Reviewed by: Chris Graft - Edina, MN. Chris shoots in the 80s.
Review Summary: This will be my 10th summer playing this course. There have been extensive upgrades to the clubhouse and now there is a new lodge and conference facilities, along with addition of two new holes (#6 and #7). The course is beautiful, difficult, unique. This is definitely the best course in the Grand Rapids area. Advice: Tee off early because pace of play becomes quite slow due to the difficulty of the course and the players (either local hacks or vacationers that don't play much). Walking is a good workout here. Greens fees have increased in recent years, but it's definitely worth it, especially during the week.
Conditions: The conditions were not good. The greens were in horrible condition, and it doesn't look like they'll get any better this summer, as Wendigo's management rarely puts any money into their course.
Scenery: Top notch. Particularly on holes #3-#5. Thick woods and an abundance of wildlife and ponds/marshland make this one of the most scenic courses in the state.
Layout: Difficult and interesting. My favorite holes are #2 and #15. This course requires shotmaking. Length is not a problem, so if you can't hit the driver straight, leave it in the bag and use long irons, because you must be accurate off the tee.
Services: The greenskeepers are friendly here, and will always say "hello". The clubhouse is a different story, so don't expect too many frills. Our carts weren't even wiped off. And I can't tell you how many times we've finished the 9th hole with nobody in front of us, just to find that the proshop had let somebody out in front of us on the 10th hole.
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Value Rating: 4 Stars
Overall Difficulty: 5 Stars
Putting: 3 Stars
Balls Lost: 3-5