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Black Forest Golf Course

7519 Mancelona Road, Gaylord, MI 49735
(231) 585-7090
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Ranked #11 of 18 Attractions in Gaylord
Type: Golf Courses
Activities: Golfing
Description: A course in the Gaylord Golf Mecca.
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Novi, Michigan
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

You can tell that there is no money being put into the course. They are not doing anything to make one of the best courses in the state live up to its billing. To start with NO sand in bunkers, Weeds on the greens and clover overtaking the fairways. Was just disappointed with the course after hearing how great it... More

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Highland MI
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We golfed there this past weekend. It is a beautiful layout but shows that there has not been money put into the tee boxes or greens.

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Shelby Township, Michigan
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

It was tauted as a must play and I was very excited as this was my 1st time to play this course. However, the greens were in awful shape unless you like putting through spotty dirt greens (which mimiced the crappy practice green). Make shift driving range (which was a sign of things to come). Signs of course neglect everywhere... More

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Bryan, Ohio
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Nice course cut out of the woods...no homes here. Difficult but entertaining greens...don't go if low score is a must as the undulating greens will most likely add 5-10 strokes to your score. It's fun and unique. Shows signs of neglect at the service end of the business, clubhouse, and other areas. The roof on the maintance building is all... More

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Salem, Virginia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The course is truly cut out of the forest. It's a long cart ride to the 1st tee and back from 18. The greens don't have a flat spot on them. Very challenging especially from the blue and black tees. Seemed a lil under staffed. One person to work the bag drop, pro shop, and bar area. I know it... More

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Mississauga, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We just came back from a golf trip to Gaylord. We played this course and we played it last year too. We like the course as it's holes are very interesting, so it stays on our 'nice course to play' list--'keep it on the list' list. However, I did see signs that there might be other issues about the course.... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I love this course, but it is REALLY hard. There is not a flat lie or putt on this course. It is very well manicured and makes you feel like you are the only golfers on the planet, but it is a good example of Twain's comment "A good walk spoiled." if you want a good test of golf, this... More

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

We finally took time to play Black Forest after passing the signs for it for years. Shouldn't have waited so long. It was raining our whole round, and we even had to take cover for about 30 minutes, but so glad we stuck it out. Every hole is a picture postcard. Hills, loads of fall-colored trees, some wetlands, and wildlife... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

A long beautiful course. We golf there when ever we can. It is a long course for men, but the women actually gets some nice breaks. Many times we have had deer watch us play and have friends that have seen Black Bear in the spring. It is a challenging rolling course with some elevated tees.

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Saginaw, Michigan
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Heard a lot of positive things about the course, but frankly was very disappointed. The course is extremely difficult, the greens are borderline impossible to putt and the up-keep of the fairways and tee boxes were in below-average condition. They have to keep the greens long & slow or else you would 5-6 putt every hole...more of a trick course... More

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