Favorite Golf Courses

MPS at the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland.

As an author and golf and travel writer who frequently broadcasts from golf-related destinations around the world, I am often asked the question: “What is your favorite golf course?”
This is a very, very difficult question to answer, since golf courses are so individual, depending on their designer, locale, and the intent of the developer. Nevertheless, since I’ve written for most of the major golf magazines and still serve on the Cigar Aficionado “Best of Golf” rating panel, I felt perhaps it was time I stepped up and answered the question.

The major magazines use various criteria for their ratings, including defense of par, walkability, shot values, variety, playability, etc. I, however, won’t be listing the courses based on anything but my own personal tastes and experiences – and the level of fun they provided. I have also broken down the list into categories.

We’re blessed in Michigan, and in America, to have a wealth of entertaining golf courses. My opinion is certain to run contrary to other’s likes and dislikes, and this is by no means, due to space, an all-encompassing list. It also does not include the often resort facilities that can make a property attractive, but rather, is purely based on the golf courses themselves. But at least now when I am asked the question, I can organize my thoughts and give an answer.

Favorite Fun Michigan Golf Courses

  1. The Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs
  2. Forest Dunes Golf Club, Roscommon
  3. Red Hawk Golf Course, East Tawas
  4. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, Arcadia
  5. Treetops Resort Traditions Course
  6. Tullymore Golf Club, Stanwood
  7. Leslie Park Golf Course, Ann Arbor
  8. Katke Cousins Golf Club, Oakland University, Rochester
  9. Shanty Creek Resort’s Cedar River Golf Course, Bellaire
  10. Crystal Mountain Resort’s Mountain Ridge Course

Favorite Fun American Courses

  1. Cliffs Valley Golf Club, Travelers Rest, SC
  2. Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra, FL
  3. Kona Country Club, Kona, Big Island, HI
  4. Cuscowilla Golf Club, Oconee, GA
  5. Torrey Pines Golf Club, La Jolla, CA
  6. Wolf Course at Paiute Resort, Las Vegas, NV
  7. Dancing Rabbit Golf Course (Oaks Course), Choctaw, MS
  8. Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, Williamsburg, VA
  9. Cape Arundel Golf Course, Kennebunkport, ME
  10. Iron Bridge Golf Club, Glenwood Springs, CO

Favorite Fun International Courses

  1. Ballybunion Golf Club, Ballybunion, County Kerry, Ireland
  2. Lahinch Golf Club, Lahinch, County Clare, Ireland
  3. Turnberry Golf Club, Ayre, Scotland
  4. New South Wales Golf Club, Matraville, Australia
  5. Cruden Bay Golf Club, Peterhead, Scotland
  6. Cape Kidnappers Golf Club, Napier, New Zealand
  7. Oitavos Golf Course, Sintra, Portugal
  8. Royal Hua Hin Golf Course, Hua Hin, Thailand
  9. Teeth of the Dog, Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic
  10. Kingsville Golf and Curling Club, Kingsville, Ontario, Canada

April 21, 2009
“Favorite Golf Courses”
Originally printed in the Talk of the North

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