The Thoroughbred Golf Club opened in 1993, with a meticulous design and layout by Arthur Hills to embrace and accentuate the rolling Michigan woods, wetlands, and lakes. The course offers 18 holes with four sets of tees allowing novice and average golfers to enjoy a round, while a 147 slope rating from the tips provides a significant challenge for the more experienced golfer. Arthur Hills boasts “The Thoroughbred is stunning and dramatic, but fair and playable for golfers of all abilities.” The Thoroughbred offers an amazing diversity of features, including the dramatic 425 yard par four second hole, which wraps around a beautiful cranberry bog and is featured as one of the 18 hardest holes in Michigan on Golf Michigan Live. Adding to the uniqueness of the Thoroughbred, it is the only course where passing horseback riders have the right of way on all cart paths.
The course has played host to the LPGA and earned numerous awards over the years. Surpassing Michigan’s finest to become the Best New Course of 1993 paired with its four and half star rating by Golf Digest is the start of the Thoroughbred’s distinguished history. The seclusion and abundance of wildlife makes for an enjoyable and relaxing experience. Norm H. says “I feel like I am in my own world when I am playing this magnificent course,” while Dan D. adds, “it’s true Northern Michigan golf right here in West Michigan.”