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Black Lake Golf Club Review

Golf Travelers Notebook

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 Brian Weis, Publisher of, 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
Since opening in 2000, the UAW golf course has accumulated numerous awards. Black Lake Golf Club placed 34th in Golf Digest's "100 Greatest Public Courses in America" 2009-2010 rankings and placed 9th in Best Value. The course was also named one of the Top 50 public golf courses for women in the country by Golf for Women magazine.

Complementing the championship course is The Little Course, a nine-hole par 3 meant to introduce young people to the game as well as sharpen veteran players' short games. In addition, Black Lake also presents an unrivaled practice area with a 350-yard double sided bentgrass tee range, four practice bunkers and four chipping and putting greens, a clubhouse with dining room and lounge, and men's and women's locker rooms.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Black Lake is consistently ranked in the top 100 courses in the United states. If you are bucket list golfer you need no other reason.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Blake Lake offers 5 sets of tees. First and foremost play the correct tees.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
* Golf Digest - # 2 Best New Upscale Course in the U.S. in 2000. Currently, ranked #34 on "America's 100 Greatest Public Courses".
* Golf Digest - #9 Best Value on "America's 100 Greatest Public Courses".
* Golf Digest - #40 "America's Top 50 Courses for Women".
* Golf for Women - Top 100 Women - Friendly Courses in 2001.
* Golf Magazine - Top 10 You Can Play in 2000. No. 87 in Top 100 You Can Play in 2001.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
The most photographed hole is number 5. Dubbed, the Sahara Hole, this long par 3 plays over a massive natural sandpit discovered by Rees Jones. From the back tees, the hole plays over 235 yards. Play it up a tee or two and you will still be faced with a shot over 200.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
Hole 17 stands out after playing the course. Golfers will be faced with the most intimating tee shot on the property. The hole angles to the right with a large pond running the entire right side. To attack this par four you will need to determine how much water you want to come into play. An aggressive line will have a small iron in your hand to attack the pin. The conservative approach will have you swing a much longer club. Any par will taste good on the 19th hole!

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
The Black Lake Grill offers a full menu. The Lake Perch sauteed in butter will melt in your mouth.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 7046
Slope: 143
Rating: 74.8

More Information
Black Lake Golf Club
2800 Maxon Road
Onaway, MI, 49765


Revised: 01/07/2015 - Article Viewed 21,410 Times - View Golf 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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