These 6 Michigan Public Golf Courses Are Some Of The Best In The U.S.


Golfweek, part of the USA TODAY Network, released its ranking of the top 100 publicly accessible golf courses in the United States on Wednesday.


Six Michigan courses made the Golfweek list, which was made up of hundreds of golf reviewers across the country. Reviewers rated the courses on a scale of one to 10 points, and each member’s overall ratings were averaged to create the final ranking.

Every course on the list is open to the public, primarily by paying green fees.

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#94: Arcadia Bluffs South Course, Arcadia

Tied at six for 94th place, the Arcadia Bluffs South Course in Arcadia. Golfweek members gave the course a rating of 6.53 out of 10.

About 250 miles northwest of Detroit, the Arcadia South Course was designed by Dana Fry and Jason Straka. With views of Lake Michigan in sight, the course was created in 2018 as a tribute to the design of older golf courses.

The South Course covers 311 acres and offers a mix of north, south, east and west facing holes to keep golfers on their toes. The course also has a noticeable lack of trees to allow for long distance views, large greens and wide fairways.

No. 85: Eagle Eye, Bath

Golfers head to the next hole Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Eagle Eye Golf Course in the first round of the 105th Michigan Amateur Championship.

Located about 15 minutes north of East Lansing, Bath’s Eagle Eye Golf Course landed a tie at three for No. 85 in Golfweek’s list with a score of 6.58.

The course opened in 2003 and was designed by Chris Lutzke. It features railway sleepers, bunkers and a Sawgrass-inspired par-3 17th hole with an island green. Lutzke’s course design was heavily influenced by Pete Dye, with whom Lutzke studied the craft.

Eagle Eye’s other par 3 holes provide further formidable challenges, helping to build the course’s solid reputation.

No. 60: Forest Dunes, Roscommon

Forest Dunes Golf Club in Roscommon, Michigan.

Located almost in the center of the state, the Forest Dunes course in Roscommon entered Golfweek’s list at No. 60 with a rating of 6.73. The course was designed by 1973 British Open champion Tom Weiskopf and added a par 3 course in 2020 later titled “The Bootlegger”.

Forest Dunes is considered by critics to be one of the best public courses in the country, often listed in the top 25 selections by major golf publications. With three different courses to choose from, Forest Dunes offers players plenty of challenges ranging from rugged dunes, difficult sandy areas to bodies of water.

Open since 2002, Forest Dunes was ranked #4 in Michigan’s Best Public Courses for 2021 by Golfweek.

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#43: The Forest Dunes Loop (Red and Black), Roscommon

The sixth hole of Loop's Red Course is part of a reversible course at Forest Dunes Golf Club in Roscommon, Michigan.

Forest Dunes’ The Loop course saw Roscommon break into Golfweek’s top 100 again, this time with a triple tie for 43rd and a 6.92 rating.

Opened in 2016, The Loop was designed by Tom Doak and features a reversible golf course. The 18-hole course changes direction depending on the day, with the red course taking effect on even days and the black course on odd days.

Plus, the Loop’s greens and bouncy turf are complex enough to test the skills of any golfer. The course was #3 in Michigan’s Best Public Access Courses of 2021 by Golfweek.

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No. 34: Greywalls at Marquette Golf Club, Marquette

The 11th hole at Greywalls in Marquette, Michigan.

The first of two Michigan golf courses to feature in Golfweek’s top 50, Marquette Golf Club’s Greywalls Golf Course tied for 34th with a 7.07 rating.

The course opened in 2005 and was designed by Mike DeVries. It measures a total of 6,828 meters and sits on the edge of Lake Superior in northern Michigan. Greywalls takes players through a variety of terrain types, from tumultuous fairways to extreme elevation changes.

In its opening year, Greywalls was included in top 10 new course lists by all major golf publications. Since then, he has regularly appeared on Golfweek’s top Michigan courses.

#26: Arcadia Bluffs Course, Arcadia

Aerial photo of the 12th hole green and fairway at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club near Arcadia Township, Friday, July 13, 2019.

Michigan’s best course was the original Arcadia Bluffs course, which tied for 26th with a 7.24 rating.

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While Arcadia’s South Course resembles older courses, its Bluffs Course takes advantage of its location next to Lake Michigan, giving players stunning sea views. The course opened in 1999 and has been designed by Warren Henderson.