(Course is now closed for the 2018 season)
The Michaywé Pines Course is an 18 hole classic layout offering excellent conditions that compliment tournament golf. It features secluded fairways winding through beautiful white birch and pine forests along the AuSable River. Strategic bunkering and a minimum of water hazards add to the character of this unique course.
We have five sets of tees with distances ranging from 5,200 to over 7,000 yards. Play the tee that fits your game! The Golf Association of Michigan came back in 2014 to update our slope and course ratings.
A picture is worth a thousand words so take the time to watch our Architect, Don Childs, describe The Michaywe Pines, in his own words, as he completed renovating his original design.
Don Childs hole-by-hole description of the Michaywe Pines:
Hole-by-hole Tips and Pointers !
Enjoy our “Hole by Hole” tips & pointers as you anticipate your golf trip to the Michaywe Pines.
#1 – Start your round with a confident shot to the short grass. With out-of-bounds on the left, you may want to favor the right side unless the flag is front right. The green is deep, so note the flag when choosing your club for approach. Watch out for the sand trap on the right side towards the back of the green.
#2 – A strong drive on this par 5 dogleg that gets past the trees on the left is position A. Generally no need to try to cut the corner tight as a well played second shot will set you up for a high lofted approach to the green. The right, left, and rear bunkering and one of our smaller greens make stopping your approach on the green important. Don’t hit it too long as the green is slightly below some of the places on the fairway. And beware, there is out of bounds to the left of the green.
#3 – Our shortest hole and your best opportunity to score if you can be accurate and avoid the right and left bunkers.. The green is very deep so pay attention to the flag color/design. The two-tier green is higher in the back, with a step-up ridge running across the green. Avoid going over the green, as the green will be running away from you on your return shot.
#4 – A strong drive is a must on this our longest par 4. Favor the left of the fairway to avoid the tall pine guarding the right as well as the out-of-bounds in the trees to the right. Being off the fairway on the left is not a bad position as long as you avoid the fairway trap. With deep traps on the front right and left of the green, make sure you can reach the large green if you choose to go for it. A layup in front center generally allows a chip-and-run up close to the pin. The rear of the green slopes up to give you a bit of a backstop.
#5 – This mild dogleg right requires an accurate shot to the left side of the fairway if you are to avoid some of the pines on the right for your approach. Both the right and left sides are marked with out-of-bounds stakes. On your approach, the front of the green has a bit of a false front, so take enough club and avoid the traps that guard the front right and left.
#6 – Our shortest Par 4 does not require your longest drive but is not an automatic par. Choose a club that will allow you to avoid the pines (and out of bounds) on the left and the fairway trap on the right and you will have a short shot to the green. Avoid the far right of the fairway, as the pines that guard the right side of the green prevent shots to some pin positions. The green slopes strongly from back to front so you will want to be below the hole.
#7 – A long Par 3 with a deep but narrow green requires accuracy to avoid the pond on the right of the green. A miss left will require distance accuracy on your chip to avoid going into the pond. A less risky alternative is to be just short of the green in the center, where a chip and run can get you close to the hole.
#8 – A drive to the left side of the fairway will give you the best approach to the green on this mild dogleg right. Going over the fairway trap can get you out of bounds if the ball is curving left. The large green will be receptive to your approach as long as you miss the traps on the right.
#9 – On this dogleg Par 5, you should get your drive to the left if you cannot get past the dogleg on the right. Your second shot needs to avoid the lateral water hazard pond on the left. If you are going to miss the fairway, missing on the right is often forgiving. On your approach to the green, there is a hidden sand trap on the right. The wide green has a strong slopping backstop that will help if you go a little long.
#10 – After stopping for a snack, you will want to have one of your most accurate drives on this slight dogleg left. Trees and a trap guarding the green make approach shots difficult from the left rough. Drives off the fairway to the right run the risk of going down the bank to the lake. Drive to the right-center of the fairway for the best shot into the very large green.
#11 – A picturesque Par 3 again requires accuracy to avoid high-growth lateral water areas on both sides. The greens is deep with a sloping backstop effect at the rear. The right front of the green is higher and slopes to the rear and center of the putting surface.
#12 – You can let it rip on this strong dogleg left with a wide landing area. A drive that strongly favors the left up towards the hole will give you a significant distance advantage to reach the hole. The deep, narrow green is protected by two traps on the left, and the putting surface slopes from right to left and from back to front. Pick the right club and aim to be below the hole.
#13 – While this hole looks harmless from the tee, out-of-bounds both left and right as well as a fairway that continues to rise to a protected, raised green make this the third handicapped whole on the back nine. Take enough club to get up onto the green while avoiding the traps right and left.
#14 – On this Par 5, a drive to anywhere in the fairway will position you well for your second shot. Pay attention to the pin position to get your second shot to where you will have the best chance to go for the pin on your approach without needing to go over the traps both right and left. An upslope on the rear of the green can help you not run over.
#15 – With a trap right and trees on the left, be careful with your drive. Three traps guard the large green that is narrow in the front and much wider in the back. Toward the back of the green, both the right and left sides slope towards the center.
#16 – This uphill Par 3 requires at least one extra club for the posted yardage. Anything on the green is a good shot. With the large green, an up-and-down recovery shot is usually possible unless you are short-sided to the pin in either of the traps right and left.
#17 – This lovely, and interesting Par 5 starts off with a wide landing area where anything on the fairway can work. A great second shot will put you in a place to go for the green over the creek with your third shot. The creek is about 60 yards in front of the center of the green. Consider laying up if the creek poses a risk, as being over the creek but not on the green is not much better than just laying up. The protected green slopes back to front and left to right.
#18 – On this, our shortest hole on the back 9, avoid the fairway traps and you will have a good shot to our largest green. It is easy to have a very long putt on this hole, so pick the right club for the pin position. You will likely be thrilled with a two-putt or have a great story about the one that dropped during your after-round refreshments.
We hope you enjoyed your round and will come back often.