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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The Highlands
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Grand Rapids $15 - $35
Tyler Creek Golf Course
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Alto $25
Quail Ridge Golf Club
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Ada $50 - $55
White at Winding Creek Golf Course
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Holland $16
Gold at Winding Creek Golf Course
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Holland $16
Wallinwood Springs Golf Club
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Jenison $29
Clearbrook Golf Club
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Saugatuck $20
Lake Doster Golf Club
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Plainwell $38
Blue Nine at Winding Creek Golf Course
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Holland $16
Cedar Chase Golf Club
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Cedar Springs $20
Ravines Golf Club
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Saugatuck $50 - $80
Whittaker Woods Golf Course
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New Buffalo $37 - $69
West Course at Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort
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Augusta $39 - $55
Grand Haven Golf Club
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Grand Haven $18 - $49
Stonegate Golf Club
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Twin Lake $29 - $57
Bent Pine Golf Club
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Whitehall $18
Diamond Springs Golf Course
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Hamilton $22
White/Red at Eastern Hills Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $22 - $37
Blossom Trails Golf Club
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Benton Harbor $31
Waters Edge Golf Club
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Fremont $21
Pines Golf Course
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Wyoming $24
Paw Paw Lake Golf Club
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Watervliet $40
Lake Cora Hills Golf Course
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Paw Paw $19
Terra Verde Golf Course
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Nunica $20 - $25
Sunrise/Sunset at Centennial Acres
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Sunfield $18
Moss Ridge Golf Club
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Ravenna $24
Colonial Golf Course
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Hart $16 - $28
Olde Mill Golf Club
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Schoolcraft $15 - $25
Meceola Country Club
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Big Rapids $20
Natural/Marsh at Binder Park Municipal Golf Club
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Battle Creek $21
Sauganash Golf Club
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Three Rivers $15
Marsh/Preserve at Binder Park Municipal Golf Club
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Battle Creek $21
University Park Golf Course
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Muskegon $10
Oceana Golf Club
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Shelby $25
Deer Run Golf Club
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Lowell $17 - $29
Medalist Golf Club
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Marshall $37 - $53
Midday/Sunset at Centennial Acres
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Sunfield $18
Red/Blue at Eastern Hills Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $22 - $37
White/Blue at Eastern Hills Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $22 - $37
Willow Wood Country Club
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Portland $18
Rolling Hills Golf Course
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Ionia $15
Links at Bowen Lake
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Gowen $25 - $40
Morrison Lake Country Club
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Saranac $15
Brookside Golf Course
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Gowen $32
Whitefish Lake Golf Course
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Pierson $35
Preserve/Natural at Binder Park Municipal Golf Club
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Battle Creek $21
Chase Hammond Golf Course
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Muskegon $26
Silver Lake Country Club
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Rockford $29 - $35
Sunrise/Midday at Centennial Acres
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Sunfield $18
Lincoln Country Club
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Grand Rapids $12 - $22
Heritage Glen Golf Club
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Paw Paw $25 - $30
Thornapple Creek Golf Club
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Kalamazoo $37
Portland Country Club
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Portland $12 - $25
RidgeView Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $18
Maple Hills Golf Course
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Augusta $15
Grand View Golf Course
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New Era $15 - $22
Pin High Golf Course
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Lawton $8
Milham Park Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $24
Shadow Ridge Golf Course
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Ionia $10 - $15
Par-3 at Blossom Trails Golf Club
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Benton Harbor $8
Spruce Course at Pine View Golf Club
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Three Rivers $19
Red Arrow Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $5
Rogue Golf Club
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Sparta $22.00 - $35.50
Stonehedge North Course at Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort
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Augusta $41 - $55
Pigeon Creek Golf Course
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West Olive $24 - $36
Pebblewood Country Club
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Bridgman $18 - $30
Bedford Valley Golf Course at Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort
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Battle Creek $39 - $55
Blue Nine at Hickory Ridge Golf Course
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Galesburg $9.50 - $15.00
Bella Vista Golf Course
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Coldwater $21 - $34
Stonehedge South Course at Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort
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Augusta $41 - $55
East Course at Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort
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Augusta $39 - $55
White Nine at Hickory Ridge Golf Course
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Galesburg $9.50 - $15.00
Indian Run Golf Club
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Scotts $18 - $27
Macatawa Legends Golf & Country Club
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Holland $35 - $52
Prairies Golf Club
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Kalamazoo $19 - $34
Falls At Barber Creek
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Kent City $24 - $30
Oakland Hills Golf Club
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Battle Creek $20 - $30
Jeptha Lake Golf Course
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Bloomingdale $6.50 - $7.50
Hastings Country Club
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Hastings $15 - $25
Crestview Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $21 - $30
Fellowship Greens Golf Course
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Grand Rapids $18
Harbor Shores
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Benton Harbor $77
Shamrock Hills Golf Club
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Gobles $18 - $26
Lincoln Golf Club
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Muskegon $39
Golf Club of Coldwater
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Coldwater $28
Oak Ridge Golf Club
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Muskegon $15 - $32
Red Nine at Hickory Ridge Golf Course
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Galesburg $9.50 - $15.00
Mulberry Fore Golf Course
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Nashville $22
White/Blue at West Ottawa Golf Club Holland $18 - $23
Cedar Creek Golf Course Battle Creek $28
Tullymore Golf Club Stanwood $60 - $110
Gold/White Course at Scott Lake Country Club Comstock Park $24.00
Eagle Island Golf Club Muskegon $11.00 - $17.00
Meadows Golf Club at GVSU Allendale $33
Front Nine at Lake Monterey Golf Club Dorr $11
Ravenna Creeks Golf Course Ravenna $18
Alwyn Downs Golf Club Marshall $15 - $29
Mullenhurst Golf Course Delton $20 - $25
Iyopawa Island Golf Course Coldwater $15 - $17
English Hills Country Club Grand Rapids $12 - $22
Back Nine at Lake Monterey Golf Club Dorr $11
Indian Trails Golf Course Grand Rapids $20
Park Shore Golf Course Cassopolis $24
Cedar Farms Golf Club Battle Creek $14
Boulder Creek Golf Club Belmont $30 - $45
Island Hills Golf Club Centreville $30 - $59
Valley at Old Channel Trail Golf Course Montague $8 - $13
Western Greens Golf Course Marne $12 - $25
Pheasant Golf Course Zeeland $15
Ridge Course at Egypt Valley Country Club Ada $60 - $90
Broadmoor Country Club Caledonia $40
Sand Creek Golf Course Marne $5 - $7
East/West at Cascade Hills Country Club Grand Rapids $67
White/Red Course at Scott Lake Country Club Comstock Park $24.00
Red/White at Cheshire Hills Golf Course Allegan $18
West/North at Indian Lake Hills Golf Course Eau Claire $17
Grand Beach Municipal Golf Course New Buffalo $9
East/West at Indian Lake Hills Golf Course Eau Claire $17
Pipestone Creek Golf Course Eau Claire $9
Dunes Club New Buffalo $150
West/South at Cascade Hills Country Club Grand Rapids $67
Highlands Course at Canadian Lakes Country Club Stanwood $25
Blythefield Country Club Belmont $80
L.E. Kaufman Golf Course Wyoming $19 - $29
Dowagiac Elks Golf Club Dowagiac $15
HawksHead Links South Haven $30 - $85
Thoroughbred Golf Club Rothbury $30
Woods at Old Channel Trail Golf Course Montague $8 - $13
White Lake Golf Club Whitehall $30 - $51
Quincy Golf Course Quincy $14
Dogwood Course at Hampshire Country Club Dowagiac $10 - $27
Intimidator Golf Course Reed City $6 - $12
Red/Gold Course at Scott Lake Country Club Comstock Park $24.00
Lost Dunes Golf Club Bridgman $75
Four Lakes Country Club Edwardsburg $16
Garver Lake Golf Course Edwardsburg $26
East Nine at Briarwood Golf Club Caledonia $14
Meadows Family Golf Center Baroda $10
Bronson Golf Club Bronson $25
Valley Course at Egypt Valley Country Club Ada $60 - $90
Spring Lake Country Club Spring Lake $75 - $81
Muskegon Country Club Muskegon $100
Royal Course at Canadian Lakes Country Club Stanwood $45
St. Joe Valley Golf Club Sturgis $14 - $25
Maple Hill Golf Course Grandville $19.50
Blue/Red at West Ottawa Golf Club Holland $18 - $23
Custer Greens Golf Course Battle Creek $13
Big Course at Kalamazoo Country Club Kalamazoo $60 - $80
States Golf Course Vicksburg $16.25 - $26.75
Watermark Country Club Grand Rapids $60
Candlestone Inn & Golf Resort Belding $35
White Course at Saskatoon Golf Club Alto $8.00 - $19.50
Red/Gold at Yankee Springs Golf Course Wayland $22
Green Valley Golf Club Sturgis $15 - $30
Regulation at Turtle Creek Golf Course Burlington $22
South Haven Golf Club South Haven $30
Links of Edmore Edmore $17
Par-3 at Crystal Golf Course Crystal $4
Front Nine at Briarwood Golf Club Caledonia $14
Pines Golf Course at Lake Isabella Weidman $25
Ferris State University Katke Golf Course Big Rapids $20 - $30
Thousand Oaks Golf Club Grand Rapids $67 - $87
StoneWater Country Club Caledonia $60
Arrowhead Golf Course Lowell $15
Point O'Woods Golf & Country Club Benton Harbor $230
North/East at Indian Lake Hills Golf Course Eau Claire $17
Riverside Country Club Battle Creek $21 - $40
Red Course at Saskatoon Golf Club Alto $8.00 - $19.50
Colonial Par-3 Golf Course Hart $15
Hickory Hills Golf Course Fenwick less than $50
Holland Lake Golf Course Sheridan $17
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
St. Ives Golf Club Stanwood $40 - $95
Sunnybrook Country Club Grandville $64
Ridgeview Golf Club Belding $17
Spring Brook Golf Course Battle Creek $8 - $15
Gold/Red at Hickory Knoll Golf Course Whitehall $13
Falcon Head Golf Club Big Rapids $25 - $30
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Alpine Golf Club Comstock Park $14
Benona Shores Golf Course Shelby $24
White/Blue at Cheshire Hills Golf Course Allegan $18
White/Gold at Yankee Springs Golf Course Wayland $22
Willow Creek Golf Course Walkerville $16
Eighteen at Orchard Hills Golf Club Shelbyville $15 - $29
Back Nine at Briarwood Golf Club Caledonia $14
Battle Creek Country Club Battle Creek $77
Angels Crossing Golf Club Vicksburg $30 - $40
Gun Ridge Golf Course Hastings $9 - $14
Klinger Lake Country Club Sturgis $30 - $40
Blue/Red at Cheshire Hills Golf Course Allegan $18
East Nine at Orchard Hills Golf Club Shelbyville $21
West Course at Gracewil Country Club Grand Rapids $15 - $28
Beeches Golf Club South Haven $18 - $32
Wuskowhan Players Club West Olive $182
Meadow at Old Channel Trail Golf Course Montague $8 - $13
Brookwood Golf Course Buchanan $18
Sparta Moose Family Center & Golf Course Sparta $14 - $17
Hampshir Course at Hampshire Country Club Dowagiac $10 - $27
Spruce Ridge Golf Club Dowagiac $10 - $20
Crestview Golf Club Zeeland $10
Gold Course at Saskatoon Golf Club Alto $8.00 - $19.50
Blue Course at Saskatoon Golf Club Alto $8.00 - $19.50
Ironwood Golf Course Byron Center $20
Red/White at West Ottawa Golf Club Holland $18 - $23
Short Course at Kalamazoo Country Club Kalamazoo $27
Eagle Creek Golf Club Allegan $15
Chikaming Country Club Lakeside $78 - $105
Signal Point Club Niles $63 - $73
White at Grand Rapids Golf Club Grand Rapids $14 - $19
Yarrow Golf and Conference Center Augusta $20 - $55
Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe Grand Rapids $35 - $55
East Course at Gracewil Country Club Grand Rapids $15 - $28
Glenn Shores Golf Course South Haven $18
Golden Sands Golf Course Mears $13 - $18
Berrien Hills Golf Club Benton Harbor $25
Diamond Lake Golf Course Cassopolis $5 - $11
Links At Rolling Meadows Holland $7 - $12
Pilgrim's Run Golf Club Pierson $39 - $55
Westwind Golf Course Muskegon $29
North Kent Golf Course Rockford $27
Gull Lake Country Club Richland $85
South/East at Cascade Hills Country Club Grand Rapids $67
Moors Golf Club Portage $70 - $80
Iron Horse Course at Double R Ranch Resort Belding $10
Orchard Hills Country Club Buchanan $49
Plym Park Golf Course Niles $9.50 - $21.50
Lynx Golf Course Otsego $40
Briar Hill Golf Course Fremont $12 - $19
Marshall Country Club Marshall $42
Village Green Golf Club Newaygo $31
Blue/White at Hickory Knoll Golf Course Whitehall $13
Red/White at Yankee Springs Golf Course Wayland $22
Grand Prairie Golf Course Kalamazoo $9.00 - $15.50
Pines Course at Canadian Lakes Country Club Stanwood $25
Glenkerry Golf Course Greenville $22
Crystal Golf Course Crystal $11 - $17
Executive Nine at Turtle Creek Golf Course Burlington $10
Mines Golf Course Grand Rapids $25 - $30
Marywood Golf Club Battle Creek $18 - $30
Fruitport Country Club Muskegon $33 - $35
Red at Grand Rapids Golf Club Grand Rapids $14 - $19
Kent Country Club Grand Rapids $92
Summer Breeze Par 3 Fremont $6
Northwood Golf Course Fremont $30
Railside Golf Club Byron Center $61
Gleneagle Golf Club Hudsonville $16 - $35
Lake Michigan Hills Golf Club Benton Harbor $35 - $41
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