Rick Smith & Warren Henderson
Bordered as it is by Lakes Michigan and Huron, the state of Michigan has the potential for some fine links-style golf along its extensive coastline. The Arcadia Bluffs course is not exactly a links, resembling more a Ballybunion than a St. Andrews in that it is set on cliffs overlooking the shore. The strong breezes, though, are quite links-like, particularly in the summer months. The course has accordingly been designed with broad fairways and generous greens. At the same time, a dense and gnarly rough, which can be escaped, but not easily, awaits the errant shot, and the pot bunkers, faced with turf like those at Troon and Royal Lytham, command respect. There is a touch of Scotland and Ireland to the dunes and fescue, if one imagines salt water replacing the fresh water of the Great Lakes. Arcadia Bluffs certainly has the length should any pros make an appearance.