Belvedere Stands the Test of Time – Golf

By Brian Weis Belvedere Golf Club's website sums it up best, "Take a walk into history and play golf as it was meant to be." The Belvedere is one of the most storied golf courses in Michigan including hosting 39 Michigan Amateur Championships. A walk thru the quaint golf shop is like viewing a pictorial "Who's Who" Directory. Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Tommy Armour, Sam Snead, and Ken Venturi have all carded rounds on this hallowed ground. Designer Willie Watson, known for his minimalist course design, opened the course in 1925. While Watson maximized the lands topography it still took nearly two years and a crew of 150 men to build the course. At 6,713 yards the course is short by today's standards, however the green complexes will test even the best of putters. Playing around at Belevedere is like taking a stroll in a park - relaxing and enjoyable. And isn't that the [...]

2018-02-18T19:29:33+00:00January 18th, 2011|

Belvedere Golf Club in northern Michigan has a history of excellence, legacy of fun Travel Golf

By Mike Bailey, Senior Staff Writer With its undulating greens, beautiful scenery and uncomplicated approach, Belvedere Golf Club is simply a longtime favorite in northern Michigan. Gene Sarazen called the 16th at Belvedere Golf Club one of the best par 4s he had ever played, in large part because of the hole's interesting green complex. CHARLEVOIX, Mich. -- If a golf course holds 39 Michigan Amateurs, it must have something going for it. And if golf legend Gene Sarazen singled out one of its holes as one of his favorites, it must be special. Those are just two of the reasons why Belvedere Golf Club excels. As the story goes, former U.S. Open champ and TV commentator Ken Venturi once drove up just to see Belvedere Golf Club upon Sarazen's recommendation. Apparently when asked how he had heard about the course, Venturi replied that Sarazen told him he had to play the 16th hole. And you [...]

2018-02-18T19:27:50+00:00August 18th, 2010|

Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix, Michigan from LINKS – The Best Of Golf, September/October 2009

Simple pleasures and fond memories lie at the heart of one of American golf's great Northern outposts From LINKS - The Best Of Golf, September/October 2005 Wheel into the parking lot of Belvedere Golf Club and you know right away, this place is not into pretense or status. The club's modest white-clapboard clubhouse sits at the far end of the lot, overlooking tree-lined fairways. At the other end is a compact pro shop, the squeak of its screen door announcing the arrival of every member and visitor. The only cart paths on the property are narrow strips of asphalt that run parallel to teeing areas, and riding is neither mandatory nor necessary -- many players choose to walk, their longest hole-to-hole trip being the one from No. 9 green across a highway to No. 10 tee. "People come here for the first time and ask, 'Do you have a GPS system?'" says Dennis Joy, Belvedere's assistant [...]

2018-02-18T19:26:37+00:00October 18th, 2009|

Hidden Gems

The Detroit News - July 1998 ... Hidden Gems Photos by Kevin Frisch / Golf Marketing Services Simple pleasuresCharlevoix's Belvedere is solid golf without all the fancy trappingsBy Vartan Kupelian / The Detroit News CHARLEVOIX, Mich. --- The beauty of Belvedere Golf Club is in its simplicity. Fancy trappings? You won't find any here. In golf's marketing-driven environment, fancy wins awards. But fancy does not win the hearts of all golfers. I wouldn't trade a round at Belvedere for a round at nine out of 10 Tournament Players Club courses. Belvedere is a hidden gem; the TPC courses are Hollywood, all glitz and glamor. Belvedere, one of the best courses in the state, was the site of 38 Michigan Amateurs through 1988, when the tournament began its journey around the state. Many were upset by the move. The Michigan Amateur in Charlevoix had become an institution, but Belvedere's clubhouse and practice facilities were inadequate in this [...]

2018-02-18T18:59:35+00:00July 18th, 2008|

Belvedere Golf Club: Tom Watson’s teenage playground holds its own in northern Michigan

By Brandon Tucker, Managing Editor Luxury golf courses such as Bay Harbor, Treetops and Grand Traverse have transformed northern Michigan golf in recent years, but 80-year-old Belvedere Golf Club remains a favorite among old Wolverine State golf hands such as PGA Tour legend Tom Watson. CHARLEVOIX, Mich. - Upscale, modern golf resorts like Treetops and Grand Traverse get the attention as the engine of northern Michigan's golf boom. But when PGA Tour legend Tom Watson is around, he steps back a bit further in time. Watson's family vacationed in Charlevoix when he was a teenager, and on those summer trips he'd find his way daily to Belvedere Golf Club. He remains a member today, calling in advance when he plays to head off any clubhouse fuss over his arrival and carrying his own bag as he walks the course. "He calls it one of the best in the world," Head Professional Steve Braun said. "I'm sure [...]

2018-02-18T19:31:27+00:00August 18th, 2007|

Mecca of the North

From Golfweek, 07.02.05 Excerpts from: Mecca of the North A then-and-now look at Northern Michigan's famed golf enclave by Gene Yasuda Stand on the ninth tee at Belvedere Golf Club you can see the valley below, where the previous eight holes unfold amid a burst of red maples and the shimmering purple wave of native fescue. But close your eyes, and actually can see so much more. ...Walter Hagen and Tommy Armour marching down the first fairway, beginning one of their legendary duels. Well-garbed crowds waiting anxiously by the green. And Willie Watson, the course's designer, observing it all, smiling proudly at the gem he created in 1927 with the help of 150 men and five tems of horses. Imagining a bygone era is effortless here because Belvedere, tucked away in the tranquil northern Michigan town of Charlevoix, is a timeless classic -- one that has surpassed any aspirations watson could have held. Indeed, all he [...]

2018-02-18T19:09:48+00:00July 2nd, 2005|

Vintage Golf

Excerpt from: Vintage Golf by Jerry Zgoda BELVEDERE GOLF CLUB CHARLEVOIX, MICH. The old white clapboard clubhouse with its distinctive green-shingled roof has been the backdrop for 39 Michigan state amateur championships. The detached golf shop is a simple space fashioned in the manner of Scotland's original clubs a century or more ago, when the earthy, weathered club pro was separated from members because he often drank too much and talked too loud. Nothing about Belvedere Golf Club shouts the excesses of the course construction boom -- sculpted by both bulldozer and mason -- that has sprouted all around it the past 30 years, transforming this summer-resort corner of northern Michigan into one of America's most fashionable golf destinations. Everything about it evokes the soul of the game. Five-time British Open champion Tom Watson still considers this semi-private club one of his favorite courses in all the world, an evaluation no doubt colored by childhood memories [...]

2018-02-18T19:08:43+00:00June 18th, 2005|

A Classic Showdown at Belvedere

From Michigan Links, Spring 2003 Links to the Past by Jack Berry In 1934, golf legends Tommy Armour and Walter Hagen did battle at the Great Lakes Open Tournament, held at the Belvedere Golf Club. The club, which opened for play in 1927, has hosted numerous events, but The Michigan Anateur is typically the first that comes to mind. No other club is linked more closely to the state's oldest championship than Belvedere, which will host the event for the 39th time this June after a 14-year absence. Belvedere is also one of the favorite haunts of a certain Missourian, Tom Watson, who played there often during summers spent at nearby Walloon Lake. "I love that country up there," said Watson, who started going north when he was 5 years old. "We'd go for two weeks, then three and then a month. I went up every summer through college." For the Watsons it was the petunia-lined [...]

2018-02-18T19:07:56+00:00May 18th, 2003|

2003 Amateur Articles

The Michigan Amateur Returns to Belvedere from Michigan Links, Summer 2003 CLICK HERE Michigan Amateur GolfBelvedere gears up for return of MIchigan Amateur from Charlevoix Courier CLICK HERE Shearer qualifies for MAG tournament from Charlevoix Courier CLICK HERE Red-hot Cunningham eyes 'Michigan Slam' from Detroit Free Press CLICK HERE Spencer to miss tee time, advances at Amateur from Detroit Free Press CLICK HERE Short game lifts Beckstrom to Amateur title from The Detroit News CLICK HERE Beckstrom wins Michigan Amateur from Petoskey News-Review CLICK HERE Expect return to Charlevoix Belvedere course and staff earn rave reviews from Petoskey News-Review CLICK HERE Runner-up proves mettle from Petoskey News-Review CLICK HERE

2018-02-18T19:07:18+00:00April 18th, 2003|