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Northern Michigan's LochenHeath Transitions to a Private Club

Northern Michigan's LochenHeath Transitions to a Private Club

By Brian Weis

LochenHeath Golf Club, one of Northern Michigan's premier golf destinations, announces the acclaimed property has officially transitioned into an exclusive private club experience. Beginning in 2021, local and national members and their guests will enjoy the club's exceptional array of privileges and amenities.

Founded in 2001 and designed by renowned course architect Steve Smyers, Lochenheath has been growing its membership steadily over the years, while allowing the public the opportunity to experience the scenic layout.
"We have always had the vision of LochenHeath becoming a private experience," said Brent Maitland, LochenVest Board Chairman. "With the investment from our owner group, strong leadership and service team, our commitment to maintaining world-class course conditions, and growing interest in the club membership, we feel now is the time to transition to a fully private experience."

Located just minutes from Traverse City, Michigan, and set along the shores of beautiful Grand Traverse Bay, Smyers brought his passion for the classical Alister MacKenzie, Donald Ross and A.W. Tillinghast design philosophies to LochenHeath. He has designed championship golf courses worldwide, including designs in England, South Africa, Portugal, Ireland and the United States.

Routed over a former 300-acre cherry orchard, the par-72 course, which is ranked No. 11 on Golf Digest's Best in State list, features rolling hills, native grasses and fun, well-contoured greens. The course plays firm and fast, making it an everyday engaging experience for members and guests. LochenHeath showcases scenic views of the Bay from 14 of its holes. Members will also be impressed by the expansive and modern practice facility.
"Lochenheath was always created to be a private club and residential experience and we are very excited to be able to complete this transformation," says general manager Kevin O'Brien. "With our location in beautiful northern Michigan, the dynamic views of the water, award winning golf, exemplary clubhouse and culinary experience, private modern cottages and our proximity to Cherry Capital airport along with everything the Traverse City region offers during the summer golf season, we are the perfect destination club for golfers across the country."

Lochenheath members enjoy a full lifestyle experience beyond golf through luxury amenities, including one of the finest restaurants in the region with unparalleled views of Lake Michigan, outdoor dining, firepits, nearby walking/biking paths, fishing, lake access and elegant cottages equipped with four bedroom/four bath suites that are perfect for member/guest getaways.

LochenHeath is accepting limited applications for private membership. For more information, please contact LochenHeath Golf Club at (231) 938-9800.

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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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