Dunmaglas Golf Course Review

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Dunmaglas Golf Course
Grade: A

Teachers’ Comments: Put it on your must-play list.

Dunmaglas Golf Course
Charlevoix, MI

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Dunmaglas is a stellar example of the kind of quality golf offered in “up North” Michigan. Unfortunately, it is a bit off the beaten track (though not so much as Forest Dunes) and thus does not get the annual accolades of more accessible resort areas.

With a challenging layout, top notch conditioning and terrific vistas, Dunmaglas should be on every Michigan golfer’s must-play list.

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The first at Dunmaglas

The most striking thing about the course are the elevation changes. The first hole sets the tone. From a high bluff, you must drive over an area of scrub down into a hollow, all the while keeping the ball away from a creek. The second requires a reflecting uphill shot.

Indeed, Dunmaglas has as many elevation changes as you are likely to find in Michigan. Thanks to clever routing (and the generous use of land, these are for the most part downhill shots. That doesn’t really make it much easier, though. Blowing over a green because you misjudged distance is often more disastrous than falling short.

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Another striking feature of Dunmaglas is its shift from wood to meadow and back again. Holes one through five are cut through forests, with narrow, tree lined fairways. Hole six starts in a stand of trees, but then opens to a hilltop links style finish with spectacular views of Lake Charlevoix. The links style continues to ten, which then turns back to the forests for the remaining holes.

From the back tees, Dunmaglas is an extraordinarily difficult course: at 6,901 yards, it has a slope of 139 and a rating of 75. From the white tees, it’s a 70/126 coming in at 6,204. Thoughtfully, the designer provided six sets of tees. This means that the course can range from 5,175 to 6,901 yards.

A note: this course is absolutely unwalkable (but I’d like to try).

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On the day I visited Dunmaglas in high summer, conditions were terrific. This is a resort level course without the course.

Resort courses come with resort prices. You can play a lot of top quality golf in Michigan for less than $40 a round. At Dunmaglas, peak midweek is $89, and weekend, $99. Wait until after 2 pm, though, and you can play for $55. That’s terrific, because Up North in high summer, it’ll stay light enough to play until at least 9 pm.

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4 thoughts on “Dunmaglas Golf Course Review”

  1. Why do you say, unwalkable for this course?

    I have two categories of unwalkable:
    1) The course was poorly design and the distances from green to tee are too long to be traversed without the risk of being run over by the group behind in the old man’s power chairs.
    2) The course economics require everybody to pay an extra $20 on top of the green fees to keep the place open.

    If your scouts (11 years old and up) could do a 5 mile & camp weekend on the terrain, we golfers can walk (I cheat and use a push cart).

  2. Both

    They had a big plot of land and used every inch of it. Distances from tee to green are sometimes significant. The course boasts that there are just two uphill shots, although I count more. To achieve that, they had to do a lot of meandering.

    The elevation changes are a killer. Up and down and up and down. Like I said, I’d like to try …

    But, they don’t allow it.


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