COURSE OF THE WEEK: Indian River Golf Club

The Indian River Golf Club has a long and fascinating history. Eighty-eight years ago, the first rounds of golf were played at the Burt Lake Golf Club (now the Indian River Golf Club).

In 1922 construction was begun on the Burt Lake Golf Club, the first course in the area. The original nine-hole golf course was short and narrow and closely resembled a cow pasture. There were no bunkers on the course and the only water hazard was a cement artesian fed pond at the base of the current #1 tee. The northern boundary of the course was just to the right of #4 green. White pieces of some of the original holes remain, they have been reworked or renumbered. Chippewa Beach Road, as we know it, didn’t exist and the road to Oak Hill cemetery went through the golf course. The original clubhouse was located near the #2 tee.

Through the hard work and perseverance of many members, the Indian River Golf Club grew. Additional land gifts and purchases allowed for holes to be lengthened, new holes to be created and a larger clubhouse built where the current clubhouse stands. As the length of the course grew, so did the membership creating interest in expanding the course from nine to eighteen holes. In 1983, with a gift of 66 acres to the golf club and the creation of Link’s Estates, a second nine holes was begun and the golf course matured into the course we have today.

Just as the golf course has undergone tremendous changed over the years, so has the rest of the club. After the clubhouse location was moved, several additions were added until in 1995, the old clubhouse was torn down and the current clubhouse was built. Using land that had been acquired for possible course expansion, the driving range was opened in 2000.

Over the last eighty-eight years, the club has struggled in hard times and prospered in good times. Without the generosity and hard work of members through the years, we wouldn’t be able to brag about our course being the “Best Kept Secret in the North”. We are truly fortunate and proud to be able to enjoy our championship eighteen-hole course.

If you haven’t visited us lately, you don’t know what you’re missing. From our community golf tournaments to holiday brunches you are assured of having a great time here at I.R.G.C. Memberships are currently available and if you compare our services, golf course and dining facilities with other area courses we know we can top your list.

Additionally, Indian River Golf Club’s restaurant “The Greenside Grille” has a reputation of great food. We are a full-service restaurant and bar. Join us for a great day of golf, food and friends and see why we are the Friendliest Club in the North!

Indian River Golf Club is built around the formation of relationships and camaraderie with friends. Fostering friendships to enrich your lifestyle is our top priority. 

We love our Club and know you will too!  We want to offer you a "Gift of Golf." Join the club in 2018 and receive no initiation fees or minimums for a full year! Click the link for more information.

New for 2018 - Intermediate Twilight Membership (limit play after 3pm and age 50 and under). This membership was created to build our evening league play.  As a member you will be eligible to play seven days a week after 3pm at no additional charge.  

Returning in 2018 - Social Golf Membership. For those wishing to participate in our social activities and play a little golf. 

For more information on memberships at the Indian River Golf Club click on the links to the right or call Corey Crowell, General Manager 231-238-7011. 


- Story courtesy of Indian River Golf Club

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