Here's some of the greatest, pretty good, and not so great tracks we've played as well as some quick insights into our thoughts on said courses. Try em out and see what you think!
Tyrone Hills GC
This course has been here since its design in 1961 and I don't think the clubhouse has changed since then, which gives it a real "Caddyshack" vibe. Right off US 23 north of 96 West, this is a really fun course! Great prices abound here and you'll wanna come back for more.
Manistee National Golf Resort
A two course resort that really has it all! Lodging on site, a great grill at the clubhouse for all your meals and very challenging/ fun courses to play in the "Retreat" and the "Revenge"! This is a yearly weekend getaway for us as we can't stay away from it.
An up- north feel without the three hour drive. A gem in the Rochester/ Auburn Hills area of Metro Detroit, this course has it all. Open fairways, elevated boxes and views, wooded rough, and excellent greens fees. Also, probably the coolest club logo around!
This is what I call a good feel club; they jam music at the clubhouse, rent coolers with their six packs, and will run anything you need from the clubhouse out to you. But watch out for rainy days, its built on a swamp so...
South Lyon, MI
Riverbank is the classic Mom and Pop course with great prices on pretty much everything they offer. It may not be the prettiest one in the bunch but it has its own challenges and rewards. It has the feeling of a city course but the layout is pure country.
Grass Lake, MI
My diamond in the rough course; absolutely love this track. Front nine is what I call "Big Sky". No trees, high grass, big shots. Back nine is more traditional and wooded. Great prices on golf and mind the Whitetail Hall of Fame on the 1st green... literally.
Pierce Lake GC
Another great course on I-94 West in Michigan. There's always a great deal to play here, the course is a lot of fun, and you can score well if you hit em where you need to. Completely worth the drive and its always in great shape.
Lyon Oaks GC
Probably the best Oakland County run course and you're gonna pay for it! It is really beautiful and fun to play but there really are no deals offered for this county course. Play it if you can afford it or hit twilight; its worth the round.
Auburn Hills, MI
Another, what I call, premier course with a premier price. In the middle of an industrial area off of I- 75, this course has a lot to offer, including a bridge over a county road to a nice but challenging par 3. A fun but sometimes aggravating course.
New Hudson, MI
A beautiful course in the middle of nowheresville, USA. Awesome beer prices and food at the clubhouse is really good! Always a great staple course to play when in the area. Try hole 18... gotta hit a driver and lay up before the water; or just lay up!
Shepherd's Hollow GC
The jewel of the 2019 tour, this Clarkston, MI beauty has 27 holes and every nine is different/ beautiful. It carries a nice price tag but it is worth it at least once. A must play in our view. Oh but selective bar menu so make sure to have a backup choice if needed.
Leslie Park GC
Ann Arbor, MI
A pleasant surprise honestly, as I didn't expect much from a city course. However, it was a ton of fun to play and very unique in its layout. Prices are amicable and a full bar! They host a ton of events and the accolades, whoa!
A- Ga- Ming Resort
Offering three different courses and a multitude of stay and play possibilities, this resort on the shores of the most beautiful lake in the US, Torch Lake, has had mixed reviews. Heard good and bad but always hope for the best. Review due in August.
Loon Golf Resort
Otsego County, MI
One of the more reasonable resorts in northern Michigan, offering three unique and fun courses within 15 minutes of one another. Was a staple resort for our yearly outing until their stipulations and attitudes abruptly changed for the worse. Still love the courses though!
Links at Hunter's Ridge GC
Such a great track! Under new ownership since May of '19, they poured a ton of well- used dollars into the course and you can tell. Fantastically fun links style where you can play from the tips and still be within a 6400 yd play. Upgraded deck overlooks 18 so you can heckle the groups behind you while you hit the 19th hole. Go play this course!
Hankerd Hills GC
Pleasant Lake, MI
Hankerd Hills is a really nice course for their price and a locals favorite just for food and drink. 27 holes available but the old course is just that, old. The other 18 is great and challenging, with some serious undulation and plenty of opportunities to rack a drive on the back 9. A lot of fun to play and awesome beer prices too!
The Myth GC
Oakland County Township, MI
The Myth offers not only an 18 hole course but also a par three course that doubles as their foot golf course too. There's a slew of gimmicky holes too that can be aggravating from the island par 3 by the banquet center to a shared tee box for the front and back and a ton of roller coaster like boardwalks for getting into the further back holes. Priced just right, there is no shortage of outings, scrambles, banquets or action at the Myth.
Links at Whitmore Lake
Whitmore Lake, MI
Off M- 23 towards Ann Arbor, you can stop off and play a great scrambles course. They boast a driving range across the road from the clubhouse and a putting green that seems to be out of place from where you think it would be, which drives people to practice putting on the 9th hole green instead (the putting green is down the sidewalk closer to the first hole than the arrival point). Some seriously drive- able greens here too, on short par 4s, if you cut them right.
Arcadia Bluffs- South Course
The newest little brother course to the great Bluffs course up the road, this track is a challenging links style design, with linoleum- like greens that punish the flopper and sometimes rewards the runner. Squared off greens, impossible pin placements, WIND, and wide open spaces makes this course a must. They also have a fantastic practice facility, including a range, short game, and putting greens. Bring your wallet though, its $34/ six pack!
Probably the top public course in the state, arguably. This coastal links course is truly breathtaking... because if you're not in the fairway, bring your hiking boots. Its not just the awesome view of Lake Michigan that will sweep you off your feet, its the undulation and tall heather that'll catch ya. This is a must- play course in the Great Lakes State, hands down. Go early Spring or Late Fall to take advantage of better rates, unless you like blowing $250 a round, then go when you want!
Belvedere, since 1925, has that classic feel to it, like Caddyshack's Bushwood. Classy, old school feelings abound when visiting this historic course, home to the Hickory Open. Sinatra radio hums in the clubhouse as you fork over $109 for 18 during a weekday, riding. Its a fun course, challenging and undulating. But there's no real halfway house and its a DRY COURSE. So stock up on pop or sports drinks from their vending machine to keep hydrated. Worthy to play, just not at the top of my list going forward.
Rolling Meadows GC
Whitmore Lake, MI
Opened in 1978, this course rests on the rich history of native tribes and settlers who came to the area looking for inexpensive and lush land to develop. That feeling still exists today, where inexpensive is the operative word. Prices for this laid back course are GREAT and the food is awesome here too. Don't expect the collared shirt and khaki types here. Its a fun track to play and enjoyable, with enough difficulty to still test you. We play here once a year or more for scrambles/ outings/ fun with friends that don't mind a tee shirt or trucker hats.
Manitou Passage GC
One of the newer tracks in the state, this course was purchased by locals to that area in 2009 and the Arnold Palmer Design Company was enlisted to make this a destination course. It does pack a wallop, from wallet to greens as its $100+ to play but worth it once or twice. Some nice scenery, rolling hills, trees, GREEN EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE makes this course a bucketlist track for most.