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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


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


Rules/Notes:
Softspike Facility
PGA Facility
Family friendly

Scorecard:
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 4.6 5 67 67
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
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
Never short of amazing! Has to be the best kept course within 50miles of NW Indiana along with Sandy Pines. Not a weed on this course, fairways and greens were freshly cut as well. Greens played tough but quick as a pool table. Finished 18 in 4hrs, cart was stocked and out often. Never have a complaint at this course!!! June 27, 2015
Hardest Course from the black tips I have played in Michigan! I do not know even where to begin. I got a great deal of half off to play this awesome course. Why courses have to charge such high prices I still cannot figure out. But hey, about golfing here. Place was dead at 12:00pm noon. I love playing the tips of the most challenging courses I play for fun and to try and see how I fare from bad boy Black tees. No stranger to playing 7,000 yard courses, this was a real mental challenge for me from the 3rd hole through 18th hole. This course has course rating of 74.5 from the back tees. and play them and you know why. The senery on this course will blow your mind literally, the greens in best shape. Have such a true roll here, pretty flat I thought. Great course to punch and run on the greens. Tee boxes were in mint condition. and the course was wet in spots but hey they had a ton of rain past week, but still very playable. No matter ware you play from, you will find a lot of forced carries here, play the tips and you will be massively challenged with long forced carries here. Hole 7 I found unfair from tips, but hey not complaining, U need to fade a ball right to left here of the box. straight shot and your looking at trees on left side of the box. Narrow fairways here, especially the front side,. This course has all the great mixture no matter where you play from here of danger, and bunkers, and water, and so much marsh to boot. and this place from Milwaukee about 2 1/2 hour drive. A Huge 2 Thumbs up for this Diamond Gem of a course. I holed out with a 44-39=83 From the tips, and I was mentally drained from the focus this course demands of you when I putted out on 18. The whites here I would shoot easy in the 70's. oh and this course has some blind holes as well. like 10, 14 &18. 14 drive toward the hole if you can to see it tucked back in the left corner to small green, aim at the highway sign to go at the green. Hole 3 they should name the coffin. Talk about narrow fairways and a carry to add to be safe. Hole 7 has 2 sets of marshes to carry to the green. Hole 2 par 5 has forced carry and a decision to make to lay up from tee shot or go over to fairway. I Absolutely Loved Whittaker Woods I like challenging courses not flat and boring. Hit the ball straight or my recommendation is to bring 2 dozen balls, plain and simple. Go play this Monster of the Marsh Lands. You will be glad you did at least once. June 22, 2015
Plays long and is a challenge We found the course to be well maintained. It played long with many challenging long par 4 holes. Staff was friendly and accommodated our specials requests. Very good value. Suggest you book online for best pricing. May 28, 2015
Can't wait to play in good weather Played course twice both HOT DEALS- incredible values. First time was a couple weeks earlier with my father on a misty 55 deg day. Second was with a friend on a blustery 60 deg day. Lots of leaves the 2nd time , hard to find ball even in fairway and the greens were aerated & sanded. The fall scenery was beautiful though. Good variety to holes, elevation change, and difficulty, four sets of tees. GPS was off both times and i had trouble determining distances due to visual deceptions and some sprinklers that had to be mismarked. All the personnel were very friendly and accommadating. The first time was on a Monday or Tuesday and we pretty much had the course to ourselves,played two balls on some holes. The 2nd was a Saturday with plenty of groups ahead and we finished in 4hrs 5min. Beverage cart came around plenty, didn't get chance to sample clubhouse food. November 20, 2014
Great November golf Course in good condition for season, fairways and greens were blown clean and course is in great condition, cart path only as most of the season this year due to rain, no rating for food and beverage as no food this late season November 4, 2014
The course is always great to play A good friend and I played 18 holes in beautiful weather. The course is one of the best in the area and always maintained well. It's a full length course and very challenging, especially the greens. October 28, 2014
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