Great Golf Escape

Great Golf Escape

Between a rock and a hard place at Greywalls.
Larry Lambrecht

With his well-received courses at Pilgrim’s Run, The Kingsley Club and Diamond Springs, Mike DeVries has come to rival Arthur Hills as the designer laureate of Michigan. His latest creation will only add to that luster.

The 6,828-yard Greywalls course at Marquette Golf Club on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a wild, tumbling adventure routed through a forested valley and around wetlands and exposed granite outcroppings. It is a testament to DeVries’ imagination that he could envision any course at all on this heaving property, much a good one.

The tee shot at the 579-yard first hole demands concentration not because it’s particularly demanding–in fact, it’s a reasonably generous landing area on a sweeping, dogleg right–but because of the views from the tee. On a clear day you can see all the way to Lake Superior.

Another memorable hole is the 312-yard fifth, where a towering rock face protects the green–the very walls that give the course its name.

Greens fees at the Greywalls course are $90-$125, but the rate drops to $85 if you use a Stay & Play package with four local hotels listed on the club web site. For reservations call 866-678-7171 or

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