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Black Forest

Black Forest
Black Forest
If you revel in the feeling of having a spectacular golf course almost to yourself, the best course in northern Michigan beckons you. At Black Forest, Tom Doak's first masterpiece of minimalist golf course architecture, each hole is carved through a lush canvas of pine, oak, and maple trees so thick that each hole is an island of isolated natural beauty and you may never see another group the entire round. The dramatic bunkering on Black Forest contrasts with the verdant forest backdrop, and when you arrive at the marvelously contoured greens the challenge has only begun Rated among the top new public courses by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Golfweek, and other publications since its opening, Black Forest established Doak as a world-class designer in the classic lineage of Dr. Alister MacKenzie and Donald Ross. Add a round on the gentler but equally scenic Wilderness Valley "hidden gem" resort course designed by Michigan Hall-of-Famer Al Watrous, and you have "the best combination of Gaylord courses", according to a survey of Golf Digest readers. When you're ready to take a break from shot making, the remodeled Bavarian-style clubhouse, Osprey Grille and large two-level patio deck provide the comforts of a vacation retreat for sharing a drink and recalling the highs and lows of your rounds. Chef Brad McKay will create for you an array of palate-pleasing choices from in-season freshwater fish or premium cuts of steak, pork, and chicken with a distinct north woods Americana flair. If your objective is a thoroughly delightful day of golf and dining with good friends, Black Forest / Wilderness Valley is your ideal destination.  Book tee times below!

Type of Course: Public
Number of holes: 18
Season: April - October
Year Built: 1992
Designer(s): Tom Doak
Type of Greens: Bent
Water Hazards: Yes
Golf Cart Rental: Yes
Driving Range: Yes
Putting Green: Yes
Chipping Area: Yes
Practice Bunker: No
Teaching Pro: Yes
Food Facilities: Yes
Bar: Yes
Accommodations: No
Tee Time Reservations: 90 Days In Advance
Reservations Must Be Cancelled No Later Than 24 Hours Before Reserved Tee Time To Avoid Penalty
Green Fees: Search Tee Times for Pricing
Credit Cards Accepted: Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover

Slope & Rating:
BLACK Yardage: 7044.0
BLACK Slope: 145.0
BLACK Rated: 74.5
BLUE Yardage: 6688.0
BLUE Slope: 133.0
BLUE Rated: 72.0
WHITE Yardage: 6097.0
WHITE Slope: 126.0
WHITE Rated: 70.0
RED Yardage: 4556.0
RED Slope: 127.0
RED Rated: 71.4
FOREST Yardage: 5298.0
FOREST Slope: 119.0
FOREST Rated: 69.1
NUMBER OF Holes: 18.0
YEAR Built: 1992.0


Black Forest
6500 Nicklaus
Gaylord, MI 49735