Gaylord: The award winning Elk Ridge, designed by Jerry Matthews, is located on the eastern outskirts of the Mecca. This is a big rolling course with elevation changes, magnificent stands of red and white pine trees, wetlands, streams, and tough undulating greens. Elk Ridge has been honored by Golf Digest as one of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses.” Elk Ridge also been honored by Golf Digest as “The Second Best in America Among New Public Courses” and “One of the Best Places to Play for Women” by Golf Digest for Women. Sculpted out of Northern Michigan woodlands, Elk Ridge is home to some of Michigan’s largest elk herds. Golf Digest rated it four and a half stars.