Manitou Passage Golf Club in northern Michigan is an Arnold Palmer gem
CEDAR, Mich. -- Located about 20 minutes northwest of Traverse City, Manitou Passage Golf Club is an upscale Arnold Palmer design featuring great elevation changes and good shot values.
Opened as "King's Challenge Golf Club" in 1998 as part of the Sugarloaf Resort, the golf course survived the would-be skiing mecca's closure not long afterward. Manitou Passage Golf Club runs in and out of the old ski hill, with dormant lifts between some holes. While a little short for top golfers, it's a good challenge for everyone else. The highlight is the beautiful and difficult par-5 eighth, from the scenically elevated tee to the small, pond-guarded green.
Editor's Note: In 2010, King's Challenge reopened under new ownership as Manitou Passage Golf Club. Photos seen are from 2006.
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