The story of Garland began in 1951 when Herman Otto, a German-born American businessman, built a nine-hole golf course in Lewiston, Michigan for the enjoyment of family, friends, and employees of the Detroit-based company, Garland Manufacturing.
Garland was opened to the public in the early 1960s and began to grow under the guidance of Herman’s son, Ron Otto. He designed the second nine holes which opened in 1973 and the third and fourth nine-hole layouts that opened in 1978 and 1980.
Following a gas explosion that destroyed the club house in 1985, Ron and Joan Otto made the decision and commitment to create the ultimate four-season recreational and corporate retreat and began construction of the main lodge which opened in 1987.
The 34,500 sq. ft. lodge is constructed of 15-inch spruce and lodgepole pine from British Columbia and if laid end-to-end would measure 3.2 miles. The four fireplaces, including two stretching 34 feet tall, required 8,600 sq. ft. of split fieldstone totaling over 510,000 pounds.
At about the same time, golf was starting to grow in Northern Michigan, In response, Ron Otto designed four new spectacular courses beginning with Swampfire in 1987. At Monarch and Reflections, which opened in 1990, and Fountains which opened in 1995, Otto created beautiful layouts that fit naturally into the Northern Michigan environment.
The natural backdrop of 3,000 acres of unspoiled Michigan wilderness provided a perfect setting for Garland’s four courses. Ron Otto’s sweat and blood are in this soil. He personally designed and oversaw the construction of every yard of the 72 holes, and his passion and dedication can be seen in every inch.
In 2009 the ownership changed hands from the Otto family to New Frontier Capital. That fall the resort started a facelift with full remodeling of the Lounge, Dining Room, and Lobby.
The existing Main Lodge was completed in 1987.
The South Wing and Villas were added and completed in 1989.
The stained glass in the Main Lobby came from Florida, specially made for Garland by an artist.
The logs in the Main Lodge structure are 15” Engelmann Spruce from British Columbia and milled in Montana.
The Main Lodge structure logs would measure 3 ½ miles long if placed end to end.
In 1985, the original clubhouse burned down
The wine cellar is the only original part of the original clubhouse.
Andy Poineau from East Jordan, Michigan built the bridge that crosses Co. Rd. 489.
Each summer, Garland purchases 2,200 flats of flowers or 26,000 square feet of flowerbeds and thousands of annuals.
During peak season, Garland employs over 400 people.
Address: 4700 North Red Oak Road, Lewiston, MI 49756
Email: [email protected]