The view from the tee box on #18 at Wild Bluff Golf Club
In the background, the Club House and Lake Superior
Wild Bluff Golf Course Review
Dan and I played Wild Bluff in mid-September 2010. It is a part of the Bay Mills Casino Resort and is a first class facility. First the amenities. The nicely appointed bar and restaurant are on the second floor overlooking the course. Despite the upscale appearance, the food and beverage prices were reasonable and very friendly wait staff. Out on the course the beverage cart only charged $2 for domestic beers, a heck of deal. A better than average pro shop. Top grade Yamaha electric golf carts with a built-in ice cooler and an attached ball cleaner/club head combo. Each cart had a large screen gps unit that showed the layout of each hole inclulding all hazards and distances to the hazards. Each hole was also annotated with pro tips on playing the hole. New golf tees were supplied with each cart. The practice facility is very nice. A putting green, a chipping green, a bunker green, and a golf range with unlimited golf balls provided. There’s also an additional putting green on top of the bluff and a set of tee boxes for the driving range.
The course itself is very scenic. Set in the woods with most of the holes are on top of the Bluff, with some with scenic views overlooking Lake Superior. The fairways are bent grass and tree-lined with either water or sand bunker fairway hazards. The course presents some dramatic elevation changes; the more level holes had undulating fairways and challenging direction changes. Most greens were elevated and ran fast, with challenging pin locations, and were at times tough to read. We played the White Tees which totaled 6156 yards with a 125 slope rating. The Black Tees total 7056 yards and a slope rating of 136. We found the course fun and quite challenging.
We were handicapped by very wet conditions which affected the condition of the fairways and also by the temporary rule of having to drive only on the cart paths - no crossing the fairways whatsoever. Sometimes your lie was a hundred yards from the closest cart path so you had to guess at what clubs you’d need to avoid lengthy trips back and forth to the cart. The no cart on the fairways rule also hampered the utiltiy of the gps system.
The summer rates, for green and cart, was $62 ($10 less if you were a guest at the resort hotel). Considering the quality of the course, the quality of the cart and other amenities it is perhaps the best golfiing value around Lake Superior.
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Wild Bluff Golf Course, Brimley, MI
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