We often refer to the glut of great golf in northern Michigan, but there are some who scoff at our definition of “northern Michigan.” These individuals live in the Upper Peninsula of the state, which is unattached to the mainstream “mitten.” There are great courses to be found in this clime as well, including the Timberstone at Pine Mountain, another resort course designed to keep tourists interested when the skiing season is over.
The benefit to being located in truly northern Michigan is terrain much more adventurous than that of the mainland state. The course takes advantage during its par threes, for the betterment of players and worsening. Bad news first: No. 4 is all carry for 200 yards, and balls that land short will funnel into a pot named “Pit from Hell.” The signature hole will be worth the wait, as No. 17 drops 110 feet from tee to green.
Jerry Matthews has had a hand in literally hundreds of courses within the state, and Timberstone is just barely one of them: Players can stroll just a few miles and be in Wisconsin.
It’s a surprise to see Timberstone ranked this low in a state but then again Michigan just has so many good golf courses. You can find Jerry Mathews courses all over the state of Michigan but Timberstone is among the best. The course was in great shape and puts you in the mind of the Treetops courses with amazing elevation changes (Ski Resort in Winter). The course scenery is amazing with drops of Over 100 feet on the signature 17th hole but don’t get too caught up in the scenery and the wildlife the course itself is challenging with a slope of almost 150 from the tips. You can get one of the best golf deals in America through the Island resort and Casino in Harris that partners with 3 good golf courses and the amazing Greywalls. The Upper Peninsula season is short and it’s not easy to get there but it’s very worth it! Those four courses and 3 nights stay near a city would run you well over $1,000 per person and you can get the deal for half that in peak season. I can’t wait to go back!!