Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course

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4.3
24
5 Stars
20
4 Stars
1
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.8
Value
4.0
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
3.6
Amenities
4.9
82.0%
Recommend this course
21 out of 24 reviews
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4.2
5
5 Stars
3
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1
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.8
Value
4.0
Layout
4.4
Pace
3.8
Amenities
5.0
StaffFriendliness
5.0
80.0%
Recommend this course
4 out of 5 reviews
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4.3
6
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
1
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0
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1
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0
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.0
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
5.0
StaffFriendliness
5.0
83.3%
Recommend this course
5 out of 6 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7300
Slope 146
Rating 75.7
Type Public/Resort
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Champions 72 7300 yards 75.7 146
Blue 72 6913 yards 72.7 140
White 72 6389 yards 70.5 134
White (W) 73 6389 yards 76.8 142
Gold 72 5661 yards 69.2 125
Red (W) 73 5024 yards 64.7 120
Scorecard for Arcadia Bluffs
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Champions M: 75.7/146 519 189 530 415 583 195 472 449 203 3555 481 633 431 240 340 519 486 176 439 3745 7300
Blue M: 72.7/140 498 182 524 410 578 190 434 389 196 3401 424 594 430 190 340 470 459 170 435 3512 6913
White M: 70.5/134 W: 76.8/142 459 160 502 367 557 161 425 352 162 3145 399 563 378 160 310 460 441 158 375 3244 6389
Gold M: 69.2/125 415 146 467 311 460 142 365 310 140 2756 375 480 305 135 304 440 376 150 340 2905 5661
Red M: 64.7/120 W: 69.8/128 355 124 372 279 439 80 350 295 134 2428 359 465 293 98 245 358 342 129 307 2596 5024
Handicap 15 17 7 13 3 9 1 5 11 2 12 10 8 14 18 4 16 6
Par 5 3 5 4 5 3 4 4 3 36 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1999
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season April 7th - October 12th
Architect Rick Smith (1999) Warren Henderson

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Arcadia Bluffs Teaching Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

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4.3
24

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
19th Hole Scenic Views 11
Patio Dining 9
Dinner 8
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 10
Elevation Changes 10
Undulating Greens 9
This course/club is great for:
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 11
Advanced Golfers 9
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 8
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 9
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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Greens ruined the experience

The views and layouts are amazing, but the fun stops once you're at the greens. Too many times I hit good shots into the greens, fixing ball marks within 10' of the hole, only to find my ball 20-50' away and behind mounds and tiers that made the putts literally impossible to keep close, or even on the green. One putt in particular, 20' from the hole, but had to go over a tall mound to the hole on the downslope which lead to a false front. The 'play' was to hit the ball 90* away from the hole, up an adjacent slope, and hope the ball settles back within 15' for the par putt. This happened WAY too many times throughout the round. At $199 I'll easily pass on playing this course again anytime soon. Many other courses nearby have better bang for the buck.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

My favorite course in America

I maybe biased in my reviews because I love Links golf. I have played pebble, Bethpage, Whistling Strights , Bay Hill etc. This experience is down right better. From the moment you drive up, you get a feeling that something magical is taking place.

I can’t believe that some clown wrote that the greens don’t hold. He gave the course 4 Stars? Are you kidding me? You hit your fairways and you can control the spin and distances associated with the greens. The greens are extremely fast and true .

This is my new favorite course in the states. The views alone are worth the 195 price point.

I can’t wait to come back. What a treat.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

One of the best in Michigan

Believe everything you've heard about Arcadia Bluffs. People say the sunsets here are some of the best you'll ever see, and I agree with that 100%. Don't get distracted by the views, however, because this course is a test and it needs your full attention. The starter will help you choose the correct tee boxes to make sure you have the most enjoyable experience possible. The fairways play fast but fair and the greens are always speedy. The conditioning is top notch, from the tee boxes all the way to the sod bunkers (which you don't want to end up in). There is only one thing that I can complain about, and that is the pace of play. With a golf course this spectacular, there are bound to be many people here, and that can cause some backups. The rangers usually help speed things up, but sometimes you're just stuck. I wouldn't let slow pace of play discourage you from playing here. You can easily put it out of your mind and enjoy what lies before you. This bucket list course is definitely one of the best in the states. Take a vacation and come to northern Michigan to play this gem on the lake.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

As Advertised

lives up to the hype. Beautiful views, great layout, and top notch conditions. Gotta hit the right spots to score. I hit a number of greens that just couldn't hold. would love to go back.

I've played a number of courses in Ireland. This is the closest thing to Irish links golf that you will play here in the states.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Spectacular

This course truly lives up to the #1 ranking. The views are spectacular and the course was in perfect condition. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. It was definitely well worth the drive and price. I will definitely be playing there again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Best in Michigan

For years I had been hearing about the great Arcadia Bluffs. I thought there was no way it would live up to the hype. It does. The layout of the course is fantastic and the changes in elevation need to been seen to be believed. It is a fair but challenging course. Even when your ball goes in the high stuff, most of the time you are able to find it and play it. It is not cheap to play, but the good courses rarely are. There only negative was that there were A LOT of ball marks on the greens. You would think the golfers who spend the money to play would care enough to fix their ball marks.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Spectacular Course

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course lived up to the hype. Staff was super friendly and were happy we were there. Club House is top notch and a the pre-round lunch on the patio was very good as were the views of course and Lake Michigan. Course was in pristine condition fairways are generous but anything off the fairway is trouble if you hit in the tall grass around each fairway good luck finding the ball, if ball is found very difficult to advance the ball. The greens are super fast and undulated, very hard to stop the ball and just have to tap putts. Play to front of greens. Very good views of Lake Michigan on almost every hole must hit a ball into Lake Michigan on #11. The bag pipe player and gallery on 18 are very cool. Expected pace of play is 4 hr 45 minute our group of high handicappers finished in 5 hours. The Marshals politely press the pace of play. I advise to just enjoy the views and the quality of the course and not get caught up on pace of play. We took advantage of the early Sunday 2:00 pm twilight rate . Highly recommend Arcadia Bluff a must play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

SLOW PLAY

We had a foursome and a threesome on senior day. A 10:30 group showed up late and were sent out at 12:00. The first four holes we played we fine, but when we got to the 5th hole it was backed up. Waited on every shot on every hole after that which resulted in a 5 hour plus round. A couple things that were upsetting is that when we were waiting on the #7 tee two marshals were flirting with the girls at the hotdog stand while there were 4 groups on that hole. One of the marshals told us to keep up with the group in front of us as we had been waiting to tee off for some time before that. They then sent a young guy out to us on #8 green who just stood there and when one in our group asked what he was doing he said that he was going to tend the flag to speed up play. Didn't know how that would help when at least 4 groups in front was holding up the entire course. He followed us around for 3 holes which was very annoying. Our groups are fast players, playing ready golf and normally play in under 4 hours. The slow play took away from what should have been a great experience on a beautiful layout. Would not recommend playing there.

Conditions Excellent
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A poor man's Whistling Straits

Prepare yourself for a great day playing one of Michigan's best golf courses when you tee it up at Arcadia Bluffs. I've had the good fortune to play this northwest Michigan gem two times and would play it everyday, if I could. The layout is terrific with a variety of shots and club selections. The scenery is spectacular! Lake Michigan is in view for many of the holes on the back nine. The greens are pristine and the staff is welcoming and friendly. I got to play on the Sr. rate day (Tuesday) for $90 and what a value! This course will challenge all levels of golfers and will make you want to come back again and again!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather

Played on a Tuesday, senior (55+) rate, well worth it!

My wife and I prefer to walk a course, and found the front 9 fairly easy, but much more challenging on the hillier back 9. Not many cut-outs to direct you from green to next tee. Course conditions were outstanding, especially the greens. The course reminded us of Irish or Scottish links, except greens here are much more receptive. This is guaranteed to be a top rated course for many years to come! A must play if you are looking for a premium course in the northern LP of Michigan.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Michigan Advisor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

What can you say its Aracadia

Second time I played and it was great. If you more on budget for golf play on the Memorial, 4th of July or Labor day. Price goes down to $110. Nothing like being on the this course in the morning. Greens are very fast (we played after being top dressed very recently). When I say fast, like putting on hard wood floor. Make sure not to leave your chips or approach shots just on the green many false fronts and the ball will roll off. The only thing worst is to be in one the sand traps, especially one of those high wall ones. Also when you get to the 12th tee, tee one up and hit into the lake. Also the in the plans to build another course and more lodging.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Again and again and again - it's fantastic!

Prior to our play i've reviewed quited a number of articles on Arcadia Bluffs to better understand whether it's worth the money. One blog recommended Bay Harbor over Arcadia and i just can tell - NO WAY!

As soon as we have arrived at the impressive club-house we already noted something special. We were lucky to just be by our own as a two-some and we enjoyed every minute, from the check-in to the dinner while watching the stunning sunset and listening to the scottish backpipe-player.

The course was in excellent condition, the greens were fast, almost too difficult to handle. Every hole offers dramatic and stunning views, number 10-13 are my favorites since you get close to the lake, although above it on the clips.

It's a 190 USD but it should be on every avid golfers bucket list. We'll return since it was so much fun to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Fair weather
Used cart

WOW! What a course

From the moment you pull up you know this experience will be amazing. The views from the clubhouse are amazing and the golf is spectacular. I found this to be a risk-reward type round. The natural terrain makes for some fun shots, especially off the tee. The sand was the softest I had ever played out of. I would recommend this course to everyone I know.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Golfing "on the Edge of Perfection" is Perfection

I cannot say one negative thing about Arcadia Bluffs. It is a somewhat difficult layout, but one you can easily score on. Most fairways have wide driving areas, but demand a more accurate approach. Holes 1, 3, and 5 are all par 5's, allowing players to score early. Each hole has its own unique characteristics, and each one provides a view of Lake Michigan. Some favorite holes include 5, 8, and 16. In addition, the four-hole stretch of holes 10-13 are arguably the best in golf. Hole 10 is a long narrow par 4 playing through a chute of mounds, and is arguably the most difficult hole on the course. Hole 11 (my all-time favorite golf hole) is a long downhill slight dogleg left par 5, with the green on the edge of the bluffs over Lake Michigan. Holes 12 (mid-length par 4) and 13 (long par 3) directly parallel Lake Michigan. Finally, Hole 18 is an excellent finishing hole; it is an uphill slight dogleg right par 4 playing to a blind green on an uphill approach shot, and there is a good chance you will have a small gallery watching you. Just beyond Hole 18 is a set of lawn chairs in which guests can watch golfers finishing their round, enjoy drinks, listen to the bagpiper, and watch the sunset over the lake.

I could write a novel on everything I loved about this course. That is how great it is. It is by far and away the greatest golf experience I have ever had, and would recommend it to any golfer. Play the greatest golf course in the greatest golf state, you will not regret it one bit. Come out to beautiful Northern Michigan where golfing "on the Edge of Perfection" is Perfection.

(played on June 3, 2014)

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Surpassed my expecations!

This is a world class golf experience. From the time I arrived until I left the staff was incredibly nice. The starter was especially cool/nice. The clubhouse and practice facilities were above and beyond what you expect at public facility. Even one as highly rated as Arcadia Bluffs. One other interesting tidbits I noticed was that all the outside service workers and halfway house workers were cute girls. Not sure if that's the case everyday but something that "stood out" as a younger guy.

I played on Cinco De Mayo May which was an absolute picture perfect day. I had a 3 pm t-time as a single which happened to be the very last of the day.The fescue was not up yet and with no wind the course was playing pretty easy all things considered. I lost one ball the entire round which I never thought was possible standing on the first tee. My only hiccup was a thinned 9 iron over the 12th green.

The first two holes are rather mundane but from 3 on it's draw dropping hole after draw dropping hole. The views of Lake Michigan are truly stunning. Since there was no one behind me I was able to take plenty of great pics. #10-#13 are about as good as it gets anywhere in the country. #11 and #12 might forever be my two favorite holes.

I paid the shoulder season rate of $85 which was an absolute steal. I will do everything in my power to make the 800 mile trek back. Northern Michigan is a mecca of great golf!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Used cart

Michigan's public golf poster child

Arcadia Bluffs certainly gets a lot of the hype for public golf in Northern Michigan and its setting is a big reason why: All 18 holes sit on bluffs high above Lake Michigan. It's also a pretty fun routing with five par 3s and five par 5s.

I do think there are some better layouts tee-to-green in northern Michigan, like Forest Dunes most notably (or Crystal Downs if you can get on), but this loop is still a real treat. I don't know if there are any better par 5s in the state than the 11th, which tumbles over 600 yards towards the lake until you arrive at the green and you're right at the edge of the bluffs. This course is hardly easy (the greens are fast and tough to read), especially if the wind blows, and the 18th is really tough: it's severely uphill from the fairway to the green. There are bunkers all around, too. I don't know if the finisher needed to be this brutal.

Be sure to stick around after the round for dinner and drinks; it's a great porch sunset spot. Also, since the club built their onsite accommodations, they've stepped up their F & B game and the offerings are very good.

It's pretty tough to beat the experience here, and when you consider Whistling Straits across the way is double the cost, maybe even though Arcadia is Michigan's most expensive public course, it's still a pretty good value.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Outstanding

if you get the opportunity play it!!!! the scenery is beautiful and the golf course is up there with some of the best I have played. Not the easiest to get to, we flew from Omaha to Milwaukee and than took a puddle jumper to Manistee where the course will pick you up. Not the fastest round, but like I stated one of the best. stay there if you can because theres not to many other options

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Illinois Advisor
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing

Absolutely a MUST play

Search Arcadia Bluffs reviews on the Internet and you will find everything that you need to know. I will keep this short and sweet. This has been the top course that I have ever played at. Hard but fair. Every hole is picturesque. So much so that after the round I went and bought a book from the pro shop so that I could relive every hole. Be ready to take some pictures of 11 and 12 as they are the "signature holes" of the course. They definitely love up to their billing. i reserved a tee time as a single. I was paired up with another single and another couple. We teed off right at 4:10 PM. The pace of play was slow. We had to wait at every tee and every green. We finished just at 9:00 which was just as the sun had set. There were numerous course employees on the course helping to spot balls in order to speed up play. Frankly, with the environment I was playing in, I didn't mind the slow pace. The course was completely full. Every hole had at least one or two groups on it. When I started playing golf, this is the kind of experience I was looking for. I didn't care how much I had to pay. I didn't care how I scored. I didn't care how long I had to wait. I just loved the challenge and the views. This is definitely a course that if you live within driving distance, make the trip. If you can afford to fly to Michigan, make the trip. This is one that I will make the effort to make the yearly pilgrimage to even if I have to play it as a single.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Beautiful, Challenging

Majestic, breathtaking, grandeur are the types of words that come mind when meandering thru this course...especially 11 - 13...I have never been to a more beautiful course. The course itself is in prime condition and the greens are firm, fast, true, and some are very undulating. The layout is superb and offers a diverse, challenging test of golf. The clubhouse, food, pro shop, range, and service from the moment I arrived is what I would expect from a top 15 public course...the cost for a round is not though...comparing costs of the other top 15 ranked courses for a round, this is cheap! The only thing that was not spot on was the pace of play...we had a 5 hr round even with marshalls trying to move things along. But, honestly, I didn't mind because it gave more time to soak in the views and take pictures waiting for the group in front of us to clear. Even though this bucket list course is checked off my list, I definitely want to go back...it's that good.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

Awesome facility!

I may be biased because I don't like links style courses but I feel Arcadia is a tad overrated. It is top 10 in Michigan without a doubt but I wasn't impressed with the condition of the course. I feel that it almost gets too much play. #11 may be the toughest hole I have ever played. It's long, narrow, and into the wind coming off the lake. The highlight of the trip is the restaurant and bar and outdoor patio. If you play here then you should stay at the lodge in order to make the experience complete. The rooms are spectacular and beds are very comfortable. Sunset over Lake Michigan is breathtaking!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent

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$199 Starting price
Valid dates: Oct 19, 2018 - Dec 20, 2018
The package includes overnight accommodations, unlimited rounds of golf for two players, daily American breakfast for two at CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar and 10% savings offered at the Golf Shop.
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