Golf and Adventure Travel Expeditions

August 5 - 8, 2018

Facts – America’s True Grand Hotel

Getting to the Grand Hotel from the boat dock


Dress Policy

Tentative Itinerary

At 660 feet, Grand Hotel’s Front Porch is the world’s largest, and is visible as you approach the island from the Straits of Mackinac.

No motorized vehicles are allowed on Michigan’s Mackinac Island. All transportation is provided by horse and carriage or bicycle.

While more than one million people visit Mackinac Island each year, the island has only 600 year-round residents.

It takes 500,000 gallons of water to fill Grand Hotel’s swimming pool, which was named for actress Esther Williams who starred in the 1947 movie This Time for Keeps, shot at Grand Hotel.

The 1980 film Somewhere in Time, starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer, was filmed on location at Grand Hotel. The movie now has a huge following, with a fan club that meets at Grand Hotel each October.

Each season, more than 83,000 pounds of prime rib, 23,500 pounds of ham, 83,500 pounds of potatoes, 23,000 pounds of carrots, 14,000 pounds of strawberries, and 6,500 pounds of pecans are served to Grand Hotel’s dining guests.

More than 125,000 bedding plants (annuals) are used to create the many gardens on Grand Hotel grounds.

The Grand’s famous Front Porch flowers include 2,500 geraniums-the hotel’s trademark flower-in 260 planting boxes with seven tons of potting soil. More than 5,200 geraniums can be seen in all its flower beds combined.

Mackinac Island is accessible only by ferry boat or plane.

There are more than 500 horses on Mackinac Island.

Five U.S. Presidents — Clinton, Bush, Ford, Kennedy, and Truman — have visited Grand Hotel.

More than 130,000 overnight guests stay at Grand Hotel each season.

The 5,000,000th guest in Grand Hotel history checked in on June 26, 2006.

Grand Hotel’s kitchen staff of more than 100 prepares and serves as many as 4,000 meals per day.

One ton of bulbs are planted in the fall, including 25,000 tulips and 15,000 daffodils.

More than 50,000 Grand Pecan Balls, the Hotel’s most popular dessert, are served each season.



Grand Hotel, a variety of exceptional live music is available for the listening and dancing pleasure of our guests. The full-time staff of musicians includes skilled veterans from New York City, and some of the finest vocalists and harpists in the country. An evening at Grand Hotel can begin with the sounds of a jazz quartet while you enjoy your dinner in the hotel’s Main Dining Room. After dinner, a harpist will perform classical standards and popular songs in the Parlor during Demitasse. And for a nightcap, move to the Terrace Room for a dance or two as the Grand Hotel Orchestra plays your favorite requests.   Grand Hotel music schedule:    

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.--Grand Luncheon Buffet--piano
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.--Afternoon Tea Parlor--harp
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.--Main Dining Room--jazz trios and quartets
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.--Woods Restaurant
8:00 – 9:30 p.m.--Parlor Demitasse--harp
8:30 – 11:30 p.m.--The Cupola Bar--piano
9:30 – 11:30 p.m.--Terrace Room--Dancing with Alex Graham and the Grand Hotel Orchestra

Sunday, August 5, 2018:
Participants arrive at The Grand Hotel Mackinac Island 
5:45:pm- Welcome Reception
6:30pm- Welcome Dinner

Monday, August 6, 2018:
7:00am- Breakfast begins in the Main Dining Room
9:30am- Tee times begin on the Jewel Golf Course
3:30pm- Afternoon Tea is served
PM- Dinner is included 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018:
7:00am- Breakfast begins in the Main Dining Room
9:30am Tee times begin on the Jewel Golf Course

3:30pm- Afternoon Tea is served
PM- Dinner is included 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018:
7:00am- Breakfast begins in the Main Dining Room
AM- Check out by 11:00 AM for departure. Have a safe trip! 

The Grand Hotel is filled with beautiful Music!

Package Inclusions

About Mackinac Island

Event Details

The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, opened in 1887, welcomes guests to a bygone era of old-world hospitality and charm. Family owned for three generations, this National Historic Landmark is one of the finest summer resort hotels in the world which has been named by Coastal Living as the Top 10 Best Summer Resort and is featured in Trip Advisor's Hall of Fame. This hotel has been called a "Bucket List" resort destination and participating in our event will give the opportunity cross it off your Bucket List!

Mackinac Island offers guests a relaxing ambiance where bicycles and horse-drawn carriages are the preferred modes of transportation. Step back to an era of dining to chamber music, Afternoon Tea in the Parlor, croquet on an endless lawn, and dancing the evening away. Enjoy a long list of modern amenities, 18 holes of golf, shopping, Astor's Salon and Spa, or sitting in a rocking chair on the world’s longest porch enjoying the views of the Straits of Mackinac and the Mackinac Bridge. All 386 guestrooms are uniquely decorated by New York Interior Designer, Carleton Varney of Dorothy Draper and Company and participants will be guaranteed category II which is an upgrade over the smaller category I rooms.

In 1980, the hotel served as the location for the filming of Somewhere in Time, starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Plummer. Beyond the hotel grounds, the island offers numerous diversions, including Fort Mackinac and other historic sites, horse-drawn carriage tours, bike riding, downtown shops and, of course, the world-famous Mackinac Island fudge.

The easiest way to get to Mackinac Island and The Grand Hotel is by ferry. Ferries to Mackinac Island can be accessed by driving to Mackinaw City (on Michigan’s lower peninsula).  Passage to Mackinac Island is provided by several ferry boat lines. Registered guests of Grand Hotel receive a discount by using Shepler’s Ferry and can purchase tickets directly online for about $25. All ferry boat lines provide service from May to November. The boats operate from early morning until early evening, with frequent crossings throughout the day. Luggage transfer is simple and convenient, with assistance provided on both the mainland and on Mackinac Island. AS cars are not allowed on Mackinac Island, ample parking is available at all mainland ferry docks. All ferry lines offer complimentary outdoor parking. Indoor and valet parking is available for nominal charges. It’s a short walk from the ferry docks to Grand Hotel. Horse-drawn taxi service is also available for a nominal fee. Taxis greet all ferry boats arriving at Mackinac Island. We do hope you'll join us on this unique golf adventure.

The Grand Hotel 

A) Golfer Double Occupancy  $1,150 per person or $2,300 per couple

B) Golfer Single Occupancy  $1,650 per person

C) Non-Golfer Double Occupancy  $1,050 per person


Check-in and check-out

  • 3 Nights deluxe category II room at the Grand Hotel Mackinac Island - America's Original Grand Hotel
  • Breakfast 3 mornings and Five Course Dinners 3 evenings
  • 2  Rounds of Golf with cart on the resort's Jewel Golf Course
  • A  45-minute Welcome Reception to include complimentary beer, wine, champagne and Chef's selection of hors d' oeuvres
  • Afternoon Tea - Guests enjoy tea, sherry and champagne, petite finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scones, and an array of pastries, accompanied by a chamber music recital.
  • Complimentary benefits applicable to accommodations include: Wireless Internet service, Pool facilities, fitness center, lots of live Music, Gardens, Lawn Games and canoeing and more
  • Non-Golfers can enjoy exploring the Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum as well as the rest of Mackinac Island
  • Special discount on Ferry Boat Tickets
  • Baggage handling, Taxes, Resort Fees & Gratuities within the Grand Hotel

The Jewel Golf Course is one of the most unique courses in the United States. Enjoy unparalleled scenic beauty, lush landscaping and meticulously manicured tees, fairways and greens. The Grand nine is located across the street from the hotel, with views of Lake Huron and Round Island. The Woods nine is set in the interior of Mackinac Island, with views of the Mackinac Bridge and the Upper Peninsula.  After completing the Grand nine, you and your clubs will be transported via horse-drawn carriage a mile and a half to the Woods nine. The leisurely 15-minute ride includes parts of the island unseen by many visitors.  The Grand nine was built in 1901 and redesigned in 1987 by golf course architect Jerry Matthews. He also designed the Woods nine, added in 1994.

In addition to the two practice putting areas, the Grand nine of The Jewel now has a driving range net that can accommodate up to four players at a time to help warm up before your round and refine your skills.  Use of the driving range net is included when paying greens fees to play The Jewel.  The driving range net is also available for $5.00 per bag. Each bag includes approximately 50 golf balls.

Length, slope and rating for each tee
Tee / Par / Yardage / Slope / Rating
Red (W) 67 / 4212 
White 67 / 4903
Blue 67 / 5445 ​

Package Prices: 

At Grand Hotel, no two of the 385 guest rooms are alike.  Each guest room has been tastefully decorated by New York designer Carleton Varney in its own special character and style, complete with numerous amenities including individually controlled AC, mini bar, in-room safe, cable TV, iron and coffee maker. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and resort grounds. Guest room amenities include complementary geranium-scented shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and hand and body soap. The flower, which thrives in Mackinac’s temperate climate, has been gracing Grand Hotel’s front porch since the 1920’s. Decorator Carleton Varney has incorporated the geranium into the hotel’s furnishings, most notably in the Main Parlor’s carpeting. Your rooms will be the resort's category II rooms, which are larger guest rooms with interior views or smaller guest rooms with lake views.

Mackinac (MACK-in-awe) became one of the nation’s favored summer resort destinations during the Victorian era. Vacationers arrived in large lake excursion boats from Buffalo, Cleveland, Chicago and Detroit seeking the cooler weather on Mackinac Island. They danced to Strauss’ waltzes, listened to Sousa’s stirring marches, dined on whitefish and strolled along the broad decks. To accommodate overnight guests, boat and railroad companies financed the building of Grand Hotel.  One of the most noticeable differences on Mackinac Island (which is accessible only by boat and plane) is the absence of automobiles. Visitors and residents travel by foot, bicycle or horse-drawn carriage. There are only 600 year-round residents. And during the summer, there are more than 500 horses.

Ferry Service to Mackinac Island is provided by several ferry boat lines. Registered guests of Grand Hotel receive a discount by using Shepler’s Ferry and can purchase tickets directly online. This should be done at least 30 days prior to your trip.   All ferry boat lines provide service from May to November. The boats operate from early morning until early evening, with frequent crossings throughout the day. All ferry boat lines operate from both Mackinaw City and St. Ignace, Michigan. Luggage transfer is simple and convenient, with assistance provided on both the mainland and Mackinac Island.

Ample parking is available at all mainland ferry docks. All ferry lines offer complimentary outdoor parking. Indoor and valet parking are available for nominal charges.

When you arrive by ferry, luggage transfer is simple and convenient. After checking in your luggage with the ferry service on the mainland, your luggage will be tagged and delivered directly to your hotel room. Upon check-in, present your luggage tags at the front desk. Please note that your luggage may take up to two hours to get to the hotel from the dock. If you are arriving close to 6:00 p.m. you may want to bring your evening wear with you to the hotel. For your return trip back to the mainland, follow the in-room instructions. Your luggage will be tagged and transferred from your room to a secure location on the appropriate mainland dock. We request at least a two-hour window for the transfer.

Grand Hotel is a 15-20 minute walk from the boat docks. For your convenience, Grand Hotel operates horse-drawn carriages between the docks and Grand Hotel. As with all taxi service on Mackinac Island, there is a $5.00 per person fee and seats are on a first come, first served basis. We cannot guarantee Grand Hotel carriages will meet all ferry boats, nor can we guarantee seats for all Grand Hotel guests.

Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate early arrivals and late check-outs. Please notify Grand Hotel if you have any special requests.

Grand Hotel is a resort and they certainly want you to feel at ease and dress comfortably during the day in casual resort attire, please no halter tops, tank tops, or cut-off shorts.  Evening wear is required in all areas of the hotel after 6:30 p.m. except the Cupola Bar.  Evening wear for ladies includes dresses, skirt and blouse, or pantsuit; and for gentlemen a suit or sport coat, necktie and dress slacks; no denim in the evening please.

We suggest taking a Ferry to Mackinac Island