Bellaire Sixpack: A half dozen courses make this a coveted northern Michigan golf destination
BELLAIRE, Mich. -- There isn't much to this tiny village in northern Michigan, some 45 minutes northeast of Traverse City. Golf, however, is plentiful in these parts.
Six courses -- including three of the best in the state -- huddle within a few miles of one another. The best of the bunch is a matter of personal preference.
Cedar River, a modern design by Tom Weiskopf, and The Legend, a hilly classic by Arnold Palmer, compete for attention at Shanty Creek Resorts.
Scenic views and wonderful topography keep the newer Hawk's Eye Golf Club in the conversation as well.
Schuss Mountain would be more popular if it weren't the third wheel at Shanty Creek. It's a solid track that rides the ski hill.
The Summit Course at Shanty Creek adds value to any resort golf package and has added family-friendly 15-inch cups cut on every green and nine holes of FootGolf, the interesting new game that attracts soccer players and people of all ages and abilities.
The Chief golf course, across the street from the entrance to Shanty Creek's Summit village, has a new owner who is working hard to keep up with the competition.