The Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club

4.7500000000 4.8 stars from 5 (12)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6844 yards
  • Slope: 146
  • Rating: 74.3
  • Layout

  • 5800 Coastal Ridge Dr, Bay Harbor, Michigan 49770, Emmet County
  • (866) 923-1780
  • (231) 439-4065
  • BOYNEGolf.com
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Year built: 1997
Architect(s): Arthur Hills (1997)
Type: Resort
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Bent Grass
Golf Season: Open: 5/5 Closed: 10/15

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper attire is required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6844 yards 74.3 146
Blue 72 6389 yards 71.2 141
Gold 72 5936 yards 69.8 132
White 72 5175 yards 66.2 119
White (W) 72 5099 yards 71.3 140
Red (W) 72 4319 yards 67.4 117

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 12 Reviews
5 stars:
10
4 stars:
1
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
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recommend this course

11 out of 12 reviews


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"Stellar views on a really interesting piece of property"


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

When it comes to resort golf in northern Michigan, the two undeniably most scenic courses are Arcadia Bluffs and Bay Harbor (I've actually written a whole column on the subject before). This most recent loop around Bay harbor was an afternoon impromptu nine on the Quarry with family.

Golf course development is at its best when the course makes use of land that's useless or run its course in another facility. In the case of Bay Harbor, the Quarry nine is carved out of an old quarry next to Lake Michigan. (It's incredible to believe this incredibly high-end and gorgeous piece of Northern MI was industrial for a long while.)

The hole variety on the Quarry nine is second to none. That said, it isn't necessarily a "resort-friendly" design. The course was originally intended to be predominantly private. First-timers here might need a little help on a few of the tee boxes, like the short par 4 6th or 9th holes. There is some strategy to consider on almost every tee shot, some of which have blind landing zones.

Holes No. 3-9 on the Quarry are all marvelously unique and scenic. Together, along with the Links nine, it may be Arthur Hills' best piece of property to work with. (That said, I think his design job at Longaberger aka Virtues in Ohio is a little better - even if the setting is inferior).

Staff was great here and shipped my clubs home with Shipsticks after I left, and the bar staff were all smiles as my 1 y/o crawled all over the restaurant.

Definitely plan on a round here if you're in the Petoskey-Charlevoix area. And combine it with a round at the more old school Belvedere for a neat yin and yang of northern Michigan golf.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Overrated but the Links is worth to be played!"


scrooge75's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

I was really looking forward to play the course since the ratings i have studied prior to our trip sounded like it's a must play.

Well, it's nice but $200+ for a round? No way, it's definitely overrated. We played twilight, which still was $101 per person. Welcome at the pro-shop was nice, we were sent out as a two-some. We got told that pace of play might be a little slow because of a big group playing theere second 9 holes on the Quarry, which were our first 9 holes. What we experienced was the worst of what we ever would have expected. We started at 5 sharp and we finished the first 9 holes 3h later leaving us with around 1h15 for playing the second 9 on the Links. Not only the pace of play but moreover the group in front of us threw away their beer cans and other trash on the course, on every cart they had a getto-blaster and they were drunk. Dont asked how the story commenced but we were able to finish the second 9 on the Links in 1h15 which was a shame since the Links nine are just fabulous. We told the pro our disappointment and asked whether we could play a day later the second nine since it already was gettin dark. The pro wasn't acting that friendly ...

The Quarry is nice but it's absolutely nothing special. Only holes 8 and 9 are at the lake - need to play? No!

The Links is way better, many of the holes are on top of the lake and in true links fashion. It's fun playing it, way more that the Quarry.

The Clubhouse was ok but i would expect something different for the money. Playing it again? No!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 01/21/2017

I can understand the frustration for the guys in front of you. Although you would be one of the only people I have heard talk like the Quarry is nothing special. ANYONE going to Bay Harbor NEEDS to play the Quarry, because you won't play anything like it. Maybe they have a lot of courses in Germany built on rock quarries, I don't know. The Links is great also, but there are PLENTY of courses that run along large bodies of water.

I guess we all have our own opinion.


"What a track"


Glenncgray's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/02/2015
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The Links enjoys the most beautiful setting for any golf course on the Great Lakes


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Another Arthur Hills Gem"


Deke61's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/19/2015
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Arthur Hills fan here, and on this wonderful track, he certainly did not disappoint. Its amazing cliff-top and dunes setting is a thing of beauty, the Links has to have the most beautiful setting for any golf course on the Great Lakes. The 7th hole was my favorite and not just because i made a clutch birdie there in my buddies' match! It easy to see how this makes the top 100 lists consistently, good golf, great scenery and a friendly staff make this a place i can't wait to come back to. Helpful tip: try and time it so you play the 9th hole of the Quarry right at sunset, trust me, you won't be disappointed. we weren't!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Most beautiful setting for any golf course on the Great Lakes!"


agalls's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/13/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

With the dunes and cliff-top setting, this is the closest thing to Ballybunion in the Midwest. Loved the 7th hole, one of the most scenic par 5s I've ever played. Easy to see why this combo makes the Top 100 lists every year.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Links / Quarry at Bay Harbor"


stephen248's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Loved the 7th hole on the Links. One of the most scenic (and strategic) par 5s I've ever played. Staff is amazing and setting is second-to-none in the Midwest.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Links / Quarry Course at Bay Harbor is Outstanding"


GolfWonk's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2015
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

What a great combo of nines this is. With the dunes and cliff-top setting, it's the closest thing to Ballybunion (Ireland) that I've found in the midwest. No. 7 on the Links, in particular, stands out as a stellar par-5 with amazing scenery. On the Quarry side, the path through an old shale quarry is truly unique. Hopefully you can time it to hit No. 9 when the sun is setting over the lake. I will definitely be visiting again!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Links / Quarry Courses at Bay Harbour"


nycgolfer007's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Excellent courses with some of the best water views in the U.S. Loved the dunes, reminds me of Ireland. We played 36. We like it so much we played 36 again the following day. Really great customer care. Loved the whole experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Drama on the Great Lakes"


StPaulGolfer's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 9 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

Dunes, cliffs and a quarry. Amazing setting for a golf course. Michigan offers up some wonderful golfing options, but I only recently became aware of just how good this venue is. Combined with a few nights at the Inn at Bay Harbor and you've got a great vacation.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"wow, magnificient views"


Beausoleil's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/30/2014
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great course, we have seen a lot of courses around the states and thoses two nine are unique and different. Have to think over at every hole. Always different. Conditions could have been better since the fairways and greens have been under "aeration condition". Could be too difficult for beginners. Challenging for intermediate and exoerience golfer women inclued. We will be back for sure! One of our top ten on our listing.a must play when visiting Michigan.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course but poor service lessoned experience"


Wrobo1501's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/13/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Played 36 holes with large group as part of ryder cup style tournament.

Links/Quarry - Links 9 is most enjoyable and very memorable. 4 holes along Lake Michigan. Can be major challenge when wind blowing, very scoreable when calm. Quarry is very unique. Couple gimmicky holes but fun overall. #8 is one of best par 3s you'll play anywhere.

Preserve/Links - Preserve is nothing special but a nice complement when playing Links.

Only combo that is worth money is Links/Quarry. Course conditions did not disappoint.

Service was awful. It was clear Bay Harbor wants to be private club and treats non-members differently. We played 48 rounds on course that day and with other high-end resorts they treat groups with utmost courtesy and appreciation. At Bay Harbor throughout the day we were treated with disdain by entire staff from ranger, driving range staff and pro shop (only exception was cart lady).

Examples - club wanted to charge $3/golfer for scorecard assistance (first time in 10 years running event a club/resort I've encountered that). Another course under Boyne did not charge for service. Group was warned about pace of play at least 1/2 dozen times...before we tee'd off. No effort to show any type of appreciation for amount of $ we brought to club.

Great course (Links/Quarrry combo), worthy of Top 10 ranking in State. But compared to other great resorts in Michigan probably not worth the $.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Course along Lake Michigan"


pdicosim's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Made it up to North Michigan while visiting for work. Managed to get a "cheap" rate - $115 on a weekend at Bay Harbor which I had looked up and noticed was ranked a top 10 course in Michigan by Golfweek/Golf Digest.

Anyway, the course itself is beautiful and well manicured. The Preserve 9 plays like a wooded prototypical Michigan course whereas the Links 9 plays like the Scottish coast with winds whipping around and greens that run hard towards the water.

I think the course is a good test of skill but would have liked to see more from a course in this price category. First, the three 9s that make up Bay Harbor are part of a resort property and many guests like myself are playing the course for the first time. I would have benefited greatly from a GPS on my cart and would have hired a caddie if offered. Additionally, I had to wait for a place to hit balls while on the practice tee. I understand that there are also members at this semi-private property but when folks are dropping $300 per round on a weekend this should never happen. Finally, I got lost on my way to the first tee at the Preserve. They have a colored line system that helps you get to the various tees but I was camped out apparently at the wrong hole for about 10 minutes waiting on another group on the Quarry 9 only to be told I was at the wrong place. I missed playing with my prescribed group and ended up playing as a single. Normally, I like playing as a single but this kept me from enjoying the course a little bit as I was simply playing the course and not necessarily enjoying the extras that I was paying for.

All things considered, this is a fabulous property that I would love to come back to. However, I would not pay more than $150 to play here. For perspective, it costs $450 to play 18 at Pebble and this is not Pebble. Get some of the GPS carts so folks can see the course layout, layups, etc. and reduce the price to $100-$200 per round and it will be perfect.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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