The Jewel Golf Course at Grand Hotel
Location: Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan
Holes: 18 Holes (Grand 9 & Woods 9)
Experience Level: Suitable for Beginners to Advanced
Lessons Available: Yes
Equipment Rental: Yes
Cart Rental: Yes
Food Options: Green service, Jockey Club (Front 9) & Woods Restaurant (Back 9)
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About The Jewel Golf Course
Owned and operated by one of my favorite places in the world, Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan, The Jewel Golf Course is exactly what its name implies – a jewel on Northern Michigan’s crown. Some of the best golf courses in the world can be found in Northern Michigan, and the 18 holes at The Jewel Golf Course is one of the very best. Awarded Golf Digest’s Best Hotel Golf Course and with an on-staff PGA Certified Instructor and Professional Golfer on staff for private lessons, The Jewel is one of the world’s most preeminent golf courses.
The Jewel course consists of two sets of 9 holes, the front Grand Nine which is what guests of Grand Hotel will see directly across the street from the hotel during their stay. It has beautiful water features, a flatter course than the back nine, and vast stretches of perfectly manicured greens that all skill levels can enjoy. The entrance to the golf course is located directly next to one of Mackinac Island’s best restaurants, Jockey Club, which gives golfers the option to call ahead and order a boxed lunch to enjoy on the greens during their golf game.
Once golfers finish on the Grand Nine, a scenic horse-drawn carriage ride that takes between 15-20 minutes brings golfers to the Woods 9, which is located at the back of the island. Golfers are dropped off by the carriage driver (a tip is recommended for the driver) next to Woods Restaurant, which has even more golf carts for golfers to use while playing the Woods 9 course (no need to worry about bringing it from the front course to the back!).
The back 9, or Woods 9, is a bit more challenging with more obstacles, hillier greens, and sharper turns. I recommend a moderate amount of skill for the Woods 9 course. The views from the Woods 9 are some of the very best on the entire island, and are worth seeing even if you’re not an avid golfer. The Mackinac Bridge and Straits of Mackinac are visible from sections of the Woods 9 course, as are many gorgeous Mackinac Island icons like the St. Anne’s Church, the Fort, the Docks, and much more.
Rentals & Lessons
Golf rentals are available in the Pro Shop, where golfers can rent everything from clubs to carts. There’s also a great amount of gear should golfers forget to bring their own, such as hats and visors, towels, apparel for men and women, tees, and golf balls. If you’re one who enjoys traveling light the way I do, there’s no need to bring anything with you to The Jewel, they offer everything one needs to enjoy a spur of the moment, or slow traveling game of golf.
In addition, one-on-one golf lessons with PGA professional golfer Jason Horricks are available by appointment to help golfers perfect their swings, learn new techniques, and master The Jewel. Players wishing to warm up, or get some practice swings in before a game or as part of their vacation can acquire 50 balls for $5 from the Pro Shop.
As one would expect from a fine golf course, attendants ride around and offer a great selection of drinks during play. Should you get hungry during your golf game, the front 9 is located directly next to Jockey Club restaurant, as mentioned above. Make a lunch reservation before your tee time, call ahead to arrange a boxed lunch to enjoy on the greens, or head in after your first half of the game to enjoy the award-winning culinary fare and drinks that attracts guests from around the world. Read all about Jockey Club in this dining guide.
If you hit the Woods 9 and discover you’re hungry for something extra delightful, stop into Woods Restaurant before or after your game for an unforgettable dining experience. Ask to have lunch on the back patio for an extra special culinary adventure! Ps. Ask to see the Zebra! Read all about Woods Restaurant in this culinary guide.
Setting Up Tee Time
To arrange a tee time reservation, stop into the Pro Shop, call 1-906-847-9218, or ask Grand Hotel’s concierge to arrange one for you. I recommend arriving 10-15 minutes prior to your time so that you can prepare your equipment, find your golf cart, and head out to the first hole.
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