One of the best reasons to visit Shanty Creek Resort this time of year is the spectacular fall color. Known for its variety of winter slopes, the resort’s 4,500 wooded acres turn brilliant shades of red, gold and yellow.
Lower Michigan’s Antrim County becomes a "leaf peepers" paradise when autumn's crisp temperatures usher in the fall season. It’s considered one of the top five fall color tours in a state known for its fall color touring.
Golfers have a double reason for visiting the area - spectacular scenery and great fall golf packages. Some of the best color tours in the area can be found on the Creek's four championship golf courses carved through northern Michigan hardwood forests overlooking lakes, colorful ponds and swift flowing streams.
Shanty Creek is offering midweek unlimited golf packages starting at $69 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and a four-night stay. Daily unlimited golf is included on the Summit and Schuss Mountain golf courses. For the Legend or Cedar River there is an additional cost of $30 per round. One-night packages start at $99 per person. Fall golf rates are often $20 to $30 less per round than during the summer season.
The resort is planning on adding a new Big Air Park at Schuss Mountain this winter, which will replace the little used halfpipe. Stay tuned, more details will be coming this fall. They also are adding a new run connecting the purple pod of runs to the top of the red pod. Shanty Creek’s ultimate Super Pass, which gives you unlimited, unrestricted use of terrain on both ski hills, is on sale through Oct. 18 for $309.
The Cedar River Golf Course, designed by famed PGA tour player Tom Weiskopf, is carved out of 500 acres of hardwoods. Wide fairways, dramatic elevation changes, rolling greens, and jaw-dropping views of the Cedar River valley characterize this challenging 18-hole course.
From "The King," Arnold Palmer of course, is the breathtaking Legend Golf Course. Eighteen beautifully designed holes cascade from hilltop to valley floor winding around The Summit's hilltop village. Swift flowing Shanty Creek, which the resort is named for, winds through a number of the holes.
Two more 18-hole courses, Schuss Mountain and the Summit, complete the picture and offer an outstanding choice of four completely different golfing experiences. The Schuss course is a local's favorite.
Photo: Legends Golf Course, Shanty Creek Resort