Spring is in the air, and this can mean only one thing: it’s tee time again.
Golf is nearly synonymous with Northern Michigan spring and summer, the beauty of our geography perfect for all your links activity.
Whether you are a scratch golfer or a weekend duffer, there are plenty of great courses in the Northern Michigan region to try to hone your game.
In no particular order, here are a few of the most impressive courses within easy driving distance of any Up North starting point:
- Hidden River Golf and Casting Club: Located on the banks of the Maple River outside Brutus in northern Emmet County, this course takes advantage of the river’s natural edges, with both fairways and greens situated on scenic bends or stretches of the blue ribbon trout stream. The lodge-like clubhouse includes the Rainbow Room dining room, with great dining opportunities overlooking a wide arc of the tea-colored river.
- Little Traverse Bay Golf Club: Since its opening in 1982, this course, along with its dining facilities, has offered award-winning golf in the hills above Little Traverse Bay. Set among the towering hardwoods that mark the seasons with their color, the course is also affordable, with greens fees held under $100 for eighteen holes with a cart.
- Springbrook Hills: Long a local favorite, this forgiving course situated in the rolling hills southeast of Walloon Lake, near the Bear River, offers 18 holes over more than 5,000 feet of greens and fairways, including plenty of sand traps and water hazards to challenge any game. South facing exposure means early season availability, while the dining facilities, The Grill on the Hill, is open year round.
- Boyne Golf: This is the most complete golf experience in the region, with several courses to play, all complemented by the Boyne traditions. With the Heather and Ross courses at Boyne Highlands near Harbor Springs, or the Alpine or Monument at Boyne Mountain near Boyne Falls, the golfing opportunities abound, to fit any schedule or any ability. Each property offers a full array of dining and lodging options as well.
Lessons, available from the working professionals at any of these spots, as well as plenty of others in the area, is a great way to hone your practice, whether working on your tee shot or your putting, or something in between. And if cannot find your way to a lesson, you might try some indoor action, like that available at Shot Markers Golf Center in Petoskey, offering an array of simulation practice.
From the local flair of Springbrook Hills to the excellent experience of a Boyne golf destination, or even an indoor simulator, there are plenty of ways to improve your game a short drive from anywhere in Northern Michigan.