Like an old prom dress hanging in the closet, the former King’s Challenge Golf Club just needed a good cleansing. Today, the newly named Manitou Passage Golf Club sparkles in the way original designer Arnold Palmer intended when he opened his signature King’s Challenge design in 1998. The effort to revive the 6,668-yard course since The Homestead took over the property in 2009 has been nothing short of spectacular. The commitment of the maintenance staff the past three years has Manitou Passage primed for its best season yet in 2012.
Extensive modifications by the Wadworth Construction Co. have improved playability while enhancing the course’s charming setting. The elevated tees with soaring views of the Leelanau Peninsula and the beautiful tree-lined fairways void of houses still elicit goose bumps for those experiencing them for the first time. It was during these changes – the repositioning of tees and tree clearing – that opened up the view of Lake Michigan from the eighth tee box that gave the course its name. The Manitou Passage is an underwater preserve filled with ship wrecks.
The completely remodeled clubhouse allows players the ultimate comforts before or after a round. Early birds can revel in fresh baked muffins and steaming hot coffee free of charge. The decor – the fireplaces, art and table games – of the Great Room create an inviting atmosphere. The Grill serves excellent fare inside or out on the patio overlooking the 18th green. Welcome to Northen Michigan golf at its finest.
Manitou Passage Golf Club opens for the 2012 season Friday, April 27. For tee times, call 231.228.6000.