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COVID-19 Updates


July 10, 2020

This morning, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-147, entitled “Masks”. The new order requires the wearing face coverings in public. Beginning Monday, July 13, the following will apply:

  • A face covering will be required over the nose and mouth:
    • When in any indoor public space
    • When outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals not of the same household
    • When waiting for or riding on public transportation or using a private car service
  • Exceptions apply to the following individuals:
    • Those under five years old (though children two years old and older are strongly encouraged to wear)
    • If you cannot medically tolerate a face covering
    • Are eating or drinking while seated at a restaurant
    • Are exercising when wearing a face covering would interfere in the activity
    • Are receiving a service for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service
    • Are commuting with someone who is hearing impaired or otherwise disabled and where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication
    • Are actively engaged in a public safety role, including but not limited to law enforcement, firefighters, or EMT
  • No business may provide service to a customer or allow a customer to enter its premises, unless the customer is wearing a face covering as required by the order.
  • A “willful” violation of the order is a misdemeanor

June 1, 2020

As of 3:00 today, Governor Whitmer has rescinded the stay-at-home order with the passing of Executive Order 110. The ban on leisure travel and prohibition of short-term rentals has been lifted, so condominiums and homes housing under 10 individuals are now able to be booked!

Shanty Creek Resort will be opening our outdoor public swimming pools on June 12, with a limited at a capacity of 50%, and following guidance issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Our fitness center facilities will be opening on June 13 at a 25% capacity restriction.

Indoor public swimming pools, spa, and tanning facilities remain closed at this time.

May 18, 2020

As of 1:15 today, Governor Whitmer has passed Executive Orders 2020-91 and 2020-92, which allows our region of the state to open up our retail operations (including pro shops) and food and beverage operations, including the selling of alcohol.

Our pro shops will open for their regular seasonal hours beginning Friday, May 22. In order to maintain proper social distancing protocol, The Legend/Summit Pro Shop will have a limit of 6 guests at one time, Cedar River and Schuss Mountain Pro Shops will have a limit of 4 guests at one time. Guests must wear a mask when inside the pro shop, per Executive Order 2020-59. Walk-in play is not permitted, guests should make their tee times in advance by calling (231) 533-3000 or by making their tee times in advance at For complete details on our golfing safety protocols, please visit our Playing Safely Page.

Arnie’s Grill (The Legend/Summit Pro Shop), Schuss Grill (Schuss Mountain Pro Shop), The Cedar Retreat (Cedar River G.C.) and The Legend Halfway House will also be opening for carry out beginning Friday, May 22. Estimated opening date for The Lakeview Restaurant is May 29, 2020 so that we are able to properly train staff and set up the restaurant in compliance with Executive Order 2020-91. More details on The Lakeview Restaurant’s opening are forthcoming. To view how we are dining safe this season, visit our Dining Safely Page.

Our indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center and spa are still closed at this time per Executive Order 2020-59.

May 8, 2020

Michigan Executive Order 2020-77  now allows for the use of golf carts, if proper social distancing practices are in place. Golf shops may also open, but only for curbside pickup. Outdoor food and beverage services (excluding alcohol) may also resume.

April 28, 2020

This morning, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-59, taking effect immediately. This new order now allows golf (but no golf carts), played in a manner that is consistent with sound social distancing. Summit Golf Course will be open for walking play tomorrow, April 25. Tee times may be made by calling 231-533-2020 or online at

In order to meet health and safety precautions for guests and staff, golf operations at Shanty Creek Resort will abide by the following protocol for safe play (view complete guidelines here):

  • Summit Course will be open for walking only. No power or push carts will be available.
  • Tee Times and payment must be made in advance either online or by phone at 231-533-2020.
  • Pro Shops will be closed. No food and beverage, retail sales, restrooms or facilities (including porta-johns) will be available. There will be no in person access to any employees.
  • Range balls will not be available at practice facility. Use of own practice balls is permitted. No bag stands, practice flags, or any equipment at practice facility will be provided.
  • Golfers will only be permitted to play with household members only.
  • Flags will be in raised cups. Do not touch the flags.
  • No water coolers or rakes for bunkers will be available.
  • No score cards or pencils. Golfers may print a scorecard in advance if needed. There are also smartphone apps available for mobile scorecards.
  • No bags will be stored.

April 9, 2020

Today, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-42, effective 12 Midnight, April 10. This order extends the governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order end date from April 13 to April 30.

Property Owners, please note that effective 12 Midnight on April 11, this order does not permit travel between two residences.

Travel to vacation rentals is also prohibited by this executive order. This means that the resort’s amenities continue to be closed, including lodging, restaurants/bars, fitness center, pools, and golf courses through April 30.

Reservations for future summer travel may still be made by calling 866.695.5010.

April 2, 2020

Unfortunately there are a number of upcoming resort-sponsored events that have been cancelled. These were not easy decisions to make. But once again all considerations start with the health and safety of our guests, staff, and property owners.

Property Owners Golf Free Weekend (May 1-3) has been cancelled.

Our Easter Brunch at The Lakeview for April 12 has been cancelled. If you had reservations, someone will reach out to confirm your cancellation.

The annual Snow Mold Classic golf tournament located at Cedar River GC on April 25 has been cancelled.

The Mother’s Day weekend tradition taking place on May 9 has been cancelled.

March 31, 2020

At this time, we are estimating a resort re-opening around May 1. This will be based on an evaluation of circumstances at that time. For the most up-to-date opening information, please continue to check this page and Shanty Creek’s facebook page.

March 27, 2020

A message to all property owners within and surrounding Shanty Creek Resort.

Health officials are asking that residents returning (e.g. “snowbirds” et al) to northern Michigan—particularly those returning from areas experiencing high levels of COVID-19 exposure (ex: New York City, Florida, Detroit metro area)—to observe a 14-day self-quarantine after arriving in Antrim County to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  There are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Antrim County as of 10 a.m. on March 27.

During this time, returning residents are asked to avoid direct contact with others and to refrain from going out to places like grocery stores. Anyone in need of deliveries can contact 2-1-1 to be connected to available services in the community. It will take all of us doing our part to keep our community as safe as possible.

Thursday the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 561 new cases of the coronavirus, raising the total number of cases in the state to 2,856.

In coordination with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order, the resort’s amenities are closed. All lodging, restaurants/bars, the fitness center, pools, and golf courses are closed until April 13 per the Order. Beyond April 13, we are not anticipating much changing at this point. Fingers are crossed that the state sees the curve flattening so that golf courses can be readied and opened by May, and other resort amenities to follow.  More to come.

March 23, 2020

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. 

Effective at 12:01 am on March 24, 2020, for at least the next three weeks, individuals may only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances. Under this new executive order, lodging reservations may still be made, but guests may not lodge at Shanty Creek Resort until April 14, 2020.

March 22, 2020

Per Michigan Executive Order 2020-20, beginning March 22, 2020 at 9:00 am, the following places of public accommodations will be required to remain closed at Shanty Creek thru April 14 at 11:59pm: restaurants, cafes, bars, fitness center, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, spas and pools. Executive Order 2020-9 originally imposed such restrictions. When the restrictions in this order take effect, Executive Order 2020-9 is rescinded.

Please note, Easter Brunch, which was slated for April 12 is now cancelled.

March 17, 2020

Due to the growing concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Shanty Creek Resort will not be accepting new reservations through March 31, 2020. We will be reassessing the timeline for accepting new reservations in accordance with recommendations from state and local health authorities as needed.

However, Governor Whitmer has declared that golf courses can remain open to players. “Golf courses are allowed to stay open for play. Indoor facilities like clubhouses or restaurants must close for on-premises consumption but may continue to offer food and beverage through walk-up services and other means expressly permitted around the state.”

At this time, we are planning on opening our golf courses on their scheduled open days.

March 16, 2020

Per Michigan Executive Order 2020-9, effective Monday, March 16 at 3:00pm, the following places of public accommodations will be closed at Shanty Creek: restaurants, cafes, bars, fitness center, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, spas and pools. Order restrictions will remain in place until Monday, March 30 at 11:59 pm.

A joint message from Jason at GRZ Productions and Shanty Creek Resort:
This isn’t likely to surprise many but it must be said, the health and safety of our collective guests and staff is our primary focus and guides all our decisions in these ever-evolving times:

Due to the number of attendees in tight proximity at the Schuss Mountain Snow Challenge, which increases the possibility of spreading virus, it would be irresponsible to our guests, staff, and the communities in which we live for us to host the 2020 Snow Challenge. Officially the Schuss Mountain Snow Challenge on April 4-5, 2020 is cancelled.

This statement sums up our perspective: “You won’t ever know if what you did helped. That’s the nature of public health. When the best way to save lives is to prevent a disease rather than treat it, success often looks like an overreaction.”

For all lodging guests with reservations at Shanty Creek between April 2-5, we will automatically cancel your reservation and provide a FULL refund. For racers/race teams, GRZ Productions will coordinate all refunds with race teams who pre-registered to participate in the races.

Please be patient with us. It may take several days before we’re able to process all refunds. We thank everyone for their understanding.

March 14, 2020

Like others in the ski industry, the health and safety of our guests and staff is our primary focus and it guides all our decisions in these ever-evolving times.

Simply put, we believe our ski operations increase the possibility of spreading the virus, and would be irresponsible toward our guests, staff, and the communities in which we live to continue this season.

So in conjunction with the recent executive order from state government officials on restricting large gatherings, we will be closing our ski season effective at the end of the day Sunday, March 15.

For all guests with lodging reservations between March 15 – March 29, we will automatically cancel your reservation and provide a FULL refund.

This statement sums up our perspective: “You won’t ever know if what you did helped. That’s the nature of public health. When the best way to save lives is to prevent a disease rather than treat it, success often looks like an overreaction.”

This is an unprecedented and challenging time. Again, the health and wellbeing of our guests, employees and the communities where we live, work and play is of utmost importance.

We are very appreciative of the overwhelming support from families like yours who enjoy coming together on our slopes and at our resort.

We thank everyone for their understanding during this difficult time.

March 13, 2020

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-5 to cancel all events over 250 people and all assemblages in shared spaces over 250 people beginning on Friday, March 13 at 5:00pm and ending on Sunday, April 5 at 5:00pm.

March 12, 2020

In an effort to follow the recommendations of state health officials to minimize the spread of illness/COVID-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel this Saturday’s Slush Cup.

At this time, all regular operations of our ski slopes, tubing park, lodging, and dining facilities will continue as usual.

Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek is committed to providing family-friendly, outdoor recreation by providing a safe, clean environment.

For everyone who loves the fun-in-the-sun festivities of Slush Cup weekend, know this: we are bummed out too. We love this tradition! However we believe this is the proper decision in light of the heightened warnings and advice from health officials.

Thank you for your understanding.


  • At this time, guests with arrivals between now and March 31 are welcome to cancel without penalty.  ($10 handling will not apply).
  • For now, all reservations arriving on or after May 1, 2020, are subject to our standard cancellation policy.

To contact reservations, please call 866.695.5010