Best Golf Courses In Michigan
Best Michigan Golf Courses
Second to none when it comes to northern golf destinations, Michigan boasts a wealth of championship tracks designed by the biggest names in golf. Nicklaus, Weiskopf, Palmer, Hills, Dye, Player, Trent Jones, the list goes on. And each designer has done a remarkable job of utilizing the "Mitten's" unique landscape of expansive sand dunes, dense forestry and lakeside vistas to create tracks that truly showcase Pure Michigan at its finest.
- East Lansing, Michigan
- A Spartan favorite since opening in 2004, Eagle Eye Golf Club is a Chris Lutzke and Pete Dye design that frequently occupies a spot in all of Michigan’s Top 10 lists. Eagle Eye is a championship links-style track where shot selection is key, and golfers who play smart off the tee will have plenty of opportunities to “Go Green.” And with a number of Dye’s signature design features, including an island green on 17, Eagle Eye Golf Club is Central Michigan’s premier golf destination.
- Marshall, Michigan
- Although it’s located in southern Michigan, The Medalist Golf Club transports you to the Northwoods that Michigan is famous for with its heavily wooded setting. Designed by Michigan native Bill Newcomb, The Medalist is brilliantly routed through towering oaks and pines which exude the feeling of complete isolation. So if you’re looking for a true Northern Michigan vibe without actually traveling all the way up north, The Medalist is the place to play.
- Bellaire, Michigan
- Adhering to Arnold Palmer’s classic design tendencies, Shanty Creek – The Legend is a fun track filled with risk-reward opportunities around every corner. Fairways intersecting with creeks. Bunkers protecting the inside of doglegs. Dramatic elevation changes from tee to green. If players want to fill their scorecard with birdies, The Legend asks them to play Palmer’s style of golf—grip it and rip it!
- Cedar Springs, Michigan
- One of Western Michigan’s finest courses, Cedar Chase Golf Club is famous for offering golfers a links-style track with a Northern Michigan feel. Designed by Bruce Matthews III, the layout at Cedar Chase is a creative masterpiece that captures the essence of Scottish-golf with fescue and rolling fairways and the beauty of the Wolverine State with stately trees and flowing streams. The contrast is something you have to see to believe!
- Stanwood, Michigan
- Set on an 800-acre plot of dense Michigan woodlands, Tullymore Golf Club - St. Ives Course features pristine fairways that meander through tight corridors and rise and fall with the glacially carved landscape. Designer Jerry Matthews routed St. Ives in a way that presents golfers with the feeling of complete isolation on any given hole, so it’s just you, the ball and 18 pins waiting for your best shot.
- Bay Harbor, Michigan
- One of Arthur Hills’ most visually stunning designs, Bay Harbor Golf Club – Preserve-Links enchants golfers with breathtaking views of Little Traverse Bay and a links layout reminiscent of the classic seaside courses in Ireland. But don’t get too caught up in the sightseeing, because when the wind gets up, you will need every ounce of focus in order to keep your ball from drifting into the deep fescue.
- Acme, Michigan
- In Gary Player’s first crack at course design in Michigan, he hit it right on the sweet spot with The Wolverine at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. The front nine on The Wolverine snakes around natural wetlands in lowland terrain while the back nine climbs up to the highland terrain with rolling hills and magnificent views of East Grand Traverse Bay. And if 18 holes isn’t enough, make it 36 by playing either The Bear or Spruce Run. Heck, play ‘em all!
- Harbor Springs, Michigan
- Named Michigan’s 2018 Golf Course of the Year, Boyne Highlands – Heather Course went toe-to-toe with the state’s best courses and came out on top, and for good reason. The Heather Course is a Robert Trent Jones classic that features sharp doglegs that wrap around glistening water hazards and stately trees. And no matter how you play that day, every round at Heather culminates with one of the best finishing holes in the state, a 451-yard par 4 with a large pond that splits the hole in half and protects the front of the green.
- Roscommon, Michigan
- Touted as one of the best public courses in the nation since opening in the early 2000s, Forest Dunes Course at Forest Dunes is a Tom Weiskopf gem that takes golfers on a journey through two of Michigan’s defining terrains. The front nine at Forest Dunes is carved out of a dense pine forest before transitioning to the back nine with holes traversing through dramatic sand dunes.
- Benton Harbor, Michigan
- Featuring hardwood forests, rolling hills, deep ravines, lush wetlands and towering sand dunes, Western Michigan’s diverse landscape proved perfect to create a true golf masterpiece with Harbor Shores Golf Club. Toss in unbeatable views of Lake Michigan, vintage Nicklaus routing and one of the Best Three-Hole Stretches in the country with holes 7, 8 and 9, and it’s no wonder why Harbor Shores is permanently cemented as one of the Midwest’s finest tracks.