Rated 4 out of 5 by Horacebell2015 Timberstone - A Sleeping Beauty
TimberStone Golf Course at Pine Mountain Resort is a sleeping beauty U.P. North. It is located in the city of Iron Mountain, in a heavily wooded area. The TimberStone Golf Course's natural beauty includes dense treelined fairways, large deposits of iron ore and granite boulders, tranquil lakes, wetlands teeming with deer and other wildlife, and bent grass fairways and greens. Jerry Matthews, an award-winning golf course designer retained and incorporated the areas natural beauty, while sculpturing this TimberStone masterpiece. The course features 18 signatures holes with their own distinctive name, cascading and tight fairways, deep bunkers, several forced carries, visually intimidating holes, and dramatic elevation changes. TimberStone received a 5 star rating from Golf Digest and is ranked 9th by Golf week's Best Courses you can play in Michigan. This is a golfers paradise and destination. In late September when the temperatures start to dip, and the color of the leaves change to orange, yellow, red, and brown the glamor and bewitching charm of TimberStone is awakened. Stay focused my friend, or your game will take a siesta.
The morning was sunny but cool the day I played Timberstone, but the temperature warmed up to the mid 70's with just a slight breeze. It was a no-excuse golf day. My first impression of the course was it's a little intimidating due to the narrow and dense treelined fairway. However, after the first tee shot the intimidation was gone, and I was ready to accept the challenge of the course. TimberStone is a player's course, and to play well requires confidence, patience, course management, and more importantly your "A" game. I played the Grey tees, which has a slope rating of 72.1/145 and measures 6536 yards. There are 6 sets of tee boxes and the Championship tees are 6938 yards with a slope rating of 74.5/150.
Being a destination golf course, Timberstone does an outstanding job in customer satisfaction. Joe Rizzo, the Director of Golf takes a personal interest in customer satisfaction and attending to their needs. I was personally greeted by Joe upon my arrival to TimberStone. I was amazed to see that he took the time to familiarize himself with names of customers having the first couple of tee times. He proceeded to facilitate the check in process by answering questions, loading bags onto carts, handling coffee and snack orders. All this was done with a smile and a sincere interest in customer satisfaction. Mr Rizzo explained to me that 90 percent of TimberStone customers live more than 100 miles away and therefore customer service must be exceptional in order to retain and gain new customers. At TimberStone Joe Rizzo lives by the theory that, "You do not get a second chance, to make a first impression." My first thoughts of TimberStone golf course and its staff are, it's delightfully impressive and wickedly enchanting.
I really enjoyed playing TimberStone, even when I was not playing well. It appears that an evil curse had been placed on my golf game. It took a few holes and the sacrificing of Pro V1's to appease the golf gods. My golf game and confidence was back in full swing and just in time for hole 5, "Sentree ". I was rewarded with a birdie, when my eagle got away.
TimberStone is an enchanting experience which combines a remarkable landscape for golf, at an affordable price, in a deep woods setting, and a finishing hole that will make your Big Dog driver growl with joy and you shout "Who's your daddy?" Trust me!
Horace Bell (Golf Enthusiast)
October 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by grego1nj tricky for first time golfer
This is a great track through the rolling mountains of Pine Mountain Resort. this course is a narrower track through the woods that is breathtaking and beautiful to play. They do not have a yardage book. So take close look at the yardage markers in the center of the fairway. Some holes have some blind shots and others have a visually small landing area (but larger than it looks). I played in the Spring. This past winter was tough on the course with some winter kill but you can tell the grounds crew is working hard to get things back to par.
The staff was great! All very friendly from the bag/cart attendant, pro shop, and the cook that was on the front porch grilling.
May 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Golfcrazy23 Timberstone Golf Course at Iron Mountain
Pro: Fairways were lush and it is a very hilly and almost mountains course. It is an interesting location that is next to a ski slope facility. Some of the holes even looked like they were part of the slopes. Fun to play even though it is tight.
Con: I would not recommend to walk this course because of the terrain. They were lots of mosquitoes around. One hole I even had a problem with getting a deer out of the tee box area. Careful about the wildlife in the area.
November 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bryceslu Excellent course and value
This is the best course in the area and one of my favorites to play. The conditions have always been great and the layout/views are phenomenal. I love playing here every year. A challenge from the back tees for a good golfer.
February 5, 2014