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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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Whittaker Woods Golf Club 4.5 5 33 33
Great course but a couple rude people ruined the afternoon. My wife and I played hooky from work on a Friday afternoon and enjoyed a beautiful day until we ran into a couple of real jerks (I'm keeping it clean in my description). At the 15th hole, these two jerks came charging up through us playing, made all kinds of false accusations and told my wife "you should be playing out here honey." Needless to say neither one of us took it well. I've been playing for almost 30 years and have never had something like that happen. I've always been very conscientious of other players, as I expect the same from others. My wife refused to play anymore and we went to the club house to complain. At first, the guy behind the counter seemed to have the same attitude but eventually made it right. The other staff were very helpful and enjoyable. The course is beautiful and challenging. I will go back but I don't expect it will be with my wife again. October 21, 2013
Great all round experience. Fairways and Greens in excellent condition. This course in SW Michigan is a great deal for the price. I needed to play a Michigan course as part of my "bucket list" goal of playing a round in all 50 States. It was number 42 on my list and I am pleased to say a very pleasing experience. Thanks to Ed and Mike for assisting with my goal. October 4, 2013
Great course and great staff! One of the best courses in the state of Michigan. Every hole is beautiful. The pro Steve and his staff do a great job of making you feel at home. I would play it every day if I could. September 12, 2013
Great Course & Pristine Greens Very tough course if you are not a straight hitter. if you have a slice or hook you can't control, bring a lot of balls and play a game of sporting golf. September 6, 2013
Some great holes. The course was in good shape even with the heavy dose of rain. September 1, 2013
Unbelievable Value with GolfNow Pricing! Whittaker Woods is a beautiful and challenging course that is a fair value even at full price. Playing it with the GolfNow discount made it an unbelievable value! The course is very well maintained and really beautiful throughout all 18 holes. Whittaker Woods challenges you to think your way around the course with shot selection, club selection and the need to carefully read the greens. The clubhouse and facilities were all top notch. I look forward to going back soon and often. August 25, 2013
Terrific course. Beautiful setting. Whittaker Woods is fast becoming the 'must play' facility of any golfer's summer vacation. "Woods" is the operative descriptor of this lush and challenging course. Add a steady breeze to a bright sunny day--as my 2 playing partners and I encountered, and the round becomes a few strokes tougher. The pristine fairways are surrounded by long fescue, creeks, and ponds in addition to the ball-swallowing woods. The greens are true and fast, but fair. Worth an hour's drive, and with the GolfNow deal, it's got to be on your 'courses to play' list. August 21, 2013
The course was beautiful! The restaurant served great food and Jaimie are waitress/bartender was super friendly. The golf course was beautiful and well maintained. The course is a little challenging, we lost a lot of balls in the narrow fairways. August 20, 2013
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