Opened in 1939, Otsego Club is an outpost of casual elegance, near I-75 in Gaylord, Michigan. But perhaps it's the presence of the Otsego Ski Club that really sets the place apart. Otsego is America's oldest private ski club with its own facility.
Alan L. Gornick, a former general counsel for Ford Motor Co., bought Otsego Club in 1955 from the estate of steel magnate, Donald McLouth. Alan turned the Otsego Club into a year round resort by building the "Classic" golf course, a William H. Diddle designed championship track.
In 1981, Keith H. Gornick purchased the property from his father. Under the Gornicks, Otsego Club grew from 60 rooms on 500 acres to 105 rooms on 4,000 acres.
In 1991, the stylish Pontresina Restaurant, which affords diners a wonderful view of the Sturgeon River Valley, opened to much acclaim. The Pontresina is open to the public and has recently received the prestigious Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, one of the only eight restaurants in Michigan to receive it.
The Otsego Club's increased its presence in the golf industry by adding the "The Tribute", designed by Rick Robbins and PGA Tour Veteran, Gary Koch. This is a breathtaking golf experience spanning 1,100 acres of the Sturgeon River Valley and was recently named a Top 10 Best New Course by Sports Illustrated, a Michigan Top Ten Golf Course by Michigan Golf Magazine, and is a featured course on Microsoft's Links 2003 Video Game.
In December of 2006, Otsego Club & Resort began a new chapter in its already rich history with the sale of the property to the Osprey s. a. Limited. Otsego Club & Resort joins the rest of the Michigan family golf course properties which include Ridgeview located in Kalamazoo, The Medalist in Marshall, Manistee National Golf Resort in Manistee and Wilderness Valley in Gaylord.
In 2007, Osprey started by updating and renovating the entire property. On the ski side of things, they brought in world renowned terrain park builder Ryan Neptune, purchased new grooming equipment and other much needed equipment. Osprey renovated all of the hotel rooms on the property which consist of new bedding, electronics, and fixtures throughout the property. For Golf, Osprey paid particular attention to the conditions of the golf courses set out to bring property to Osprey standards.
In 2008, Otsego and Osprey finished the reconstruction of the Hilltop Lodge. The Hilltop was built as an executive retreat with 8 premier rooms and common area with 30 foot fieldstone fireplace as the center piece.
Today, Osprey owns and operates one of the most historic private ski resorts in the country along with several golf operations throughout Michigan.969 M-32 East
Gaylord, MI 49734