Destination Guide

Destination: Southwest Michigan

Along Lake Michigan's coastline, in the southwest corner of the state, a succession of small beach towns provide a quick escape from Detroit and Chicago.

Grand Haven, Holland, Saugatuck and South Haven are some of the great little getaways that many Midwesterners covet for their summer vacations. Benton Harbor, headquarters of the Whirlpool Company, recently unveiled a new revitalization project featuring The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, a Jack Nicklaus design.

While golf here isn't as nationally recognized as its neighbors to the north, it's still easy to find a great course. Some high-end private golf courses are reserved for Detroit and Chicago vacationers who come in for a long weekend, but value and convenience are still easy to find.

With a metropolitan area of more than 500,000 residents, Grand Rapids is the state's second-largest city. Known for its furniture business and medical research facilities, it also features a collection of the state's top daily-fee golf courses. Just north of the city, Pilgrim's Run Golf Club is one of the best-kept secrets in the state. Another top play and one closer to the city is Thousand Oaks Golf Club, a Rees Jones design. Locals also frequent their favorite municipal facility, L.E. Kaufman Golf Course, as well as the new Mines Golf Course just minutes from downtown.

Other cities in the southwest away from the coast include Kalamazoo, home to Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. In the neighboring small town of Vicksburg, Angels Crossing Golf Club has emerged as one of the state's finer value plays.
 

Recommended: Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor


The first of its class in Michigan's Great Southwest, Harbor Shores G.C. is proud to present the Jack Nicklaus Golf Course. Recognized for the high standards of Nicklaus Design, the 18-hole course features three dramatic holes with sweeping views of Lake Michigan; 10 holes bordering the beautiful banks of the Paw Paw River and Ox Creek and its wetlands; and four holes through rolling hills, ravines and a hardwood forest, truly a unique golf experience.

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Woodlands Course at Whittaker
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New Buffalo $38
Wallinwood Springs Golf Club
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Jenison $22
Stonegate Golf Club
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Twin Lake $24
Stoatin Brae at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort
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Augusta $65
Lake Doster Golf Club
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Plainwell $22
Pilgrim's Run Golf Club
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Pierson $32
Willow Wood Golf Club
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Portland $12
Macatawa Golf Club
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Holland $30
Bent Pine Golf Club
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Whitehall $10
Red/White at Yankee Springs Golf Course
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Wayland $22
Blue Nine at Winding Creek Golf Course
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Holland $25
Harbor Shores
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Benton Harbor $58
Medalist Golf Club
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Marshall $25
Sunrise/Sunset at Centennial Acres
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Sunfield $19.5
Lake Cora Hills Golf Course
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Paw Paw $12
Pines Golf Course
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Wyoming $15
Meadow at Old Channel Trail Golf Course Montague $8 - $21
Gold at Winding Creek Golf Course
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Holland $25
Heritage Glen Golf Club
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Paw Paw $22
Meadows Golf Club at GVSU Allendale $29 - $51
St. Ives Golf Club
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Stanwood $50 - $85
Sunrise/Midday at Centennial Acres
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Sunfield $19.5
Cedar Chase Golf Club
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Cedar Springs $16
Stonehedge South Course at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort
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Augusta $18
Legacy at Hastings Hastings $21 - $40
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $24 - $43
Paw Paw Lake Golf Club
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Watervliet $16
Bedford Valley Course at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort
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Battle Creek $18
Stonehedge North Course at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort
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Augusta $18
Red/Gold at Yankee Springs Golf Course
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Wayland $22
Tullymore Golf Club
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Stanwood $60 - $110
Whitefish Lake Golf Course
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Pierson $10
West at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort
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Augusta $18
Woods at Old Channel Trail Golf Course Montague $8 - $21
RidgeView Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $14
Quail Ridge Golf Club
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Ada $28
White at Winding Creek Golf Course
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Holland $25
Bella Vista Golf Course
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Coldwater $25
Midday/Sunset at Centennial Acres
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Sunfield $19.5
Terra Verde Golf Course
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Nunica $15
Links At Rolling Meadows
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Holland $7 - $12
White/Gold at Yankee Springs Golf Course
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Wayland $22
Summer Breeze Par 3 Fremont $6
Shamrock Hills Golf Club
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Gobles $14
Valley at Old Channel Trail Golf Course Montague $8 - $21
Indian Trails Golf Course Grand Rapids $19 - $32
East Course at Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort
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Augusta $18
Gleneagle Golf Club Hudsonville $16 - $35
Candlestone Inn & Golf Resort
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Belding $15 - $36
Milham Park Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $30
Pebblewood Country Club
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Bridgman $12
Ravines Golf Club
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Saugatuck $28
Alwyn Downs Golf Club Marshall $15 - $29
University Park Golf Course Muskegon $10 - $17
Rogue Golf Club
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Sparta $12
Blythefield Country Club Belmont $80
North Kent Golf Course Rockford $27
Hampshir Course at Hampshire Country Club Dowagiac $10 - $30
Kaufman Golf Course Wyoming $19 - $27
Indian Run Golf Club
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Scotts $20
Intimidator Golf Course Reed City $6 - $12
West Course at Gracewil Country Club
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Grand Rapids $12
Island Hills Golf Club Centreville $45 - $55
Custer Greens Golf Course Battle Creek $8
Marywood Golf Club Battle Creek $18 - $30
Signal Point Club Niles $63 - $73
White Lake Golf Club Whitehall $38 - $70
Plym Park Golf Course Niles $9.50 - $21.50
Executive Nine at Turtle Creek Golf Course Burlington $10
Diamond Springs Golf Course
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Hamilton $25
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Oakland Hills Golf Club Battle Creek $20 - $30
Lincoln Golf Club
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Muskegon $15 - $20
Links at Bowen Lake Gowen $25 - $40
Front Nine at Briarwood Golf Club Caledonia $14
Chikaming Country Club Lakeside $78 - $105
Front Nine at Lake Monterey Golf Club Dorr $11
Four Lakes Country Club Edwardsburg $16
Thoroughbred Golf Club
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Rothbury $25
Chase Hammond Golf Course
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Muskegon $17
Lynx Golf Course Otsego $40
Red/White at West Ottawa Golf Club Holland $24.50 - $35.00
Pin High Golf Course
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Lawton $6
Short Course at Kalamazoo Country Club Kalamazoo $27
Tyler Creek Golf Course Alto $25
Grand Beach Municipal Golf Course New Buffalo $13
Gold Course at Saskatoon Golf Club Alto $9 - $17
Moss Ridge Golf Club
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Ravenna $12
Gull Lake Country Club Richland $65
Holland Lake Golf Course Sheridan $17
Eagle Island Golf Club Muskegon $11.00 - $17.00
Meadows Family Golf Center Baroda $10
Back Nine at Lake Monterey Golf Club Dorr $11
Portland Country Club
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Portland $6
Riverside Golf Club & Banquet Center
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Battle Creek $17
Prairies Golf Club
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Kalamazoo $14
Benona Shores Golf Course Shelby $24
Northwood Golf Course Fremont $30
Alpine Golf Club Comstock Park $14
Red/Blue at Eastern Hills Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $29
Hickory Hills Golf Course Fenwick less than $50
Dogwood Course at Hampshire Country Club Dowagiac $10 - $30
Olde Mill Golf Club
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Schoolcraft $10
Big Course at Kalamazoo Country Club Kalamazoo $60 - $80
Colonial Golf Course
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Hart $14
Pines Course at Canadian Lakes Country Club Stanwood $25
Blue/White at Hickory Knoll Golf Course Whitehall $13
Berrien Hills Golf Club Benton Harbor $30 - $46
Brookside Golf Course
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Gowen $10
Spring Lake Country Club Spring Lake $75 - $81
Kent Country Club Grand Rapids $92
Dowagiac Elks Golf Club Dowagiac $15
Red Course at Saskatoon Golf Club Alto $9 - $17
White/Red Course at Scott Lake Country Club Comstock Park $27 - $33
West/South at Cascade Hills Country Club Grand Rapids $67
Falls At Barber Creek Kent City $24 - $30
White/Blue at Eastern Hills Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $29
Maple Hill Golf Course Grandville $19.50
Pigeon Creek Golf Course
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West Olive $25
StoneWater Country Club Caledonia $60
Iyopawa Island Golf Course Coldwater $15 - $17
Point O'Woods Golf & Country Club Benton Harbor $230
Mullenhurst Golf Course Delton $26
Red/White at Cheshire Hills Golf Course Allegan $18
Village Green Golf Club Newaygo $31
White/Red at Eastern Hills Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $29
Cedar Creek Golf Course Battle Creek $19 - $33
Ferris State University Katke Golf Course
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Big Rapids $15
White/Blue at West Ottawa Golf Club Holland $24.50 - $35.00
Jeptha Lake Golf Course
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Bloomingdale $10
Westwind Golf Course Muskegon $29
Rolling Hills Golf Course Ionia $15
Sparta Moose Family Center & Golf Course Sparta $14 - $17
Blossom Trails Golf Club
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Benton Harbor $15
Marshall Country Club Marshall $42
Blue/Red at Cheshire Hills Golf Course Allegan $18
Highlands Course at Canadian Lakes Country Club Stanwood $25
Thousand Oaks Golf Club Grand Rapids $67 - $87
Par-3 at Blossom Trails Golf Club
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Benton Harbor $8
Blue Course at Saskatoon Golf Club Alto $9 - $17
Ridge Course at Egypt Valley Country Club Ada $60 - $90
Moors Golf Club Portage $70 - $80
Pheasant Golf Course Zeeland $15
Orchard Hills Country Club Buchanan $49
Crestview Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $12
Marsh/Preserve at Binder Park Municipal Golf Club
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Battle Creek $18
Dunes Club New Buffalo $150
Red/Gold Course at Scott Lake Country Club Comstock Park $27 - $33
Meceola Country Club Big Rapids $20
St. Joe Valley Golf Club Sturgis $14 - $25
East/West at Indian Lake Hills Golf Course Eau Claire $17
Iron Horse Course at Double R Ranch Resort Belding $12 - $16
Sunnybrook Country Club Grandville $64
Gold/White Course at Scott Lake Country Club Comstock Park $27 - $33
Waters Edge Golf Club
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Fremont $15
Natural/Marsh at Binder Park Municipal Golf Club
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Battle Creek $18
Lincoln Country Club
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Grand Rapids $13
Sand Creek Golf Course Marne $5 - $7
Eighteen at Orchard Hills Golf Club Shelbyville $15 - $29
Red Arrow Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $2.5
Green Valley Golf Club Sturgis $15 - $30
Quincy Golf Course Quincy $14
Valley Course at Egypt Valley Country Club Ada $60 - $90
South/East at Cascade Hills Country Club Grand Rapids $67
Pipestone Creek Golf Course Eau Claire $9
West/North at Indian Lake Hills Golf Course Eau Claire $17
Crestview Golf Club Zeeland $10
Links of Edmore Edmore $17
Park Shore Golf Course Cassopolis $24
Regulation at Turtle Creek Golf Course Burlington $22
Beeches Golf Club South Haven $20 - $50
Blue Nine at Hickory Ridge Golf Course Galesburg $9.50 - $15.00
Grand View Golf Course
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New Era $17
White Course at Saskatoon Golf Club Alto $9 - $17
Gold/Red at Hickory Knoll Golf Course Whitehall $13
Oceana Golf Club Shelby $25
East/West at Cascade Hills Country Club Grand Rapids $67
White/Blue at Cheshire Hills Golf Course Allegan $18
Maple Hills Golf Course Augusta $15
Blue/Red at West Ottawa Golf Club Holland $24.50 - $35.00
Arrowhead Golf Course Lowell $15
North/East at Indian Lake Hills Golf Course Eau Claire $17
Colonial Par-3 Golf Course Hart $15
Clearbrook Golf Club
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Saugatuck $16
Red Nine at Hickory Ridge Golf Course Galesburg $9.50 - $15.00
Golden Sands Golf Course Mears $10 - $18
Ironwood Golf Course Byron Center $20
East Nine at Orchard Hills Golf Club Shelbyville $21
Brookwood Golf Course Buchanan $18
Shadow Ridge Golf Course Ionia $10 - $15
Broadmoor Country Club Caledonia $40
Lake Michigan Hills Golf Club Benton Harbor $35 - $41
Sauganash Golf Club
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Three Rivers $15
Spruce Course at Pine View Golf Club
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Three Rivers $12
American Dunes Golf Club
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Grand Haven $20
East Nine at Briarwood Golf Club Caledonia $14
Oak Ridge Golf Club
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Muskegon $15 - $32
Fruitport Country Club Muskegon $15 - $20
Muskegon Country Club Muskegon $100
Lost Dunes Golf Club Bridgman $75
Back Nine at Briarwood Golf Club Caledonia $14
Watermark Country Club Grand Rapids $60 - $65
Preserve/Natural at Binder Park Municipal Golf Club
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Battle Creek $18
Glenkerry Golf Course Greenville $22
Ravenna Creeks Golf Course Ravenna $18
Railside Golf Club Byron Center $68
HawksHead Links South Haven $30 - $70
Gun Ridge Golf Course Hastings $9 - $14
Battle Creek Country Club Battle Creek $77
Golf Club of Coldwater Coldwater $20 - $39
States Golf Course Vicksburg $16.25 - $26.75
Grand Prairie Golf Course Kalamazoo $9.00 - $15.50
Mines Golf Course Grand Rapids $50
Angels Crossing Golf Club Vicksburg $30 - $45
Western Greens Golf Course
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Marne $10
Klinger Lake Country Club Sturgis $30 - $40
Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe
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Grand Rapids $35 - $55
Squirrel Hollow Golf Course Battle Creek $13
Spring Brook Golf Course Battle Creek $8 - $15
Boulder Creek Golf Club Belmont $30 - $45
English Hills Country Club Grand Rapids $12 - $22
Wuskowhan Players Club West Olive $182
Pines Golf Course at Lake Isabella Weidman $26 - $40
Royal Course at Canadian Lakes Country Club Stanwood $45
Morrison Lake Country Club Saranac $15
Garver Lake Golf Course Edwardsburg $26
White Nine at Hickory Ridge Golf Course Galesburg $9.50 - $15.00
Diamond Lake Golf Course Cassopolis $7 - $13
East Course at Gracewil Country Club
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Grand Rapids $12
Spruce Ridge Golf Club Dowagiac $10 - $20
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