Pure Michigan Connect golf contributor Tim Hygh gives us the inside scoop on the 9 gorgeous championship golf courses at Boyne.
Okay, you are planning your upcoming summer golf trip to Boyne for a buddies golf junket. Sweet. Whether it is a week-long trip or a long weekend, it will surely be a memorable golf experience.
That’s the easy part.
Michigan is most certainly a golf-loving state. This week, Guest Blogger Tim Hygh shares two remarkable and noteworthy golf courses in Michigan that recently received recognition from Conde Nast Traveler.
Conde Nast Traveler readers have voted the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island and the Inn at Bay Harbor into the Top 10 U.S. Northern Golf Resorts.
“The Jewel” is an apt name for the Grand Hotel’s golf course. Built at the turn of the 20th century, and adjacent to the Grand Hotel, the front nine, called the “Grand Nine,” will mesmerize you with views of the Straits of Mackinac, The Mackinac Bridge, and the majestic Grand.
Everyone has a Michigan golf story or two they like to share. Some are more interesting than others. Here’s a story Tim Hygh heard on a recent visit to the St. Louis Golf Expo.
The Publisher of the St. Louis based Avid Magazine was beside himself when I told him I was visiting from Michigan. He immediately left his display booth to tell me a story he just had to share.
Three Golf courses, two time zones and one Casino Resort equals one of Pure Michigan’s most unique and value based golf get-away packages. Here are the course names: Sweetgrass, Greywalls and Timberstone. Three of the most aptly named courses in Michigan and together they have teamed up to turn the Marquette area into a must play golf destination.
It’s a Michigan Upper Peninsula trifecta that has people travelling from Detroit to Green Bay, Wisconsin to take advantage of these nationally awarded courses that just happen to be located within a triangle inside the Hiawatha National Forest. Read more…
Thanks to Greg Johnson for another fantastic Pure Michigan Golf guest blog post!
I looked down from one of the new Lodge rooms at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club and couldn’t believe it.
The view from the clubhouse (the one I thought couldn’t be topped) had just been topped: the good folks at Arcadia had added a top floor of 14 guest rooms to the existing clubhouse. It was the one thing missing from this golf jewel in Northern Michigan – a place to stay on property.
The clubhouse has become “The Lodge”, and the view and room are spectacular. Each room was built with first-class customers in mind: they all come furnished with a king bed, desk and chair, flat screen television, stand up shower, and private walk-out porch. The Lodge will provide an elegant, comfortable, and private environment for all guests. Each night stay includes breakfast, laundry service, room service and more. Ten of the rooms face west with breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, while the other four offer sunrise views. The lake view rooms are amazing, and The Lodge stayed true to the original architecture and image of the club.
Lake Michigan never looked so good from on high. The unique golf holes at Arcadia, now aged 10 years like a fine wine, were dressed up and ready to play. Eighteen Rick Smith and Warren Henderson designed holes on 245 acres along 3,000 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline.
As a Grand Rapids-based ownership group envisioned upon founding in 1999, Arcadia has become a must-play for golfers, especially those who travel the world for unique and special golf experiences.
Greg Johnson has been writing about Michigan golf since 1982 primarily as the golf writer for The Grand Rapids Press and Booth Newspapers. He is a native of Three Rivers, grew up in St. Joseph, and a graduate of Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor and Michigan State University in East Lansing. An award-winning writer, he has lived in Hudsonville for the last 20 years and worked in Grand Rapids for the last 27 years.