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Experience one of Northern Michigan’s Best

At Hidden River Golf & Casting Club, you’ll discover impeccable course conditions, exceptional service and an exquisite menu.  Nationally Ranked 125th Best Resort Golf Course in the USA, and State-By-State Best Courses You Can Play 2013-2021 by Golfweek, you will immediately recognize that Hidden River is unique to other courses in Northern Michigan. The setting’s tranquility is easily noticed, as are the towering pines and attention to detail. Plan time to visit the clubhouse, as well as our Restaurant on the River. The patio overlooks the Maple River which gracefully flows through the property. Hidden River Golf & Casting Club has been and continues to be a Northern Michigan favorite, so if you’re on a golf vacation, visiting for the day, or you live in this beautiful area, it’s time for you to experience Hidden River Golf & Casting Club for yourself!

Hidden River at a Glance (flyover)

Course Layout (hole-by-hole)

  • Hole #1

    Hole #1

    Good warm up hole, keep your drive down the left side. With a good drive you will have a nice approach with a short iron.
  • Hole #2

    Hole #2

    Deception plays a role here, have confidence in your tee shot. The landing area is larger than it looks. A good drive will leave an easy short iron approach to a large green.
  • Hole #3

    Hole #3

    This short par three is a three club green; club down for a front pin placement and club up for a back pin placement. The bunkers appear like they are against the green, but there is plenty of room in between the two.
  • Hole #4

    Hole #4

    The landing area is partially hidden by trees on the left. Use the fairway bunker as your target and aim your tee shot just left of the bunker. There are no green side bunkers, so have confidence in your approach and go for the pin.
  • Hole #5

    Hole #5

    Water on the right, bunkers on the left. This is a three shot par five for most all players. Your second shot must clear the fairway bunker for a short approach, or lay up and leave yourself a longer approach shot.
  • Hole #6

    Hole #6

    The toughest hole on the course. Aim your drive toward the two large fairway bunkers. Most golfers are left with a long second shot into the green. The green has two tiers.
  • Hole #7

    Hole #7

    Hit your tee shot to the left side of the fairway. This will position you for the two options: Go for the green and risk the water, or aim for the middle of the largest landing area on the course. From the approach, you will be surrounded by water, the water will not be visible. You must be accurate from your approach to the green, a missed hit shot will surely find water. Feel happy with a par here.
  • Hole #8

    Hole #8

    A long par four into the prevailing wind. You will be rewarded with a short approach if you can clear the fairway bunkers off the front tees. From the blues back, aim for the left edge of the fairway bunkers and draw the ball. Most golfers will have a long approach into the most difficult green complex on the course. I recommend laying it up if you end up with a long iron or wood into this green.
  • Hole #9

    Hole #9

    Club selection vs. Pin location. The prettiest 70 foot drop in Michigan. A front pin requires two less clubs, a middle pin requires one less club, and a back pin requires your normal club. Don’t let the wind fool you. Your shot is protected from wind interference.
  • Hole #10

    Hole #10

    A narrow fairway requires an accurate tee shot. Long hitters can hit past the tight landing area, where it opens up on the left. The hole is slightly up hill so use a little more club into the green than normal.
  • Hole #11

    Hole #11

    Swing hard! A short hole with a huge landing area and the prevailing wind at your back. Caution … there is water on the right side of the landing area. Keep the long collection bunker in mind on the right side if you are trying to reach this one in two. It was designed to collect the miss hits trying to reach the green in two. Be sure to add more club on your approach to the elevated green.
  • Hole #12

    Hole #12

    Use your 200 club from the tees and aim just left of the target bunkers. Your approach will have to carry a large ravine to reach the green. The green is the smallest on the course and is protected by a large collection area on the left and a small pot bunker on the right.
  • Hole #13

    Hole #13

    Beautiful hole. This par three is slightly up hill and generally into the wind. Be sure to use an extra club here. There is no trouble in front of the green, so have confidence when playing this hole. The forward tee does not cross the ravine and is placed for the perfect approach.
  • Hole #14

    Hole #14

    The fairway has water down the right side and in front of the green. use your 220 club off the tee and aim for the right side of the fairway. The left side of the fairway is a more difficult approach to the green. The closer to the right side, the better … just be careful of the water. Use an extra club on your approach. If you hit a poor tee shot, lay-up your approach in front of the water. A long iron that misses the green here will be punishing.
  • Hole #15

    Hole #15

    From the back tees, this monster par three looks pretty, but can ruin a good round. The green is the largest on the course and contains three tiers. The bunker looks like it is against the green, but is situated twenty yards off the green. You must adjust your club selection depending on the pin location. Extra club for a back pin and less club for a front pin. If the wind is blowing into you from the back, just pull out the driver and swing hard! From the white tee forward, enjoy an easy approach to a generous green.
  • Hole #16

    Hole #16

    Target golf. Try to land your tee shot 140 to 150 yards from the green. Your approach shot will be up hill to a hidden green surface. The farther you hit your tee shot, the less of the green complex you can see. This green complex is forgiving … missed approach shots generally fallback toward the green.
  • Hole #17

    Hole #17

    This par five demands three perfect swings to reach this green. A long waste bunker runs down the left side, while trees and water protect the right side. The best place for your tee shot is down the left side, it will open up the right side of the fairway better for your second shot. There is plenty of room down the right side on your second shot. Your approach to this green is up hill and into the wind. Use an extra club. If you are going to miss the green, miss it to the left. The right side has five bunkers waiting to increase your score!
  • Hole #18

    Hole #18

    Great finishing hole. The longer you hit your tee shot, the narrower the fairway gets. Try to land your tee shot around the 100 yard mark in the fairway. Off the left side is a twenty foot drop into wetlands. This is not visible from the tees. The green is guarded by a beautiful birch tree on the left and a nasty bunker on the right. The green has three tiers and is one of the most difficult on the course.


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