Known for its rich automotive and musical heritage, Michigan is a proud state with an interesting past. Nestled between four of the five Great Lakes, Huron, Erie, Michigan and Superior, this is a state that is incredibly easy on the eye too. The bitter cold winters mean that summer golf is your only option but the short season is accompanied by some incredible courses.
Golf in Michigan is consistently ranked among the best places to play in America and its varied terrain makes it an exciting place to play. From hills and farmland, to lakeside links-like turf, you can play any style of golf in the Great Lake State. Michigan is home to over 650 public golf courses and can cater to golfers of every level. From the best championship courses you can imagine to more easy-going tracks you can find it all.
The most famous course in Michigan is probably Oakland Hills which has hosted six US Opens, three PGA Championships and one Ryder Cup. This Donald Ross creation will also host its second US Amateur Championship this year.
Other highlights in the state include Crystal Downs which is an absolute gem of a course and ranked by Golf Digest as the 19th best course in the world! This course hasn’t really hosted any major events, other than one US Senior Amateur, but that makes it one of these great courses that flies under the radar and is must if you’re in the area. Arcadia Bluffs is very much a classic American links-like course and sits right on the banks of Lake Michigan. The terrain of the course mixed with the stunning lake vistas make this one of the most visually pleasing courses you’ll ever play. Arcadia Bluffs is also consistently ranked as one of the best public courses in America and is a true public course so access is easy.
Michigan may not be the first state you’d think of for a golf holiday but given the incredible scenery and variation in golf courses is one you’d be a fool to overlook.