Thunder Bay Golf and RV Resort – 27800 M-32 – Hillman, Michigan
Thunder Bay is mainly a destination golfing resort with a lodge, villas and condos. About 13 years ago they added a RV park and we visited in its inaugural year. We are back to see what’s new and the answer is “not much”.
There are 23 sites in two rows – the front row is right on the course. Warning – these sites are on the hook side of a par 3. All sites are 50 amp full hookup with cable, Wi-Fi and a patio set. Wi-Fi and Verizon work very well. Of special note here is that you must be self-contained. There is no bath/shower house.
They accept Passport America discount, which was a nice surprise.
Of course there’s the golf course and driving range, but additionally there’s a restaurant and bar on premises. We enjoyed the Friday night Fish Fry special and some local IPA while we were there.
The view of #3 par 3
The golf course is ok and we played 18 holes. There are GPS units on the carts. They have a discounted rate for people staying in the RV park, and they have specials on some days.
They also offer an unique Elk Viewing Dinner where draft horses take you by wagon to a log house where a five course dinner is prepared on wood stoves that also includes local wine tasting.
The tour takes you across several holes of the golf course
The evening starts at the clubhouse where you are picked up in the wagons for your trip. You are taken out the back nine of the golf course and through their private elk ranch. Here we saw elk cows, one baby elk and a half dozen elk bulls.
They stopped a few times so you could take pictures.
They literally take you across the river (Thunder Bay River) and through the woods to a beautiful log cabin in the woods for the meal.
The meal was hit and miss with some dishes outstanding – the soup and salad and dessert and some just so-so like the overcooked pork. We weren’t big fans of the local wines, but they serve them generously. They did a presentation on the history of the resort and on elks in general. There was also a strange presentation on elk antler velvet and its health benefits, as well as a brochure on how to order.
the crown roast of pork
After dinner we were delivered back to our motorhome on the horse drawn wagon. The evening was certainly a one-of-a-kind experience.
RViewToday – Lots of animals dead and alive