The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort

4.3647647059 4.4 stars from 5 (101)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6330 yards
  • Slope: 128
  • Rating: 69.2
  • Layout

  • 4706 W Otsego Lake Dr, Gaylord, Michigan 49785, Otsego County
  • (989) 732-1785
  • (989) 448-8613
  • www.thenaturalgolfcourse.com

Year built: 1992
Architect(s): Jerry Matthews (1992), Ray Hearn (1992)
Type: Resort
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Blue Grass
Golf Season: Open: 4/15 Closed: 10/31

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 71 6330 yards 69.2 128
White 71 5845 yards 67.3 123
Red (W) 71 4830 yards 67.8 117

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 101 Reviews
5 stars:
53
4 stars:
40
3 stars:
6
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

97 out of 101 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers group getaways   Challenges include elevation changes water hazards bunkers   Great for drinks  

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"Picturesque Course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played four courses in the Gaylord area and this course was excellent. Some challenging holes and would look forward to playing it again. The course was hilly with a lot of different lies. The club house was very nice.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/24/2019

Thank you for the excellent review! We're glad you recommend The Natural at Beaver Creek overall for anyone in the area.




1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Totally miss managed and outrageous pricing. Hot Dogs were $7.50?????? Talk about price gouging. No rangers on the course to keep play going. Very slow and no help from the course. I would never recommend this course to anyone and am very disappointed that Tree Tops booked this as they are such a class act and a wonderful place to play and stay.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Hot deal"


u00000243288's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great day for golf. Course was in great condition. 4th time I played it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 09/06/2018:

Hello, We're happy to hear that you had a great day of golf. Thank you for your business and look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

"Best of Michigan for a decent price"


pmccharles's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/26/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Teens were well marked good to better condition

Fairways excellant

Ruff a little long


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 09/07/2018:

Hello, We're glad to have met your overall expectations in the pace of play, staff friendliness, course conditions, and the value for the money. Book your next tee time with us soon.

"Love this quirky layout"


kbartley's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/08/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Fabulous layout. No two holes are the same. Great variety on this tight and very hilly course in perfect condition. Definite shot placement course. Greens true and fast. I play it every year when I visit this area, it is one of my favorites.


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


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 09/07/2018:

Hello, Thank you for leaving us a 5-star rating. We're happy to have met your overall expectations. Book your next round with us soon.

"Awesome Golf Course"


Max6230363's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is extremely well kept and the layout is fantastic. It was a challenging course, but not overly-difficult. I can see why this is one of the top rated courses in Northen Michigan. I'll definitely be back!


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


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 08/08/2018:

Hi Max, Thank you for leaving us an awesome 5-star rating. We are pleased to hear that we met your overall expectations. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

"Great layout"


glowinfrog's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is in excellent condition with the exception of 2 greens. Challenging layout with sloping fairways.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 08/08/2018:

Hello, Thank you for leaving us a 5-star rating. We are glad to hear that you were pleased with the course conditions. Remember to book your next tee time with us soon.

"Natural, and exceptional"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in the best shape since I began playing it 10 years ago


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 08/01/2018:

Hello, Thank you for your kind words and feedback. We are glad to hear that you continue to come back.

"beautiful course"


uKLFY4573KL's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice layout, agree w other reviews - great kept secret N Mi course - not many people on course, great layout, narrow, well maintained; only issue might be - greens a bit slow compared w say Boyne courses, Gaylord CC, and Little Traverse Bay.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 07/31/2018:

Hello, Thank you for providing your feedback and apologize for our course conditions. Please allow us to make it up to you.


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great conditions, despite no rain for about 6 weeks. Fairways and greens were excellent.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 07/13/2018:

Hello, We're glad to hear you loved our course conditions. We do hope to see you out on the golf course again soon.

"The Natural"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Perfect day for golf. Not a flat course by all means except the T boxes! Very challenging. Fairways in great condition. Greens great and challenging. Will definitely play this course again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



karevan9's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fair course design."


Jack2196552's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played The Natural several times, no goofy holes. It's a good value in a area with over priced golf courses


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 07/09/2018:

Hi Jack, We're glad to hear that you enjoyed playing at The Natural at Beaver Creek. Thank you for your business and remember to book your next round with us soon.


Rml547's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 07/02/2018:

Hi, Thank you for your 5-star rating! Book another round with us soon.

"Great Course; Pace Toooooo Slow!"


dhiggy's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was great as usual! Good value for the money. But the pace of play was too slow! 5 hrs 45 mins to play 18. Tee times too close together; especially when foursomes are playing not just for fun, but have wagers on their play. Tend to think they're professionals and the pace slows down. Group in front was playing in a group, and were playing a scramble, so it too more time for them to chase down all the shots. We will play again, just not on a Friday afternoon in the summer.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 06/26/2018:

Hello, Thank you for leaving us a 4-star rating. We would like to apologize about the pace of play. Thank you for your business and come back again soon.

Commented on 07/19/2018

Sounds like someone needs to get up earier! I never wait for anyone when I have the first tee time. Anything else and you run that risk.



u788129109's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 06/18/2018:

Hi, Thank you for your 5-star rating! Book another round with us soon.


u618208947's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2018
First time playing Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 06/18/2018:

Hello, Thank you for leaving us a 4-star rating review. Book your next round with us soon.

"My Final Review"


LETHAL30LEFTY's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This is my last chance to boast and brag about The Natural. I've done a few reviews on here, but I'm leaving 5 stars this time.

It was a damp day with minimal wind but the course was in the BEST condition I had seen it, especially during the peak of the autumn season. I can't gloat enough about the fall colors bursting everywhere. I spent more time taking pictures of the orange and red leaves than I did focusing on my game. Barely any leaves in the fairways, greens, etc. It was excellent.

Had the entire course to myself which was not a surprise given the weather conditions. I managed to shoot under 80 with three penalty strokes on front 9. This course is a GREAT VALUE in the Gaylord area and I will always return every season until if conditions ever detereoriate. I doubt they will!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from #TheNaturalatBeaverCreek on 11/10/2017:

Thank you for sharing your last round at The Natural! We're glad you were able to make it out before we closed for the season and enjoyed some of the best conditions of the season! We look forward to seeing you back here in the spring!


u684762540's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The Natural at Beaver Creek on 09/28/2017:

Thank you for your 5-star rating and review! We're glad you enjoyed the course and we hope you'll come back for another round before the end of the season!


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