Swampfire Course at Garland Lodge and Resort gives a taste of coastal Carolina golf in northern Michigan
LEWISTON, Mich. -- Swampfire is one of four golf courses at Garland Lodge and Resort, a northern Michigan retreat famous for its large log cabin, the largest east of the Mississippi.
Designed by Ron Otto, the golf course plays 6,854 yards from the championship tees with three forward sets. With water on 16 holes, Swampfire is undoubtedly the wettest of the Garland foursome. It plays something similar to a coastal Carolina course with tall pines, narrow doglegs and lots of small ponds and lakes. Many of the holes require some kind of water carry en route to the green, too. Also unique to the routing is that there are five par 3s and par 5s.
In addition to the Swampfire, Garland also features the Monarch, Reflections and Fountains. All four play out of the same clubhouse right on site, and there is also a driving range and practice holes, making for one of the most complete golf facilities in the Midwest.
Formerly owned by the Otto family, the resort was sold in 2009 to new ownership, which has invested in the property and brought on new management.
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