TimberStone GC at Pine MountainTimberStone Golf Course at Pine Mountain

TimberStone Golf Course at Pine Mountain
N 3332 Pine Mountain Road
Iron Mountain, Michigan 49801
Dickinson County

Phone(s): (906) 776-0111
Fax: (906) 776-1046
Website: www.timberstonegolf.com

Challenging holes and beautiful scenery are among the things you'll find at TimberStone Golf Course, a Jerry Matthews design that opened in 1997. Accuracy more than length is key on this 6,938-yard, par-72 layout that has received a five-star rating from Golf Digest. The signature hole is the par-3 17th, which plays 215 yards -- straight downhill -- to a very challenging green. The 18th hole is very long -- more than 625 yards from the championship tees -- but it also plays downhill, so it can be reached in two shots. It's a nice ending to a great course that should definitely be on your short list.

TimberStone Golf Course at Pine Mountain
4.5 stars out of 5 (based on 11 reviews)
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A sunset view from TimberStone Golf Course at Pine Mountain.A view from the 12th tee at TimberStone Golf Course from Pine MountainA view from tee #8 at TimberStone Golf Course from Pine MountainTimberStone GC at Pine Mountain: View from the par-5 #3

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Jerry Matthews, Paul Albanese
  • Public/Private: Public/Resort
  • Year opened: 1997
  • Golf Season: Open: 5/01 Closed: 10/31
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways:
  • Greens:


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes - included in green fees

Green fees price ranges

  • Week days: $49 - $99
  • Weekends: $49 - $119

Course policies

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

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Middle 72 6038 137 69.6
Boulder 72 6536 143 72.1
Forest 72 6938 150 74.5
Timber 72 5835 134 68.2
Hybrid 72 5243 120 65.7
Timber (W) 72 5835 145 74.8
Hybrid (W) 72 5243 132 70.6
Stone 72 5060 116 65.3
Stone (W) 72 5060 129 64.6

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • TimberStone Golf Course at Pine Mountain
    5 stars out of 5
    by The Golfin Guy
    on August 29th, 2022 13:10
    If you want to play the best golf in the state of Michigan, head north, past Gaylord and Traverse City. Go over the Mackinac Bridge, and then take Route 2 West to Iron Mountain where you will find TimberStone. It’s even easier to get to if you live in Wisconsin; most of the license plates we saw in the parking lot were from the Badger State.

    TimberStone is the golf part of the Pine Mountain Ski & Golf Resort. Pine Mountain offers the best of both worlds to sports enthusiasts in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; it’s a ski resort in the winter and a golf resort in the summer. The golf course is located a few minutes away from the Inn and condos, which sit at the foot of the ski hill and chair lifts.

    Pine Mountain Resorts offers guests both hotel accommodations in The Lodge as well as several condo accommodations for larger groups. Condos are spacious and well equipped. The main dining venue is Famers Restaurant, which also happens to be the Upper Peninsula's Sports Hall of Fame. There is sports memorabilia throughout the restaurant from many different sports. Famers is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has some of the best prime rib I have ever had!

    TimberStone Golf Course was designed by renowned Michigan golf architect Jerry Matthews and opened for play in 1997. TimberStone was awarded 5 Stars in Golf Digest's Places to play in 2008 and remains the area’s only 5-star golf course.

    Six sets of tees provide suitable playing yardages for every level of golfer. From the Back tees, TimberStone plays 6,937 yards with a course rating of 74.5 and a slope of 150. I found that the Forward tees (6038 yards/69.6/137) provided a substantial test and still let me leave with a little dignity. Ladies typically play from the Stone tees (5,060/64.6/129). Choose the tees that best suit your game and you’re in for a really good time!

    The layout winds its way up and over and down and around mountainous terrain and features perfectly manicured and tree-lined fairways. Water comes into play on six holes and the majority of greens are protected by challenging bunkers. Most of the trouble you can get into (i.e., woods, water, and sand) is plainly visible as you play. You won’t find a tremendous number of bunkers out here but what you will find is that they come into play quite often. We all know it’s easier to play a shot from the fairway than the rough. While it’s easy to find your ball in the rough at TimberStone, the grass is so thick and lush that it can hinder shots, and “flyers” are common. The putting greens roll quick and true and range from fairly flat to extremely undulated.

    Just about every hole has some elevation change in it, so the course is going to play longer than stated on the scorecard. Although trees line both sides of the fairway on the majority of holes, most fairways are generous and can easily be found off the tee. However, the shapes and angles of the greens make approach shots a little more difficult; getting it close is even tougher.

    Most courses have at least one hole that dwells in your memory bank for a while; TimberStone has several. Number 3 at TimberStone is the first part five on the course and plays 455 yards from the Blue Tees. The entire hole is tree-lined on either side, which is probably where it gets its name from - Arboretum. The fairway is wide and both sides tend to filter the ball back to the center. However, if your shot has enough momentum and carries up the hill on the right and into the woods, just go ahead and retee! A well-struck drive down the left center of the fairway will allow you to go for the green in two so hit away and have some fun off the tee. The green is slightly elevated and generous, however, the back 3rd of the green drops significantly and is no fun to putt from above the hole.

    Number 16 at TimberStone is a beautiful 370-yard par 4 that plays downhill off the tee with a fairway bunker on the left that needs to be avoided at all costs. Your approach shot plays back uphill and is pretty much a blind shot. There is a lot of mounding in the fairways and the green is extremely elevated. It’s also one of the largest greens I’ve seen. It’s not that wide – maybe 30 yards, but measures over 60 yards (not feet) from front to back. Par is a good score here! There are no bunkers around the green but with everything else the hole has to offer, who needs sand?

    The final two holes are signature-hole-worthy! The 17th hole at TimberStone shows up as a 175-yard par 3 from the blue Tees on the scorecard, however, it is straight downhill and plays considerably less. The elevation drop from the back tee to the green is 110 vertical feet. The information provided on the scorecard is a valuable asset to aid in your club selection. Look at the tops of the trees to find which way the wind is blowing; it can play some nasty tricks on the ball once it gets above the tree line.

    Number 18 is a treat! From the clubhouse, you get a good view of the 18th fairway and how the rock walls create different “layers” of the fairway. It’s important to find one of these layers on your tee shot so that you will have a level lie for your layup shot. From the Blue Tees, the hole plays 521 yards again, straight downhill. Your tee shot is a blind shot; just keep it between the trees that frame either side of the fairway and you’ll be OK. A good layup shot will leave a short pitch shot into a green with water on the right. Two more holes where par is considered an achievement!

    The practice facility at TimberStone is second to none and has one of the most beautiful practice greens I’ve ever seen. The greens are what make this course, so be sure to spend a little time on them before you play.
    A few steps from the putting green is the driving range which is long enough to hit every club in your bag. Keep in mind that this course is more about finesse and placement rather than a grip it and rip it mentality.

    One of the highlights of your round at TimberStone is the food. It’s not your usual clubhouse food and there isn’t a lot to choose from on the menu. What you’ll find is a gas grill on the front porch of the log cabin clubhouse. You can smell the burgers and brats as you pull up. The meats are freshly grilled as are the pretzel rolls and hot dog buns. It is simple and delicious; simply delicious!

    Step past the grill into the clubhouse and you’ll find a spacious pro shop with a full liquor bar and all kinds of logoed gear to help you remember your round at TimberStone.
  • TimberStone Golf Course at Pine Mountain
    5 stars out of 5
    by Patrick LePage
    on July 31st, 2017 15:04
    Excellent course that offered everything a golfer looks for. Well manicured fairways, nice greens, fair shots as well as a challenge. I would recommend it to the most discriminating golfers.
  • TimberStone Golf Course at Pine Mountain
    4 stars out of 5
    by Horacebell2015
    on October 04th, 2015 17:25
    TimberStone -A Sleeping Beauty

    TimberStone Golf Course at Pine Mountain Resort is a sleeping beauty U.P. North.  It is located in the city of Iron Mountain, in a heavily wooded area. The TimberStone Golf Course's natural beauty includes dense treelined fairways, large deposits of iron ore and granite boulders, tranquil lakes, wetlands teeming with deer and other wildlife, and bent grass fairways and greens.  Jerry Matthews, an award-winning golf course designer retained and incorporated the areas natural beauty, while sculpturing this TimberStone masterpiece. The course features 18 signatures holes with their own distinctive name, cascading and tight fairways, deep bunkers, several forced carries, visually intimidating holes, and dramatic elevation changes.  TimberStone received a 5 star rating from Golf Digest and is ranked 9th by Golf week's Best Courses you can play in Michigan. This is a golfers paradise and destination. In late September when the temperatures start to dip, and the color of the leaves change to orange, yellow, red, and brown the glamor and bewitching charm of TimberStone is awakened.  Stay focused my friend, or your game will take a siesta.
    The morning was sunny but cool the day I played Timberstone, but the temperature warmed up to the mid 70's with just a slight breeze.  It was a no-excuse golf day.  My first impression of the course was it's a little intimidating due to the narrow and dense treelined fairway. However, after the first tee shot the intimidation was gone, and I was ready to accept the challenge of the course. TimberStone is a player's course, and to play well requires confidence, patience, course management,  and more importantly your "A" game.  I played the Grey tees, which has a slope rating of 72.1/145 and measures 6536 yards.  There are 6 sets of tee boxes and the Championship tees are 6938 yards with a slope rating of 74.5/150.
    Being a destination golf course, Timberstone does an outstanding job in customer satisfaction.  Joe Rizzo, the Director of Golf takes a personal interest in customer satisfaction and attending to their needs.  I was personally greeted by Joe upon my arrival to TimberStone.   I was amazed to see that he took the time to familiarize himself with names of customers having the first couple of tee times.  He proceeded to facilitate the check in process by answering questions, loading bags onto carts, handling coffee and snack orders.  All this was done with a smile and a sincere interest in customer satisfaction.  Mr Rizzo explained to me that 90 percent of TimberStone customers live more than 100 miles away and therefore customer service must be exceptional in order to retain and gain new customers.  At TimberStone Joe Rizzo lives by the theory that, "You do not get a second chance, to make a first impression."  My first thoughts of TimberStone golf course and its staff are, it's delightfully impressive and wickedly enchanting.
    I really enjoyed playing TimberStone, even when I was not playing well.  It appears that an evil curse had been placed on my golf game.  It took a few holes and the sacrificing of Pro V1's to appease the golf gods.  My golf game and confidence was back in full swing and just in time for hole 5, "Sentree ".  I was rewarded with a birdie, when my eagle got away.
    TimberStone is an enchanting experience which combines a remarkable landscape for golf, at an affordable price, in a deep woods setting, and a finishing hole that will make your Big Dog driver growl with joy and you shout "Who's your daddy?"  Trust me!

    Course Review
    Horace Bell (Golf  Enthusiast)
  • TimberStone Golf Course at Pine Mountain
    5 stars out of 5
    by Jeremy
    on September 05th, 2015 06:46
    Wow!! cool course with great conditions and Fantastic people!!! It is a special place. Loved it!! It was like playing in a beautiful wildlife sanctuary...just look out for the killer bees!!! Literally. Friend almost died... but thankfully all is well:))
  • TimberStone Golf Course at Pine Mountain
    5 stars out of 5
    by Keith
    on August 25th, 2014 07:54
    The course was in great shape, views from the elevated tees are gorgeous. The staff and their customer service A+. The staff went out of their way to make our experience a memorable one! We plan to make this an annual trip
  • TimberStone Golf Course at Pine Mountain
    5 stars out of 5
    by bill
    on June 22nd, 2013 12:36
    Immaculate fairways and greens
  • TimberStone Golf Course at Pine Mountain
    2.5 stars out of 5
    by Mike
    on January 30th, 2013 11:40
    An incredible course, absolutely stunning views and very peaceful. Both challenging and fun! Staff is professional and friendly.
  • TimberStone Golf Course at Pine Mountain
    5 stars out of 5
    by G-Force
    on May 16th, 2012 08:55
    I live in metro Detroit now, but this is my home town course. Absolutely magnificent golf course! Super challenging. Pick the right tees! Staff is friendly. No shared fairways, tall trees surrounding the majority of the holes, deer everywhere. The Par 3 17th and Par 5 18th are great finishing holes. Both severely slope downhill. Take pictures here and try a couple of the tee boxes on 17 if no other groups are around. I recommend mid-day (after 2:00 PM) or twilight (after 4:00 PM) to shave off some $$$ package this in with Greywalls in Marquette and Sweetgrass in Harris and you've got a great U.P. golf trip.
  • TimberStone Golf Course at Pine Mountain
    5 stars out of 5
    by Kent
    on August 18th, 2009 19:26
    Simply one of the most beautiful courses one can play. Great hole variety and elevation changes. Great burgers on the pro shop patio too! Worth the trouble to get to and will leave you wanting to play it again and again!
  • TimberStone Golf Course at Pine Mountain
    5 stars out of 5
    by Joe
    on June 28th, 2009 19:40
    Timberstone is an amazing course. Amazing conditions, great views , and a wonderful lay out. It challenges the skilled golfer and is enjoyable for the high handicapper. I have played the best courses in Michigan (Arcadia, Bay harbor, Forest Dunes, etc.) and this may be the best of them. Too bad it is in the middle of nowhere...
  • TimberStone Golf Course at Pine Mountain
    5 stars out of 5
    by Chadm42
    on May 18th, 2009 06:50
    Difficult yet fun course to play that demands accuracy more than length. The views are spectacular.
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