Monday, September 20, 2010
While Donna and Jo toured some of Munising’s waterfalls, Dan and I adjourned to Pictured Rocks Golf Club to play a round. It is on highway H58 on the way to the Miners Castle overlook of Pictured Rocks National Park.
Overall a nice facility. Well maintained greens and fairways. Bent grass fairways which was unexpected for a modest-priced facility. Both open and woods lined fairways. Mostly level terrain. The monuments at each tee box were easy to read with larger print and a nicely executed diagram of the hole layout. The score card also had larger print and easy-to-read diagrams of each hole layout. Yardage is marked on the sprinkler heads and they were easy to find. Water hazards come into play on two holes and several holes had sand traps but only a few presented serious hazards. The white tees register 6007 yards and a slope of 119; the Blue tees are slightly longer (6246 yards, slope 124). We found the course very playable and well laid out. The main challenges were two long Par 5’s and another Par 5 with 4 sand traps.The course is a little easier than the slope and yardage would indicate because of the two long Par 5’s. The Pro Shop had all the essentials; the carts were older but serviceable. There was a bar and a restaurant but it was not staffed on the day we were there. They were just beginning to areate the greens so we had to play around maintenance personnel on the front 9.The fall price was a very reasonable $25 for green and cart fee. A can of beer was also reasonably priced: $2.50. Overall we’d rate Pictured Rock course a good value for the money. A well-maintained, attractive, very playable, and affordable course. See some pictures and more comments here.by