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Heading to Harbor Springs this August for a family reunion. Need good recommendations on 3-4 courses within 45 min drive radius. Been to True North, Bay Harbor, Tree Tops and Little Traverse Bay. Been to the Boyne Courses as well. Handicaps of the groups will be anywhere from scratch (normal RCMB player) to +20. Figure I better start booking now.
Any notable, out of the way gems you can suggest would be great. Trying to stay on the nicer tracks, instead of the low-budget dirt pits. Also, if any course has particularly attractive cart girl service, worth an additional +1.
you pretty much hit them all...you cant go wrong with trying to get a package with boyne that includes bay harbor
Play Belvedere in Charlevoix.
Just a few suggestions from Harbor Springs:
Black Lake Golf Course, Onaway, is a great track and well maintained.
Hidden River Golf and Casting Club near Petoskey
Black Forest at Wilderness Valley, Gaylord.
Really enjoyed playing A-ga-ming. Might be on the outer limits of your radius, but it is a gorgeous course IMO.
Gotta agree with this guy- If you can get onto True North, do it now- it's supposed to go Ultra-private (broke) pretty soon.
Hidden River is part of the Boyne family now, they acquired it in 2010 (?)
Walloon Lake CC is a nice track - There are times when the public can play.
Birchwood Farms is a wonderful course, not very easy to get on
A lot of good suggestions already. I'd add Lochenheath outside of Traverse City and Cedar River at Shanty Creek. Belvedere is a personal favorite as is the Ross Course at Boyne Highlands.
Hidden river was awesome. A little bit more chedda tho.
I like the course in Mackinaw City. I think it's Mackinaw Club? Beautiful scenery. Usually very quiet and not crowded.
"Bloody midgets ruined by day" Cym Jim
Arcadia Bluffs is great.... One of my favorite courses ever
An afternoon at WLCC with a stop at the Junction Inn for a burger and beer is a fine way to spend the day.
Head over to Springbrook Hills after dinner for a twilight round - nothing like watching your 9 iron off the first tee hit the middle of the green and bounce 10 feet in the air.
Thanks all for the suggestions. Several here I plan to look into.
Agree on Belvedere, classic Donald Ross.
Dummaglas is tricked up junk.
Birchwood Farms is worth a look too.
This post was edited by WBill19542 14 months ago
Dunmaglas is a shithole.
I like the Arthur Hills course at Highlands. The Links and Quarry 9s are good at Bay Harbor, the Preserve 9 sucks.
Little Traverse Bay is great, highly recommended.
Belvedere is not a Donald Ross course. Willie Watson was the architect. Dunmaglas is not a shithole. It's a fine course.
I didn't say anything about Belvedere, I've never played there. What the fuck?
I have played Dunmaglas 3 different times, twice I was comped and it was still a shithole. There are a dozen better courses within a 30 min drive of Harbor Springs.
Any secluded woods in case you get the runs?
I played The Preserve and Quarry last year. Weather sucked but I wasn't a huge fan. I would have rather have played Arcadia for the nth time. Couldn't get on at the Links.
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This...True North is awesome. May be a tough tee time to acquire. Same with Birchwood Farms. A late tee time at Little Traverse Bay followed by dinner is an great day. I don't much like the Hidden River course but the restaurant is good. At Boyne Highlands the Ross Memorial was real fun last year.
Anyone play Chestnut Valley or Charlevoix CC? I have an aunt who used to work at CCC but I never got the chance to play. I heard Dunmaglas used to be horribly tricked up but a few years ago they widened it out in spots and basically made it playable. No real urge to go there but hear it's in good shape and well maintained.
I was referring to the post above yours. Yes there are better courses than Dunmaglas in that area but for the price it's a fine course. If it was a shithole why have you played it so often?
It might be out of your way, but I grew up going to Torch Lake in the summers.
Cedar River, if you can only make it one day, highly recommend. Cuts through the woods, but they made the fairways and clearings wide enough to be forgiving, although you are rewarded for hitting the fairways.
The Legend, its a unique course, not long, but still difficult.
A-Gam-Ing - I guess I've only played the 'Torch' course, I like it. I haven't played Sundance, but will probably try it this year. I think they also bought out Antrim Dells, which I liked as well, but I've heard it went a little downhill in the last decade, so I'm not sure and haven't played there in that long.
The Chief - Difficult, but a little forgiving, some great holes, and some very challenging ones as well. Again, another course I try to play everytime I get back up north.
Hawks Hallow (?) - I played there last year. There are only 3 tee boxes, Red, White, Blue, I'm used to 4 or 5. The whites are the equivalent of a blue IMO. This course is very tight and very challenging, one of the hardest and most frustrating in the area. I think they are having financial issues though. I'm probably a 13 handicap or so and I shot over 100 and probably lost about a dozen balls. I played from the blues and kind of wish I had played from the whites.
Schuss Mnt course - A somewhat shorter course, but I played it a lot when I was younger, lots of doglegs. You could almost leave your driver in the car.
Anywhere in this area I would recommend, I live in FL now, but I come up once a year in the summer to make sure I can play these courses.
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Arcadia beats Bay Harbor hands down. If you can't play the Links/Quarry combo it's not worth playing.
For my money, I'd play LTB and Arthur Hills in Harbor Springs as a "best value".
LTB was recommended but I opted for BH instead. Stupid. Next year I think we'll look at Forrest Dunes.
Also...A Ga Ming. F that place. Played on a Thursday morning. Waited no less than 15 minutes on every tee after #1. Quit after 14.
Cedar River is excellent.
The Legend is also cut out of the woods/hills. You actually get a few views of Lake Bellaire. Very nice.
I did not like the Chief. Some nice holes but disjointed like they tried too hard to make a wow course but it doesn't quite work. No flow, no consistent feel as to what they were trying to build.
Hawk Hollow is very difficult but the last time I played it I was not impressed with the condition.
The front nine at Schuss Mth is actually quite flat.... kind of in the valley. The back nine is not and I thought was more fun to play.
The Legend, Cedar River, Hawk Hollow, Schuss Mtn and the Summit are all part of the Shanty Creek complex so if you stay there you get a break on the price. The Chief is independent as far as I know.
I paid once and got comped a second round for shitty service. When I came back for the comp round they aerated the greens in August and gave us another comp because they didn't tell me when I made the tee time. We came back again the next year and the course was stacked up and it took us 5+ hours to play. I didn't like the track and it made no sense to go back after so many shitty attempts at it when there are a dozen better courses in the area.
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