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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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Gold at Winding Creek Golf Course
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Holland $25
Quail Ridge Golf Club
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Ada $28
Pilgrim's Run Golf Club
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Pierson $32
Lake Doster Golf Club
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Plainwell $22
Ravines Golf Club
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Saugatuck $28
Willow Wood Golf Club
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Portland $12
Clearbrook Golf Club
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Saugatuck $16
Blue Nine at Winding Creek Golf Course
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Holland $25
Whittaker Woods Golf Course
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New Buffalo $38
Wallinwood Springs Golf Club
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Jenison $22
White at Winding Creek Golf Course
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Holland $25
Stonegate Golf Club
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Twin Lake $24
Cedar Chase Golf Club
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Cedar Springs $16
West at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort
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Augusta $18
Sunrise/Midday at Centennial Acres
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Sunfield $19.5
East Course at Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort
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Augusta $18
Morrison Lake Country Club Saranac $15
White/Blue at Eastern Hills Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $29
Stormy Creek Golf Course
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Grand Rapids $13
Stonehedge South Course at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort
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Augusta $18
Links at Bowen Lake Gowen $25 - $40
Park Shore Golf Course Cassopolis $24
Waters Edge Golf Club
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Fremont $15
Oak Ridge Golf Club Muskegon $15 - $32
Pebblewood Country Club
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Bridgman $12
Lincoln Country Club
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Grand Rapids $13
Red Nine at Hickory Ridge Golf Course Galesburg $9.50 - $15.00
Red/Blue at Eastern Hills Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $29
Lake Cora Hills Golf Course
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Paw Paw $12
Preserve/Natural at Binder Park Municipal Golf Club
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Battle Creek $18
Sunrise/Sunset at Centennial Acres
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Sunfield $19.5
Stoatin Brae at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort
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Augusta $65
Red Arrow Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $2.5
Boulder Creek Golf Club Belmont $30 - $45
Spruce Course at Pine View Golf Club
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Three Rivers $12
Oceana Golf Club Shelby $25
Diamond Springs Golf Course
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Hamilton $25
Bedford Valley Course at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort
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Battle Creek $18
East Course at Gracewil Country Club
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Grand Rapids $12
Indian Run Golf Club
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Scotts $20
Grand Haven Golf Club
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Grand Haven $20
Western Greens Golf Course
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Marne $10
White Nine at Hickory Ridge Golf Course Galesburg $9.50 - $15.00
Hastings Country Club Hastings $15 - $25
Shamrock Hills Golf Club
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Gobles $14
Moss Ridge Golf Club
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Ravenna $12
Pigeon Creek Golf Course
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West Olive $25
Stonehedge North Course at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort
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Augusta $18
Deer Run Golf Club
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Lowell $10
Silver Lake Country Club
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Rockford $20
Blossom Trails Golf Club
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Benton Harbor $15
Golf Club of Coldwater Coldwater $20 - $39
Blue Nine at Hickory Ridge Golf Course Galesburg $9.50 - $15.00
Olde Mill Golf Club
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Schoolcraft $10
Terra Verde Golf Course
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Nunica $15
Bent Pine Golf Club
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Whitehall $10
RidgeView Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $14
Chase Hammond Golf Course
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Muskegon $17
West Course at Gracewil Country Club
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Grand Rapids $12
Heritage Glen Golf Club
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Paw Paw $22
White/Red at Eastern Hills Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $29
Midday/Sunset at Centennial Acres
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Sunfield $19.5
Ferris State University Katke Golf Course
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Big Rapids $15
Medalist Golf Club
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Marshall $25
Milham Park Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $30
Whitefish Lake Golf Course
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Pierson $10
Crestview Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $12
Prairies Golf Club
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Kalamazoo $14
Natural/Marsh at Binder Park Municipal Golf Club
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Battle Creek $18
Par-3 at Blossom Trails Golf Club
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Benton Harbor $8
Portland Country Club
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Portland $6
Pines Golf Course
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Wyoming $15
Jeptha Lake Golf Course
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Bloomingdale $10
Paw Paw Lake Golf Club
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Watervliet $16
Riverside Golf Club & Banquet Center
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Battle Creek $17
Oakland Hills Golf Club Battle Creek $20 - $30
Pin High Golf Course
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Lawton $6
Falls At Barber Creek Kent City $24 - $30
Macatawa Legends Golf & Country Club
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Holland $30
Rogue Golf Club
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Sparta $12
Harbor Shores
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Benton Harbor $58
Brookside Golf Course
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Gowen $10
Shadow Ridge Golf Course Ionia $10 - $15
Thoroughbred Golf Club
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Rothbury $25
Bella Vista Golf Course
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Coldwater $25
Rolling Hills Golf Course Ionia $15
Lincoln Golf Club Muskegon $39
Meceola Country Club Big Rapids $20
Grand View Golf Course
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New Era $17
Colonial Golf Course
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Hart $14
Marsh/Preserve at Binder Park Municipal Golf Club
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Battle Creek $18
Executive Nine at Turtle Creek Golf Course Burlington $10
States Golf Course Vicksburg $16.25 - $26.75
Sunnybrook Country Club Grandville $64
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Thousand Oaks Golf Club Grand Rapids $67 - $87
Gull Lake Country Club Richland $85
StoneWater Country Club Caledonia $60
East Nine at Briarwood Golf Club Caledonia $14
Sparta Moose Family Center & Golf Course Sparta $14 - $17
Brookwood Golf Course Buchanan $18
Meadows Golf Club at GVSU Allendale $33
Maple Hill Golf Course Grandville $19.50
Dowagiac Elks Golf Club Dowagiac $15
Marshall Country Club Marshall $42
Point O'Woods Golf & Country Club Benton Harbor $230
Garver Lake Golf Course Edwardsburg $26
Hampshir Course at Hampshire Country Club Dowagiac $10 - $27
Back Nine at Lake Monterey Golf Club Dorr $11
Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe Grand Rapids $35 - $55
Battle Creek Country Club Battle Creek $77
Iron Horse Course at Double R Ranch Resort Belding $12 - $16
North Kent Golf Course Rockford $27
Village Green Golf Club Newaygo $31
Cedar Creek Golf Course Battle Creek $28
Broadmoor Country Club Caledonia $40
Signal Point Club Niles $63 - $73
Valley Course at Egypt Valley Country Club Ada $60 - $90
Dogwood Course at Hampshire Country Club Dowagiac $10 - $27
Gleneagle Golf Club Hudsonville $16 - $35
White/Blue at West Ottawa Golf Club Holland $18 - $23
University Park Golf Course Muskegon $10
Tyler Creek Golf Course Alto $25
Gold/Red at Hickory Knoll Golf Course Whitehall $13
Lynx Golf Course Otsego $40
White Lake Golf Club Whitehall $30 - $51
Alwyn Downs Golf Club Marshall $15 - $29
Fruitport Country Club Muskegon $33 - $35
Blue/Red at Cheshire Hills Golf Course Allegan $18
White/Gold at Yankee Springs Golf Course Wayland $22
Four Lakes Country Club Edwardsburg $16
Blue/Red at West Ottawa Golf Club Holland $18 - $23
Meadow at Old Channel Trail Golf Course Montague $8 - $13
Highlands Course at Canadian Lakes Country Club Stanwood $25
Benona Shores Golf Course Shelby $24
Tullymore Golf Club Stanwood $60 - $110
White/Blue at Cheshire Hills Golf Course Allegan $18
St. Joe Valley Golf Club Sturgis $14 - $25
Green Valley Golf Club Sturgis $15 - $30
Lake Michigan Hills Golf Club Benton Harbor $35 - $41
Candlestone Inn & Golf Resort Belding $35
Regulation at Turtle Creek Golf Course Burlington $22
Pines Course at Canadian Lakes Country Club Stanwood $25
White Course at Saskatoon Golf Club Alto $9 - $17
Alpine Golf Club Comstock Park $14
Intimidator Golf Course Reed City $6 - $12
Marywood Golf Club Battle Creek $18 - $30
White/Red Course at Scott Lake Country Club Comstock Park $24.00
Falcon Head Golf Club Big Rapids $25 - $30
Red/Gold Course at Scott Lake Country Club Comstock Park $24.00
Quincy Golf Course Quincy $14
Blue Course at Saskatoon Golf Club Alto $9 - $17
St. Ives Golf Club Stanwood $50 - $85
Links of Edmore Edmore $17
Holland Lake Golf Course Sheridan $17
Watermark Country Club Grand Rapids $60
Angels Crossing Golf Club Vicksburg $30 - $40
Front Nine at Lake Monterey Golf Club Dorr $11
Chikaming Country Club Lakeside $78 - $105
Custer Greens Golf Course Battle Creek $13
West/South at Cascade Hills Country Club Grand Rapids $67
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Big Course at Kalamazoo Country Club Kalamazoo $60 - $80
L.E. Kaufman Golf Course Wyoming $19 - $29
Gold/White Course at Scott Lake Country Club Comstock Park $24.00
East Nine at Orchard Hills Golf Club Shelbyville $21
Meadows Family Golf Center Baroda $10
Red Course at Saskatoon Golf Club Alto $9 - $17
Blythefield Country Club Belmont $80
South/East at Cascade Hills Country Club Grand Rapids $67
Spring Brook Golf Course Battle Creek $8 - $15
Sand Creek Golf Course Marne $5 - $7
East/West at Indian Lake Hills Golf Course Eau Claire $17
Northwood Golf Course Fremont $30
Hickory Hills Golf Course Fenwick less than $50
Wuskowhan Players Club West Olive $182
Arrowhead Golf Course Lowell $15
Beeches Golf Club South Haven $18 - $32
Red/Gold at Yankee Springs Golf Course Wayland $22
Pipestone Creek Golf Course Eau Claire $9
Spruce Ridge Golf Club Dowagiac $10 - $20
Gun Ridge Golf Course Hastings $9 - $14
Maple Hills Golf Course Augusta $15
Kent Country Club Grand Rapids $92
Island Hills Golf Club Centreville $30 - $59
Woods at Old Channel Trail Golf Course Montague $8 - $13
Klinger Lake Country Club Sturgis $30 - $40
Indian Trails Golf Course Grand Rapids $23
English Hills Country Club Grand Rapids $12 - $22
Eighteen at Orchard Hills Golf Club Shelbyville $15 - $29
Spring Lake Country Club Spring Lake $75 - $81
Plym Park Golf Course Niles $9.50 - $21.50
Mullenhurst Golf Course Delton $20 - $25
Grand Beach Municipal Golf Course New Buffalo $13
Westwind Golf Course Muskegon $29
HawksHead Links South Haven $30 - $70
East/West at Cascade Hills Country Club Grand Rapids $67
Sauganash Golf Club Three Rivers $15
Gold Course at Saskatoon Golf Club Alto $9 - $17
Summer Breeze Par 3 Fremont $6
Iyopawa Island Golf Course Coldwater $15 - $17
Muskegon Country Club Muskegon $100
Eagle Island Golf Club Muskegon $11.00 - $17.00
Back Nine at Briarwood Golf Club Caledonia $14
Red/White at West Ottawa Golf Club Holland $18 - $23
Short Course at Kalamazoo Country Club Kalamazoo $27
Red/White at Yankee Springs Golf Course Wayland $22
Red/White at Cheshire Hills Golf Course Allegan $18
Golden Sands Golf Course Mears $13 - $18
Diamond Lake Golf Course Cassopolis $5 - $11
Pines Golf Course at Lake Isabella Weidman $25
Pheasant Golf Course Zeeland $15
Grand Prairie Golf Course Kalamazoo $9.00 - $15.50
Front Nine at Briarwood Golf Club Caledonia $14
Lost Dunes Golf Club Bridgman $75
West/North at Indian Lake Hills Golf Course Eau Claire $17
Berrien Hills Golf Club Benton Harbor $30 - $46
Glenkerry Golf Course Greenville $22
Ridge Course at Egypt Valley Country Club Ada $60 - $90
Royal Course at Canadian Lakes Country Club Stanwood $45
Valley at Old Channel Trail Golf Course Montague $8 - $13
Mines Golf Course Grand Rapids $25 - $30
North/East at Indian Lake Hills Golf Course Eau Claire $17
Orchard Hills Country Club Buchanan $49
Colonial Par-3 Golf Course Hart $15
Ravenna Creeks Golf Course Ravenna $18
Dunes Club New Buffalo $150
Moors Golf Club Portage $70 - $80
Railside Golf Club Byron Center $61
Cedar Farms Golf Club Battle Creek $14
Blue/White at Hickory Knoll Golf Course Whitehall $13
Crestview Golf Club Zeeland $10
Links At Rolling Meadows Holland $7 - $12
Ironwood Golf Course Byron Center $20
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