Our History | Gaylord, MI | Otsego Resort


Opened in 1939, Otsego Resort is an outpost of casual elegance, near I-75 in Gaylord, Michigan.

Alan L. Gornick, a former general counsel for Ford Motor Co., bought Otsego Resort  in 1955 from the estate of steel magnate, Donald McLouth. Alan turned the Otsego Resort 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 Resort grew from 60 rooms on 500 acres to 105 rooms on 4,000 acres.

The award winning Duck Blind Grille, which affords diners a wonderful view of the Sturgeon River Valley, is open to the public year round. The Duck Blind Grille has received the prestigious Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, for the past 2 years and is one of the only eight restaurants in Northern Michigan to receive it.

Otsego Resort 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.

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Extend Your Ski Time By Staying at Otsego Resort

On-site bed and breakfast-style accommodations and condominium and log cabin vacation rentals, the award-winning cuisine of one of the finest restaurants in Northern Michigan, all give Otsego Resort an appealing, quality atmosphere.