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Experience Belvedere Golf Club
One of the Most Prestigious Courses in Northern Michigan
The Belvedere Golf Club, designed by acclaimed golf course architect William Watson, is one of the most historic & celebrated golf clubs in Northern Michigan. Located just south of Charlevoix, Belvedere is a classic parkland golf club that is challenging enough to test today’s best golfers yet playable enough for the novice weekend player. Belvedere offers a Michigan golf experience that is different from today’s modern Northern Michigan golf courses. The very walkable par 72 design extends to 6906 yards and offers challenging 3 and 4 pars with 5 pars that reward aggressive play with birdie and eagle opportunities.
The first hole begins from the highest point of the property looking down over the valley. A medium length par 4 plays down into the valley with trees on the left and the hillside with fescue on the right. A good drive leaves a short iron to a small challenging green perched up into a hill.
|Handicap||Men’s 13 / Ladies 5|
The second hole is a lengthy par 4 that plays into the prevailing wind. Keep the tee shot left of center to avoid the winding creek that comes into play on the front nine.
|Handicap||Men’s 5 / Ladies 13|
The third hole, which usually plays downwind, is a slight dogleg left par 4 with the creek winding across the fairway. A good tee-shot will leave a mid-short iron into a large green complex.
|Handicap||Men’s 11 / Ladies 9|
The fourth hole is one of the best par 3’s in northern Michigan. Measuring a stout 236 yards, this hole requires a precise long iron or fairway wood to small green that is perched slightly above the ground. The best place to be is short right on misses.
|Handicap||Men’s 7 / Ladies 15|
The fifth hole is the first par five on the course and an excellent three shot hole. The hole measures 541 yards and moves from right to left. Out of bounds is tight along the left side and a bunker guards the right. The hole plays into the prevailing wind. A strong tee-shot is required. The second shot must be played to the left side of the fairway to avoid the large willow tree, and also avoid the creek that meanders through the hole. A par here is a good score.
|Handicap||Men’s 1 / Ladies 1|
The sixth hole requires accuracy off the tee. A dogleg right, the tee-shot must avoid the bunker and trees on the right and out of bounds to the left. The second shot is uphill to one of the most challenging greens on the course.
|Handicap||Men’s 9 / Ladies 3|
The seventh hole is the strongest par 4 on the front side. The tee-shot is best played down the left side of the fairway to avoid a blind second sheet, but players must beware of the out-of-bounds on the left. The second shot is played to a large green that slopes from right to left.
|Handicap||Men’s 3 / Ladies 11|
The eighth hole is a short strategic par three that plays up hill and into the prevailing wind. The heavily contoured green is guarded on both sides by large bunkers. It is best to keep the ball below the hole.
|Handicap||Men’s 17 / Ladies 17|
The ninth hole is a great par 5 that plays back up to the clubhouse area. The tee-shot requires accuracy with out-of-bounds on the left and strategically placed bunkers on the right. With the wind, the bunkers can be carried, making the hole reachable with a long iron or fairway wood.
|Handicap||Men’s 15 / Ladies 7|
The tenth hole is the second of back-to-back par 5’s and another good scoring opportunity. The hole plays downhill with trees along the left and out-of-bounds on the right. A good drive could set up a reachable second shot, but players must avoid the fairway cross bunkers that come into play about 75 yards short of the green.
|Handicap||Men’s 12 / Ladies 10|
The eleventh hole is the first of three solid par fours on the back nine. The hole plays into the prevailing wind and uphill to one of the most challenging greens on the course.
|Handicap||Men’s 4 / Ladies 2|
Hole twelve is a long par four that requires a solid tee-shot down the left side to avoid the sloping hill on the right. The second shot is played downhill to a challenging green complex. Club selection is very important.
|Handicap||Men’s 8 / Ladies 12|
The thirteenth hole is medium length par four, which often plays downwind. The second shot needs to favor the right side of the green as it drops off severely on the left side.
|Handicap||Men’s 10 / Ladies 14|
The fourteenth hole is a straightforward par 3 with bunkers guarding both sides of the green. The green is set back into the trees where the wind does not affect the shots too much unless it is playing downwind.
|Handicap||Men’s 18 / Ladies 16|
The fifteenth hole is the most exciting par five on the course. Do not let the yardage fool you at just 465 yards. The tee shot requires accuracy down the right center of the fairway, avoiding the fairway bunker on the right. Today’s long hitters can try to cut the corner and drive it to the bottom of the hill leaving a short to mid-iron to the green. The second shot from the top of the hill requires accuracy with a long iron or fairway wood to a green guarded by bunkers. Beware of the prevailing left to right wind that can carry shots out of bounds.
|Handicap||Men’s 16 / Ladies 8|
Hole 16 is one of the great short par 4’s in America. Measuring only 346 yards, the hole plays uphill to one of the great green sites anywhere. The smallest green on the course is set into the hillside requiring accuracy with a short to mid-iron approach shot. Favor the left side of the green, as shots missed right will fall down the hill leaving a difficult pitch shot. Be careful not to putt it off the green when the pin is on the right side.
|Handicap||Men’s 6 / Ladies 6|
Hole 17 is a tough par 3 with a green set into the hillside on the right. Avoid missing shots to the left, as they will fall off down the hill leaving a difficult recovery. The best shot is always played to the right side using the hillside, which will deflect the ball onto the green.
|Handicap||Men’s 14 / Ladies 18|
Hole 18 is a very strong finishing hole requiring accuracy off the tee. The tee-shot must land left of two well-placed bunkers with tall fescue grass on the right and a huge maple tree on the left that will block all approach shots. The second shot is to the most challenging green on the course, which includes several large mounds and slopes. If you miss this green, up and in will be very challenging.
|Handicap||Men’s 2 / Ladies 4|