Nationally Acclaimed - Tom Doak Design


The Black Forest is a Tom Doak design that continues to garner national recognition as one of the top courses in the United States. The course is characterized by undulating greens, massive bunkers and unmaintained areas from tee to fairway. Reminiscent of designs by the old masters, this course epitomizes the hot trends of minimalist design while sprawling across 400 acres on Michigan Forest.


Best Public Courses in Michigan
Top 12 Ranking - 2017 Golfweek

Top 100 Best Modern Courses in America
Golf Week & Golf Traveler Magazine

Best Public Course in Northern Michigan
Detroit News

Best New Courses in America
Top 4 Ranking - 1993 GolfDigest

  1. "Tom Doak's Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley is one of the Gaylord area's finest golf courses, and that says a lot"

  2. /  Golf Advisor Staff 

Wilderness Valley Golf Course Hole #9


A Beautiful, Classic Gaylord Golf Course

Wilderness Valley is the original course on the property and is considered Gaylord’s first signature course when designed by PGA champion and Michigan Golf Hall of fame member, Al Watrous. Wilderness Valley features large greens, minimal rough and a modest length along tree lined fairways. Golf Digest magazine describes Wilderness Valley as a great “walkers course”.