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Hole #1 - The Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort


Getting To Know: Evergreen Resort - Spruce

An Insightful Interview With Phil Himes, Director of Golf

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Phil Himes who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
The course sits on some rolling hills, the front plays thru the pines trees, and is very tight. Hitting the right club off the tee is very important, ball placement. It does feel like the up north kind of course. The nice thing about the course it is playable for all handicaps. Young and old will enjoy it.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Find out from the golf shop where lake Cadillac is, the greens break towards the lake.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Golf Digest 4 star places to play award

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Number 5. a par 3 downhill plays to about 159 yds from the back tees, also over a nice pond.
Have fun

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
18th Hole Par 3 169 Yds, plays most of the time into the wind. A very small green and a very large drop off on the right side of the green. Par is a great score, to end your round.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Any of the Pizza or the Curly's burger in Curly's sports bar.

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
67 is the course record, back in the early 80's

Back Tee Stats
Par: 71
Yardage: 6438
Slope: 130
Rating: 71.5

More Information
Evergreen Resort "Spruce"
7880 Mackinaw Trail
Cadillac, MI, 49601

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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.

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