Shanty Creek Resorts - which encompasses three villages, two ski areas, 40 kilometers of cross country ski trails, and four golf courses - is in a transition period with some great deals in the offing for the upcoming northern Michigan golf season.

The snowsports season is over at the Creek, and they are now thinking summer and so should you, especially if you're a golfer and many skiers are.

Spring can come quickly in northern Michigan and with it the golf season. This region is known for its variety and excellent quality of golf courses. Many of golf's best known architects are represented throughout the northwest corner of the Lower Peninsula, and Shanty is no exception.

The Cedar River Golf Course, designed by famed PGA tour player Tom Weiskopf, is carved out of 500 acres of hardwoods. Wide fairways, dramatic elevation changes, rolling greens, and jaw-dropping views of the Cedar River valley characterized this challenging 18-hole course.

Arnold Palmer, "the King," offers the breathtaking Legend Golf Course. Eighteen beautifully designed holes cascade from mountaintops to valley floors winding around The Summit's mountaintop village and offering stunning views of Lake Bellaire. Vibrant Shanty Creek, which the resort is named for, winds through a number of the holes.

Two more 18-hole courses, Schuss Mountain Golf Course and the Summit Golf Course, complete the picture and offer an outstanding choice of four completely different golfing experiences.

Now through the end of April you can book a Spring Golf Special for $89, which includes one day of unlimited golf on any combination of courses, one nights' lodging, and a $10 food and beverage voucher. The reservation can be used anytime from opening day of the golf season through the end of May, or in June Monday through Thursday nights. But, it must be booked during April. You can book online or call 866- 529-3970 to book the Spring Golf Special stay and play package.