Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is in Williamsburg, Michigan, near the banks of the Grand Traverse Bay's east arm and a 15-minute drive from Traverse City. For 28 years, the resort was the host site for the Michigan Open, one of the most prestigious state golf championships in the nation. Thanks to three different designers, Grand Traverse boasts a colorful palette of courses, each offering varying levels of challenge. The Bear Course, designed by golf great Jack Nicklaus, is the resort's best-known golf course and one of the toughest in the Midwest. You'll quickly appreciate this beautiful, par 72, links-style course featuring Scottish-terraced fairways, tiered greens, deep grassy roughs, moguls, mounds and deep pot bunkers. Its lakes, ponds, hardwood forests, streams and fruit orchards are home to a variety of wildlife that give The Bear its character: golf in the midst of wild nature. "The people who play here are going to have a challenge and also have some fun, whatever level of golfer they might be," says its designer, Jack Nicklaus. "With rolling land, trees, lakes, streams and flatland, you have a mixture of different features that you rarely see on one course. That's what makes this course unique. No two holes are similar." Through the years, Grand Traverse Resort has been honored with numerous golf awards recognizing it as one of the Midwest’s finest golf experiences, in such publications as Golf Digest, Conde Nast Traveler, Golf Magazine, Travel & Leisure Golf and Links Magazine.
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