The Preserve at Bay Harbor: #7Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club

Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club
5800 Coastal Ridge Dr
Bay Harbor, Michigan 49770
Emmet County

Phone(s): (844) 763-0347, (231) 439-4029
Fax: (231) 439-4013

Bay Harbor Golf Club boasts 27 holes that are divided into three completely distinct nines, played in three 18-hole combinations. Unlike the waterfront Links and Quarry nines, the Preserve plays through the woods, a more typical landscape of courses in Northern Michigan. The layout winds through towering hardwoods and lush, grassy meadows sprinkled with wildflowers. The different landscape does not make it any easier than the other two nines though. The golf course features many tight fairways and forced carries that demand accuracy. As its name would indicate, Bay Harbor Golf Club's Links nine is a traditional links course that plays along the shores of Lake Michigan. The course winds along 150-foot bluffs that offer stunning views overlooking Little Traverse Bay. Its signature seventh hole on the Links course has earned the title of being of the top 500 in the world, according to Golf Magazine.

Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club
4.5 stars out of 5 (based on 1 reviews)
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The Preserve at Bay Harbor: View from #7No. 7 on the Links nine at Bay HarborNo. 7 on the Links nine at Bay HarborNo. 4 on the Links nine at Bay HarborNo. 3 on the Links nine at Bay HarborAerial view of the 2nd and 7th holes on the Links nine at Bay HarborThe Links at Bay Harbor: Aerial view from the first holeThe Preserve at Bay Harbor: Aerial view from #9The Preserve at Bay Harbor: 7th greenThe Preserve at Bay Harbor: 2nd green

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Arthur Hills
  • Public/Private: Resort
  • Year opened: 1997
  • Golf Season: Open: 5/12 Closed: 9/24
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: Bent Grass
  • Greens: Bent Grass


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes - included in green fees

Green fees price ranges

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code: Proper attire is required.
  • Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Brown 72 6827 144 73.9
Green 72 4929 121 65.4
Purple 72 6400 141 71.8
Orange 72 6266 140 70.8
Green (W) 72 4929 134 70.2
Silver (W) 72 4134 121 65
Blue 72 5776 135 69.2

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by The Golfin' Guy
    on January 22nd, 2024 13:34
    The Links/Quarry combination is the most popular and closely follows the rugged coastline, highlighting the magnificence of Lake Michigan and the existing quarry that was preserved to give the layout a dramatic finish. The Links Nine lives up to its name and is situated on the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Move inland for a few holes and you’ll encounter windswept dunes and huge bluffs. This is Arthur Hills at his best, creating a golf course with unique topography that fits seamlessly into its natural surroundings.

    Although it may not get the notoriety of its sister courses, The Preserve is a members' favorite. Maybe it’s because of the way it meanders through native wetlands filled with a multitude of wildlife or the way it weaves the lush grasses and native wildflowers into the scenery of the golf course. Or maybe it’s because the tranquil sounds of golf are interrupted only by the sound of waves crashing along the Lake Michigan shoreline. For me, it’s the finishing hole, a par 3 with a large green that slopes to the left and funnels balls on the right side down to the hole.

    Boyne continues to reinvest in the infrastructure of their golf courses which will pay huge dividends down the road and have an immediate impact on their golf courses. For example, work was recently completed on the Central Irrigation installation on Donald Ross Memorial and Arthur Hills courses. This new system can be controlled remotely and is significantly more efficient. There were also upgrades to the pump houses and irrigation systems on several other courses and a brand new system that services The Heather and The Moor courses.

    Other improvements include over five miles of new cart path on The Heather, Arthur Hills, and Donald Ross Memorial golf courses, and taking measures to speed up play on a couple of courses.

    Perhaps the biggest news at Boyne this year is that during the summer of 2023, construction began on the Ray Hearn completely redesigned nine-hole short course which will be routed across a sloping site set among fescue grasses. Hole length will range from 8 to 120 yards. “Hearn will be recreating nine of his favorite greens from Scotland, Ireland, and England. With no formal tees golfers will have the opportunity to put tees anywhere they want so they can play shots from different lies and angles.
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