1) Arcadia Bluffs
The stunning 17th at Arcadia Bluffs requires a shot of 176 yards from the Championship tee, but there’s a forward that cuts almost 50 yards off that distance. Focus first on the shot, then snap away with the camera on your phone.
2) Forest Dunes Golf Course
Tom Weiskopf’s spectacular Forest Dunes is an absolute must-play for any golfer who visits Michigan. Some holes mirror the pristine elegance of Augusta National. Others, like the 300-yard par-4 17th, are more rugged like Pine Valley.
3) Tullymore Golf Club
No. 4 on Golf Digest’s ranking of the Best Public Courses in Michigan, Tullymore’s 18th hole is a tantalizing, risk-reward par 5 that’s protected by water all along the left side.
4) Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands
Harbor Springs, Mich.
Once you’ve ascended to the tee on the par-5 13th on the Arthur Hills course at Boyne Highlands, the scenery will overwhelm you. Especially if you’re there in early October, when the splendor of fall foliage is at its peak.
5) The Quarry at Bay Harbor GC
The Quarry is the youngest of the three nines at Bay Harbor GC, and many think it’s the most scenic. The par-4 ninth is especially unforgettable, thanks to the views of Lake Michigan.
6) The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
With a course rating of 76.1 and slope of 150 from the back tees, it’s clear this Nicklaus design is a beast. Golf Digest once ranked The Bear the 18th Toughest Course in America. Regardless of your score, you’ll want to take photos from the first hole (pictured) to the 18th.
7) Sweetgrass Golf Club at Island Resort & Casino
The 168-yard 15th looks a lot like the famous 17th at TPC Sawgrass, but this par 3 requires a longer iron and careful consideration for the winds that typically blow at the Island Resort & Casino course.
8) Greywalls at Marquette GC
It’s a long drive from Detroit and lower Michigan all the way to the Upper Peninsula, or UP as Michiganders prefer. But the views of Lake Superior from the Greywalls course at Marquette Golf Club might be worth the drive all by themselves.