Best of 2016: Top 25 golf courses in Michigan



Michigan's Forest Dunes, designed by Tom Weiskopf, was No. 2 in Michigan in 2016 according to reviews. (Matt Ginella/Golf Advisor)
The Monarch course was the top-rated of four 18-hole courses at Garland Resort in Northern Michigan. (Courtesy of Garland Lodge & Resort)
The 11th hole at Arcadia Bluffs drops 100 feet tee-to-green, finishing on a bluff above Lake Michigan. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
Shanty Creek Resorts' four golf courses include the highly-rated Cedar River, a Tom Weiskopf design. (Courtesy of Shanty Creek Resorts)
Eagle Crest Golf Club is located between Ann Arbor and Metro Airport. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
Located north of Grand Rapids, Tullymore Golf Course was designed by Jim Engh. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor )
The tree-lined 12th hole defines the setting on the narrow Stonehedge South at Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort. (Courtesy of Gull Lake View)
The opening hole on The Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek Resorts is a short, downhill par 5. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)

No northern state runs deeper with great, affordable golf than Michigan. The mitten doubles as a nationally coveted destination thanks to the great resorts around Traverse City and Harbor Springs, but also has loads of great semi-private and daily-fee courses from Grand Rapids to metro Detroit.

Michigan's Top 25 is one of our toughest state lists to make. In fact, a course needed well over a 4.5 overall rating to be eligible, compared to many other states whose scores needed closer to 4.2 or 4.3. There is also a tremendous amount of turnover compared to the 2015 state ranking. What's great about receiving so many reviews from golfers at Golf Advisor is that there are many great experiences that often go unnoticed by other national publications because they aren't part of a resort or have a "name" architect attached to them. The result is that the Golf Advisor list features some bucket list resort courses as well as top local courses in the southern part of the state. A course in the remote Upper Peninsula also made the list.

To compile our state lists, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (50%). Reviews are weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score.

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Top courses by subcategory in Michigan in 2016

Course layout: Eagle Eye Golf Club
Course conditions: Eagle Eye Golf Club
Value: Gladstone Golf Course
Off-course amenities: Forest Dunes Golf Club
Pace of play: Charlevoix Country Club
Staff friendliness: Eagle Eye Golf Club

Top 25 golf courses in Michigan in 2016

25. Eagle Crest Golf Club

Ypsilanti

24. Black Lake Golf Club

Onaway

23. Heritage Glen Golf Club

Paw Paw

22. Stonehedge South at Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort

Augusta

21. The Ravines Golf Club

Saugatuck

20. Hawk's Eye Golf Resort

Bellaire

19. Golden Hawk Golf Club

Casco Township

18. Gaylord Country Club

Gaylord

17. East Course at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort

Augusta

16. Washtenaw Golf Club

Ypsilanti

15. Little Traverse Bay Golf Club

Harbor Springs

14. Monarch Course at Garland Resort

Lewiston

13. The Legend at Shanty Creek

Bellaire

12. Grand View Golf Course

New Era

11. Cedar Chase Golf Club

Cedar Springs

10. Cedar River at Shanty Creek

Bellaire

9. Hawk Hollow Golf Course

Bath

8. Tullymore Golf Club

Stanwood

7. Hidden River Golf & Casting Club

Brutus

6. Gladstone Golf Course

Gladstone

5. Boulder Pointe Golf Club and Conference Center

Oxford

4. Eldorado

Cadillac

3. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club

Arcadia

2. Forest Dunes Golf Club

Roscommon

1. Eagle Eye Golf Club

Bath
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Brandon Tucker

Managing Editor

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.


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