GAM PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: Experience Exceptional Everything at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort

LEWISTON – Members and repeat visitors to Garland Lodge & Golf Resort are telling General Manager Dave Sanderson, Jr., that the golf course conditions are some of the best they have seen in over 70 years.

“The courses are continually being improved, especially with the bunkers this summer,” said Sanderson, who in April was promoted from his previous role as director of golf. “And our new E-Z-Go golf cart fleet has also been a great addition.”

Beyond golf, the talented Executive Chef, Kirk Bennett, returned to the resort this year and that has elevated our dining experience,” Sanderson said. “We hear compliments continually.”

Garland is impressive across the board with multiple accommodation options, including the stunning log cabin lodge, and four unique courses that offer a variety of experiences all centered out of one convenient golf shop.

“We’ve seen an influx of new groups this year, and our guests have been enjoying the updated service on the patio,” Sanderson said. “Attention to detail is a hallmark of Garland. What appeals most to our guests is the rustic atmosphere of our lodge, the wide range of dining options, and the incredible golf – four courses – all out of one central location. Garland embodies the get-away-from-it-all feeling, and we make it easy to enjoy.”

The resort offers four unique golfing experiences. Fountains, Monarch, Reflections, and Swampfire each aptly named and immaculately conditioned.

The late Ron Otto, the resort’s former owner, designed each of the four courses. The Fountains course was redesigned in 2010 by Illinois architect Michael Benkusky, who is highly regarded for his work at Canyata Golf Club in Marshall, Ill.

Fountains plays between 4,600 yards and almost 6,800 yards and offer significant challenges with its undulating greens. Sanderson said it might be his favorite course of the four.

“Then when I play the others, I’m not always so sure,” he said. “There’s a lot of exceptional golf here.”

Monarch is the most traditional championship course. It plays between 4,900 yards and almost 7,300 yards and has been highly favored over the years.

Reflections is the shortest of the four courses playing between 4,700 yards and 6,400 yards. It demands accuracy among the towering trees and the navigation of some elevation changes.

Swampfire plays between 4,600 yards to 6,800 yards and has water visible on 15 of 18 holes, but not all in play.

Each of the courses offer picture-perfect Northern Michigan scenery and wildlife. The bald eagle nest near Monarch’s 11th hole is a must-see.

Garland is five minutes from Lewiston and 35 minutes from Gaylord in the central part of the lower Peninsula.

“At Garland, we want to continue to excel in delivering an exceptional experience,” Sanderson said. “Exceptional golf, lodging, and dining as well as the beauty of the area make Garland a special destination, that separates us from other golf resorts.”

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