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Golf Shanty Creek Resorts

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Popular with both golfers and skiers, Shanty Creek Resorts near Lake Bellaire is a four-season destination. The two sports are evenly matched here, which explains the popularity of the elevation changes on the Legend course for starters.

Schuss Mountain Golf Course
Schuss Mountain Golf Course

Golfers at Shanty Creek Resorts have four great golf courses to challenge them: a Arnold Palmer Signature Course, The Legend,  Tom Weiskop’s Cedar River, Schuss Mountain and Summit.

The Legend at Shanty Creek Resorts
The Legend at Shanty Creek Resorts

If you’ve only played Arnold Palmer courses in Florida, The Legend will be a revelation.  After seeing The Legend spelled in flowers and the extreme elevation change on the first hole you know this course is something special.. The cart path travels through woods where you’ll have curious deer watching your approach shots and wild turkeys who could care less.

Riding the GolfBoard at Schuss Mountain
Riding the GolfBoard at Schuss Mountain

On Shanty Creek’s Schuss Mountain course – a Warner Bowen design, all family members can take advantage of golf boarding (think long board meets Segway) a fun, new way to get around the course in place of the traditional golf cart.

Five minutes away, the small town of Bellaire, named for the popular lake, offers opportunities for swimmers, boaters and fisher people to enjoy more outdoor activities. On Bellaire’s main street you’ll find great craft brews at Shorts Brewing Company along with the best pizza for miles.

Outdoor Pool at Shanty Creek Resorts
Outdoor Pool at Shanty Creek Resorts

On summer evenings everyone heads to the Dockside Restaurant on Torch Lake to hang out on the huge waterfront patio quaffing local beers and chowing down on oversized wraps, salads and burgers while catching the famed northern Michigan sunsets.

Dockside Torch Lake
Dockside Torch Lake

Golf Half Moon Bay California

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Halfway between San Francisco and Silicon Valley lies the beach town of Half Moon Bay, about a 45 minute drive from San Francisco on 280 south. But if you’re not in a hurry, drive down the coast- hugging Highway One, with postcard views of the Pacific.

Half Moon Bay California beach
Half Moon Bay beach

Lush vegetation and redwood trees thrive year round in the temperate northern California weather. A temperate climate means year round golf, the holy grail for golfers from northern climes, and some of the best golf in the Bay area can be found in Half Moon Bay.

Half Moon Bay Golf Links features two championship 18 hole courses, The Old Course and The Ocean Course. The clubhouse and pro shop for both courses is located at The Ritz Carlton. But bring your A game because there is no driving range to find it. A notable lack for a high-end property.

The Old Course, designed by Francis Duane and Arnold Palmer in 1973, and later redesigned by Arthur Hills in 1999, is a parkland-style course lined by cypress trees. Only holes 17, a 157 yard par three, and 18 border the ocean.

The Old Course Hole 18 tee box
The Old Course Hole 18 tee box

My favorite hole on the Old Course is the 384 yard par four 18th. Standing on the tee box overlooking the blue Pacific, a drive downhill that finds the center of the fairway will give you an uphill approach shot into a green surrounded by guests of the Ritz Carlton, enjoying the fire pits and ocean views.

 

Where to eat:

Resembling a Cape Cod cottage that’s been there forever, Sam’s Chowder House opened for business in the fall of 2006. Even though the breeze coming off the ocean is cool, the sunny back deck overlooking the Pacific is the perfect choice. Try their Cioppino, a fish stew created by Italian immigrants to San Francisco. Traditionally Dungeness crab, clams, squid, mussels, shrimp are all combined in a delicious tomato broth served with hearty sourdough bread.

Where to stay:

Half Moon Bay Inn
Half Moon Bay Inn

The Half Moon Bay Inn on Main Street is a pet friendly boutique hotel with 12 unique rooms, each styled with their own charm. At check-in, enjoy a glass of wine with the owners, two former flight attendants who know a thing or two about travel, and can give you plenty of tips for the Half Moon Bay area.