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Best Public Golf Courses in Western Michigan

Maybe you’ve read some of our other course guides about golf in Michigan.  If so, you know that my best friend from college, Dan, lives in the wonderful community of Ann Arbor.  Every year, I make a trip out to see him and play some golf.  We try to visit a different region of the state every ...

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Indian Trails Golf Course

We didn’t have a chance to get to Indian Trails in the city of Grand Rapids, but our readers insisted this place is a hidden gem.  This isn’t a long golf course, but it’s the perfect place if you’re a beginner, or just want to play a casual round with the family.  It’s less than 5,000 yards and ...

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Bucks Run Golf Club

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan is quite the spot.  Dan has vacationed here with his family and had high remarks for Bucks Run.  So much so that he wanted me to see it with my own eyes.  Set on more than 290 acres, this is a big golf course.  The greens, features, and hazards are sizable.  There’s just no ...

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Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club

We don’t have enough room to list all the accolades and awards Pilgrim’s Run has received.  Suffice it to say this is one of the finest upscale daily fee facilities in all of Michigan. Dan and I played here near the end of our trip, and we may have well saved the best for last.  Set on more than ...

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Macatawa Golf Club

Also set on the shores of Lake Michigan is Macatawa Golf Club. Even though Dan and I didn’t have the chance to play this track, our readers unanimously insisted it’s one of the best in the western part of the state.  A wide-open design and large green complexes make Macatawa playable for ...

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The Golf Club at Harbor Shores

While my favorite golfer of all-time is Arnold Palmer, Dan’s is Jack Nicklaus.  That’s why it was only fair that we played Harbor Shores on our trip.A Nicklaus design, Harbor Shores has hosted the Senior PGA Championship on a number of occasions. The course is set on the shores of Lake Michigan ...

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Gull Lake View – Stoatin Brae Course

Just like Shanty Creek, there are a number of courses at Gull Lake View.  Dan has played most of them, but his favorite is the Stoatin Brae Course. Unlike a lot of courses in this part of the country, this one is wide-open.  But it’s also windswept.  Solid ball striking and proper club selection ...

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Shanty Creek Resort – The Legend Course

Dan knows that Arnold Palmer is my favorite golfer of all-time.  That’s why there was no way we were going to miss a chance to play Shanty Creek’s Legend Course.Designed by the King, this track asks for your very best ball striking.  Elevation chances, doglegs, and plenty of hazards are waiting ...

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Shanty Creek Resort – Cedar River Course

There are a bevy of courses at Shanty Creek Resort.  We didn’t have time to play them all, but the Cedar River Course was a memorable experience.Designed by Tom Weiskopf, it’s no surprise Golfweek called this course one of “America’s Top 100 Resort Courses”. Carved out of dense hardwood forest, ...

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Elmbrook Golf Course

Our next stop was Elmbrook Golf Course.  Dan knows I love a good muni, and that’s exactly what Elmbrook turned out to be. An old school layout, the course isn’t overly long.  Set atop of a large hill, the views of both East and West Grand Traverse Bays are breathtaking. The Head Pro told us they ...

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