MARQUETTE, Mich. -- Few golf courses in Michigan can match Marquette Golf Club's Greywalls Course for scenery or sheer dramatic appeal.
A rugged, rocky site, located on the outskirts of the Upper Peninsula's largest town, forced architect Mike DeVries to find a logical way through a minefield of granite to create the 6,828-yard course, which opened in 2005. Rock ridges and shelves force players to tread carefully through holes 4-8. A 60-foot rock wall towers over the green at the short, par-4 fifth.
The golf course emerges from this mayhem at the ninth green, which shares the same ridge and views of Lake Superior as the first tee. The back nine rolls on flatter land more open and forgiving, but its holes are just as difficult to penetrate on the scorecard, thanks to an endless barrage of treacherous green complexes.
The views of the lake return at the 18th tee, bringing the layout full circle. This par 5 rides a fairway chute downhill to a seemingly featureless valley. It's finally a chance to score, a pat on the back to keep players smiling until they come back again.