South Course at Arcadia Bluffs - 8th hole
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South Course at Arcadia Bluffs - 8th hole
View from the left side of the par-3 8th green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Treeless South
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The South Course has just two trees inside the perimeter of over 300 acres. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
South Course at Arcadia Bluffs - No. 9 green
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South Course at Arcadia Bluffs - No. 9 green
View from behind the par-4 9th green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
South Course at Arcadia Bluffs
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Arcadia South - no. 8
The approach to the par-4 8th hole. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
South Course at Arcadia Bluffs
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Walkability at Arcadia South
The South Course is extremely walkable with greens and tees very close to one another. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Arcadia Bluffs South - flat bunkers
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Arcadia Bluffs South - flat bunkers
The South Course features angled, flat-bottomed bunkers. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
South Course at Arcadia Bluffs - No. 16
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South Course at Arcadia Bluffs - No. 16
The left side of the 16th green falls off to a deep collection area. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Arcadia Bluffs South - No. 17
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Arcadia Bluffs South - No. 17
The tee shot of the par-4 17th hole is one of the more intimidating with stacked bunkers left and one large bunker right. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Bunkers left of 17 at Arcadia South
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Bunkers left of 17 at Arcadia South
Stacked bunkers line the left side of the fairway on the par-4 17th hole. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
17th green at Arcadia Bluffs South
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17th green at Arcadia Bluffs South
The view of the left pin position of the 17th hole at Arcadia Bluffs South. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Fairways
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Fairways
Fairways are typically generous at the South Course and it's virtually impossible to lose a golf ball. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
South Course at Arcadia - No. 5
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South Course at Arcadia - No. 5
The raised, infinity green of the par-3 5th hole on the South Course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
South Course at Arcadia Bluffs - No. 9
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South Course at Arcadia Bluffs - No. 9
The approach to the par-4 9th hole at Arcadia Bluffs South. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Arcadia Bluffs South - No. 12
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Arcadia Bluffs South - No. 12
The par-3 12th hole's green is one of the more eye-popping on the South Course.
Arcadia Bluffs South - 6th green
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Arcadia Bluffs South - 6th green
The green of the par-5 6th hole has some nasty spots on it both front left and long right. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Greens at Arcadia South
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Greens at Arcadia South
South course greens are generally built on raised, fill pads but are accessible from in front. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Arcadia Bluffs Lodge
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Arcadia Bluffs Lodge
The Lodge at Arcadia Bluffs is located at the original course about 1.5 miles up the road from the South Course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

First look at the South Course at Arcadia Bluffs

After 20 years, one of Michigan's best golf resorts opens its second course.

The South Course at Arcadia Bluffs had its soft opening August 1st, 2018. We had a chance to tour and play the course as part of the Golf Advisor Getaways with architect Dana Fry. The course is inspired by the design and construction of Seth Raynor at Chicago Golf Club. The South Course features many linear angles, including straight corners to greens and straight fairway mowing lines. Flat-bottomed bunkers are also commonplace. The South is part of the Arcadia Bluffs resort which features lodging and the original Bluffs Course.

You can listen to the podcast with Dana Fry, architecture expert Brad Klein and Managing Editor Brandon Tucker here:

You can view the recap from the Golf Advisor Getaway to Arcadia Bluffs here:

Golf Advisor Getaway to Arcadia Bluffs

Photo tour of the new South Course at Arcadia Bluffs

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.
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First look at the South Course at Arcadia Bluffs
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