Michigan’s Best Golf Courses
Spring through fall, Michigan is one of the world's finest golfing destinations. Known as “America's summer golf mecca,” the Gaylord area alone has over 20 courses, and the U.P. offers a number of seasonal choices, too. While the state has several private clubs — such as Oakland Hills Country Club, which hosted the 2008 PGA Championship — there's also a wide array of public courses.
St. Ives Resort
9900 St. Ives Dr., Stanwood, MI
Daily Apr.–Oct., $40–125
On the road from Grand Rapids to Cadillac, you'll find this popular resort, celebrated for its pair of spectacular 18-hole courses.
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course
14710 Northwood Hwy., Arcadia, MI
Daily Apr.–Nov., $50–180
Located along a gorgeous stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline, this world-class 18-hole golf course has long been considered the best public course in the state, by golfers and golfing magazines alike.
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd., Acme, MI
Daily Apr.–Oct., $35–140
With luxurious accommodations, excellent dining, a top-notch spa, an indoor water park, a 24-hour dog care facility, and three on-site golf courses, this 900-acre resort has easily become one of Michigan's finest golfing destinations.
A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
627 A-Ga-Ming Dr., Kewadin, MI
Daily Apr.–Oct., $44–84
Overlooking lovely Torch Lake, not far north of Traverse City, this long-standing resort presents two 18-hole courses: Torch and the relatively new Sundance.
Shanty Creek Resorts
1 Shanty Creek Rd., Bellaire, MI
Divided into three villages — Cedar River, Schuss, and Summit — this enormous resort features several dining, lodging, and spa options, numerous downhill skiing runs, and four championship golf courses.
Boyne Highlands Resort
600 Highland Dr., Harbor Springs, MI
231/526-3000 or 800/462-6963
Daily May–Oct., $25–134
Just north of Petoskey, this year-round resort offers superb lodging, four spectacular golf courses, and access to a wealth of seasonal activities, from fishing to dog sledding.
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
7688 Maple River Rd., Brutus, MI
Daily Apr.–Oct., $32–89
Between Petoskey and Mackinaw City, you'll find this handsome resort, which appeals to golfers as well as fly fishers.
Black Lake Golf Club
2800 Maxon Rd., Onaway, MI
Daily Apr.–Oct., $40–85
Operated by the UAW, this magnificent golf course is part of the union's 1,000-acre family center, which sits astride picturesque Black Lake.
4700 N. Red Oak Rd., Lewiston, MI
989/786-2211 or 877/442-7526
Daily May–Oct., $30–120
Considered one of the state's most beautiful resorts, this family-owned destination presents four magnificent golf courses amid the woods of northeastern Michigan.
3962 Wilkinson Rd., Gaylord, MI
989/732-6711 or 888/873-3867
Daily Apr.–Oct., $30–135
This year-round resort keeps visitors busy with downhill skiing in winter, activities like tennis and biking in summer, and, of course, five stunning golf courses.
by Laura Martone from Moon Michigan, 3rd Edition, © Avalon Travel