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