What to do and see in Michigan, United States: The Best Golf Courses

March 22, 2022 Lashaunda Abraham

Think you need an ocean for a beach? Think again. There are miles and miles of sandy lakefront beaches in Michigan (thanks to the four Great Lakes that border it). The west coast of Michigan has especially nice beaches—try a rental in Muskegon, Grand Haven or Saugatuck. You won’t need a car when visiting Mackinac Island. In fact, they’re not allowed—this lovely Victorian resort town is pedestrian-only.

1. Hawk Hollow Golf Course

15101 Chandler Rd, Bath Twp, MI 48808, Bath, MI 48808-0307 888-411-HAWK,517-641-HAWK http://www.hawkhollow.com
Excellent
79%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 24 reviews

Hawk Hollow Golf Course

Built in 1996, this public golf course designed by Jerry Matthews is a 18-hole Bent grass course with water in play.

2. Pilgrim's Run Golf Club

11401 S Newcosta Ave, Pierson, MI 49339-9626 +1 888-533-7742 http://www.pilgrimsrun.com/
Excellent
90%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 49 reviews

Pilgrim's Run Golf Club

3. Bay Harbor Golf Club

5800 Coastal Ridge Dr, Petoskey, MI 49770-8590 +1 231-439-4028 [email protected] http://www.bayharborgolf.com/index.html
Excellent
71%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 69 reviews

Bay Harbor Golf Club

This Arthur Hill-designed course has 27 holes in a dramatic setting on Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan.

Reviewed By djtheoret - Lakeland, United States

The Boyne Resorts offer the most varied collection of golf course architecture anywhere in the US. Designers such as Robert Trent Jones and Donald Ross have all lent their names to courses here, but none is more stunning than the Arthur Hills masterpiece at Bay Harbor Golf Club. Bay Harbor Golf Club stretches out along the shoreline of Lake Michigan near Petoskey in an area that vacationers discovered over 100 years ago. The course brings together the natural beauty of the northern Michigan coastline with some unnatural elements such as an abandoned shale quarry. The course consists of three distinctively different nine-hole layouts which create three different 18-hole combinations, each with its own personality. While each course is very different, the conditioning and quality remains consistent throughout. For the most part the landing areas are generous, but where Bay Harbor challenges you is with your approach shot. Knowing where on the green to land your shot can be trying and will improve the more you play the course. Another trait each course has in common is that they all offer up at least one picture perfect view of Lake Michigan. The lake also figures into your round with unpredictable winds. The Links was the first to open for play in 1996. At the time it was the most expensive nine-hole golf course ever built. This was due primarily to unexpected costs involving the kiln dust left over from the former cement plant. Many people who watched the construction process from start to finish felt that in its early stages of construction, The Links looked more like barren land you might find on the moon than a potential golf course. In its current state, The Links is a beautiful layout that follows the shoreline of Lake Michigan very closely, giving it a rugged Scottish feel while at the same time highlighting the magnificence of Lake Michigan The hole most remembered on The Links layout is Number 7, a par 5 that play 490 yards (Blue Tees). Given the scenery on this hole, it may the most memorable of all 27; it certainly is picture worthy! Not only that, but it’s a great risk/reward golf hole. From the Blue Tees it plays 490 yards. The hole hugs the Lake Michigan coastline down the entire right side, so it is best played down the left. The fairway is pretty wide and a well-struck tee shot will give you the opportunity to go for the green in two. Even if you don’t quite make the green, the landing area is very generous short of the green. The scenery that plays out as you make your way down the fairway is absolutely incredible. The Preserve was the second course to be completed and does a great job of showcasing Northern Michigan at its finest. Its designed to allow golfers to experience the thrill of nature as if they were actually playing through a nature preserve. You’ll find an abundance of wildlife as well as dense hardwoods, all leading to lush fairways and greens. Be careful while you’re out there or you may just be consumed with the peaceful serenity that surrounds you. The course is built over rolling and tree-lined terrain that features subtle elevation changes and a generous amount of mounding on the fairway peripheries of the landing zones and around the greens. The signature hole on The Preserve is the par 5, 4th, which plays 542 yards from the Blue Tees. The neat thing about No. 4 is that there are a few different ways the hole can be played. Three fairway bunkers are strategically located in the middle of the landing zone off the tee; regardless of where you play from. This bunker complex divides the fairway in half. The left is preferred by most and provides the best view of your next shot whereas the right creates a blind second shot. Club selection is critical on your layup shot; you want to leave a short iron or pitch shot into the green which is fronted by a pond and slopes front to back. For most players it’s a three-shot hole as the risk greatly outweighs the reward. The Quarry nine at Bay Harbor Golf Club was the last course completed. It features 5 holes built around a shale quarry giving the layout a rough, industrial edge with a dramatic finish. The Quarry will undoubtedly be one of the most unique experiences you ever have on a golf course, with spectacular views along the way. The Quarry nine finishes with dramatic routing along the shores of Lake Michigan and some of the most picturesque finishing holes that you'll find anywhere. It’s no wonder many people refer to Bay Harbor as the Pebble Beach of the Midwest! The Quarry’s Most Memorable Hole is Number 8 a Par 3, that plays 172 yards (Blue Tees). It’s yet another hole where the Lake Michigan coast steals the scene. This par 3 plays downhill to a green fronted by a rock-walled pond with Lake Michigan behind the green. The toughest part of this hole is choosing the right club, depending on the wind it could be +/- up four clubs. Ever hit a driver on a par 3? Boyne Resorts has received numerous accolades from several national publications including Golf, Golf Digest, Golf for Women, Michigan Golfer. They’ve even landed several layouts on Golfweek's Top 100 Resort Courses in the Country. However Boyne is not only recognized for their outstanding selection of world class golf facilities, but also for their accommodations. The flagship property of Boyne Resorts is The Inn at Bay Harbor and its design pays tribute to the grand hotels of the late 19th century. In 2014, it was voted one of Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Top 500 Hotels in the World. The Inn is truly a luxury resort and is located literally steps away from Lake Michigan with its own private beach. It’s a perfect place to watch the sun set over Lake Michigan and exemplifies everything Boyne Resorts stands for. The Inn offers a variety of accommodations that include standard rooms and comfortably appointed suites. Even if golf isn’t your game, odds are you’ll find something you enjoy doing at The Inn at Bay Harbor. There is a spa and a fitness center equipped with the latest cardio equipment. There’s also an outdoor pool area with hot tub. Outside you’ll find croquet and sand volleyball courts as well as an outside chess/checker board with pieces that are about 3-feet tall. The clubhouse also offers up fantastic views of the lake. Inside you’ll find a beautifully stocked pro shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers, a restaurant/lounge as well as meeting and banquet rooms. During the summer, you can dine on the patio with beautiful views of the lake. Before your round, warm up on Bay Harbor Golf Club’s practice range which features a targeted grass range. There’s also a short game area complete with sand bunker and putting greens near both the pro shop. Last Word: Bay Harbor has it all: long, treacherous forced carries off the tee, numerous elevation changes and plenty of sand and water hazards throughout. When the stunning blue waters of Lake Michigan are not before you, you’ll most likely be staring down old stone walls from the quarry. Each hole leaves you wondering what’s next! That said, Bay Harbor is not exactly a resort-friendly golf course, although that’s not to say that you won’t have a good time. If you’re a serious golfer, you’ll appreciate the fact that each nine demands pinpoint accuracy and a solid mental game in order to score well. If you’re just out for fun, Bay Harbor will provide you with some of the most amazing golf course photo opportunities available in the US. Be sure to take a camera! The courses are like nothing I have ever played before.

4. Boyne Highlands

500 Highlands Drive, Harbor Springs, MI 49740 +1 231-526-3000 [email protected] http://www.boyne.com/BoyneHighlands/index.html
Excellent
56%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

Boyne Highlands

The resort features one of the longest ski run sin the lower peninsula of Michigan at over a mile long and the most skiable acres. Boyne Highlands is the perfect place to spend your vacation with so many additional activities such as dog sledding and horseback riding. Boyne Highlands offers great four-season activities, which means you can enjoy the fun and excitement of the Petoskey area all year long!

Reviewed By Chipintn - Knoxville, United States

Two tremendous golf courses. Arthur Hills is one of the most scenic you will every play and The Moor course is also special. Both are in perfect shape and the greens are consistent, true and fast. I would go again in a minute. Fantastic views and elevation changes.

5. Black Lake Golf Club

2800 Maxon Rd, Onaway, MI 49765-9546 +1 517-733-4653 http://www.blacklakegolf.com
Excellent
64%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Black Lake Golf Club

Acclaimed architect Rees Jones designed this 300-acre championship golf course, which plays 7,030 yards from the back tees to 5,058 from the front and a par of 72.

Reviewed By gkrph1980 - Gold Canyon, United States

The most peaceful course you will.ever play. The course winds through the woods, offering a peaceful picturesque experience. But don't let it fool you. A challenging course with tough greens that is in top shape. Cant wait to play it again

6. Crystal Mountain

12500 Crystal Mountain Dr, Thompsonville, MI 49683-9742 +1 800-968-7686 [email protected] http://www.crystalmountain.com
Excellent
61%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 188 reviews

Crystal Mountain

Four-season family resort has lots to do on and off the slopes.

Reviewed By mwfriederichs - North Webster, United States

70% of terrain open this weekend. Hit the black diamond runs off Buck quad first thing and all the runs on that side were very smooth and fun with a few inches of fresh snow. The runs off the Crystal Clipper were also great, along with the north face area, all groomed soft snow under a few inches of fresh snow. The runs served by the Loki quad were mostly good, though icy/crunchy under the fresh snow, and the black diamonds were pretty well scraped off by early afternoon.

7. Hemlock Golf Club

5105 W Decker Rd, Ludington, MI 49431-9452 +1 231-845-1300
Excellent
71%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Hemlock Golf Club

Reviewed By seescokid - Grand Rapids, United States

Superb ratings drew us here on way up to Boones in Traverse and staying in Gaylord now and played today Saturday 7/18/20. This was one of the most unique courses I've ever played with the natural sand bunkers/ waste areas. Coupled with some bog/ marshy carries and not ever playing the course made for a challenge but fair round. At least 5 or maybe even 6 sets of tees for any caliber golfer. Course was watered well for the hot summer and greens held well. Wife loved the senior women's tees and was giddy after a bogey on the #1 handicap 12th hole which was a beast. We went out at noon on a Saturday and had just a single play through on the 13th and never caught any foursomes. A most enjoyable round with high humidity and heat but thank God s nice breeze. Must be awesome in the fall. All tree lined holes and the natural sand waste areas are the courses' forte. Don't usually spend $50 a round but this was a treat. Not too much elevation change( played all the Treetops courses 2 was ago) Sign up for the free round Birthday club. Thanks Ray Hearn and Hemlock!!

8. Hidden River Golf and Casting Club

7688 Maple River Rd, Brutus, MI 49716-9726 +1 800-325-4653 [email protected] http://www.hiddenriver.com
Excellent
87%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Hidden River Golf and Casting Club

9. Manistee National Golf & Resort

4797 Grant Hwy, Manistee, MI 49660-9545 +1 231-723-8874 http://www.manisteenational.com/
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Manistee National Golf & Resort

Reviewed By 618DougS

This was a great golf resort!! They do a great job of making you feel like your staying with family. Everyone (and I do mean every employee) is very friendly and genuinely seems happy. It makes it much more easy to relax and truly unwind. With 2 great golf courses to play on site, all the amenities plus extras, and excellent food it is truly a gem. Arcadia Bluffs is a close drive so save yourself a ton of money and have a much better time staying with the Manistee National Golf & Resort Family!

10. Ravines Golf Club

3520 Palmer Dr, Saugatuck, MI 49453-9448 +1 269-857-1616 [email protected] http://www.ravinesgolfclub.com/
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

Ravines Golf Club

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