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Harbor Shores
201 Graham Ave.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Phone(s): (269) 927-4653
Fax: (269) 927-1818
Website: www.harborshoresgolf.com

Harbor Shores boasts a Jack Nicklaus Signature layout that plays through a stunning landscape of forest and wetlands. The golf course tumbles across hills and ravines blanketed with hardwood trees, providing a round that is as scenic as it is challenging. Thanks to the massive white sand dunes that edge along the water, the course has a truly links feel. When combined with the trees and natural water hazards provided by the landscape, the golf course becomes a truly formidable test. The seaside location also guarantees that some holes will be played into the prevailing wind. The trio of holes from the seventh through the ninth plays along the water and offer scenic views of Lake Michigan. There are 10 holes that border the Paw Paw River, Ox Creek, and their surrounding marshland.

Harbor Shores
3.5 stars out of 5 (based on 11 reviews)
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Harbor Shores: View from the 2nd holeA view of the 10th hole at Harbor ShoresA view of green #11 at Harbor ShoresHarbor Shores: View from #12A view of the 16th green at Harbor ShoresView from Harbor Shores

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Jack Nicklaus
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Year opened: 2010
  • Golf Season:
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
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  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes

Green fees price ranges

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code:
  • Credit cards accepted: Yes

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Black 71 6852 143 74.7
Grey 71 6246 143 70.8
White 71 5740 133 69.1
Blue 71 4917 123 69.4

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Harbor Shores
    3.5 stars out of 5
    by Robert Stephenson
    on September 25th, 2015 07:07
    at one time I my life as a 12 handicap this course would be great. Traditionally Mr Nicklaus who I admire greatly builds courses that are totally in un fit for older or higher handicap players. If you ever played his other designs you might agree. Old corkscrew ine Florida is another example of the extreme difficulty of his designs . Many of these are resort courses and do not play to ordinary resort golf. Call me nuts but you could have. A stroke just walkin around the greens,easy Four putse.

    Bob@ Bonnie

  • Harbor Shores
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by Ohio Visitor
    on June 08th, 2014 06:38
    This course was in fantastic condition and was one of the best courses I've ever played. Highly recommend this course to any one vacationing in the area.
  • Harbor Shores
    2.5 stars out of 5
    by Jimmy
    on June 03rd, 2013 13:59
    A must play golf course! This great layout cannot be appreciated to the fullest until you realize that prior to this development this land was a dump. It took great imagination do develop this terrific course. The completion recently of the new clubhouse /restaurant/pro shop and the addition this year of carts with a high-end GPS system add the enjoyment of playing here.

    Not extremely long (6860 from the tips) and generous landing areas on most holes make it enjoyable for most golfers (play from the correct tees). That being said, you need a good sand game, chipping skills, and a putter that you love because the defense of this track is on and around the greens.

    The PGA Championship (Champions Tour) was played here last year and will return in 2014 (and potentially again in the future). This is a testament to quality of this layout.

    If you are disappointed in this golf course you should take up bowling!
  • Harbor Shores
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by Virginia
    on October 15th, 2012 14:13
    We just played this course and thought it was a great layout and very challenging. The staff in the pro shop, on the range and in the restaurant were extremely accommodating and friendly. While the elevated green may put some people off, the challenge was fun. The setting is beautiful and during the fall the trees were lovely. We liked the double green and found it difficult but fun to play. There are many courses that we have played and this one will definitely bring us back! As the other reviewer said--go play it! Great course!
  • Harbor Shores
    4 stars out of 5
    by Jay
    on October 11th, 2011 19:54
    Great layout. Interesting and challenging. Need to play it a few times to find best positions to green. Pricey but a great experience.
  • Harbor Shores
    2.5 stars out of 5
    by Allan
    on September 05th, 2011 06:08
    Not a great course. Holes 6 and 7 are silly, with forced carries. The 10th green is ridiculous- a two tiered nightmare that rises ten feet from bottom to top. The root system hasn't grown in yet, and the course doesn't drain well, leading to many iron shots from soggy lies in the fairway.

    No one rakes the bunkers and the greens are cratered with unrepaired ball marks. For the price, I expected the course to be in much better shape.

    The sand in the bunkers is consistent, leading to escapable plays, IF the people in front of you actually rake.

    All the par threes are challenging in a good way.

    After all the fanfare that this course had, I am very disappointed.
  • Harbor Shores
    1 stars out of 5
    by Alex Evon
    on August 20th, 2011 14:45
    Place is like being in the middle of the twilight zone. It is the epitome of a forced layout that doesnt flow naturally. For the price it is a joke. With all the great michigan golf courses stay clear of this overrated odd course. Without Jack Nicklaus's name this would be a 40 dollar course at best.
  • Harbor Shores
    5 stars out of 5
    by Pam
    on August 06th, 2011 18:51
    Absolutely one of the best courses I've played. Loved it. The staff was extremely nice and friendly. Loved the Titliest golf balls on the range. Real Class! Can't wait to return.
  • Harbor Shores
    3.5 stars out of 5
    by Bart
    on June 11th, 2011 08:46
    Observations from a 12 handicap. There is no question that the holes themselves are immaculate. Rolling fairways with plenty of uphill/downhill/sidehill lies. Greens have as much undulation and sloping as any I have ever played. 3-break putts are not uncommon.

    Back nine is most "playable". Front nine (where you can see Lake Michigan on a couple of holes) has 2 or 3 really "tricked up" holes that make you want to curse Jack. One par four has big islands of "death" (3 foot tall grass) in the middle of the fairway. Not quite fair to hit a ball straight and lose it. The course is not long, but the number of forced carries makes it difficult for short hitters. A playing partner would hit 180 yard drives which required a half-wedge layup to the front of trouble, followed by a 160 yard carry.

    The course is really spread out throughout the Harbor Shores development. Driving from 9 green to 10 tee took about 4 minutes. At two points you drive across a highway. At another point you drive under an overpass. You could never walk the course.

    Overall, the course conditions are great the course is solid and certainly challenging. A month ago I played Arcadia Bluffs. Harbor Shores is no Arcadia. But then again, what is?
  • Harbor Shores
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by Tom
    on May 18th, 2011 18:17
    Jeremy must be a hack with his lousy opinion--One of the best courses in the state! Go play it!!!
  • Harbor Shores
    3.5 stars out of 5
    by jeremy
    on November 04th, 2010 12:33
    Good golf course, laid out a little weird and definely over priced. Course was in great shape when i played however I have to admit I was a little disappointed with the true distance from Lake Michigan. Dont expect another Arcadia Bluffs I guess.
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