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Best Golf Courses In Michigan 

Some of the World’s best golf courses are found in Michigan - many have played host to Majors.

Here are our picks of the best Michigan golf courses.

Read Next: Best Golf Courses in the United States. Also check out our picks in Arizona and Colorado.

Please note: The list of courses in this article are based on 3rd party rankings from sites like Golf Digest, Top 100 Golf Courses, Planet Golf and Golf Advisor; as well as from consumer reviews from platforms like Google and Trip Advisor.

Top 15 Golf Courses In Michigan State

1. Oakland Hills (South)

Oakland Hills (South) Golf Course

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  • Location: Michigan State
  • Date Established: 1918
  • Course Architect: Donald Ross
  • Highlight / interesting Fact: Host to three PGA Major Championships, 2004 Ryder Cup and the 2002, 2016 US Amateur
  • The South course at Oakland Hills country club was designed by architect Donald Ross in 1918 before the North course in the 1920s. 

    The South course has been well known to host prestigious tournaments including six United States opens, three PGA major championships, the 2004 Ryder cup and the 2002, 2016 United States Amateur.

    2. Kingsley Club

    Kingsley Club Golf Course

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  • Location: Kingsley Michigan
  • Date Established: 2001
  • Course Architect: Mike DeVries
  • Highlight / interesting Fact: 2013 Golf Week magazine ranked the course 24th on best modern golf courses in the US.
  • Located near Kingsley Michigan, Kingsley club was designed by Known architect Mike DeVries and opened in 2001. Kingsley Club is an 18-hole par 71 course with a total of 6956 yards from the back Tees.

    The greens are made of bent grass. In 2013 Golf Week Magazine ranked the course 24th on the best modern golf courses in the United States.

    3. Crystal Downs

    Crystal Downs

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  • Location: Benzie County, Michigan
  • Date Established: 1929
  • Course Architect: Alister MacKenzie and Perry Maxwell
  • Highlight / interesting Fact: Hosted 1991 US Senior Amateur.
  • Crystal Downs is a private country club designed by famous architect Alister MacKenzie together with Perry Maxwell in 1929. It offers great views of Lake Michigan. Crystal Downs was ranked 10th in 2007-2008 Golf Digest magazine.

    There has been one Major tournament to be hosted there which was the 1991 United States Senior Amateur. This Par 70 course is now ranked 19th in the world according to Golf.com.

    4. Dunes Club

    Dunes Club Golf Course

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    • Location: New Buffalo, Michigan
    • Date Established: 1928
    • Course Architect: Murchison, Kenneth M, and Thomas Pym
    • Highlight / interesting Fact: 9 Hole golf course that can be played as an 18 hole provided the tee shot locations are changed.

    Dunes club is known as one of the best nine-hole golf courses in the world. This nine-hole Layout was designed by Dick Nugent. Dick Nugent created very tough but beautiful holes with as many as 8 sets of trees on some holes.

    Players complete your usual 18 holes by changing tee shot locations. This layout can range from 6250 to 6984 yards. The 8th hole is known to be the Dunes signature hole. The Dunes club is usually compared to the Pine Valley Golf club in New Jersey

    5. Forest Dunes (Loop-Black)

    Forest Dunes (Loop-Black) Golf Course

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    • Location: Northern Michigan
    • Date Established: 2016
    • Course Architect: Tom Doak
    • Highlight / interesting Fact: Ranked 99th in the 2011/12 seasons.

    Forest Dunes Loop Black is a Par 70 layout with a total of 6704 Yards. The original Weiskopf course was later joined by an 18hole Loop-Black designed by Tom Doak. Tim Doaks design is set to be the most difficult of the two golf courses.

    The doglegged 12th hole is the Black signature hole. The Black is also rated amongst the best public golf courses Nationally.

    6. Forest Dunes (Weiskopf)

    Forest Dunes (Weiskopf) Golf course

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    • Location: Northern Michigan
    • Date Established: 2001
    • Course Architect: Tom Wieskopf
    • Highlight / interesting Fact: Highest Ranking of 99th in the 2011/12 Golf Digest ranking.

    Located further north, Forest Dunes Weiskopf is a Par 72 layout with a total of 7,116 Yards. Tom Weiskopf says Forrest Dunes replicates classic style and design. It emulates a risk/reward involvement on most holes. Forest Dunes is well known for its angulating greens that give golfers a hard time reading.

    This courses highest ranking was 99th in 2011-2012 Golf Digest ranking. Forest Dunes was designed by architect Tom Weiskopf in 2001 and later opened in the year of 2002.

    7. Franklin Hills CC

    Franklin Hills CC Golf Course

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  • Location: Detroit, Michigan
  • Date Established: 1927
  • Course Architect: Donald Ross
  • Highlight /interesting Fact: Provides members with exceptional facilities for golf, socializing, tennis, swimming and entertainment. Golfweek Ranked this course 77th nationally.
  • Franklin Hills country club is private golf course that was established and designed by architect Donald Ross in 1927. Franklin Hills is a par 71 course with a total length of 6923 yards off the back tees.

    This country club is dedicated to provide members, guests and families with exceptional facilities for golf, socializing, tennis, swimming and entertainment. According to Golf Week, Franklin Hills is nationally ranked 77th.

    8. Lost Dunes

    Lost Dunes Golf course

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    • Location: New Buffalo, Michigan
    • Date Established: 1999
    • Course Architect: Tom Doak
    • Highlight/interesting Fact: Proven to be a short game test as the greens are known to be angulating.

    Lost Dunes, designed and established by architect Tom Doak in 1999. Created from an old sand quarry, Lost Dunes greens are known as the ‘’wildest set of greens ever built" by Tom Doaks. 

    This par 71 layout has a total length of 6905 yards. Looking to test your putting skills? Lost Dunes should be on your list of golf courses to play.

    9. Marquette (Greywalls)

    Marquette (Greywalls) Golf course

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    • Location: Marquette county
    • Date Established: 1926
    • Course Architect: Mike DeVries
    • Highlight/interesting Fact: In 2017 Golf Week named it the 2nd ranked course you can play in Michigan State. It was designed with dramatic elevation and tumbling fairways which require you to adapt to distance measured depending on the slope.

    Marquette was established in 1926, a facility with two golf courses to date. Designed initially by architect Mike DeVries and later extended by architect David Gill. 

    The Greywalls Course was later opened in 2005 by Mike DeVries. In 2017 Golf Week named it the 2nd ranked course you can play in Michigan. Greywalls is typically known to take players of all levels through a wild ride diverse but flowing terrain, tumbling fairways and dramatic elevation changes. Greywalls is a course to be on your list.

    10. Indianwood (Old)

    Indianwood (Old) Golf Course

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  • Location: Orion Township, Michigan
  • Date Established: 1925
  • Course Architect: Wilfid Reid
  • Highlight/interesting Fact: Played host to 1989 US Womens Open won by Betsy King.
  • Indianwood is a private member only country club located in Orion Township near Lake Orion. The old golf course was designed in 1925 by architect Wilfid Ried.

    The club was known to have hosted the 1989 United States Women's Open won by Betsy King and the United States Senior Open in 2012 won by Roger Chapman. Indianwood Old course is a par 70 with a total of 6806 Yards.

    11. True North GC

    True North GC Golf Course

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    • Location: Northern Michigan
    • Date Established: 2004
    • Course Architect: Jim Engh
    • Highlight / interesting Fact: No two holes are alike and rarely will you see or hear anyone else on the course.

    True North Golf Club, a private golf destination located in the northern part of Michigan State. This layout was designed by architect Jim Engh in 2004. True North is ranked amongst the best golf courses in Michigan State by Golf Digest Magazine.

    The golf course is 7000 yards long from the championship tees, it can be set out to challenge the elite golfer.

    12. Orchard Lake CC

    Orchard Lake CC Golf Course

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  • Location: Oakland County, Michigan
  • Date Established: 1926
  • Course Architect: H.S. Colt and C.H. Alison
  • Highlight / interesting Fact: Orchard Lake CC and Pine Lake CC Is also home of Orchard Lake Schools formerly Michigan Military Academy
  • Orchard Lake Country Club is an 18-hole Par 71 course. It is 7104 yards long off the championship Tees. Orchard Lake was built in 1926. Designed by architects H.S.Colt and C.H.Alison.

    Keith Foster was later contracted by the club to revive the course in 2002. Orchard Lake is only a short drive from residence in Oakland county.

    13. Point O’Woods

    Point O’Woods Golf Course

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    • Location: Benton Township , Michigan
    • Date Established: 1958
    • Course Architect: Robert Trent Jones
    • Highlight/interesting Fact: Rated 96th by Golf Week magazine's top 100 classic golf courses in the US.

    A private golf club located in Benton Township near the Benton harbour. Architect Robert Trent Jones designed the course after having to approve the location as viable for a championship golf course. The course opened on June 14 1958 by Robert Trent Jones. Point O’woods is rated 96th amongst Golf Week Magazine's top 100 classic golf courses in the United States.

    14. Arcadia Bluffs (Bluffs)

    Arcadia Bluffs (Bluffs) Golf Course

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  • Location: Lake Michigan
  • Date Established: 1999
  • Course Architect: Warren Henderson and Rick Smith
  • Highlight / interesting Fact: This is a Links type of design. Proven to be a test of your long game. The course is 7300 yards long.
  • Arcadia Bluffs designed by architect Warren Henderson and Rick Smith. Arcadia Bluffs was founded in 1999. It is built on the bluffs above the shore of Lake Michigan. This is a Links type designed golf course. Arcadia Bluffs is a Par 72 18-hole golf course that is also open to the public. A total of 7300 Yards proves to be a test for your long game.

    15. Meadow Brook CC

    Meadow Brook CC Golf Course

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    • Location: Northville Township, Michigan.
    • Date Established: 1923
    • Course Architect: Willie Park Jr and Donald Ross
    • Highlight/Interesting Fact: Hosted the Motor City Open as a PGA Tour event in the late 1940s.

    Meadow Brook Country Club is located in Northville Township near Northville Michigan.  Meadow Brook Country club was established in 1923 after Northville businessmen purchased 125 acres of the Fred C.Cochran farm. Meadow Brook was known to have hosted the Motor City Open as a PGA TOUR event in the late 1940s. Originally designed by Willie Park Jr and later remodelled by architect Donald Ross.

    Meadow Brook is a Par 72 course with a total length of 6834 yards from the Championship Tees.

    About the author 

    Paul Bradshaw

    Paul hit his first golf shot at the age of 5, and from that point on was immediately hooked. He went on to become one of the leading amateurs in South Africa, securing a full golf scholarship with the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. Turning professional in 2004, Paul played extensively on the Sunshine Tour and co-sanctioned European Tour events. Paul is our lead editor at Golf Assessor.

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