is known for its fairways lined with majestic oak trees, oversized bunkers, and large, sweeping greens. Since purchasing the property, the Scott family has added a complete practice facility with a full-length driving range and large putting green.
I’ve spoken with several golf pros who are familiar with Bedford Valley, and they all seem to agree that Number 13 is the hole that can make or break a round. In most cases, at least for them, it was break! From the back tees, the hole plays 496 yards; 456 from the White Tees. With water on the left and a large tree on the right, most players will not be able to hit a driver. Longball hitters may have a chance but it’s about a 275 carry over the water from the White tees. To complicate matters, the fairway is only about 10 yards wide where the trees meet the water in the landing area. A “safe” tee shot will leave about 250 yards to the green, which is guarded by a large, deep bunker about 30 yards short of the green as well as another trap front left and a third trap back right. The green slopes left to right so play your approach shot accordingly. Play smart and par or better is a possibility.
Knowing that they needed a place for golfers to stay, Darl and Letha designed and constructed the Fairway Villas, located across the street from the East and West courses. These 2-bedroom, 2 bath villas boast fully equipped kitchens, spacious living areas, and patios overlooking the golf course. They are the perfect accommodations for groups of four to relax and enjoy everything Southwest Michigan’s finest golf resort has to offer. Since then, about 24 2-bedroom, 2-bath villas have been added which has increased the number of lodging options to 67 units.
Although the majority of Gull Lake View’s guests come from Detroit, Chicago, and Toledo, it’s not uncommon to meet golfers from Cincinnati, and Wisconsin, and Canada while you’re there. Golfers may come out to just play Stoatin Brae but once they get a feel for one of the other courses, they’re hooked! And at Gull Lake View, there is something for everyone.