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Shanty Creek Resort Acquires Hawk's Eye Golf Club

Shanty Creek Resort Acquires Hawk's Eye Golf Club

Among Top 10 Largest Golf Resorts in America

By Brian Weis

Northern Michigan's Shanty Creek Resort announces the addition of the Hawk's Eye Golf Club to its portfolio of golf courses. With the acquisition of Hawk's Eye, it is the fifth 18-hole championship course within Shanty Creek's now nearly 5,500-acre property. With 90 holes at one destination, Shanty Creek is now among the Top 10 Largest Golf Resorts in North America.

"The addition of Hawk's Eye [to our collection of courses] is huge-literally and figuratively," says Mike Mooney, Director of Golf for Shanty Creek. "Having five courses within an 8-mile radius adds significant appeal and prestige for golfers looking for a world-class getaway."

Since its introduction in 2004, Hawk's Eye has been named to several course rankings and listings including "Top Courses in Michigan" three times from Golf Advisor and among Michigan's "Best Public Courses" by Golf Magazine.

Shanty Creek CEO Pete Bigford adds, "In the wake of the corona virus, [the addition of Hawk's Eye] is a testament to the successes we've been experiencing here at Shanty Creek."

Within the past year, the resort has expanded and improved many of its amenities including the new Topgolf Swing Suite golf simulator in The River Bistro, a new fleet of golf carts, and the new CoffeeBAR coffee house at The Lakeview Hotel. "With the addition of Hawk's Eye," Bigford added, "an exclamation point has been added to Shanty Creek's bid to be Michigan's best golf resort."

Along with the annually top-ranked Tom Weiskopf-designed Cedar River course and Arnold Palmer's Legend, Shanty Creek now boasts three of the state's top courses-all in one location. "Add our Schuss Mountain and Summit courses and the variety of golf is unmatched," says Mooney.

The four-season golf and ski resort in Antrim County is located 31 miles northeast of Traverse City in Bellaire amid the Chain of Lakes region. For more information about Shanty Creek golf courses, tee times, or custom golf packages visit or call (231) 533-2020.

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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