For years, Michigan has been considered one of the leading golf destinations in the country and an extremely popular place to design and build golf courses. Most of golf’s major architects – Alister Mackenzie, Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Tom Fazio, Tom Doak, Rees Jones, Arthur Hills, and Rick Smith – have designed courses in the Great Lakes state.
GOLF Magazine recently recognized five Michigan courses among its “Top 100 You Can Play”. The biennial list, put together by the magazine’s editors and its panel of golf industry insiders, highlights the top public courses across the United States, as well as the best in each state. Michigan ranked sixth among the states with courses on the list and was the leader among Midwestern states.
While summer is a popular time to hit the links, there is still time to hit the links in Michigan where the fall season brings more flexible tee times and golf packages.
Learn more about these courses below to inspire you for a day on the links.
1. Forest Dunes
Leading the way for Michigan was Forest Dunes (No. 21), the nationally acclaimed Tom Weiskopf course located in the heart of northern Michigan. At 7,104 yards, this par 72 features five sets of tees to challenge golfers of any level. ‘The Loop’, a Tom Doak-designed reverse course, offers two different routings using the same 18 green complexes. Forest Dunes offers a serene golf experience as the property is surrounded by 400,000 untamed acres of the Huron National Forest, giving golfers a perfect view of popping fall color.
Arcadia Bluffs (No. 36), designed by Rick Smith/Warren Henderson, sits on one of the most spectacular golfing sites in the country on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, with all 18-holes offering views of the lake. This pristine course is a par 72 and is open to the public from mid-April to mid-November each year, offering ideal stay and play packages that allow you to relax and take in the picturesque landscapes as you while working on your game. If you’re looking to play one of Michigan’s most iconic courses, Arcadia Bluffs should top your list.
3. Greywalls at Marquette Golf Club
The Marquette Country Club (No. 80) in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, designed by Mike Devries, has been a staple in the U.P. since 1926. The Greywalls course, opened in 2005, is considered a banner course in the area, receiving national awards from Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, and most recently, Travel + Leisure Golf and Golfweek, which honored the layout as one of the best in Michigan.
Tullymore (No.83), designed by Jim Engh, features a variety of par 5s, short par 4s and unique par 3 holes that flow through wetland and forested areas. Imagine a gracious community nestled among the scenic beauty of one of America’s finest golf courses. Located only one hour from Grand Rapids on the west side of Michigan, Tullymore and sister course St. Ives offer a spectacular golf opportunity for both beginners and experts.
Rounding out the list in Michigan is Bay Harbor Golf Club (No. 87), which is one of the most unique golf courses in the country. Designed by Art Hills, the Links/Quarry features a spectacular combination of holes that skirt the bluffs over-looking Little Traverse Bay, and holes that meander in and out of a rock quarry. This course runs along the coastline of Lake Michigan and presents fun challenges to those who take the greens. While in the area, take advantage of a beer or wine tour to complete a perfect getaway weekend.
Want to learn more about Michigan’s expansive golf scene? Visit michigan.org/golf!