Black Lake Golf Club Opens

The Rees Jones-designed Black Lake Golf Club opened for play on July 11, 2000 in Onway, Michigan. This development is part of the United Automobile Workers’ Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center. In addition to the course, there are over 1,000 acres of recreational area and a nearby conference center.

Black Lake features an 18-hole championship layout and a 9-hole pitch-and-putt. The course also has a 200-yard-wide driving range, a practice fairway, a putting green and practice bunkers. Stretching 7,030 yards from the back tees, the semiprivate track covers 120 acres. Jones was asked to design the course to blend in with the natural terrain, which consists of sandy soil and the hardwoods and pines commonly found in the north-central part of the state.

Upon completing their appointed rounds, golfers finishing the 18th hole takes can visit a 5,000-square-foot clubhouse designed by two Michigan architects, Brad Butcher and Jack Begrow. The structure features a restaurant and grill, a stone and redwood cedar fireplace, and an outdoor terrace overlooking the course.

Rees Jones, the younger son of the late, great architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., has earned high praise for his work redesigning and restoring major championship courses such as Pinehurst No. 2, the Country Club at Brookline and the Baltusrol Golf Club. This is the first course Jones has designed in northern Michigan. For a Black Lake tee time, call 517/733-4653.