Gull Lake View / Stoatin Brae

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Looking for some recommendations. Planning a trip out there to GLV late summer. Definitely going to play Stoatin Brae, but I am not sure familiar with any of the other courses. Anyone familiar with the other 5 courses and have any recommendations on which ones to play? I saw another thread, and it looked like there are some locals on here that might have some insight. I have 2 low handicappers and 2 High handicappers in the group if that makes any difference based on how tough any of the courses play. Thanks in advance.

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  • Chillidipper1Chillidipper1 Members  9WRX Points: 2Posts: 9 Bunkers
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    I can't remember for the life of me which ones I played, but I'm heading up there this June 25 with 20 guys and we are playing GLVE on Thursday for our arrival round because we are staying at the villas. Playing Stoatin and GLVW on Friday, and both Stonehedges on Saturday at the recommendation of the employee setting up my visit. We range from 3 to 35 handicap so it will get interesting. Sorry I can't provide better feedback on which ones you should play, unless you aren't scheduling it until late. I was more so sharing in case you were going to be up there the same time.

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  • N8dogg2669N8dogg2669 ClubWRX  142WRX Points: 49Handicap: 5.8Posts: 142 Fairways
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    No we are looking August 20-23. Thanks for the info, sounds like you guys have a good trip planned. I wish I had 20 friends that would play golf and not see how fast they can blackout.

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    Well...we have about 18 that want to play golf and 2 that race to blackout. Nice thing is the guys racing to blackout are decent golfers. Should be a decent trip, its the second annual Fred Herd Cup named after the esteemed US Open Champion.

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  • knickerbockerknickerbocker Pipe Dreamer Members  3406WRX Points: 176Handicap: 3.8Posts: 3,406 Titanium Tees
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    I would skip GLVE and play Stonehenge South or North on opening day. Both of those are better than the GLV courses if you don’t mind a repeat. Play Bedford before Stoatin instead of GLVW.

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  • N8dogg2669N8dogg2669 ClubWRX  142WRX Points: 49Handicap: 5.8Posts: 142 Fairways
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    Thanks for the info. Probably so 36 on the first day, so I'll probably try to play both of those. Then go in that order for the rest of the weekend. Thanks again!

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    Ya dont leave Bedford out of the rotation. That might just be my favorite course at GL.

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  • scrody17scrody17 Members  359WRX Points: 95Posts: 359 Greens
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    Can't go wrong with North, South, or Bedford. Definitely pass on East and West though in my opinion.

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  • tmw1582tmw1582 Members  70WRX Points: 43Handicap: 10.3Posts: 70 Bunkers
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    I played there last summer and I thought Stoatin Brae was great. I loved getting to play a somewhat Links style course when all I'm used to is Parkland style around Chicagoland. Other than that I was underwhelmed by the other courses. Nothing really wrong with them but certainly nothing special. I would not be able to tell you one from the next. I want to say we played 3 or 4 other ones there.

    The one thing that bothered me the most was there was no decent food or drink options near the villas and it's not like you want to stay home and dine in because they are glorified dorm rooms. A place that hosts that many people every year needs to have some better options IMO. One night we went into Kalamazoo and that was good but it is 20 minutes away. The next night we walked to some dilapidated house that had been converted into a bar and it was terrifying.

    On the plus side it is very affordable.

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  • Go_Blue!Go_Blue! HAIL! Members  1635WRX Points: 168Posts: 1,635 Platinum Tees
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    Ha, thay bar across the street from the villas is classic! Part of the Gull Lake charm!

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    The Kitchen House or the Richland Pub are both solid and only a few minutes away.

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