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Getting To Know: The Pines Golf Course

Getting To Know: The Pines Golf Course

An Insightful Interview With The Head Golf Professional

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 the Head Pro at The Pines Golf Course 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 Pines Golf Course is set on beautiful Lake Isabella in Central Michigan. As the name implies, pine trees frame most of the holes making accuracy off the tee imperative. We feature a fair but challenging 18 hole layout tipping out at about 6,800 yards.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
The Pines Golf Course is kept in wonderful shape with competitive prices and staff who are always friendly and helpful.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Putts on most greens tend to pull to the east. Keep that in mind when navigating the greens.

Any recent changes to the golf course? Or any upcoming changes?
We are adding about 80,000 square feet of cart paths this spring. We are also updating our pro shop. Our most exciting change is the full renovation of our restaurant/bar, which is targeted for completion around late spring.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
The Pines Golf Course has a very loyal local following with customers who have played here for decades. We strive to make sure every experience they have is better than the last one.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Our 15th hole is certainly our signature hole. Guests can overlook most of Lake Isabella from the top tee box. This can make for some beautiful views but also for some tough tee shots when the wind is blowing.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
Our 7th hole is short but tricky. A large tree shields the right side of the fairway encouraging a cut for most right handed players. The fairway slopes right to left, so successful tee shots favor the right side of the fairway. Tee shots down the left naturally feed into the trees. The second shot plays quite a bit uphill and is always about a half club longer than the yardage.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
The Pines Golf Course started serving pizza for the first time last year, and it is incredibly delicious. It's a great treat to share with your friends after a round. We also have a fully stocked bar with many great craft beers on tap.

For the traveling golfer, do you have lodging onsite or partner with any area hotels?
We do not have lodging onsite, but we have a sister golf course in Mt. Pleasant that does. Riverwood Golf Course books villa packages that allow guests to play there as well as here at The Pines. We also partner with the Doherty Hotel in Clare as well as Bucks Run in Mt. Pleasant for many other package deals.

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
The lowest round recorded in competition to date is a 67. We would welcome anyone trying to go lower!

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 6752
Slope: 128
Rating: 72.4

More Information
The Pines Golf Course
1022 Clubhouse Drive
Lake Isabella, MI, 48893

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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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