Development & Design
Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort in
southwestern Michigan officially opened
its sixth course, Stoatin Brae, in May.
This will be the first full season of operation for the course, said Bill Johnson,
vice president and PGA professional at
Gull Lake View. Several holes were available for play before the official opening.
“We want to keep Stoatin Brae affordable and playable, so the pricing will be
dynamic throughout the season,” Johnson
Renaissance Golf Design created the
18-hole course, which sits on the site of a
former apple orchard. Eric Iverson, Brian
Dye-designed West Cliffs course opens in Portugal
A new Cynthia Dye-designed course has
opened on Portugal’s Silver Coast.
West Cliffs Golf Course is the centerpiece of a new resort on a 1.5-mile stretch
of Atlantic coastline north of Lisbon.
Offering sweeping views of the ocean
from each hole, the par-72 seaside links
stretch across almost 500 acres of rolling
sand dunes and coastal vegetation.
This is the first Portuguese course for
Dye Designs, and its fourth in Europe.
“One of the most impressive character-
istics of the course is just how anchored it
is to the native coastal environment,” said
Dye, a niece of legendary golf designer
Pete Dye. “With the Atlantic visible from
every hole, West Cliffs is the most natural
golf course site imaginable.”
Dye said the most distinguishing archi-
tectural feature of the course is the collec-
tion of bunkers with irregular perimeters
that blend into the native vegetation.
West Cliffs is managed by the Praia D’El
Schneider, Don Placek and Brian Slawnik
worked together to design and shape the
Scottish-themed track. Its name reflects
its heritage: Stoatin brae is a Scottish term
that roughly translates as “grand hill.”
“I believe we’ve built something very
different for the market, and different
than anything we’ve done before,” Iverson
said. “We were entrusted with a very good
piece of land and really tried to leave it
alone as much as possible. Putting a golf
course on that site will draw golfers to a
really cool part of southwest Michigan.”
Perched atop a treeless bluff, Stoatin Brae
complements and contrasts with the five
New Michigan course
has Scottish flavor
other Gull Lake View courses, all of them
parkland-style layouts. The firm and fast
playing conditions make the area’s changing winds an integral part of the design.
Gull Lake View has also opened a new
restaurant, Blue Stem. It offers casual fine
dining for local residents and golfers. The
restaurant and the new golf course are key
elements in a $5.5 million expansion project.
The Blue Stem sits atop a 200-foot ridge
– one of the highest points in Kalamazoo
County – and is adjacent to the pro shop.
It will include traditional Scottish dishes
on its menu.