Best of 2016: Top 25 golf courses in Michigan



No northern state runs deeper with great, affordable golf than Michigan. The mitten doubles as a nationally coveted destination thanks to the great resorts around Traverse City and Harbor Springs, but also has loads of great semi-private and daily-fee courses from Grand Rapids to metro Detroit.

Michigan's Top 25 is one of our toughest state lists to make. In fact, a course needed well over a 4.5 overall rating to be eligible, compared to many other states whose scores needed closer to 4.2 or 4.3. There is also a tremendous amount of turnover compared to the 2015 state ranking. What's great about receiving so many reviews from golfers at Golf Advisor is that there are many great experiences that often go unnoticed by other national publications because they aren't part of a resort or have a "name" architect attached to them. The result is that the Golf Advisor list features some bucket list resort courses as well as top local courses in the southern part of the state. A course in the remote Upper Peninsula also made the list.

To compile our state lists, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (50%). Reviews are weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score.

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Top courses by subcategory in Michigan in 2016

Course layout: Eagle Eye Golf Club
Course conditions: Eagle Eye Golf Club
Value: Gladstone Golf Course
Off-course amenities: Forest Dunes Golf Club
Pace of play: Charlevoix Country Club
Staff friendliness: Eagle Eye Golf Club

Top 25 golf courses in Michigan in 2016

25. Eagle Crest Golf Club

Ypsilanti


24. Black Lake Golf Club

Onaway


23. Heritage Glen Golf Club

Paw Paw


22. Stonehedge South at Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort

Augusta


21. The Ravines Golf Club

Saugatuck


20. Hawk's Eye Golf Resort

Bellaire


19. Golden Hawk Golf Club

Casco Township


18. Gaylord Country Club

Gaylord


17. East Course at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort

Augusta


16. Washtenaw Golf Club

Ypsilanti


15. Little Traverse Bay Golf Club

Harbor Springs


14. Monarch Course at Garland Resort

Lewiston


13. The Legend at Shanty Creek

Bellaire


12. Grand View Golf Course

New Era


11. Cedar Chase Golf Club

Cedar Springs


10. Cedar River at Shanty Creek

Bellaire


9. Hawk Hollow Golf Course

Bath


8. Tullymore Golf Club

Stanwood


7. Hidden River Golf & Casting Club

Brutus


6. Gladstone Golf Course

Gladstone


5. Boulder Pointe Golf Club and Conference Center

Oxford


4. Eldorado

Cadillac


3. Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club

Arcadia


2. Forest Dunes Golf Club

Roscommon


1. Eagle Eye Golf Club

Bath
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Brandon Tucker

Managing Editor

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.