Text: R. Collins // Photography: Shanty Creek Resort
In a brand-new addition to its roster of four championship golf courses, and four-season dining, lodging, and entertainment, Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, Michigan has announced the addition of Hawk’s Eye Golf Club to its list of golf opportunities. The course is the fifth 18-hole championship course within the property’s now 5,500 acres of rolling countryside.
“The addition of Hawk’s Eye [to our collection of courses] is huge—literally and figuratively,” stated Mike Mooney, PGA Professional and director of golf for Shanty Creek, in a press release. “Having five courses within an eight-mile radius adds significant appeal and prestige for golfers looking for a world-class getaway.”
Since its debut in 2004, Hawk’s Eye has received several accolades that strengthen its reputation as a quality golf destination. The addition joins a number of other expansion work and improvements made to the resort’s lineup of golfing amenities such as the new fleet of golf carts, the Topgolf Swing Suite golf simulator in The River Bistro, and the new CoffeBAR coffee house at the Lakeview Hotel.
Pete Bigford, chief executive officer of Shanty Creek Resort, said the addition of Hawk’s Eye in the wake of the coronavirus is “a testament to the successes” the resort has been experiencing and furthers the resort’s bid “to become Michigan’s best golf resort.”
The resort also features Cedar River, which was designed by Tom Weiskopf, and The Legend, which was done by Arnold Palmer—as well as the newest John Robinson-designed addition—bringing the number to three of some of the state’s top courses in one location.
“Add our Schuss Mountain and Summit courses and the variety of golf is unmatched,” Mooney said.
The four-season golf and ski resort in Antrim County is located 31 miles northeast of Traverse City amid the Chain of Lakes region, making it an ideally located destination for sport, entertainment, and travel across northern Michigan’s scenic land and waterways.
Besides the Chain of Lakes, the area boasts glacier-carved trail systems and riverside natural areas for hiking and exploring, and tasteful Michigan favorites like Shorts Brewing Company, not to mention countless opportunities for paddling, boating, and perusing shallow sandbars.