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 Chippewa 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
    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
    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 »
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  • Nice layout, friendly staff! Nice loaner clubs too!
  • Relaxed course with interesting history. Links style, it's 9 holes with dual tees for 18. Not too challenging, but with fun Scottish style design features. No alcohol sold on site, bring your own. Lovely carriage ride to get there. Worth the trip. Chuck was so friendly and had lots of interesting facts about the course. We really had a great play, and the low key atmosphere was appreciated. From Mission Point it was 25 cab fare, 55 for 9 holes with cart.

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