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.
The back nine is a newer design, requiring the most unique golf transport in Michigan. No cars are allowed on Mackinac Island, so you take a 15-minute horse and carriage ride to number 10. There you will find more exceptional views and a modern layout. Learn why Conde Nast Traveler readers like the Grand Hotel and The Jewel at the Grand Hotel website.
The Inn at Bay Harbor also exudes turn of the century luxury…the 21st century that is. Modern amenities abound at the Inn, set dramatically on Lake Michigan, just south of Petoskey.
The 27-hole layout has three distinctive nines. You will want to play all three. “The Links” course has dramatic cliff-side holes hugging Little Traverse Bay, “The Quarry” still has signs of its limestone heritage, and “The Preserve” is a tranquil track that has a more northern Michigan feel. There is much more to see on their website.
Only Michigan can provide you with two luxury golf resorts built a century apart on the calendar, but on the same blueprint for providing a golf and stay experience you will never forget.
Tim Hygh has been involved in the Michigan golf scene since the early 80’s when the Michigan golf boom started. Hygh was a television sports director at that time, before becoming the Marketing Director at Shanty Creek, where he organized the grand opening of The Legend. Since then, Hygh has helped produce two television programs on Michigan Golf, managed tournament media centers for the past 20 years, and is currently a golf public relations consultant for Travel Michigan.