Memorial Day Weekend is the annual kick-off to summer in Michigan and June 1 is the official beginning to Michigan Golf Month, which celebrates the game and its impact on the state’s tourism and economy. With over 650 public golf courses and a variety of golf resort destinations around the state, there are plenty of golfing options to take advantage of this summer. Read more on five fun golfing experiences to try this season:
1. Tee-it-up where the professionals play.
It’s not very often that golfers can play the same golf courses that the pros play, but at Harbor Shores Golf Club, site of the recent Sr. PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, you can drive the same fairways and hit the same shots into the greens on this public Jack Nicklaus designed layout. Also checkout the new Inn at Harbor Shores and make it a golf package.
2. Play a golf course forwards and then backwards in reverse.
Inspired by the Old Course at St. Andrews, where over 200-years ago the course was designed to be played in reverse during the winter to help with maintenance, world-renowned golf course architect, Tom Doak, has designed the first reversible golf course of its kind in the U.S. The Loop at Forest Dunes in Grayling is a reversible routing that will alternate directions on a daily basis allowing golfers to play it clockwise (Black) one day, then counter-clockwise (Red) the next day. Combine the original Forest Dunes course and this will be a one of a kind 54-hole golf package experience.
3. Play nine holes or a short course
With golf looking for ways to grow the game and get more people to participate, playing nine-holes or shorter courses has become a popular thing to do. Below are ten fun 9-hole and shorter courses around Michigan to experience.
- The Miners Short Course at The Mines – Grand Rapids
- Threetops – Par 3 Course at Treetops – Gaylord
- Mountain Flowers – Homestead Resort – Glen Arbor
- Woodside Golf Course – East Lansing
- Wawashkamo Golf Club – Mackinac Island
- St. Ignace Golf & Country Club – St. Ignace
- Elk Rapids Golf Club – Elk Rapids
- Strategic Fox at Fox Hills – Plymouth
- Les Cheneaux Golf Club – Cedarville
- Charlevoix Golf Club – Charlevoix
- Shadow Ridge – Ionia
4. Take a lesson or visit a golf school.
Golfers looking to improve their game have plenty of options for golf instruction in Michigan. Golfers in metro Detroit, make sure to check out Carl’s Golfland and its Performance Center for both lessons and club-fitting. Golfers will find a similar experience in Ann Arbor at Miles of Golf. Other top instructors and academy’s in southern Michigan include Jason Guss at Hawk Hollow, one of Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers, Steve Brady at Oakland Hills and the Rick Smith Golf Academy at Oakland University.
Golfers looking to combine some golf instruction with a golf trip can check out some of the resorts in northern Michigan like the Dave Pelz Short Game School at the Homestead, Crystal Mountain Golf Academy, Boyne Golf Academy, as well as the golf schools at Grand Traverse Resort and Treetops.
5. Make golf part of your family vacation this summer.
Golf is a great family activity to get outside and do together and there are some great resorts that offer great family golf experiences. Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville offers family golf scramble events this summer and Boyne Mountain provides special pricing for junior golfers, as does Treetops with juniors playing free on overnight golf packages.
What is your favorite course to play in Pure Michigan? Let us know by commenting below!