If I had to pick my favorite course to play... ( I'm sure The Bull and Whistling Straights would remind me of the truly enjoyable experiences I had taking on those beasts... if they could only speak! ) If I absolutely had to pick one... I say Timberstone in Upper Michigan is that course.
This course is a hidden gem many have never heard of. It used to have a double wide trailor for a clubhouse! (It's updated now, but the beauty is not in the accomodations here.) The course takes you on a scenic journey through the beautiful north woods were the whitetailed deer risk their lives by standing on the tee boxes in front of you, with an almost tame demenour. The courses name is descriptive of what you'll find if you miss the fairways. Plenty of Timber, and plenty of massive Stones. It should actually be called Timberboulder, but the ring is not quite the same. You leave the clubhouse and every single hole is yours and yours alone. The layout of the course and overall design is pure genius. Somehow no other holes are noticabley visible aside from the one you're currently playing! Just serene forest and the sounds of nature. To get to the thrills and what is permanently etched in my memory conveyed to you briefly - without giving any justice to holes 1 thru 16 of course... on to 17...
You eventually find yourself on top of a magnificantly secluded mountain (Pine Mountain - home of the world ski jumping championships) with a breathtaking, seemingly endless view of the thousands of treetops below. The fall colors are amazing if you can time your round right... Take your pick of club to offset the tremendous elevation between yourself and the flag on this par 3. It's hard to keep your mind off of the stunning view, that is, until you go about addressing your ball, realizing you have but one shot to hit this green and capitalize on the experience. The level of difficulty is staggering and I guarantee that if you happen to par this hole your first time playing Timberstone, attribute it to devine intervention.
After lobbing, chipping, or chunking your ball down hundreds of feet to the wickedly tiered 17th green and three putting, you get to finish your final plunge to the base of the mountain. The 18th hole is an aweinspiring, multi tiered par 5 extending well beyound 600 yards in length. Two great, long, straight shots can give you an opportunity to clear a massive rivine and have a shot at a miracle. Risk / Reward - my favorite kind of hole. Again, words cannot describe the beauty and challenge this course presents you with. It is a truely magnificent experience to golf here and after contemplating the many contenders I've had the luxury of playing - I will forever be able to make the argument that Timberstone is my favorite course to play.
Great course, beautiful layout and even better playing conditions. But, just played it and it was SLOW...5:30 round and no rangers to keep in touch with you or prod the slower golfers along. My rating reflects the slow play. Had the round been completed in 4-4:20 I would have rated the course 4.5-5.
3 1/2 stars!! Not a chance. It's beautiful, challenging, and affordable. The staff are wonderful
and hospitality is exceptional. Hotel packages are unbelievably low. This is my favorite golf course ever. I guarantee you will not regret going to Timberstone. This course is 5 star all the way.
This is the greatest golf course for the local as well as the visitors, as it offers challenge and a beauty that is rare to most golf courses. They have a great driving range and are now opening a chipping area . you will also enjoy the large practice green. The maintinence is awesome and the people are pleasant. You must play lt once just to see how beautiful it is. I spend winters in Florida and can't wait to get home in the Spring to get back on Timberstone. I love it!!!
As a member I recommend it to all.