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The Legend - Hole #2

What You Need To Know: The Legend 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
Arnold Palmer's The Legend GC's is built with multiple elevation changes, doglegs, water hazards, and well-placed traps. Its setting includes views of Lake Bellaire and the actual Shanty Creek trickles through your round.

Golf Magazine has named The Legend GC among the "Top Resort Courses" in the US. 4½ stars from Golf Digest.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Arnold Palmer helped introduce northern Michigan golf to the world when The Legend was built in 1986. With stunning vistas of Lake Bellaire, the namesake of the resort coming into play (the Shanty Creek) on the 7th and 8th holes, formidable elevation changes, doglegs and tiered greens, The Legend is a must-play Northern Michigan gem.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Arnold Palmer stays true to his playing style, with several doglegs coming into play on several holes. The risk is well worth the reward if you are a accurate player and have the distance to cut out the doglegs completely.

The Legend's Hole #1 is an easy downhill par 5, which leaves you feeling pretty good as you move on to the next hole. Don't let Palmer knock the wind out of your sails on the next hole - you'll need every bit of it to get your ball uphill. Laying it up will be your safe bet here.

Any recent changes to the golf course? Or any upcoming changes?

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Golf Magazine has named The Legend GC among the "Top Resort Courses" in the US. 4½ stars from Golf Digest.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
The most photographed hole on the course is #4, which overlooks Lake Bellaire. The view of the lake from the #3 tee and #4 green are unrivaled - just spectacular.

The most talked about hole is #7, the courses's signature hole. Arnold Palmer's design of hole 7 takes golfers over 3 bodies of water to an extremely narrow green, surrounded by large landscaping rocks and sand traps. Par is very well earned on this par-5, which is home to the name sake of the resort, the Shanty Creek.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My favorite hole is #5. Sitting a top an elevated tee, your first shot feels like it flys forever, dropping you in the middle of the tree-lined dogleg valley, which faces due East. The green has 3 tiers, and if the pin is in the back, you'll want to make sure to grab an extra clublength - you'll need it to get all the way back there!

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Well, no round on an Arnold Palmer course should be played without an Arnold Palmer in-hand. Get the lemonade/iced tea combo at Anie's, just off of the Legend's pro shop, overlooking Summit GC.

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 agents can customize lodging to suit your needs - from guest rooms to large family homes, and everything in between.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 6764
Slope: 137
Rating: 73.2

More Information
The Legend GC
5780 Shanty Creek Road
Bellaire, Michigan, 49615

Revised: 06/08/2022 - Article Viewed 3,936 Times - View Course Profile

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.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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