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Best shape in years

Played last 5 years here. Course looks amazing. Huge improvement in conditions this year. Even... read more

Reviewed June 4, 2018
Royal Oak, Michigan
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One of my favorite places to eat

Here a couple weekend that are all even though they were busy they seated us promptly and the food... read more

Reviewed July 11, 2017
Kevin B
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Welcome to The Chief Golf Course, or as it has long been known, "The Spirit of the North." The Chief Golf Course is among the best destinations in Northern Michigan golf. Here at The Chief, we have everything you need to create a perfect day on the...more
5085 Shanty Creek Rd, Bellaire, MI 49615-9105
+1 231-533-9000
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Reviewed July 31, 2018

Been playing the Chief for years, I've been through all of it ups and downs and its a really nice tract of land. Look forward to playing when in town. Last time it was disappointing to find after paying the full 18 hole, off the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 4, 2018 via mobile

Played last 5 years here. Course looks amazing. Huge improvement in conditions this year. Even after evening of rain they were out doing the fairways traps and greens for the 2nd time that weekend. Tough and fun as us usual amazing food after is a...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed August 25, 2017

Played last Sunday morning. Holes looked like they were cut a week before. Everything was soggy. Green were so damp you couldn't putt. Bunkers were horrible. Tee boxes were mostly sand, on the par three's the boxes had huuuge divots out of them. Cart had...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed July 22, 2017 via mobile

Played this course in late July. This was a nice course and maybe a bit overhyped. Completely fair and not punitive if you mishit a shot. The tee boxes were in horrible condition. The fairways were over watered and very wet. The greens were nice....More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed July 11, 2017 via mobile

Here a couple weekend that are all even though they were busy they seated us promptly and the food and service was very good.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Kevin B
Reviewed June 14, 2017

I do not golf, however the food here is AWESOME!! I haven't had a meal there yet that I didn't like. The wait staff is always nice and have a smile! You have to try it.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed January 31, 2017

I've played this course in the summer. It beautiful but for the typical hack it's like a fantasy course. Lots of fun but lots of balls lost. We were actually up their skiing a couple weeks ago and went to the restaurant. Had the absolutely...More

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

We had played The Chief a couple of years ago, and we couldn't wait to return! It is a challenging and beautiful course! We love all the downhill holes. Wish it was offered on "Golf Now". We usually only play their courses, but we had...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

The guys loved it and got rained on after 9 and got a rain check for the next day. Difficult with narrow fairways and lots of hills and out bounds areas. Still fun for the average golfer. Would not recommend for beginners. They could make...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank kathysF8729EQ
Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

What a beautiful, challenging, dynamic Northern Michigan golf course. Nothing but praise for Superintendent and staff. Not pleased with lack of on-course management. Two groups backed up entire course. No ranger or pro management to maintain speed of play

Date of experience: August 2016
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