GOLF IN THE UP OF MICHIGAN-MARQUETTE’S GREYWALLS

ISLAND RESORT AND CASINO home of the Sweetgrass golf course and new Sage Run course, both designs by Paul Albanese, visit Islandresortandcasino.com SUNSET VALLEY Golf Course part of the Highland Park-Park District reopens for public play tomorrow August 18th, come see the newly completed clubhouse and play the Rick Jacobson renovated golf course first built in 1920. Call (888)-387-8414 for tee times.      _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation, follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy. In the pro shop at Mistwood Golf Club.

If you are headed to Michigan to play golf, there are plenty of great courses to play, and I don’t just mean the private courses. Public and resort courses are very good all over the state.

Many of them are in the main part of the state, but now there are is a growing golf presence in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

While the Island Resort and Casino in Harris Michigan has just built the new Sage Run, by Paul Albanese, there are some established properties in the UP as well.

Welcome to Marquette Golf Club since 1926, home of the famed Greywalls Golf Course

The Marquette Golf Club opened in 1926, with the design of it’s Heritage Course, still in play today. The course was designed by the famed Chicago based architect William Langford. The course was expanded in later years by David Gill.

The second course it’s modern design is the now famed Greywalls Course, named for it’s gray shale rock walls that line several of the holes. Greywalls has some great elevation changes on the property. While this summer it’s colors have changed just a small bit to brown in some places because of higher heat than normal, and a lack of rain. But that still doesn’t change the design created by Mike DeVries who did an outstanding job, while sticking to working within a tight budget to get the golf course built. Greywalls built in 2005, now has a #2 Best in State you can play rating from Golfweek Magazine as of 2017.

  GREYWALLS the Par 3, third hole (L), and the from on the green the Par 3, sixth hole looking back to the tee boxes surrounded by Greywalls. The elevation change to the green from the tee box, provides for a challenging tee shot.

While there are some forced carries, they are not extreme, especially if you do play to the proper tee box yardage, that works for your handicap.  Several of the tee boxes do have some elevation to them, that will help give your golf ball some carry on the tee shot.

The fairways do have some challenging but in many cases fun undulations in them There is the feel of playing some of the more well known mountain courses when you try to hit from uphill or downhill fairway lies.

If your looking for a big fancy clubhouse because of the clubs high rating, forget it. The pro shop is not big and the grill building is perfect for a seasonal Northern Michigan golf club. But they are cozy and provide everything golfers and visiting golfers could need.

If you find yourself in Michigan’s UP and are looking for some good golf, drop by the Marquette Golf Club, two courses to pick from. See Golfgreywalls.com or call (906)-225-0721, for an enjoyable day on the course in Michigan.

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.