Updated: Apr 7, 2019
Our Favorite Courses in Western Michigan
It is hard to find a better place in the summer than Western Michigan. Between the 200-mile stretch of sandy Lake Michigan beaches, towering White Pines, and beautiful golf courses, there is something for everyone to do. Spending several weekends there throughout the year, I have played my fair share of golf courses, and wanted to share my “Top 3”.
#3 – Tullymore http://www.tullymoregolf.com/ Tucked into pristine Michigan woodlands and wetlands, Tullymore has two incredible courses in a single, convenient location. Both courses play to novices and experts, making it a great destination for a group that ranges in skill. If you can make it work between May-June, there are stay & play packages starting at $120/pp – not a bad deal for weekend getaway. After a long round, there are two clubhouses to choose from with excellent dining options. Unwind at the Tullymore Tap Room and enjoy a Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich, washed down with an ice-cold Coke (I promise you won’t be disappointed). If you are bringing the family for the weekend, there is plenty to do in beautiful Mecosta County, such as the Big Rapids Riverwalk, John Ball Zoo, and Frederik Meijer Gardens. After you’re done at Tullymore, time to head west for some more golf!
#2 – Lincoln Hills Golf Club http://lincolnhillsgc.com/ I am going to get in front of this one – I am biased here. Lincoln Hills is what many refer to as my “home course”. Crafted in the early 1900's by W.T. Culver, Lincoln Hills Golf Club's first president, Henry Haskell, and Tom Gatke, Lincoln Hills has become one of Ludington, Michigan's most prized possessions. The course is routed through the old artillery fields of 1915 and sand dunes of Lake Michigan – if you listen closely on hole #11, you can hear the waves of Lake Michigan crashing onto shore. The Par 72 features four sets of tees ranging from 5086 – 6520 yards and slope ratings of 123/136 respectively, making it conducive to a wide range of golfers. What was once a fully-private club, has opened its doors to the public as well. From Memorial Day – Labor Day, you can enjoy 18-holes on this beautiful course for an astonishing $46 (without cart) – if you can wait until after 3PM, it drops to $30! With outstanding conditioning and green speeds that match tour conditions, you will wonder how you got such a steal. After you’re done playing, head into downtown Ludington for a scoop of the world’s best ice cream from House of Flavors, a local favorite.
#1 – Arcadia Bluffs https://arcadiabluffs.com/ It truly doesn’t get much better than this. I think everyone in the U.S. has heard of Whistling Straits. Well, come over to the other side of Lake Michigan and play its twin. If you plan on playing between June 4th – October 7th, the greens fees are $195, but I can promise you that every penny is worth it. Nestled on 240 acres off the coast of Lake Michigan, this course will not disappoint. With playing distances of 5,200 – 7,400 yards, it is also a great course for a plethora of players. Arcadia Bluffs has several lodging options between The Cottages, The Bluffs Lodge, and The Lodge, so no need to make this a day trip. I am not sure if my words can do this course justice – take a look at the photos on the website, and you will instantly know why Arcadia Bluffs makes #1 on my list.