Tee up at West Michigan’s many golf courses and resorts this spring and summer. As one of the area’s fan-favorite sports, golf can turn into a lifestyle for the dedicated golfer! As a result, there are many state-of-the-art and award-winning courses no matter where you go in West Michigan. It’s the perfect time to grab your clubs and head out for a round (or two) of golf here in West Michigan!
Golf in Southern West Michigan
West Michigan’s largest golf resort, Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort in Augusta, is opening its sixth championship course this spring. The course, Stoatin Brae, has everything a premier golf destination needs, such as rolling topography, spectacular views, and pure, uncompromising golf. There is nothing tricky or obscure about Stoatin Brae. It’s all right there in front of the golfer with a delightful Scottish flare, from the inviting first tee to the green on the long 18th hole.
The Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor has become a premier destination for golfers throughout the Midwest. Harbor Shores was chosen to host one of golf’s biggest events, The Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. This major championship, known for its intense competition among the legendary names in golf, made its home at Harbor Shores in 2012, 2014, and 2016. With a new title change, Harbor Shores will also be host to The KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship in 2018, 2020, 2022, and 2024.
Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks is expanding the back deck area to feature an 18 hole public putting green! This area will feature a series of Himalayan Hills inspired by the St. Andrew’s course in Scotland. This project is expected to be completed by late summer 2017 and will be a great way to spend summer outdoors! It will be open for all ages to play and equipment will be provided with admission to the course.
The Coldwater area has a unique course for anybody looking to tee off this spring and summer. There’s a golf course in the area set on an island, but good luck keeping your ball out of the water!
The Greater Lansing area has lush fairways, immaculate greens, and challenging approach shots which makes them a memorable golf destination. Everywhere you go, you’ll find a mix of scenic beauty and courses that will challenge and impress any golfer. Make sure that Lansing’s golf courses make it into your next weekend golf trip.
You’re invited to the Battle Creek area for a fantastic golf weekend. They even have a service at the Visitor’s Center that will help you plan your golf trip. With 16 great courses and eight lodging options, you’ll be glad of the help to create your perfect golf outing.
More Golf in Southern West Michigan
- Indian Lake Hills Golf Course, Eau Claire
Golf in Central West Michigan
Pigeon Creek Golf Course in West Olive features all the hallmarks of Michigan links style golf. The course gives all levels of golfers an enjoyable experience offering 4 different tees to choose from. The course also offers a few risk and reward holes that are sure to get you excited every time you step to the tee. Along with a beautifully maintained course is a 12 tee driving range and 2 practice greens to hone in your golf game before heading out for your relaxing round.
The Muskegon area has 15 publicly accessible courses, making it a golfer’s paradise. Enjoy the gorgeous spring and summer weather with the area’s abundance of natural beauty while you tee off. One of the courses to check out is at the Muskegon Country Club. Once you’re done with 18 holes of golf, make sure to refuel at SE4SONS Restaurant before heading out to another course.
Mecosta County has golf courses throughout the county including Big Rapids, Canadian Lakes, and Stanwood. Spend time at one course, or take a weekend to see them all in this Central Michigan locale.
More Golf in Central West Michigan
Golf in Northern West Michigan
Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island has an 18 hole putting course called the Greens of Mackinac. This course offers a unique putting experience with 18 real bent grass greens which rivals the conditions found on any championship course. The course also offers glow golf on Fridays and Saturdays from dusk until midnight. The balls, flags, tees, cups, and even golfers glow.
An unforgettable golf vacation awaits at the four distinctly Northern Michigan golf courses of Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire. Hit the links at Arnold Palmer’s The Legend, Tom Weiskopf’s Cedar River, the challenging Schuss Mountain course, and the original Summit Golf Course. New this year are GolfBoards, which function as an alternative to traditional golf carts. Combining the ease of a traditional golf cart with the freedom of a snowboard, GolfBoards add a new experience to the game. Daily golf specials, along with overnight golf packages, can be found on Shanty Creek’s website.
BOYNE Golf at Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain, and Inn at Bay Harbor provides the ultimate world-class golf destination with ten championship caliber courses spanning three resorts. Centered in Michigan’s northern lower peninsula, their 153 holes are the products of some of the game’s masters including Robert Trent Jones Sr., Arthur Hills, and Donald Ross. From all-inclusive vacation packages, elite instruction with the BOYNE Golf Academy, tournaments, events and so much more, BOYNE Golf truly offers an unrivaled Michigan golf vacation experience.
You can golf year-round with the Grand Traverse Resort’s indoor and outdoor golf courses in Traverse City. Their Golf Academy is an indoor-outdoor hybrid that offers fun for golfers of all skill levels looking to improve their game! Once you’re ready, make your way to one of the resort’s three 18 hole courses, which have received awards from Golf Digest, Travel + Leisure, and USA Today. Golf is a way of life at Grand Traverse Resort, and they have the resources to make sure that you hit the course in peak performance.
Golf has been an important part of the Traverse City experience for decades. In 1954, after a career that included two U.S. Open victories, five PGA championships, and four triumphs at the British Open, Walter Hagen decided that of all the places he’d ever played, Traverse City was where he wanted to live. Since then, the quality of play in Traverse City has increased exponentially. Oddly enough, Traverse City is situated on the western edge of the eastern time zone, so far north that the light of a midsummer day can last until nearly 10pm. This means that it’s easy to get in a full 18 holes, visit a winery, do some shopping, spend an hour or two at the beach, enjoy a world-class dinner, and still have time for a second round.
Golfing is a treat all on it’s own, but what makes a day of golfing even better is the view you have while you’re on the green. This is what really sets Mackinac Island‘s golf courses apart. The Grand Hotel’s and Mission Point Resort’s golf courses both feature breathtaking views of the Straits of Mackinac, glorious Lake Huron expanding as far as the eye can see, and the sloping hills of the island itself. You almost don’t want to tear your eyes away long enough to tee up!
There are several golf courses in close proximity of Indigo Bluffs RV Park & Resort in Empire. One of these is Manitou Passage Golf Club, just minutes away in Cedar. This Arnold Palmer Signature Course is 18 holes with a deep challenge brought on by the area’s history of glacial formation. Make Indigo Bluffs your home base for your next Northern Michigan golf trip.
Charlevoix is known for its picturesque views of Lake Michigan, Round Lake, and Lake Charlevoix. Nestled between these lakes, Charlevoix boasts four renowned area golf courses. This region of northern Michigan offers interesting course diversity and easy access to multiple courses. Each of Charlevoix’s four courses are located no farther than 20 minutes from downtown, making it easy to play multiple courses in one day.
This season, plan a golf getaway to Marquette, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The stunning beauty that surrounds the area, granite formations, and views of Lake Superior set the scene for your day out golfing. Whether you are a beginner or a scratch golfer, you will find a good mix of challenge and beauty when you golf in Marquette.
Carved by glaciers and shaped by water and wind, the rolling hills of Benzie County create a world-class golf experience. Some of the more challenging courses feature dramatic elevation changes, difficult water hazards, and strategically placed bunkers. Others have scenic views and are more relaxed, less challenging, and cater to intermediate or beginning golfers, making Benzie County diverse and approachable to any golfer.
Though many of the courses in the Petoskey area don’t open each year until May, the rounds here are worth the wait. With all of the area’s courses, you can easily play a different course every day for two weeks. Many have spectacular vistas of Lake Michigan, while others wind through majestic hardwood forests. From award-winning championship courses, to fun, economical layouts, the Petoskey Area has the perfect 18 for you.
More Golf in Northern West Michigan
- A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort, Kewadin
- Cadillac Country Club, Cadillac
- Evergreen Resort, Cadillac
- Gaylord Golf Mecca, Gaylord
- Grandview Golf Club, Kalkaska
- Hawk’s Eye Golf Resort, Bellaire
- The Chief Golf Course, Bellaire
- The Mackinaw Club Golf Course, Carp Lake
2017 Golf Information
Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater swings into summer with its annual Golf Outing on June 23rd at 9am, as well as their professional theatre production centered around golf: Ken Ludwig’s The Fox and the Fairway, which runs from August 10th to 19th. The play follows Bingham, who is in a difficult position: the golfer he thought would play for his club has switched sides recruited by his opponent. Fortunately, he has discovered that Justin, his hired hand, is a good golfer and does not disappoint. When Justin’s fiancé loses her engagement ring, he comes unglued, and Bingham must find a solution for Justin in order to win the game.
River County Chamber of Commerce in Newaygo is hosting their Annual Golf Outing on May 24th. This 4-person scramble is $75 per golfer and includes 18 holes with cart, sleeve of balls, goodie bag, continental breakfast, complimentary range and putting green service, team photo, and lunch. Get your team and enjoy a day out golfing!
The Holiday Inn Express in Ludington is your home base for golf! Nearby golf courses are as close as a five minute drive. They even have a spring lodging special where you receive $10 to $60 off your stay! Use this coupon when you visit between now and May 14th.
This summer, motivated junior golfers can learn all of the components of the game during Shanty Creek Resorts’ Junior Golf Camp. The camp is from July 17th to 19th at Shanty Creek’s golf facilities. From in-depth instruction to skill building and on-course experience, this three-day program is geared toward the beginner and advanced junior golfers. PGA professionals lead the camp activities and education, including the rules of golf, proper golf etiquette, and the history of the game.
Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville is hosting their 21st Annual Crystal Classic Golf Tournament on April 15th. Whatever the conditions, warm or crisp, sunny or cloudy, rain or snow, golfers dress for the weather (and sometimes in elaborate costume) for one of Crystal Mountain’s proudest spring traditions. Registration is $45 and includes golf with cart, two beverage tickets, food, and, depending on how you play, prizes!