Michigan: Rock & Roll You’ll Never Forget

Arcadia Bluffs, Golf in Michigan, Pure Michigan

Sunset over Arcadia Bluffs, looking back down the 18th hole to Lake Michigan © James Mason

HawksHead Links, Golf in Michigan, Pure Michigan

Arthur Hills Hawkshead links in South Haven

Habor Shores, Golf in Michigan, Pure Michigan

The 7th green at Habor Shores © James Mason

Michigan home of the Motown Sound, The Motor City, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Ted Nugent, Kid Rock and oh yes over 1,000 golf courses!!

Sitting down with the Michigan tourist board the discussion was focused on how we could replicate a typical golf tour from Britain and Ireland on a fact finding trip to Michigan, all were agreed the focus should be on golf.

Golfers in the UK find themselves in a difficult position at the moment, with the strength of the Euro against the Pound, the annual pilgrimage to Portugal, Spain and recently Turkey has started to become very expensive. With the strength of the Pound against the Dollar, it’s a great chance for UK golfers to take a look again across the Atlantic to golf in America.

There are plenty of flights between the UK and Detroit or Chicago (which is only a 90 minute drive to Northern Michigan). With over 1,000 tracks to choose from, many of which appear in Golf Digests Top 100 you will be in for a real treat. It offers a comfortable summer climate to play in, add to that the breath taking scenery, especially in the UP (Upper Peninsula) region, the great Lakes, a warm friendly welcoming people and there is not much you will not enjoy on your visit to Michigan.

After lots of email exchanges I was on my way to the Motor city to play 14 courses in 12 days!! We could have included some fishing, there is plenty to be had or spa’s, there are some fantastic resorts for you to enjoy, but for me golf, golf and more golf, I was very happy with that itinerary.

I played links inspired courses, parkland courses and heathland courses. Courses where the land was donated by the Dodge family, land that was donated by the Jesuits, courses built over working gas fields and reclaimed wasteland. Every course has a story and many of the people who work there, would be happy to tell you the tail of how their course was born.

If you haven’t decided where to go next year on your annual golf trip, then I would strongly recommend you take a look at what Michigan has to offer. If you have already booked, then make this one of your must-play destinations of the future. When your sitting at the bar with that well deserved cold drink in your hand, looking out over the 18th green to Lake Michigan at Arcadia Bluffs, you will be happy you did.


(Click links below for reviews)

R&S Sharf Golf Club, Oakland

The Orchards Club, Washington

Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club, Clarkston

Eagles Eye Golf Club, Bath

Habor Shore, Benton Habor

Point O’ Woods Country Club, Benton Habor

Arcadia Bluffs, Arcadia

Kingsley Club, Kingsley

Lochen Heath Golf Club, Williamsburg

The Legend, Bellaire

Cedar River, Bellaire

Golden Fox, Plymouth

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club, Golf in Michigan, Pure Michigan

The 18th at Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club at fitting finale © Shepherd's Hollow


TOPICS: Courses, Courses and Travel, Destinations, Golf, Golf Travel, World Golf Tour

ABOUT: James Mason

James Mason is a contributing writer for Golf Monthly magazine, producing destination reviews, technical and equipment reviews and blogs. He was also part of the judging panel for the 2010 Top 100 courses in Great Britain and Ireland. James has written equipment reviews and technical features for Greenside magazine, destination features for Golf World and Going for Golf magazines and interviews for Middle East Golfer.

2 Responses to “Michigan: Rock & Roll You’ll Never Forget”

  1. Lindsey

    My spouse and I stumbled over here different web page and thought I may as well check things out.

    I like what I see so i am just following you.
    Look forward to exploring your web page yet again.

    • James Mason

      Hey Lindsey

      Glad you enjoyed the read, I loved the state and the courses I played. I have been assured there are plenty of other fantastic courses in Michigan to enjoy.


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