The original 18 holes at A-Ga-ming (renamed in 2005 for the famous lake that the course overlooks) have been re-routed to make for a more enjoyable round. Torch is situated majestically on the ridges offering spectacular views of Torch Lake and the surrounding countryside. Playing nearly 6,700 yards from the tips, Torch is a challenging shot-makers course that favors accuracy over length. Water comes into play on the 11 of the holes, as do mature stands of woods throughout the golf course. Torch is known as one of the most scenic golf courses in all of northern Michigan.
The heavily wooded area down the entire left side of this fairway won't be much of a problem. Neither will the woods to the right. However, beginning about 200 yards off the tee on the right side is a pond that runs all the way to the green. To make matters more difficult, for the first 260 yards the fairway slopes from left to right, down toward the pond.
This 532-yard par 5 will test both accuracy and power. With woods lining the entire left side and parts of the right side, a good tee shot will impact the decision to play it safe and lay up with the second shot or try to land it over the pond and run it up to the green for a scoring opportunity.
On this pretty hole, the slightly elevated tee overlooks the green with a pond on the right side and behind the hole. The fairway slopes a bit from left to right. It's just 368 yards and downhill all the way. To the left of the fairway, you'll see Fairway Ridge where we have a number of lovely view lots for sale. Some woods begin on the right of the fairway, about 160 yards from the tee and continue on to the pond.
This beautiful par 3 is just 158 yards to a large, rolling green that slopes gently from back to front, toward the pond that lies between the tee and the green. Trees and a swamp guard the right side of the green. The left side has a little "bail out" room.
On the left side of the fairway is OB, but otherwise there's nothing especially tricky about this 513 yard hole. The green itself is large and very difficult. It lies in a half bowl just beyond a deep dip in the fairway. The hole is not visible from the tee because the fairway runs slightly uphill for the first 350 yards. There are woods on both sides of the fairway that extend from the tee for about 200 yards.
This is one of our excellent new holes. The 231 blue tee gives you a chance to take in another view of Torch Lake. Start off with a 155-yard shot across the valley that separates you from the large green. It slopes gently from back to front and from left to right. Traps guard the left side of the green and the right side falls away sharply down a steep hill.
This lovely 337-yard hole is our other new offering at A-Ga-Ming, providing an amazing view of Torch Lake. The fairway initially runs downhill, then flattens out well before the front edge of the pond that guards the left-front approach to the green. The right side is also guarded by two ominous traps.
This elevated tee does not allow you to see the green because of a modest dog leg to the left. The first 200 yards of this 354-yard hole run downhill from the tee and the final 154 yards run just as sharply uphill. A steep, wooded hill guards the left side of the fairway from tee to green, and woods also run along the first 250 yards of fairway on the right. The green slopes so severely from back to front that a ball putted from the top of the green will be difficult to stop on the putting surface.
On the 10th hole there is a magnificent view of Torch Lake. Your starting point is also one of the prettiest and most interesting first holes in Northern Michigan. The hole plays 386 yards from the white tees and is guarded by OB on the left and a forest of stately hardwoods on the right. A straight drive of 217 yards will take you to the crest of the hill. Then a 159-yard second shot down the hill and over a large pond guarding the front of the green will leave you putting for your birdie.
This is a dicey, 497-yard hole. It's densely wooded down the entire right side of the fairway, and also has woods down the first 100 yards of the left side. Although a stream and gaping ditch guard the front of the green, a 220-yard drive down the left center of the fairway and a 180-yard "lag-up" will leave you a 97-yard pitch to the green.
This little hole will test your mettle. It's only 341 yards, but it is a 90-degree dog leg to the left and there are hardwood forests on both sides of the fairway. The one on the right is also OB. A 195-yard shot down the middle will put you in perfect position for your slightly uphill, 146-yard approach to a long, difficult green.
Here is one of the easiest holes on the course. It's only a 303-yard hole with a slight dog leg to the right. All you have to do is hit your first shot over the pond at left-center in the fairway and avoid the woods just past it. The entire right side of the hole is guarded by "Little Okefenokee," a swamp.
This is a 482-yard par 5. After a flat landing area for a straight tee shot, the rest of the hole runs uphill and the fairway slopes to the left. An errant shot off the tee can get you into dense woods on the right or scattered trees on the left. The long, sloping green at the end is the toughest one on the course.
This hole is a 380-yard, slight dog leg to the right to a raised green. The tee is elevated and a heavily wooded hill runs along the entire right side of the fairway. Woods line the left side of the tee and continue about 60 yards. The fairway is lush and wide, with a ditch guarding the entire left side.
This is the toughest 412 yards on the course. The tee is slightly raised and you are hitting out of a chute. Woods and rough ground line the right of the fairway for most of the way to the green. On the left you have woods, scattered trees, a pond and ditch. The hole is framed by more trees.