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Gull Lake Resort in Augusta Michigan, yes that’s right Augusta. What a town name for a place with a golf course or three.
In the case of the Gull Lake Resort in Michigan, resort president Jon Scott and his family have six courses and a bunch of overnight villas to stay in.
But if your flying through the state of Michigan and playing several of the Pure Michigan Golf courses, the new Stoatin Brae should make your list of a must play golf course.
Stoatin brae did a soft opening in late 2016, when 12 holes opened for play.
By the start of the 2017 season the entire golf course was ready to go. The course was designed by Tom Doaks Renaissance Golf team from Michigan.
The golf course is of the links style and there are not many trees or bushes to be found. While the fairways are pretty generous, if you miss them and the first and second cut of rough, you will land in some pretty tall grass (weeds) and you can probably say goodbye to that golf ball. So do make sure you have a few spares in the bottom of your golf bag.
At the bottom of an area with some crafted mounds, sits the “halfway bunker” because it’s underground and really doesn’t come across as a halfway house. Regardless it’s a very pleasant change from the little white shack found at most golf courses.
In fact considering Doaks work at Old MacDonald at the Bandon Dunes resort in Oregon, it wouldn’t be surprising if this halfway bunker was inspired by the one at Old Mac.
Stoatin Brae gives the golfer a good chance to settle in. The first hole in straight in front of you, even though the second shot is likely to be a blind one coming in, to a green that sits down in a bowl like area.
The property starts to mix it’s open links style land, in with a small amount of trees and bushes on holes 6 and 7.
While the front nine is very good, the back nine seems to jump start the round. There is a little more elevation change along with more holes, that have more going on in terms of bunkers and green complexes.
For more information on the new Stoatin Brae links course, one of six courses at Gull Lake View Resort, please visit, Gulllakeview.com.