An independent, unbiased review of Sage Run Golf Club in Delta County, Michigan using the Michigan Golf Matrix Scoring System.
All public Michigan Golf Courses are considered for review.

Address: W1824 Co. Rd. 400, Bark River, MI 49807

Front 9: Par 36

Back 9: Par 36

Overall Course: (all 18) Par 72

Yardage: Red tees – 5,231; Gold tees – 5,841; White tees – 6,356: Blue tees – 6,852; Black tees – 7,375
Stimp meter: 11.6

Sage Run Golf Club Clubhouse

Clubhouse and Amenities – Rating 8.14

The clubhouse at Sage Run Golf Club is one of the best and a great place to visit. It starts with an excellent bag drop and continues with cart service after you park in the lot. The carts are in great shape and the cart paths even better. They a good though limited menu of typical golf course food at average pricing and a full bar, including beer and sodas. The apparel selection has a wide variety including caps, visors, shirts, pants, shorts, jackets and more. The equipment selection is limited but does provide balls, gloves, tees and ball markers. The service here is top notch.

Sage Run Golf Club Front Nine

Sage Run Golf Club Hole 1

Hole 1 – Par 4 – Rating 7.43

Red: 324 yds
Gold: 360 yds
White: 396 yds
Blue: 430 yds
Black: 459 yds

Your round begins on large, level and tiered tee boxes. The rolling fairway is a dogleg right up an elongated hill with medium length rough. Greenside, we have real sand bunkers and a maintained fringe. This qualifies as a “largest green” as do most at Sage Run Golf Club. The green is also rolling, receptive, and runs at a fast pace.

Sage Run Golf Club Hole 2

Hole 2 – Par 4 – Rating 7.67

Red: 349 yds
Gold: 386 yds
White: 437 yds
Blue: 469 yds
Black: 490 yds

Hole 2 is a fairly straight-forward par 4 from large and level tees. There is a lot of flat ground to land in this fairway and the rough is medium length. All bunkers are real sand and the fringe is maintained. The large green is fast of speed with a rolling and receptive surface.

Sage Run Golf Club Hole 3

Hole 3 – Par 5 – Rating 8.00

Red: 377 yds
Gold: 414 yds
White: 449 yds
Blue: 499 yds
Black: 525 yds

From large and level tees have a good drive to place your ball in the rolling fairway that runs uphill and downhill with a dogleg right. Two good shots should give you a short pitch shot to this large green. Rough is medium and all the bunkers are in great shape. The fringe around the elevated green is maintained and the surface is receptive, rolling, and pretty fast.

Sage Run Golf Club Hole 4

Hole 4 – Par 4 – Rating 8.00

Red: 312 yds
Gold: 382 yds
White: 409 yds
Blue: 436 yds
Black: 463 yds

Tee off from level, medium size tees over a waste area to this rolling fairway edged with long to medium rough. All bunkers are real sand and there are multiple rakes available. The fringe is maintained around the large, fast, elevated green that has a rolling and receptive feel.

Sage Run Golf Club Hole 5

Hole 5 – Par 3 – Rating 7.60

Red: 120 yds
Gold: 133 yds
White: 156 yds
Blue: 163 yds
Black: 170 yds

copyYou may wish for extra clubs in your bag when you reach this interesting feature of Sage Run. The 156-yard par 3 is uphill to say the least. There are not a lot of options here save for reach the top. The tees are large and level which helps. There is a lot of fescue to avoid along with moguls and real sand bunkers. Thankfully, the fringe is maintained, and the green is a large target. It is receptive also and sloped back to front putting at a fast speed. We consider this a favorite hole for its challenge and beauty.

Sage Run Golf Club Hole 6

Hole 6 – Par 4 – Rating 7.71

Red: 334 yds
Gold: 371 yds
White: 405 yds
Blue: 437 yds
Black: 473 yds

Pick a tee and a tee marker and drive your ball from a elevated, large, and level area. This hole gives a true northern Michigan feel. The rolling fairway runs downhill and uphill with many moguls and medium rough. The bunkers are real sand and the fringe in maintained. This green is sloped back to front, is quite large, receptive, rolling and putts at a fast speed.

Sage Run Golf Club Hole 7

Hole 7 – Par 3 – Rating 7.50

Red: 133 yds
Gold: 149 yds
White: 162 yds
Blue: 174 yds
Black: 188 yds

The tees here are elevated, large and level and the hole plays downhill. This is one of the course’s scenic variety of shots with the tree lined view. The rough is medium length and there are no hazards. This green is large and receptive with a maintained fringe. The putting surface is rolling at a fast pace.

Sage Run Golf Club Hole 8

Hole 8 – Par 4 – Rating 7.43

Red: 209 yds
Gold: 233 yds
White: 254 yds
Blue: 274 yds
Black: 298 yds

Large and level tees give you a good look at this dogleg left par 4 that faints right, then turns left. The fairway is rolling and runs uphill with medium rough. Bunkers are real sand and the fringe is maintained. A green large and putting at a fast speed awaits with a receptive and rolling feel, sloping back to front.

Sage Run Golf Club Hole 9

Hole 9 – Par 5 – Rating 8.00

Red: 407 yds
Gold: 448 yds
White: 490 yds
Blue: 521 yds
Black: 563 yds

The final hole on the front nine is a fairly typical, though long, par 5. The tee boxes are large, level and tiered. The fairway is fairly flat, runs downhill, and is a slight dogleg left. The rough is medium length and the bunkers greenside and in the fairway are in excellent shape. A maintained fringe surrounds the large, rolling green that is speedy for putting and receptive. 

Average Rating Holes 1-9: 7.70

Sage Run Golf Club Back Nine

Sage Run Golf Club Hole 10

Hole 10 – Par 4 – Rating 7.71

Red: 315 yds
Gold: 353 yds
White: 384 yds
Blue: 414 yds
Black: 450 yds

The tees to start your back nine are tiered, large, and level. The fairway runs downhill with a slight dogleg left. There is medium rough, real sand bunkers in optimal shape, and a maintained fringe around the large green. The fast-putting green is sloped back to front and is receptive. 

Sage Run Golf Club Hole 11

Hole 11 – Par 4 – Rating 7.67

Red: 310 yds
Gold: 345 yds
White: 377 yds
Blue: 407 yds
Black: 442 yds

Large, and level tiered tee blocks point you to the fairway that requires a precise shot for placement on this sharp dogleg left. The fairway is rolling and runs downhill. Avoid the long rough. Bunkers and fringe are in excellent shape. Green is rolling, fast of speed, large, sloped back to front and, thankfully, very receptive.

Sage Run Golf Club Hole 12

Hole 12 – Par 5 – Rating 7.43

Red: 414 yds
Gold: 461 yds
White: 500 yds
Blue: 539 yds
Black: 585 yds

Tiered, large, and level tees start your first par 5 on the back nine. A rolling and forgiving fairway has medium length rough edging it, doglegs slightly left, and runs uphill to the green. Beautiful real sand bunkers dot the fairway, and the fringe is maintained. While the green is large and receptive it is one of the easier putting greens and runs at a fast speed.

Sage Run Golf Club Hole 13

Hole 13 – Par 4 – Rating 8.00

Red: 291 yds
Gold: 324 yds
White: 365 yds
Blue: 381 yds
Black: 415 yds

This tree lined beauty of a par 4 has large, level, and tiered tee boxes. This rolling fairway is quite undulating, doglegs slightly right and goes uphill as you near the green. Great bunkers with multiple rakes available are in the fairway and greenside. Fringe is maintained around this large green that is receptive, rolling, sloped back to front, and runs at a fast pace, especially downhill.

Sage Run Golf Club Hole 14

Hole 14 – Par 3 – Rating 7.60

Red: 147 yds
Gold: 180 yds
White: 201 yds
Blue: 226 yds
Black: 250 yds

The first par 3 on the back is a doozy. You play uphill all the way from large, level tees. This is all-carry over a dry creek bed and tall, treacherous rough. The bunkers are real sand and the fringe is maintained. Luckily, the green is large, receptive, and sloped back to front. Unluckily, its speed is lightning fast.

Sage Run Golf Club Hole 15

Hole 15 – Par 4 – Rating 8.00

Red: 378 yds
Gold: 389 yds
White: 413 yds
Blue: 444 yds
Black: 482 yds

Small but level tees start this gorgeous par 4. What a view! The rolling fairway runs downhill with tall rough and fairway bunkers to avoid. All bunkers are real sand and the fringe is maintained well. A receptive, rolling green, fast of speed and large awaits you.

Sage Run Golf Club Hole 16

Hole 16 – Par 4 – Rating 7.43

Red: 263 yds
Gold: 278 yds
White: 298 yds
Blue: 321 yds
Black: 348 yds

Small and level tees start your final par 4 which runs uphill with a slight dogleg right and long rough to contend with if you miss the rolling fairway. Bunkers are real sand and the fringe is maintained. This large, fast green has it all with a tiered rolling surface that is receptive and sloped back to front.

Sage Run Golf Club Hole 17

Hole 17 – Par 3 – Rating 8.75

Red: 98 yds
Gold: 108 yds
White: 118 yds
Blue: 128 yds
Black: 139 yds

The penultimate hole is a par 3 and considered straight-forward for Sage Run Golf Club. The tees are medium size and level with the hole playing slightly uphill guarded by medium rough and real sand bunkers. Surrounding the large green is a maintained fringe. The surface is rolling, receptive, and runs at a fast speed.

Sage Run Golf Club Hole 18

Hole 18 – Par 5 – Rating 8.00

Red: 450 yds
Gold: 527 yds
White: 542 yds
Blue: 589 yds
Black: 635 yds

On the final hole we have an interesting tee shot from level, small and elevated tees on this behemoth par 5 that plays over 600 yards from the back tees. Tee off downhill to the dogleg left rolling fairway. Medium length rough, real sand bunkers in great shape, and a maintained fringe are features here. A final large green, with a receptive and rolling feel putts at a fast speed.

Average Rating Holes 10-18: 7.84

Overall Course Rating: 7.77

SUMMARY:

Sage Run Golf Club is a premiere golf destination in Michigan’s upper peninsula and a championship course. This course provides a variety of scenic views, distinctive character, beautiful upper peninsula hardwoods, and a hilly terrain carved by glacial ice long ago. The course is picturesque with large native waste areas, elevation changes, well-manicured areas, wispy fescue grasses, multiple tee boxes, lots of undulation on greens, where a steep hill and dramatic drops are all a primary feature of the land. A golfer here will need in their bag of tricks the ability to handle blind shots, tough approach shots, greenside slope, and be a skilled greens reader. Though Sage Run Golf Club delivers a roller coaster ride of challenges, it also delivers a great golf experience. We consider Sage Run Golf Club a recommended play and a solid value. See our video of Sage Run Golf Club.

The tees boxes, fairways, bunkers and greens all rate a consistent and high 8.00.

Pricing: Refer to website or call (906) 723-2254 for tee times and pricing

Value Rating: +1.90

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