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Schuss Mountain Golf Course - Hole #12

What You Need To Know: Schuss Mountain Golf Course

An Insightful Interview With Lindsey Southwell, Director of Marketing

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Lindsey Southwell who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Schuss Mountain GC delivers a challenge for even the most accomplished golfers. Par eludes many throughout 7,013 yards of pine dotted forests, wetlands, and rolling hills.

As Shanty Creek Resorts' longest course, Schuss Mountain GC plays like two distinct 9-hole courses, the front doglegs through pine forests on a flat pitch. Then on the back, play jumps up and down the rolling hills of Antrim County delivering an overall exciting golf experience made only better by our crew's tremendous care to its course conditions.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Schuss Mountain is such an underrated course. The woodlands and wetlands almost guarantee that you'll encounter Northern Michigan wildlife, who like to call this course home. Schuss Mountain's front nine and back nine were built seperately and by two different designers, so they play very differently, leaving players with two distinct golf experiences on one course.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Avoiding the rough is a tip you'd offer anyone on any given course, but the rough at Schuss Mountain is unrivaled. It will eat you up if you're not careful, so always play the safe bet when you fall off the fairway. You won't regret it.

Cut corners if you can. Specifically on holes #8, 12, 14, 16 and 18. There is certainly risk involved, but it's worth shortening up your game if you can. If you play your cards right on #14, it's an easy birdie opportunity.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Detroit News has named Schuss Mountain one of the top ten underrated courses in the state of Michigan. We couldn't agree more.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Schuss Mountain's 18th hole is a fantastic finishing hole. Lots of water makes this a hole you'll be talking about at the water cooler for ages. A dogleg right off the tee can often times pay off in dividends, but it can also land you in the drink. Or, if you decide to play it safe and lay up your first shot for a good chance at the green in two, be wary of that water on the left hand side. It will get you every time. This hole is a fun play that is a new challenge every time you play it.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My favorite hole on Schuss Mountain is #12.

The hole starts with an elevated tee, so the first shot leads you into a valley. Just when you're feeling pretty good about yourself, you realize that your secod shots is uphill and over a sandtrap to land it on the green. Be sure sure to deploy a bump and run stategy on the green - even if the pin is up front. The green plays fast and you'll lose it off the back edge if you can't stop the run quick enough.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Bellaire's Short's Brewing Company is just 3 miles down the road. Take Shanty Creek's complimentary shuttle to downtown Bellaire and choose from one of their many, many brews. Literally everything on the menu is fantastic - but I recommend the Bumblebee of the day (Macaroni & Cheese - each day has a new flavor profile, and each one of them is fantastic).

For the traveling golfer, do you have lodging onsite or partner with any area hotels?
With just under 400 lodging options across four villages to fit all family sizes and budgets, Shanty Creek's reservations team will recommend which one of their options will best fit your group. Ranging from guest rooms to large family homes, Shanty Creek has your lodging covered.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 7013
Slope: 130
Rating: 73.5

More Information
Schuss Mountain GC
1826 Schuss Mountain Lane
Mancelona, Michigan, 49659

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

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