Wawashkamo Golf Club, Mackinac Island

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The Wawashkamo Golf Club is a nine-hole links golf course on Mackinac Island in the U.S. state of Michigan. The course was laid out by Alex Smith in 1898. The golf course retains many of the features of a nineteenth-century golf links, including a relatively treeless layout, comparatively short holes, and very long rough. Smith, a native Scotsman from Carnoustie, was familiar with the links courses of his boyhood home.
Wawashkamo was laid out on a farmer's field that had been the site of the 1814 Battle of Mackinac Island. Separate historical markers commemorate both the golf links and the battlefield. The name of the club and course comes from the Anishinaabe word waawaashkaamon for the act of 'walking a crooked trail'.
Longtime club pro Frank Dufina is believed to have had the longest tie between a course and a professional in U.S. golfing history. It spanned 70 years, from 1898 to 1968.

Wawashkamo was honored as one of "America's Historic Golf Landmarks" by Golf Digest in 1996. The course is contained within Mackinac Island State Park.
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  • What a great course!! We absolutely loved it! Grab yourself some Hickory Clubs and make your round a whole new experience! Or is it an Old Experience??? You decide! While you’re there you might catch....  more »
  • Good deal using the spring special. The course was in very good condition and the course workers were very nice. Chuck in the proshop was extremely helpful in getting me set up and helping me to get.....  more »
  • A great course. I found it very challenging to play. The course itself is historic, the original golf course on the island. There wasn't a moment on the course that I was unhappy to be there.
  • Visited the Island the end of June and played the Historic Wawashkamo while my wife attended a conference. What a pleasure to meet Head Pro Chuck Olson who was extremely nice and helpful with his course knowledge that he shared. I enjoyed the links style course and thought the course condition was very nice also.

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