When it’s time to hit the links in West Michigan, we’ve rounded up the best golf courses in the area for you. From dramatic views to challenging layouts, you’ll be sure to find a course to challenge, delight, or surprise you on your next Michigan golf vacation.
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Golfing in North West Michigan & The Upper Peninsula
Boyne Highlands Resort is synonymous with golf, with four championship golf courses. From the timeless design of The Heather, the 2019 National Golf Course Owner’s Course of the Year by Robert Trent Jones, to the history and heritage found playing the Donald Ross Memorial- a composite course of Ross’s best designs, the classic layout of The Moor, or the brilliant design and breathtaking views of the Arthur Hills – you’ll experience a round of golf the way it was meant to be played across all 72 holes. Find the course’s new safety protocols here.
Northern Michigan boasts more than a dozen golf courses, and many of them make for the perfect “stay and play” at a golf resort. Better yet, many of these courses are a short drive from downtown Traverse City and other area attractions. Just outside of Traverse City, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme is home to three courses: The Bear by Jack Nicklaus (celebrating 35 years!), The Wolverine by Gary Player, and Spruce Run by William Newcomb. Only The Bear and The Wolverine are currently open. They ask that you book your tee-time online.
An unforgettable golf vacation awaits at the four distinctly Northern Michigan golf courses of Shanty Creek Resort. 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. For a fun new experience on the golf course, leave the golf cart behind and grab a Golfboard. Available at Schuss Mountain Golf Course, golfboards are a fun way to traverse the course, combining the ease of a traditional golf cart with the freedom of a snowboard. In addition, kids golf free! Juniors 17 & under play free with a paid adult any time, all season long on the Summit and Schuss Mountain golf courses. Juniors 17 & under play free with a paid adult on Sundays after 2pm on The Legend and Cedar River golf courses.
Shanty Creek is working within the CDC guidelines and recommendations to play safe. Currently, tee times and payment need to be made in advance, either online or by telephone. Golf carts are available, one person per cart, unless with a household or family member. The Pro Shop staff stages carts prior to daily opening, including sanitizing carts prior to each use. Driving ranges and practice facilities have designated spacing of 6’ or more. Range balls are available for purchase, and are washed / sanitized daily. Golfers must maintain social distance requirements with the people they are playing with. Flags are in raised cups, or other methods not allowing the ball to fall into the cup. Please do not touch flags. No porta-johns, water coolers, or rakes for bunkers are available.
Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville is northern Michigan’s golf destination with two distinctively different, yet equally mesmerizing golf courses. Both the Mountain Ridge and Betsie Valley golf courses have received a prestigious 4-Star rating from Golf Digest magazine and are sure to challenge your skills at every turn. Book your tee times now! They have implemented various cleaning and operational procedures in order to keep their guests safe. Additionally they ask that guests keep social distance while visiting.
Interlochen Golf Course, conveniently located on US-31 between Traverse City and the lake shore, is great to play, and has an amazing restaurant on site.
Planning your golf trip? Your time at your hotel should be as refreshing as your time on the course. At the Courtyard by Marriott Petoskey you and your friends will be minutes from the most beautiful courses in the state. You can enjoy an evening in the Bistro, around the fire pit, in the hot tub, or catching up on your Netflix or Amazon Prime with your in-room guest entertainment. Make your golf trip perfect by choosing to stay at the newest hotel in Petoskey. Call 231-439-3333 or book online today!
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.
Thanks to the Keweenaw’s northern location, long summer days allow golfers to enjoy late afternoon and evening rounds in a picturesque natural setting. Don’t be shocked if you’re required to share the links with the area’s year-round residents—deer, fox, and foul. Find more information on these beautiful courses from the Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau.
With The Alpine and The Monument, Boyne Mountain Resort boasts two of Michigan’s premiere championship golf courses. From the scenic cart 1.2 mile ride to the top of Boyne Mountain where your round begins, to their dramatic finishing holes, both The Alpine and The Monument offer an unrivaled experience that won’t soon be forgotten. Find the course’s new safety protocols here.
The decades long history of traditional golf continues at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge (KML), however, this year they have added a few new twists. KML will take morning reservations for Speed Golf, also known as Extreme Golf. It’s a variation of golf in which both strokes played and time are considered in scoring. It takes less than a few hours and is the perfect way to start your day. Also new this year is Flinggolf. Played along the original 9 golf holes, Flinggolf is a fun alternative to traditional golf. Flinggolf uses one “La Crosse style” club and the players fling the ball across the course. Similar to the way snowboarders changed ski resorts, FlingGolf is becoming golf’s “future of the fairways”, and is played by a new swarm of young players. The golf course has more than 85 years of history, having been built in 1934 as part of the WPA / CCC projects. They have years of history in offering traditional golfers a unique and historical round of golf. These changes this year will add to the vibrancy they are working on at the Lodge, while not disturbing the traditionally-minded golfer. They plan to open the course on June 1st. Lodging is currently open and dining take-out is available.
The Petoskey Area courses are ready for golfers! There are 17 courses within 30 minutes with a wide range of courses from municipal to the courses you’ve dreamt of playing! Visit each course’s website to learn more about the current regulations and procedures.
A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort is officially open for the season. All four courses, lodging, and dine-in restaurants are open for visitors. Golfers are allowed to use carts, and the A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort is ready to welcome guests immediately for the 2020 season.
For more than 30 years, Antrim Dells has been one of Northern Michigan’s favorite courses to play. This classic Jerry Matthew’s design surrounds the golfer with natural beauty and spectacular views. The front nine features a beautiful parkland setting with acres of mowed grass, which allows a smooth transition into the woods and creeks of the back nine. Host of Michigan’s amateur championship for several years, The Dells is truly a fair and fun test of golf.
A round at Bay Harbor Golf Club is not your ordinary golf experience. With three distinctive nine hole designs by Arthur Hills nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan – all consistently voted among the best and most unique courses in America – each round provides countless memories. Across the street, Crooked Tree Golf Club is perched on the bluffs high above Bay Harbor and offers stunning view of Little Traverse Bay. Book a stay at the Inn at Bay Harbor to extend your golf trip. Find the course’s new safety protocols here.
Carved out of the rolling hills of Ogemaw County. The Dream and The Nightmare are two premium, must play courses in West Branch, located just minutes from exit 215 on I-75. BYOB as neither course has a liquor license. Each round comes with complimentary range balls. Call either course to customize a golf package to fit your group’s needs.
More North West Michigan & Upper Peninsula Golf Courses
- Black Bear Golf Club, Vanderbilt
- Drummond Island Resort, Drummond Island
- Elmbrook Golf Club, Traverse City
- Evergreen Resort, Cadillac
- Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
- Hawk’s Eye Golf Resort, Bellaire
- Indian RIver Golf Club, Indian River
- Mackinaw Club Golf Course, Mackinaw City
- Manistee National Golf & Resort, Manistee
Golfing in Central West Michigan
Holland has some outstanding options for the avid golfer, including a variety of courses and plenty of tee times to fit your schedule. They also have two fun-filled miniature golf courses the whole family will enjoy, as well as the new virtual golf facility, X-Golf Holland!
Find a complete list of golf courses on the Holland Area Visitors Bureau website. Each course has various restrictions in place as a result of COVID-19.
The state-of-the-art golf simulator facility at Macatawa Golf Club & LiveGolf Studio in Holland is open year-round to the public with four PGA Tour widescreen simulators. The simulators developed by AboutGolf offer industry-leading technology and accuracy with over 70 golf courses, various challenge games, multiple practice ranges, and arcade and family games. In addition to the four PGA golf simulators, a fully stocked bar and seating area is available, so you can enjoy great food and full bar service while you play.
Visit Thornapple Pointe Golf Club’s expansive 18 hole course in Grand Rapids, featuring bentgrass fairways and impeccably groomed tees and greens. Winding along 7,000 feet of frontage on the breathtaking Thornapple River, your game guides you over gently rolling hills, through hardwood-lined fairways, and near three of the most enchanting, untouched wetlands found in the Midwest. Tee times can be made online or by calling 616-554-4747. Also, be sure to check out Thornapple Pointe’s LiveGolf Studios PGA golf simulator facility and bar, open annually from fall through early spring. The course is officially open and carts are available. They ask that everyone stays six feet away from others and avoid touching the flagsticks and rakes. Food and beverage is currently only available to-go.
With more than a dozen courses in the Ludington area, it’s easy to sneak in 9 or 18 holes with a foursome. Beautifully sculpted courses close to bodies of water and just minutes from town make it easy to enjoy being outdoors after a long winter. Click here for Ludington’s top golf picks.
When you book a stay at the Ludington Pier House from August 8th to 9th, receive up to four tickets for you and your family to play at Jaycees’ Mini Golf Course. Mason County’s golf courses are open! They ask that golfers observe social distancing rules and only allow walking groups right now. Visit their website for more information about Hemlock Golf Club, Lakeside Links Golf Club, and Lincoln Hills Golf Club.
Lower your scores and land the ace with a golf getaway to Mt. Pleasant. Whether you’re looking for championship layouts and challenges or a relaxing weekend of oasis golf, the central Michigan area has it all. Learn more about golf in central Michigan and play and stay packages.
Looking to test out your golf swing? Both the amateur and pro golfer won’t be disappointed at any of the local greens and fairways Mecosta County has to offer. The area is home to five courses including PGM and PGA rated courses. For more information on golf courses Mecosta County has to offer, please visit the Mecosta County Convention and Visitor Bureau’s website. Each course has various regulations as a result of COVID-19.
More Central West Michigan Golf Courses:
- Double R Ranch, Belding
- Pigeon Creek Golf Course, West Olive
- Pohlcat Golf Course, Mt. Pleasant
- Saskatoon Golf Club, Alto
- Waters Edge Golf Course, Fremont
Golfing in South West Michigan
Head to the South Haven area to find world class golf experiences at several courses for golfers of all levels. Many courses also offer dining, lodging accommodations, pro-shops, and practice facilities.
A family–friendly, 30,000 square foot putting green, Journeyman Distillery’s Welter’s Folly is named for Journeyman founder Bill Welter. An avid golfer, Bill created an 18-hole course inspired by St. Andrews’ famous Himalayan putting green. Located directly behind Journeyman Distillery, the course is open to the public daily in season, closing 20 minutes before sunset. Enjoy lunch on the shaded deck overlooking the green. Drinking is permitted for putters 21+.
The Medalist Golf Club in Calhoun County has been ranked the third best golf course in Michigan by golfers — and it is in the top 50 list for the U.S. “Premium golf experience for average cost,” wrote one reviewer. GolfAdvisor invites golfers to rate courses and tallies the scores to determine the best every year. The Medalist was ranked #3 on the “Top 25 Best of Michigan Golf Courses” and #31 on “Top 50 Golf Courses in the United States.” One perk of the Medalist is the digital golf carts, which include GPS and a menu of items that staff will deliver to you directly. The grounds are kept in great shape and play is quick and challenging.
Looking for a unique golf course to check out this year? Swing on over to Coldwater Country and check out Iyopawa Island Golf Course. This short 9-hole golf course, set on an island, is a fun outing that will challenge anyone to control the ball and keep it out of the water. It’s just one of the nearly a dozen golf courses in the area.
If you’re looking for golf courses, Lansing has you covered. Lush fairways, immaculate greens, and challenging approach shots make this a truly memorable Midwestern golf destination. Hawk Hollow was rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by Golf Digest and listed among its top 200 places to play. Zagat has rated both the East and West courses of the Forest Akers Golf Course among the top golf courses in America. Browse the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau’s golf course directory to find out more about golf packages at nearby golf courses. This directory also lists the current regulations as many pro shops remain closed and courses are asking golfers to book online and keep 6 feet distance while golfing.
Ravines Golf Club in Saugatuck offers exceptional playing conditions at an extraordinary value. Once you’re on the golf course, you will understand why Arnold Palmer felt this land was meant for championship golf. Ravines boasts visually stunning and serene surroundings and highly professional service and friendliness. They are currently open and are limiting one rider per cart as of May 8th. Ravines has implemented many safety procedures and The Grill Bar is only open for takeout at this time.