Travelers Championship

TPC River Highlands



Belvedere Golf Club

Charlevoix, MI, United States Public

Overview

William Watson, whose career began in Minnesota building courses such as Minikahda and Interlachen before moving on to work in California, designed Belvedere in the mid 1920s. Recently it’s been under the stewardship of architect Bruce Hepner who has kept the layout sharp and pure. It’s a graceful example of a design that reacts to the land with fairways that flow over links-like ripples and greens sited on natural landforms and benched into slopes. The putting contours are from another era, full of dimples, knobs, swales and bubbles that enliven short game intrigue—chips and putts demand as much attention and creativity as full shots, the sign of great architecture. Belvedere is a private course that welcomes outside play, and it can be walked in the early season for as little as $62.

About

Holes 18
Length 6943
Slope 134
Price $150
Facility Type Public
Designer William Watson/(R) Bruce Hepner

Awards

Best Courses in Every State
100 Greatest Public

Ranking history:

100 Greatest Public: First ranked 2019-'20.

Previous ranking: Not ranked 2021-'22.

Current ranking: 98th.

Best in State: Ranked 18th, 2019-'20. Ranked 19th, 2017-'18. Ranked 24th, 2015-'16, 2021-'22.

Current ranking: 20th.

Golf Digest Logo Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.1

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
6.8474
Character
7.2709
Challenge
6.7235
Layout Variety
6.9027
Fun
7.2375
Aesthetics
6.7421
Conditioning
6.8863

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