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Best Golf Courses in Michigan (Top 5 RANKED)

Best Golf Courses in Michigan

Looking to play the best golf courses in Michigan? picks out the top courses to play in Michigan.

The state of Michigan is along the Canadian border in the northern parts of the USA and can easily be visited while you visit Ontario, Canada, with border crossings near Sault St. Marie, Sarnia and Windsor.

If you are seeing “shoreside” while you research the state’s courses, then note that these venues refer to the Great Lakes in the region as opposed to saltwater oceans.

Seasonality issues should be on your radar when making your plans for a golf vacation in Michigan due to the northern location and long winters. The season usually last from April to November.

Below are our top five picks for the best golf courses in Michigan which include a mix of public and private courses.

Crystal Downs Country Club

Located in the Frankfort, Michigan area, Crystal Downs Country Club was built way back in 1929 and has a rich history.

The original designers were the tandem of Alister MacKenzie and Perry Maxwell. Tom Doak, a legendary designer in modern times, performed an update in 2018.

Golf Digest has ranked this private course at No. 13 nationally and ranked the course at No. 19 course in the recent past, underlining just how highly rated it is.

Expect an old-fashioned course, one that is a par-70 with a total yardage of 6,518 yards from the back tees, that is considered the best that Michigan has to offer.

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club

The golf course at the Arcadia Club Golf Club is a relatively new addition having opened in 1999, but it has two championship loops that are already making an impression.

The Bluffs Course is a par-72 venue at 7,404 yards, a course that Warren Henderson and Rick Smith designed.

A links-styled course, you can expect to see plenty of Lake Michigan beach while playing this very scenic golf course which is open from about mid-April each year to mid-November

The South Course was designed with a test from a bygone era with square formations and a variety of holes facing north, south, east and west. There is also a new course being added in 2025 known as “The Dozen”.

Detroit Golf Club

Detroit Golf Club, founded in 1899, is one of the most prestigious private venues in Michigan.

The club features two 18-hole courses designed by renowned architect Donald Ross and completed in 1916. In 2019, it became the venue for the Rocket Mortgage Classic, the first PGA Tour event held in Detroit.

The North Course plays as a par-72 over 7,013 yards and includes distinctive features such as a bent tree between the 7th and 8th holes, originally used by Native Americans as a trail marker.

The South Course is an easier test of a 6,038-yard par-68, but still features tree-lined fairways and well-maintained greens,

Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club

Another fairly recent addition having opened in 1998, Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club is well-regarded and located in the Pierson area of Michigan.

The golf club is home to a high-end public course that features bentgrass fairways and six different sets of tees.

Mark DeVries and Kris Schumaker designed the course, which is a rare par-73 over a length of 7,078 yards from the back tees.

Expect excellence at this distinguished course which oozes class from the minute you walk through the door.

Forest Dunes Golf Club

The Forest Dunes Golf Club is a highlight of the Roscommon area of Michigan and was opened in 2002.

Tom Weiskopf designed the course, which is crafted into a heavily forested area and is a parkland-style test that includes open meadows, mature pine trees, and tricky sand dunes that are native to the area.

A tranquil setting, Forest Dunes plays to a par-72 and is a serious test for all levels of golfers with a length of 7,116 yards from the tips.

With a finishing hole that’s about 570 yards in length, you need to maintain your game all the way to the end at this venue.