Gull Lake View’s Stoatin Brae Course Hosting 10th GAM Net Chapman Championship

Written By: Greg Johnson

AUGUSTA, Mich. – Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort’s newest and most unique golf course, Stoatin Brae, will welcome 44 two-golfer teams competing in the 10th GAM Net Chapman Championship presented by Summit Golf Brands on Wednesday.

The 88 golfers will play 18 holes of net stroke play in the unique Chapman format. In the format each player on the two-person teams plays from the teeing ground and then plays the teammate or partner’s ball for the second shot. After the second shot the partners select the ball with which they wish to score and play that ball alternately to complete the hole.

Gull Lake View is one of the largest family owned resorts in the U.S., and the Scott family has impacted golf since 1963 when Darl Scott, an entrepreneur at heart and golf course superintendent by trade, decided to build and open his own public golf course.

Stoatin Brae is one of six courses the resort offers, and the name means grand hill in Scottish Gaelic. It hosted the GAM’s 2019 Women’s Atlas Trophy Matches and has hosted two GAM Senior Match Play Championships.

Stoatin Brae along with the resort’s Bedford Valley are the two courses in the resort collection that were not designed by the Scott family members who have extensive landscape architecture backgrounds.

Stoatin Brae is also a dramatic departure from the other five courses. It is located atop a unique bluff overlooking the Kalamazoo River Valley. It offers long-distance views over natural undulations and reestablished prairie grasses, and the wind is often in play. Brian Schneider, Eric Iverson, Don Placek and Brian Slawnik, senior associates for Renaissance Golf Design of Traverse City, collaborated with the Scott family on Stoatin Brae.

The resort’s lineup of courses includes Stoatin Brae, the Gull Lake West course, the East course, Stonehedge South, Stonehedge North and Bedford Valley.

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Last year, the son-in-law and father-in-law team of Kevin Demorest and Robert Tuson won at Oakhurst Country Club in Clarkston where they are members. They teamed up to shoot a net 8-under 64, winning by one shot over two teams.

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