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Whittaker Woods Golf Club

Whittaker Woods Golf Club

12578 Wilson Rd New Buffalo, MI 49117-9274 URL:   Course Website

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Carved from woods and wetlands, Whittaker Woods offers both spectacular golf and immersion in nature, nurturing your love of the game and delighting all your senses. Whittaker Woods is located in southwest Michigan's charming Harbor Country and is a "must play" on your pure Michigan golf adventure. Yet Whittaker Woods is definitely part of the Chicagoland golf scene at just 90 short minutes from downtown Chicago and literally steps from the Indiana state line.

An 18-hole championship course that plays to 7,072 yards from the tips, Whittaker Woods was designed by the late Ken Killian, the legendary architect behind Kemper Lakes. Like many elite tracks of the modern era, Whittaker Woods, with a slope rating of 144 from the back tees, is formidable enough to challenge the most competitive golfers, yet features multiple tee placements allowing golfers of all abilities to partake and have fun. Indeed, the course plays under 5,000 yards from the front tees and has been cited by Michigan Golf as offering “great, playable golf for everyone.” The course gets its name from Captain Wessel Whittaker, one of the region’s original settlers. Captain Whittaker ran his ship aground on the Lake Michigan coastline near what is now New Buffalo in 1834 and fell in love with the landscape, which he described as “a natural harbor surrounded by dunes and tall trees where a river flowed from the surrounding woodlands into Lake Michigan.” The region’s natural beauty that so captivated Captain Whittaker is on full display at Whittaker Woods.

Remarkably, fabulous golf is only part of the draw at Whittaker Woods. The stunning clubhouse is worth the trip in and of itself. It has the woodwork and stonework one might expect from its origins as a 1920s farmhouse and an amazing and eclectic assortment of memorabilia and sculpture displayed inside and out. Golfers and visitors alike may enjoy a full bar and a terrific dining atmosphere with delicious fare and friendly hospitality. A separate and stunning banquet facility, Fairway Hall, can accommodate groups up to 500.

Course Information for Whittaker Woods Golf Club

Facility Information:
General: 18 hole regulation length course
1 golf course(s)

Whittaker Woods Golf Club Information:
General: 18 hole regulation length course
Daily Fee golf course
Designed by Ken Killian, ASGCA
72 par, 7,072 yards
74.3 rating, 144 slope
Real Estate Development facility

Green Fees: Weekend: $89.00 *
* includes golf cart where available

Staff: Contact: Steve Dell, General Manager

Putting Green
Chipping Area
Practice Bunker
Food & Beverage Available
Rental Clubs
Lessons Available
Driving Range
Banquet Facilities
Conference Facilities
Golf Lessons & Clinics

Softspike Facility
PGA Facility
Family friendly

Front Nine
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out
Black 418 520 387 187 532 450 464 164 389 3511
Green 395 496 361 166 501 422 445 145 374 3305
White 361 471 331 129 489 376 404 126 330 3017
Burgundy 295 406 245 102 368 338 329 97 248 2428
Handicap 7 9 11 15 3 5 1 17 13  
Par 4 5 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 36
Back Nine
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In
Black 523 455 199 428 360 233 556 403 404 3561
Green 504 423 183 394 334 194 533 387 367 3319
White 492 399 154 362 307 155 509 336 331 3045
Burgundy 410 334 114 302 210 125 432 280 270 2477
Handicap 14 4 8 2 18 10 12 6 16  
Par 5 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 4 36

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Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 73 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice Course/good condition but I do not believe an amateur golfer needs exact distances but give us a break. Invest in 42 posts or 42 rocks, blue paint, white paint, and red paint, then place the posts or rocks at edges of the fairway at 200, 150, and 100 respectively. Golf should not require a gps range finder or any range finder. KISS September 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beautiful golf course Whittaker Woods golf course is a beautiful and challenging course to golf at. September 15, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Whitaker Woods Enjoyed a lot will play again ! Met group from Chicago half way point for both groups! Staff very couteous & friendly! August 27, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by need a ranger to control yahoos we played Friday afternoon and were disappointed by the pace of play. too many groups out for a party on the golf course, not to golf. had 2 groups in front of us pack it in after the turn. 4 groups waiting to tee of on the par 3 15th. kind of sad, beautiful course. August 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hidden gem. Great spot. Challenging but fair. Greens were excellent and rolled quick but true. Outstanding layout ; course winds you through picturesque woods. I'll play again woyithout question. August 2, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Over. Rated. If you want to play a better than average course and have money to waste, why not…Look this course is a nice course but it is extremely overpriced. Staff (ranger) is rude and does his job poorly, beer cart girl seems more than friendly. Would be a nice track for $50-65 not the $90 it is for prime time weekend. July 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great day out What a fun, challenging course. Pace was a tad slow, but you really have to think and set up your shots to avoid trouble, which makes the waits manageable. Course was in great shape despite lots of rain. Played the green tees and loved it. Not too long length was a challenge. Found the online rate which made it a steal. July 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by If looking for a challenge it's worth it This is one of the most difficult courses I've ever played. I'm a 5 handicap and played from the Black tees (to get my money's worth). I didn't really know what I was signing up for, the course is a beast from back there. I managed an 80 and felt like I played really quality golf for most of the day, to put it in perspective. I don't recommend the black tees (starter said I was the first person he'd ever seen go back there), a few tee boxes are borderline unfair due to awkward angle (7, 10). The course was in fantastic condition, love how each hole is wooded and private - you will never have to worry about stray shots from other golfers on other holes. The staff was very friendly and let me go out by myself. There are a LOT of blind tee shots and even blind second shots. If you plan on going for par 5s in two, you'll be aiming at what looks like an overgrowth area. I recommend this course for experienced golfers, and bring a lot of golf balls no matter what your skill level. I will be back to play again. June 29, 2015
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