Grand Traverse Resort & Spa (Bear)

Originally Published: September 14, 2004
Golf Digest

Grand Traverse
The Bear Course's 149 slope is the highest of any course in Michigan.

Golf Digest's Best Places to Play rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Need To Know
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa (Bear)
U.S. 31 North
Acme, Michigan 49610

Jack Nicklaus took a relatively flat piece of terrain at this Michigan resort on Grand Traverse Bay and added extensive mounding, terraced fairways and deep bunkers. The result is the Bear Course.

The Bear boasts a course rating of 76.1 and the 149 slope rating is the highest in Michigan. In any survey set up to determine the most beautiful resort course in Michigan, the Bear Course would be a strong contender. It's also a demanding championship layout with water on 10 holes which means bring your camera-and a lot of golf balls.