Bay Harbor G.C. - Quarry golf course - 8th
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Bay Harbor G.C. - Quarry golf course - 8th
The eighth hole on the Quarry nine at Bay Harbor Golf Club overlooks Little Traverse Bay. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Bay Harbor G.C. - Quarry golf course - 9th
The final hole of the Quarry nine finishes along Lake Michigan at Bay Harbor Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bay Harbor G.C. - Preserve golf course - 9th
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Bay Harbor G.C. - Preserve golf course - 9th
The Preserve nine at Bay Harbor Golf Club ends with a scenic par 3. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Bay Harbor G.C. - Links golf course
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Bay Harbor G.C. - Links golf course
The Links nine of Bay Harbor Golf Club serves up scenic views at every turn. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Bay Harbor G.C. - Links golf course - 3rd
The third hole on the Links nine at Bay Harbor Golf Club looks incredible. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Bay Harbor G.C. - Links golf course - 4th
The par-3 fourth hole on the Links nine at Bay Harbor Golf Club follows the Lake Michigan shoreline. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Bay Harbor G.C. - Links golf course - 8th
The eighth hole on the Links nine at Bay Harbor Golf Club tumbles 225 yards downhill. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Bay Harbor G.C. - Quarry course
The scenery on the Quarry nine at Bay Harbor Golf Club can be spectacular. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Bay Harbor G.C. - Quarry golf course - 3rd
The par-5 third hole on the Quarry nine at Bay Harbor Golf Club plays to a difficult green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Bay Harbor G.C. - Quarry golf course - 4th
The par-4 fourth hole on the Quarry nine at Bay Harbor Golf Club is a beauty. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Bay Harbor G.C. - Quarry golf course - 5th
The fifth green of the Quarry nine at Bay Harbor Golf Club sits near a cliff wall. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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The seventh green of the Quarry nine at Bay Harbor Golf Club reveals Lake Michigan. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

Bask in the beauty of Bay Harbor Golf Club in northern Michigan

BAY HARBOR, Mich. -- There might not be a more diverse 27-hole golf course in the world than the Bay Harbor Golf Club. Architect Arthur Hills collaborated with Boyne USA Resorts' Stephen Kircher, the company's president of Eastern operations, to mold a modern marvel.

The Links nine dances upon the cliffs along Lake Michigan and the Little Traverse Bay, providing some of the best scenery in all the Midwest.

The Preserve ambles through the backwoods northern Michigan is known for, with a few wetlands and a lake view thrown in for added effect.

Bay Harbor Golf Club's Quarry nine, cut from an old rock quarry, boldly rolls out a demanding test of target golf. There is no better continuous stretch in Michigan golf than its final six holes. The green sites of the par-5 third and the par-5 fifth holes severely penalize even the slightest misses. During a Shells Wonderful World of Golf shootout in the 1990s, both Phil Mickelson and Tom Lehman attempted to drive the green of the Quarry's 322-yard sixth hole, despite the treacherous wetlands everywhere. The par-3 eighth -- home to a lakeside peninsula green -– and the par-4 ninth hole deliver those unforgettable water views.

"It's nice that we have such different flavors," Bay Harbor Head Professional Robert Fuhrman said. "Each nine is unique.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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