TimberStone Sets the Bar in the U.P.
My playing partner laughed after the first nine. He commented, "you didn't shoot any birdies yet but you shot a herd a deer."
While I was struggling on the course, I was able to capture a few close up deer shots with my camera.
Wild life buffs take note, in an early morning round I counted no less than two dozen deer.
All jokes aside, Jerry Matthews built a master piece that slowly climbs Pine Mountain then concludes with
stunning downhill drops especially the par-4 9th, par - 3 17th and par -5 18th. The 6,937-yard, par-72 layout requires accurate straight shots off the tee to avoid dense Michigan forest and pines.
#9 - Measures 471 yards from the tips, 448 yards from boulder tees, a 300 yard drive is feasible for
anyone who gets a hold of it thanks to a huge elevation drop from tee to green. Joe Rizzo, Direc
tor of Golf, loves the 9th not only for the scenry but seems to always play the hole well. To get your par, keep
the ball in play and out of the trees.
#17 - One of most jaw dropping par-3's in the Midwest. Shape of green mirrors Sagola lake that can bes
een in distance. A well struck mid iron will result in a 15 second hang time. Note, the hole plays 2 clubs
#18 - Three fairway tiers that tumble to a sunken putting surface. 625 yards from the tips takes two mighty
shots to find the green. Best way to make a birdie, stick it close and one - putt. No trip is complete without visiting the patio grill and ordering up a famous double cheeseburger hot off the grill. Special note if you arrive in the spring or fall you may see workers huddled next the fire that burns between 9 and 18
Stay and Play
The Perfect Foursome Package is also available for a 3 - round/2 - night stay with golf at Sweetgrass, TimberStone and Greywalls, starting at $265.
For information and reservations call 906-723-2252 or visit www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com/packages
The Skinny 4 Tees: 6937, 6533, 5836 and 5077 Yards
18 Hole Weekend Rate: $100
N3332 Pine Mountain Rd
Iron Mountain, Michigan