Shanty Creek - Cedar River: #18Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek

Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
5780 Shanty Creek Rd
Bellaire, Michigan 49615
Antrim County

Phone(s): (866) 695-5010, (231) 533-2020
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Shanty Creek in Bellaire is one of northern Michigan's most popular golfing destinations, offering 72 holes of championship golf. The Cedar River Course was Tom Weiskopf's first design in Michigan. It has been ranked as one of the top 100 resort golf courses in the country. The layout closely follows the natural contours of the landscape, providing a wealth of unique shot opportunities. The dramatic elevation changes define the traditional layout, which gives an excellent rhythm to the course. The course will appeal to low and high handicappers alike offering a mix of generous landing areas and ones that require accurate tee shots and approaches. The 13th and 14th holes are quite unique and located in the most scenic section of the golf course. They play across rolling hills framed by tall heather and fescue as well as strategically placed bunkers and trees.

Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
4.5 stars out of 5 (based on 3 reviews)
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A view of the 18th green surrounded by tricky bunkers at Cedar River from Shanty CreekSunset over the 18th hole at The Cedar River at Shanty CreekView of the 13th hole at The Cedar River at Shanty Creek A view from tee #1 at The Cedar River from Shanty CreekA view of the 7th green at The Cedar River from Shanty CreekAerial view from The Cedar River at Shanty CreekCedar River Course at Shanty Creek ( B. Tucker )

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Tom Weiskopf
  • Public/Private: Resort
  • Year opened: 1999
  • Golf Season: Open: 4/27 Closed: 10/21
  • 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 - included in green fees

Green fees price ranges

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
  • Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Blue 72 6530 131 70.9
White 72 5965 124 68.5
Black 72 6980 135 73.2
Red 72 5315 121 70.3
White (W) 72 5965 136 74.5
Silver 72 5397 116 66

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
    5 stars out of 5
    by B Keast
    on April 30th, 2020 06:20
    One of my favorite courses on the planet. Fantastic variety of holes, and the staff is always professional and courteous. Can't wait to get back up there!
  • Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by Daniel Downey
    on April 21st, 2015 10:52
    The course is in excellent shape and deserves an excellent rating. We have a golf outing every year in northern Michigan and Cedar Rivers is always one of the courses played.
  • Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
    4 stars out of 5
    by B. Tucker
    on September 09th, 2009 13:57
    This course is back after some extensive renovations a few years ago. Weiskopf built Cedar River just before Forest Dunes, and the two are among Michigan's best. Cedar River is quietly going to regain its spot as one of Michigan's best in the next few years and players start coming back to the resort.
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