Marquette is a classic American small-town set on the shore of Lake Superior in Upper Michigan. Lake views are truly superior from several high points on the Greywalls Course at Marquette Golf Club, beginning with the starter shack. From the hilltop panoramic views to valleys, plateaus and some serious granite rock formations, the diversity of this course is amazing. No wonder it receives the number two rating in all of Michigan, surely making designer Mike DeVries proud. The cart path ride is no less than thrilling in some areas due to the curves and elevations through the woods. The score card notes, “Please drive carts responsibly.” It is easy to fantasize a snowmobile ride when the wind is gusting.
Greywalls gives new meaning to undulations on greens. Many approach shots seem perfect and then, the ball keeps rolling until it becomes a chip shot. Sometimes the rolling off and on again repeats itself in a crazy fashion. Number 16 is referenced locally as the devil’s a**hole, a term for the little collection spot behind the green when the ball rolls too far. Not for the weak of heart, you are challenged from beginning to end and it is a blast. Emotions such as laughter, disbelief, relief emerge, on Greywalls for an unforgettable round.
Marquette Golf Club also features The Heritage course designed by William Langford in 1926 with a refresh by David Gill in ’67. It is a parkland style course that seems like a sanctuary compared to its big brother. In addition to 36 holes of exceptional golf, the homey clubhouse serves a variety of fresh food and libations.
Rest after golf at the newly designed Holiday Inn central to downtown with comfy quarters including a broad breakfast buffet. True culinary delight is served at The Vierling Restaurant and Marquette Harbor Brewery on the main drag of the city. It is a trio of fine dining, brewing and a living museum reflecting both the past and present of the city’s culture. All this comes with a special view of the lake and harbor. Marquette, Michigan was a wonderful discovery on our quest to bring the best of all destinations. www.michigan.org/golfing