The Chief Golf Course

3.7242235294 3.7 stars from 5 (61)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6482 yards
  • Layout

  • 5085 Shanty Creek Rd., Bellaire, Michigan 49615, Antrim County
  • (231) 533-9000
  • (231) 533-5543
  • www.golfthechief.com

Year built: 1996
Architect(s): John F. Robinson (1996)
Type: Public/Resort
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bent Grass
Golf Season: April - November

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: No
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No Swimwear or Beach Attire
Credit cards accepted: Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover card(s) Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6482 yards N/A N/A
White 72 6033 yards N/A N/A
Gold 72 5363 yards N/A N/A
Red 72 4528 yards N/A N/A

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.3 stars from 5
Value: 3.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 61 Reviews
5 stars:
25
4 stars:
26
3 stars:
4
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

48 out of 59 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive at a resort   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge   Challenges include elevation changes forced carries bunkers   Great for drinks  

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"Great day on a great course!"


dhiggy's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great day; course in great condition. Pace of play was good; there was a group of about 8-9 on the front nine that slowed play on the last couple of holes? Not sure why they allow that on a Saturday?


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"The Chief"


u665980958's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very helpful informative staff, the greens are difficult and the hilly course is truly cut right out of the woods. You rarely see others while you are playing as the holes are spread out. Not for the weak or beginner golfer due to carries and hills. The only concern was the greens could be in better shape and consistent imho.

Definitely will go back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good things are happening"


rlburdet's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I like the changes being made to the course. Holes now laid out so you come back to the club house at the turn! Also, changes to make the course more playable makes it more enjoyable, the changes aren’t complete yet but are going to be nice when done.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Wunderluxe's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"A challenging beauty"


plumlord's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Michigan Advisor
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

On a whim I decided to play the Chief, and I'm very happy I did. It's a beautiful northern Michigan course that challenges you in many ways throughout the round. There are a lot of blind tee shots and forced carries for people playing the back few sets of tees. The greens are some of the smallest I've seen, but can be stuck pretty easily (if you have the accuracy.) A lot of the experience here is about accuracy, so if you're a pretty inaccurate golfer, I suggest maybe playing someplace a little less challenging.

The elevation changes and gorgeous views make this round worthwhile, as well. The pro shop and restaurant have a great selection; It's some of the best golf course food I've had.

The only negative thing I can think of is some of the conditioning on the greens and a few spots in the fairway. Other than that, the course is in great shape. Also, I know it's not something people normally write about in reviews, but the bridges on the course are very well built and made me feel very safe.

I'd suggest adding the Chief to your northern Michigan golf trip- it''ll add a fun challenge and you'll get to see how beautiful a course in the middle of a hardwood forest can be!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




John7600590's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tee boxes were in bad shape and sand was not fluffy or groomed.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Well worth the trip"


jskitchen's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you enjoy elevation changes, challenging holes, and a great view, you will love this course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



banksrt43's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



uQTGQ6454QT's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Quirky course, premium on second shot"


Ballcrusher62's avatar
Michigan Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/24/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This course is unique/quirky. For the most part your driver and stay in bag other than just a few holes. Many dog legs requiring 150 to 180 yard approach shots up hill. The sand traps need redoing removing rocks. Sand racks were extremely lacking in some cases there were none and certainly wasn't waste area. This is also course that playing the first time could be struggle as it is more of shot makers course. The restaurant at the club is excellent and staff was very good. Overall I would still play again and see if second time changes my appreciation for the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great deal"


ksatterblom's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Got a great deal to play here for $25. Course layout was pretty challenging with lots of intimidating tee shots. Good variety of holes that require different clubs off the tee. Scorecard and the provided guide book were nice features for first time players. One downside is that once you tee off there isn't any place to grab a snack or a drink. We played on a Thursday and there was nothing other than a few water coolers available on the course. Load up at the clubhouse before you head out. Overall it was an enjoyable round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Decent"


jasmarty1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is slightly suffering from dryness, but they were working hard to keep it watered on every hole. Good experience overall


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



purrful2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A Challenge, But Rewarding, Too!"


dzfhf5's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/05/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A Challenge for all skill levels. Rewards shot placement, penalizes errant shots. Beauty of northern Michigan on almost every hole. Forward tees and "beginner" tees accommodate the less skilled quite nicely, while middle and back tees raise the bar significantly for those who want to challenge the layout.. Bring extra balls if you can't hit 'em straight! After the round, have a draft or a snack or a great meal at the Pelicans Nest right on property! Great food and ambiance dining outdoors!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Excellent Course!"


dhiggy's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent course, extremely challenging if you don't stay down the middle! Fairways were in terrific shape. Greens were good, except fairly small, and undulating. Will continue to play here!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



Frank7730477's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Toughest course"


Jaybird0619's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This corse demands that you be able to place your ball if you expect to score well. The corse conditions were good, there weren't very many golfers there on a Sunday afternoon so pace of play was good. I would recommend this corse foe boggy or better golfers.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



Frank7730477's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Poorly maintained"


Darekc's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Very poorly maintained. Never saw them cut the greens in 3 days staying on the course. Actually never saw any mowers at all Some of the holes were so beat up from being in the same location for days. The layout is so quirky barely used a wood off the tee. Super tight like 20 yd fairway and 2yrd rough then basically a forest or unplayable area. There were a couple holes that were nice like #6 and 7 but that was about it. The rest were so tight and not fun. I'm a 5 handicap and thought it was unfair and really poorly set up. Plenty of other courses in the area that are much nicer.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course



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