The Cedar River at Shanty Creek

4.8122352941 4.8 stars from 5 (75)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6980 yards
  • Slope: 135
  • Rating: 73.2
  • Layout

  • 5780 Shanty Creek Rd, Bellaire, Michigan 49615, Antrim County
  • (866) 695-5010, (231) 533-2020
  • www.shantycreek.com
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Year built: 1999
Architect(s): Tom Weiskopf (1999)
Type: Resort
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bent Grass
Golf Season: Open: 4/27 Closed: 10/21

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6980 yards 73.2 135
Blue 72 6530 yards 70.9 131
White 72 5965 yards 68.5 124
White (W) 72 5965 yards 74.5 136
Silver 72 5397 yards 66.0 116
Red 72 5315 yards 70.3 121

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 75 Reviews
5 stars:
55
4 stars:
19
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

72 out of 73 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

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

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"First class course and facility"


gsilverman1212's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The way golf courses used to be. Great facility good layout fabulous conditions did not look like the typical course today that can not afford to maintain its facility. Absolutely perfect.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Immaculate Greens!"


HOTSPOTTS's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Illinois Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2019
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

Cedar River is always a very pleasant play. See my review from last June and previous Junes....one of my favorite courses in the entire world. Highly recommend. Cedar River is a do not miss course if you travel to Northern Michigan. Course is very wet from recent rains but still very playable. Greens smooth as glass.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2019
First time playing 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


"Beautiful Course"


goorower1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played on May 20 at 9:30 am and it was very cold and damp. We had the golf course to ourselves. Even though I had rained a lot the previous day the course was in great shape and the greens were faster than they looked. We are visiting the area from Seattle but if we come back we will probably play this course again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"MarkDpar"


Mark5242521's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

Enjoyed the whole day! A great course for all types of players.


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


"The Best at Shanty Creek"


pteeter's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

In my opinion, best course at Shanty Creek. Course conditions were perfect. Playable but challenging. My only complaint is hole #18. If you play take the time to drive up and look at the landing area. Otherwise you'll hit what you think is a perfect drive and end up messing up a nice round.


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


"Well kept and open"


u1454978's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overall a great round with a few exceptional holes. One par three on the back nine offers a real challenge for the first tuner. Fairways are generous for the most part. A “must play’ for the area. You decide after playing them all...


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Cedar river"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Started out fine but the 3 some in front of us caused a lot of frustration. They had no idea about golf etiquette. Guy parked his cart on one side of fairway, walk across fairway to hit his ball and then walked back to his cart. I forgot to mention he walked like a walk in the park. We were a 2 some, you think they would ask us if we wanted to play ahead-no. This happens so I guess you have to let it go. Btw-I think the ranger was a friend of theirs. He talked to them 2-3 times for about 6 mins which means more waiting! We like the course so we will play there again. I have seen the course in better condition than today, but they have been short of rain.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"On our top five list"


JoanneCle's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course in excellent condition and the greens were outstanding; i.e., among the best we have ever played: fast but not overly, and very true. Although we played as a twosome in less than four hours, we were behind a fivesome that bogged down toward the end. Nonetheless, it was a most enjoyable golfing experience and we shall return.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great layout, ignore the staff"


MNgolfAddict's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/29/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

If it weren’t for the ranger giving us a “pace of play” lecture before our round, this would be a 10/10 course.

Nobody on the course on a beautiful Friday morning and the starter felt the need to lecture us on keeping each hole to ~15 minutes.

Before we even teed off:

“I’m sure you don’t care how long it takes you to play your round, but the people behind you do”

WONDERFUL layout, fast greens that roll true, and receptive to long irons. Scoreable course, pretty wide fairways. Nice par 3s!

Get rid of the starter and this would’ve been a 10/10!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable round"


ujhartz's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2018
Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very challenging but fair golf course. Not for a beginner. fairways and greens were in great shape. I want to play it again before we go back home to ohio.


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


"Outstanding"


HOTSPOTTS's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Illinois Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I do not honor many courses with 5 stars. Cedar is in immaculate shape. Refer to my 6/10/17 review. Not only did I play Cedar River this day I also enjoyed another wonderful round with different pins on 6/9/18 with the same consistent notes. One of my very favorite courses to play it never gets old...fortunate that I've probably played over 30 plus rounds here. An outstanding fun playable design by Weiskopf with proper challenges. A few of "stupid holes" (5, 13 & 18) that you have to play a few times to understand them but from start to finish a truly enjoyable track. Highly Highly recommended.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"Beautiful course"


mikerrudy's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Virtually no one playing course but us. Great conditions, beautiful greens, perfect tees staff very friendly. Probably one of the golf gems in upper Michigan. We have played this course numerous times and have never been disappointed . Fantastic course layout with interesting holes. Woods, heather, water you name it they have it. Cedar River hole is fun to play!


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


"Great Golf Course"


Bucks9395's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/07/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

I’ve played most of the nicer public courses in Michigan...this one ranks right up there with any of them. Extremely playable, scenic, and in great condition.


I recommend this course


"Great course!"


keschu110's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played on a hot Saturday afternoon and never waited on a hole. Course was in great shape. Only negative would be to have balls supplied on driving range. $7 for a bucket when you have paid for a round of golf isn't necessary


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



None's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/27/2017
Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Terrific Course"


Joeknows2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Doesn't Play as long as yardage because of mostly elevated tees. Absolutely a beauty !!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Lots of fun!"


u000003380273's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played this course in a constant rain and had a great time! It had been raining for 24 hours before we played but course drained very well, we were able to drive carts everywhere, and geeens were excellent! Great Weiakopf layout and incredible views and topography! Play this course!


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


"Cedar River Bellaire Michigan"


u378471032's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One of the most beautiful courses I have ever played! If you want a spectacular course to play in Northwestern Michigan this summer or fall choose this course you will not be disappointed.


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



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