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Forrest Dunes and Arcadia are my two favorite publics, hands down. Bay Harbor is nice, but not at that level.
Bay Harbor is overrated, awesome scenery but could have built a much better course on that track. Crooked tree is awesome and right across from Bay Harbor a part of the Boyne courses. If you haven't played that yet I'd definitely suggest it.
Agreed...I would put it #2 in the midwest just behind Whistling Straits.
This post was edited by CheesySpartan 14 months ago
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Cedar River and Black Forrest are really underrated courses.
Shanty Creek's Cedar River
Lockenheath in Traverse City is nice too. Has some cool views of the bay.
Players play, tough players win.
Folks at times act like these northern courses are just around the corner from each other. Arcadia is a nearly a three hour drive from Harbor Springs where the OP is staying.
Good point. Black Forest and especially Forest Dunes are a good drive as well.
That is only half an hour in the average RCMB baller's hovercraft.
Anybody ever played Lakewood Shores? Just wondering how those courses compare to Boyne or Treetops.
Its a nice course they have built a bunch of Scottish like bunkers, but completely different terrain from the west side of the state, flat as a pancake.
Cool. But like quality-wise, does it compare to the other two?
Even a relatively (seemingly) short trip from HS to Charlevoix can take a long time in the summer. That's time better spent drinking beers after the round is over.
The Gailes is really nice and different. I've heard mixed opinions about the Blackshire. I will never play the Serradella again after last year (used to love it for the price).
I think its very comparable in quality, they usually keep it in great shape. It just doesn't have the same "resort course" vistas from huge elevated tees and or a bunch of water hazards.
I love Lakewood Shores. The Gailes course is laid out just like a true Links course with pot bunkers and a few double greens. It's a difficult course. Holes, 3, 4, 5 ad 6 are long and play into the prevailing wind. In addition there is a creek that plays through that part of the property. Awesome course. It's been a few years since I've played Blackshire but it's very different from the Gailes and has a lot of sandy waste areas. These are much different kinds of courses than at Boyne or Treetops. The ground is flat as said above. It's more of a pine forest area. I haven't played Seradella but it's a typical boring resort course.
Other side of the state, but Thunder Bay in Hillman Michigan is a very nice course. If you're ever up north in the eastern part of the state, give it a try.
Baller RCMB should be able to get on Crystal Downs and Kingsley club no problem.
I've read that Kingsley allows outside play. Not sure if this is true. Crystal Downs, drop Trevor's name and you are in.
I've played Crystal Downs several times, thanks to a brother in the golf business. Spectacular use of just the natural terrain. No railroad ties, no obvious excavation. Like a walk in a nature preserve.
Correction. The Seradella is a boring resort course with unmowed rough and mold on the greens at least it was last summer. I will never play there again. I can play Red Hawk for only a few bucks more.
Yea.. I've heard that as well..
I think there are also a couple tricks for the Downs, but it's a much tougher round.
Hard to get on Crystal Downs in season. After Labor Day...
I will also cast a vote for A-ga-ming. Two great courses over there and as mentioned earlier, they bought the Antrim Dells GC which is a long time fav.
For us, it means the A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort, and it means offering our guests the best service in the country at our Traverse City golf resort.
Agree with the vote. My annual summer golf trip was to A-ga-ming last summer along with Antrim Dells, I would definitely go back. Stayed right on one of the courses in a condo, solid set up.
Also another Forest Dunes vote here, fantastic course and not overwhelmingly pricey especially before peak summer season.
Agree on A-Ga-Ming but thought Antrim Dells stunk. Only have so many rounds available up north, and was mad we pissed one away there.
Granted I was hung over and played like it was my first time hitting a golf ball.
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