Text: R. Collins // Photography: North Coast Golf Co., Bucks Run Golf Club, Mt. Pleasant Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
With August just around the corner and summer golf in full swing, the teams behind Michigan’s golf offerings—managers, golf professionals, superintendents, and event coordinators, among others—are looking forward to an active early fall filled with prime golf packages and comfortable golf conditions. At Bucks Run Golf Club, centrally located in Mt. Pleasant northeast of downtown, course officials are prepping for the most laid-back part of the golf season with customizable stay and play packages offering visitors some of the best the area has to offer.
“We’re a single entity golf course and we partner with all of those lodging providers and golf courses that are listed on our stay and play page, so essentially services are à la carte,” said Jon Conklin, PGA Member and general manager of Bucks Run Golf Club. “They’re going to be different price-points and different amenities for all of the good stuff. Everything is à la carte based on what people want.”
With Bucks Run’s arrangeable package options, visitors can play in high-to-low price-points and take advantage of a variety of lodging options, such as the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, which is located just minutes away from the course. In all, Bucks Run partners with seven, local lodging facilities and at least nine of central Michigan’s finest golf courses, making it easy for golfers to tailor packages to their group’s needs.
Plus, with Mt. Pleasant’s central location, golfers can meet easily in the middle of the state and choose which courses, dates, number of players, and lodging options work best for them. These advantages are complemented by the fact that some courses in the area wait until late October to aerate their greens, allowing visitors extra time to get on the course while their fall colors are in full swing.
“When you get that 60- or 70-degree day in the fall there’s nothing better, especially when we know the season is coming to an end,” Conklin said. “Some people love the heat and some don’t, but we’re definitely going to have better weather than in the spring. I also think that when you’re coming in the fall with the course conditions—with not punching our greens—you’re not going to get peak season rates, but you’ll get peak season conditions.”
The course is comprised of 290 acres of lush bentgrass formed into 18 holes spread across natural wetlands, river frontage, woodlands, and inland lakes. Bucks Run’s design makes it ideal for golfers of all skill levels to have a good time, and a putting island and clubhouse offer more amenities for visitors. For more information about Bucks Run’s customizable golf packages, visit their dedicated stay and play package page.