Iron County offers the best in Upper Michigan Golf Courses and Clubs. Come and experience all three of our exciting courses. Iron River, Crystal Falls and Chicagon Lake (near Iron River) provide guests with the very best in challenging courses, fantastic scenery, hospitality, and fun for all ages. All three Upper Michigan Golf Courses are open to the public.
Find everything from quaint 9 hole runs hidden deep in the National Forests to magnificent 18’s in the U.P. of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin. Quality, affordability and attention to detail will also be found when booking a golf trip in Iron County. With over 55 courses in the U.P. and 20 courses within an hour’s drive, Iron County is the location for your next golfing weekend.
George Young Recreation Center & Golf Course
Iron River, Michigan
159 Young’s Lane, P. O. Box 457
Iron River, Michigan 49935 Directions
Phone: (906) 265-3401
Fax: (906) 265-6448
Open to the Public
The George Young Recreational Complex is located just off of Michigan Route 424 in the south central part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on 3,300 scenic acres bordering on three lakes. The Complex is a not-for-profit corporation, open to the general public, dedicated to recreation, education, and preservation.
It’s facilities include the longest 18 hole golf course in the Upper Peninsula, miles of trails for hiking, cross country skiing, and mountain biking, and a heated indoor swimming pool, with jacuzzi and sauna. Food and beverage are also available in it’s rustic timber and stone clubhouse and lounge for those who use the recreational facilities.
The Championship 18-hole Golf Course opened in May, 1984, and has grown in popularity with each passing year. One of the longest courses in Michigan, the course fulfills the dream of the late George Young to combine his favorite holes from courses around the nation. Golfers of all abilities enjoy this course known for its characteristic large greens. At 7,030 yards the Professional Course challenges even the most accomplished player. The Championship Course is 6,076 yards, while the Standard Course measures 5,388 yards. Each option plays a par of 72. Relax and enjoy a round of golf carved out of the wilderness.
Wolf Track Nature Trail At George Youngs Recreation Center
- Do you know the color of a chickadee’s eye?
- Can you imagine Michigan’s Upper Peninsula buried under a mile of ice?
- Have you ever explored the teeming life of a spring woodland pond?
Mountain Biking At George Young’s Recreation Center
If you desire an exciting, fast paced cruise through the woods on a mountain bike, our trails are your ticket to freedom. Mountain biking offers a great way to stay in shape while experiencing the great outdoors. Our bike trails offer a variety of terrain and points of interest. Come explore the surrounding lakes and wilderness. Daily Trail Fee………………$5/day
Pool, Spa & Sauna At George Young’s Recreation Center
The L-shaped pool allows lap swimmers to swim free of interruption while leaving the gently sloped wading area available for introducing younger children to the water. Others may simply want to top off a day of golf or skiing by relaxing in the large glassed-in jacuzzi or take a steamy, skin cleaning sauna. The pool area is open Thursday – Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Child (12 & Under)………………$4.00
Call to reserve a tee time! 906-265-3401
Iron River Country Club
Iron River, Michigan
110 Hiawatha Rd
Iron River, MI 49935-8718
Call: (906) 265-3161
Open to the Public
The Iron River Country Club is a 9-hole golf course located on M 189 just 2 miles south of Iron River. It is conveniently located close to town, shopping and lodging. This beautiful course has a small stream running though it along with spectacular scenery. Visitors are welcome!
It is open 7:00 am to 7:30 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Open mornings only on Monday & Thursday.
Iron County golfers have been getting out and enjoying nice sunny weather every chance they get. Despite all the good it holds, the lack of rain has been terrible for those attempting to keep grass green, healthy, and ready for golfers who have been waiting for the chance to golf all winter. The good news is, even if the rain refuses to fall, they will have no problem keeping this course up to par.
Course officials have been talking about putting an underground watering system in for the last six or seven years. Until now, they have had to use sprinklers and hoses, a system that required a lot of manpower. But fear no more, green grass lovers. You will not see any dry fairways at the Iron River Country Club. The club is installing a new underground watering system, which covers all nine holes – fairways, tee-boxes and greens – as well as the driving range. It’s a single-row center fairway irrigation system. The flip of an electrical switch pops up the watering heads with computerized controls. The project cost about $140,000 and is being funded by member assessment. According to Mark Melchiori, the project has made play very enjoyable.
This Upper Michigan Golf Course features all of the hallmarks of Michigan golf! It offers a shorter layout and fun for everyone. Built in 1932, the Iron River Country Club has a driving range, club house (photo to right), and fair prices. Our Club House offers a full bar and a small menu – public is welcome. We do have a Pro Shop for your convenience.
Crystal View Golf Course
Crystal Falls, Michigan
Call: (906) 875-3029.
Off Season Call: (906) 875-3212
Open to the Public
Crystal View Golf Course is owned and operated by the City of Crystal Falls and located within the city limits. Located 1/2 mile east of downtown Crystal Falls off M-69. This is a challenging nine hole course located on the banks of the beautiful Paint River and overlooking the City of Crystal Falls. The golf course encompasses about 46.79 acres.
The course opens in the spring as soon as weather permits 7 days a week with Wednesday set aside for the men and Thursday reserved for the women. Mondays allow Senior Citizens to golf at a reduced rate! Rental carts and clubs are available. Visitors are always welcome. Crystal View Golf Course phone: (906) 875-3029. Call City Clerk’s office at (906) 875-3212 during off season for information & rates.
Men’s Course Rating/Slope 35.1/124 & Women’s Course Rating/Slope 37.2/125
History Of Crystal View Golf Course:
Serious talk of building a golf course for the Crystal Falls area was initiated at a Rotary Club meeting in the summer of 1925. The original proposal was for construction at the Fortune Lake Park area. The Iron River Lion’s Club joined into the act suggesting the course be built at Indian Lake, and the Crystal Falls group countered with building at the site which would have the lowest construction costs.
When no agreement could be reached during the winter, it was decided to build a seven hole course at the Great Western, with McKinney Steel Company offering the land.
In the spring of 1926, construction began on the inexpensive course (fairways were rolled, and the greens were sand), with Mike Shiells serving as groundskeeper.
As interest in the game continued to grow, the Rotary Club appointed a committee consisting of E. J. Oswald, Leigh C. Caswell, L. P. Holliday, Tom Conlin, Rev. M. Poyseur, James F. Corcoran, and others to investigate the feasibility of locating a site close to the city for a “real” golf course, with mowed fairways and grass greens.
In the spring of 1927, the Crystal Falls Golf Association was incorporated for $10,000, with Harry Bradely in charge of stock sales, and the present site was selected for construction of a new facility. Robert Bruce Harris, of Chicago Landscape Company, designed the course, with Leigh Caswell serving as local chairman in charge of construction. Work bees were held in developing the course, with as many as 75 men working at one time, and their wives serving lunch.
A committee consisting of Joe Green, Jim Sanders, and Frank Smith, was authorized to purchase maintenance equipment such as greens and fairway mowers, hoses, sprinklers, etc.
Finally on July 14, 1928, the new course officially opened and golfing the first day was “on the house”.
The present No. 6 hole was originally hole No. 1, and the office was in the Western School with Norman Bjork being the first caddy master. The course at that time was a par 34. Over the years, the lengthening of several holes, particularly nos. 2 and 7, increased the par to 36.
There were originally 25 charter members of the Crystal Falls Golf Club, with the yearly fee set at $25.
With the hard times of the depression years taking their toll, the leases and personal property were accepted by the City on May 6, 1935, on a resolution. The City also agreed to pay off the Association loan with the Crystal Falls National Bank.
In 1954 the original clubhouse was expanded to more than twice its size, and several small expansions were also made during the 1970’s. The fall of 1973 saw the installation of an automatic sprinkler system for the greens and tees.
(The above information was taken from excerpts of “A Collection of Recollections” – the Crystal Falls Centennial book)