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Black Forest Golf Course

7519 Mancelona Rd, Gaylord, MI 49735-8823
+1 231-585-7090
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Falling apart

You can easily tell this place used to be an incredible course, but it's one of the most poorly... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2016
Nate D
Lansing, Michigan
via mobile
So sad

This was the third year our group played here. In 2014 and in 2015 the course was in pretty good... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2016
Michael R
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A course in the Gaylord Golf Mecca.
  • Excellent27%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible35%
15 Oct 2017
“Death by Neglect”
22 Aug 2017
“Worst I've Ever Seen”
7519 Mancelona Rd, Gaylord, MI 49735-8823
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Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

You can easily tell this place used to be an incredible course, but it's one of the most poorly maintained courses I've ever been to. The greens were particularly awful, but the fairways, sand traps, even the clubhouse are falling apart. I wish I got...More

2  Thank Nate D
Reviewed 23 June 2016

This was the third year our group played here. In 2014 and in 2015 the course was in pretty good shape and was a joy to play. As of mid June, 2016 when we last played here, the condition has deteriorated to the point where...More

1  Thank Michael R
Reviewed 14 June 2016

Played the course from 2005 through 2008 and it was majestic a true classic in terms of layout, conditions, vistas etc. Played the course June 9, 2016 and it has become an absolute goat run. Sand traps are overgrown, greens are un-puttable (this was our...More

1  Thank Michael D
Reviewed 13 June 2016

Neglect, neglect, beautiful piece of property. Would be a good place for a golf course. We had a 2 round package and skipped the second round because of the terrible conditions. No point is asking for a rain check as we will never be back....More

1  Thank dmw919
Reviewed 4 June 2016

I have to wonder about the review posted in September 2015. Our group just played the weekend before Memorial day. The course is in terrible, terrible disrepair - I mean horrible. The definition of a pasture. It is truly a shame as it is a...More

Thank 248duke
Reviewed 12 September 2015

Absolutely gorgeous! The course had a hard winter and needed a little love in the spring. We re-visited in September and I am happy to say it is back to the beautiful course I remembered. An absolute must if you are golfing in Northern Michigan!!

Thank Paige S
Reviewed 14 August 2015

Very sad to see a beautiful course, nice layout, let to waste away. It appears the end is near and the course and staff knows it

1  Thank JD1984
Reviewed 30 July 2015

This course could truly be a beauty! But the owners have given up on this course, from sand bunkers to greens, let alone to the non existing staff. Big waste of money, truly disappointed, for a course that once had it!!!

2  Thank Renzo A
Reviewed 26 July 2015 via mobile

This was year 3 of our two day golf trip and on day two we played 18 at Black Forest. Spectacular is how I'd describe the course. Each hole is unique and the ride through the forest between holes was a great adventure. The view...More

2  Thank Todd S
Reviewed 18 June 2015 via mobile

2006 was my first experience of the Black Forest course, I thought "Dang, this is nice, I can't wait to come back!" Played the same course again in 2012 or 13 and I was in awe from the neglect, lack of passion for the course...More

4  Thank RobWes
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