Little Traverse Bay Golf Club and Restaurant
This course is well worth playing for the shape of the course and the views. The only problem is the greens are very difficult to read. Add about 10 strokes to your score due to difficult to read putts. So leave your ego at home when you play this course. I love it.
September 18, 2013
Best course I played this year. Fun, well maintained
September 10, 2013
The view is phenomenal as is the course
The course is absolutely gorgeous and very well maintained. The staff are extremely friendly. The course is very challenging. Women playing from the red tees get quite an advantage. I feel very fortunate to be able to play this course thanks to the great rates that we get from Golf Now.
September 6, 2013
Little Traverse Bay, its not you, its me, well, one thing is for sure. You see, its complicated. While this course possesses undeniably beautiful vistas and scenery, I'm torn on whether or not I really recommend playing it. Ultimately, I think I'm one and done with LTB.
Yes, nearly every hole could qualify as a "signature" hole on many courses as LBT's countless elevation changes give way to picturesque vistas dominating the backdrop from the first tee to the last green. However, for the average golfer this course will likely prove exceedingly frustrating...though the snobbish vibe let off by many of the clientele and staff would suggest the "average" golf simply play elsewhere. This course has a private, country-club feel...not always a bad thing, but it was in this case.
I'm a 22 handicap and the others in the group I played with are right around there, when I say this course can be frustrating I'll give you the scores of a couple of my playing partners and leave it at that: 140 & 126. The lesson here, in my opinion, is that breathtaking elevation change and jaw-dropping vistas do not a great golf course make.
While the elevation change and vistas are what make the course, I feel that they are also what inevitably break the course. The playability of the LBT suffers from the designer's obsession with creating that "signature" hole on every (<--italics, eye roll) hole. Most notably, the 9th and the 18th are par fours that read around 300 or so on the scorecard (just guessing, not confirming this by looking at the scorecard)...the catch? You literally have about 150 yards (again guessing) to climb up the equivalent of a black-diamond ski hill to get to the green on either hole. On the opposite end of the spectrum you have par threes that read 180 and play 130 due to the plunge downward (I typically hit my 8-iron around 140 and found myself using it on a par 3, 183 yard hole only to overshoot the green). I guess if you played the course more than once you'd get a better feel for this sort of thing? With the wind whipping around I'm not so sure you'd ever get used to it. The elevation change both up and down really gets to the point where its almost comical. Adding to the frustration are all the uneven and slanted lies resulting from the treacherous hillsides.
I also found the rough (I know, I know, just hit it in the fairway) to be extremely tough. If you hit hybrids DO NOT play this course, this is where my buddy with the 140 had his problems...he doesn't carry a normal iron aside from his wedges. Okay, so real golfers don't typically don't play hybrids (we do, I guess that's why we aren't "members" here).
Finally, talking with others who had played here and reading reviews I knew the greens were fast going in (also made a point to hit the practice green before teeing off). I didn't have a problem on the first several holes (maybe even the front 9), but there were at least four or five holes on the back 9 that were extremely quick. This resulted in myself or my playing partners finding ourselves on the green in 4, off the green in 5, and in the hole in 7, 8, etc. a couple of times...aggravating. Okay, too much negativity, let me say something nice...along with the quickness there are several greens where the ball breaks the opposite direction of your read...which everybody loves (<--sarcasm, not actually nice).
If you want scenery then this is your course, but I'd prefer to save my cash and pull off the road when I see one of those "Scenic Overlook" signs instead. If I want to play golf, I'll go to an actual golf course...this barely qualifies in my book. Ultimately, a scratch golfer or better would might dig LTB...but for a hack like me I'd rather go to a Boyne course when in the area (similar price range, much more playable, still scenic enough, still enough elevation change on most courses).
August 12, 2013
I found the course very beautiful and very challenging the elevation changes were nothing I've ever played on before with great views of 3 different bodies of water.
the course was in great shape and the Greens rolled perfectly other than the subtle brakes in the greens. I think I had four three putts on what appeared to be pretty flat greens. I had to keep scratching my head as I hit many greens in regulation and walked away with a bogey.
we had a beautiful day weather wise and the course was a lot of fun to play.
August 10, 2013
Outstanding views on many holes
One of my favorite courses in this area to play, booking on line can get you pretty good rate also.
August 9, 2013
most beautiful golf course I have ever played.
most beautiful golf course I have ever played in my life
August 8, 2013
The course has lots of great features
Great features, great staff, courteous, breathtaking views, lots of hills and changes in elevation! Great challenge!
August 8, 2013