Bring your 'A' game to survive Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort in northern Michigan
MANISTEE, Mich. -- How good are you? Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort separates the haves from the have-nots.
This Jerry Matthews design from 2000 just might be the toughest course, yard for yard, in Michigan. It's 6,654 yards of wetland and woods. Its slope from the tips soars to 149, quite possibly the highest in the state.
Wetlands lurk seemingly everywhere -- right of the first and 14th greens, right of the ninth and 17th fairways and forcing scary carries off the second, 10th, 11th and 18th tees. These aren't all of the ball-gobbling hazards, just a sample.
Manistee National General Manager Doug Bell says golfers wear how many balls they lose like a badge of honor.
Golf Advisor user "robertneal" recommends playing Cutters' Ridge despite its difficulty. He wrote: "Some really scenic holes, with lots of chances for trouble. Course is target golf in some cases, so bring your A game. Can be difficult depending on which box you play. Fun and pretty course overall."
Manistee National is also home to the Canthooke Valley Course, a Gary Pulsipher design.