| Lakewood Shores Resort has a long and historic past. In the early 1900's the land it sits upon was known as Serradella Farms, owned by Carl E Schmidt. An experimental farmer, Schmidt was known for his inventiveness and forward thinking, plowing his fields using a pulley system rather than a plow and ox. He was also involved in the cross breeding of cattle and bison in an attempt to develop heartier breeds.
In the late 1960's developers purchased the land and developed it into a golf community known as Lakewood Shores, featuring homesites, a private golf course and many amenities. Lakewood struggled during the early years as all the development in northern Michigan was concentrated on the west side of the state.
In 1986, entrepreneur Stan Aldridge, owner of Indianwood C.C. located in Lake Orion, MI, purchased the golf course and all adjoining land. Steps to develop Lakewood Shores into a golf resort began in 1990 with the opening of its first on-site lodging. With the goal in mind of offering great golf at a great dollar value, thoughts turned to adding a second course. With this idea in mind, Stan's son Kevin Aldridge designed and built The Gailes. Patterned after the famed seaside courses of Scotland, this course offers a totally unique style of golf not found anywhere else in Michigan or the Midwest. The Gailes received national acclaim from Golf Digest, which ranked it the "#1 Best New Resort Course in the United States for 1993". This set the tone for future development and expansion of Lakewood Shores Resort.
Additional lodging soon followed, along with The Wee Links, an 18 hole pitch and putt course ideal for kids, families and groups looking for late afternoon fun. As the resort business grew, thoughts of a third course soon came to mind and in 2001 Lakewood Shores Resort opened its newest course, Blackshire.
Golf Digest rated The Gailes, 'The Best New Resort Course in the United States' in 1993, and in 1996 rated it 'The Number One Public and Resort Course in the State of Michigan'. Designed to recreate the actual look of the famed seaside courses of Scotland, you'll encounter large double greens, meandering burns and long fescue grasses. So if you have never had the opportunity to play golf in Scotland, but have always dreamed of doing so, you need only to head to Lakewood Shores Resort.
Blackshire, the newest course at Lakewood Shores was designed to recreate the look and feel of the famous Pine Valley Country Club. Although not a replica, it offers a similar rugged feel with hardwoods, large sand waste areas, and undulating greens.
The Serradella offers the perfect resort course to complement the other championship designs. A classic parkland design with minimal hazards, wide fairways and large greens. Numerous floral gardens planted on this course will take your breath away.
Parents and kids alike love the Wee Links, our 18 hole pitch & putt course designed specifically with families in mind. Featuring holes ranging from 30 to 100 yards, The Wee Links gives kids an opportunity to enjoy some real success at golf!
Value, variety and attentive friendly service is what you will experience at Lakewood Shores Resort. Whether you are young or old, an occasional or avid golfer, (or somewhere in between), get ready to relax, unwind and avoid the hustle and bustle.
The resort also offers a full array of family activities including a private beach on Cedar Lake perfect for swimming, jet skiing, canoeing and fishing. Just minutes away are beautiful beaches of Lake Huron as well as horseback riding and other area attractions.