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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Gold at Winding Creek Golf Course
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Holland $25
Blue Nine at Winding Creek Golf Course
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Holland $25
Willow Wood Golf Club
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Portland $12
Pilgrim's Run Golf Club
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Pierson $32
Lake Doster Golf Club
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Plainwell $22
Cedar Chase Golf Club
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Cedar Springs $16
Stonegate Golf Club
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Twin Lake $24
Ravines Golf Club
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Saugatuck $28
Clearbrook Golf Club
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Saugatuck $16
Quail Ridge Golf Club
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Ada $28
West at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort
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Augusta $18
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
Colonial Golf Course
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Hart $14
Waters Edge Golf Club
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Fremont $15
Lake Cora Hills Golf Course
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Paw Paw $12
Red Arrow Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $2.5
Pin High Golf Course
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Lawton $6
Whitefish Lake Golf Course
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Pierson $10
Heritage Glen Golf Club
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Paw Paw $22
Legacy at Hastings Hastings $21 - $40
Prairies Golf Club
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Kalamazoo $14
White Nine at Hickory Ridge Golf Course Galesburg $9.50 - $15.00
Pebblewood Country Club
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Bridgman $12
White/Gold at Yankee Springs Golf Course Wayland $22
Meceola Country Club Big Rapids $20
Bella Vista Golf Course
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Coldwater $25
Chase Hammond Golf Course
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Muskegon $17
Jeptha Lake Golf Course
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Bloomingdale $10
Park Shore Golf Course Cassopolis $24
East Course at Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort
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Augusta $18
Sunrise/Midday at Centennial Acres
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Sunfield $19.5
Sunrise/Sunset at Centennial Acres
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Sunfield $19.5
Grand View Golf Course
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New Era $17
Stonehedge North Course at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort
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Augusta $18
Medalist Golf Club
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Marshall $25
East Course at Gracewil Country Club
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Grand Rapids $12
Portland Country Club
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Portland $6
Midday/Sunset at Centennial Acres
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Sunfield $19.5
Shadow Ridge Golf Course Ionia $10 - $15
Crestview Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $12
Rolling Hills Golf Course Ionia $15
Links at Bowen Lake Gowen $25 - $40
Diamond Springs Golf Course
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Hamilton $25
Natural/Marsh at Binder Park Municipal Golf Club
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Battle Creek $18
Rogue Golf Club
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Sparta $12
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $24 - $43
Bent Pine Golf Club
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Whitehall $10
Marsh/Preserve at Binder Park Municipal Golf Club
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Battle Creek $18
Oak Ridge Golf Club Muskegon $15 - $32
West Course at Gracewil Country Club
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Grand Rapids $12
Par-3 at Blossom Trails Golf Club
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Benton Harbor $8
Olde Mill Golf Club
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Schoolcraft $10
Lincoln Country Club
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Grand Rapids $13
Milham Park Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $30
Macatawa Golf Club
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Holland $30
Riverside Golf Club & Banquet Center
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Battle Creek $17
Links At Rolling Meadows Holland $7 - $12
Boulder Creek Golf Club Belmont $30 - $45
Ferris State University Katke Golf Course
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Big Rapids $15
Morrison Lake Country Club Saranac $15
Spruce Course at Pine View Golf Club
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Three Rivers $12
Falls At Barber Creek Kent City $24 - $30
Golf Club of Coldwater Coldwater $20 - $39
Blossom Trails Golf Club
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Benton Harbor $15
Indian Run Golf Club
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Scotts $20
Western Greens Golf Course
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Marne $10
Red Nine at Hickory Ridge Golf Course Galesburg $9.50 - $15.00
Pines Golf Course
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Wyoming $15
Pines Golf Course at Lake Isabella Weidman $26 - $40
Stonehedge South Course at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort
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Augusta $18
Terra Verde Golf Course
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Nunica $15
Preserve/Natural at Binder Park Municipal Golf Club
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Battle Creek $18
Blue Nine at Hickory Ridge Golf Course Galesburg $9.50 - $15.00
Oakland Hills Golf Club Battle Creek $20 - $30
Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe Grand Rapids $35 - $55
Red/White at Yankee Springs Golf Course Wayland $22
Stoatin Brae at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort
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Augusta $65
Brookside Golf Course
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Gowen $10
Red/Blue at Eastern Hills Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $29
Pigeon Creek Golf Course
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West Olive $25
Candlestone Inn & Golf Resort Belding $15 - $36
Moss Ridge Golf Club
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Ravenna $12
Harbor Shores
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Benton Harbor $58
Grand Prairie Golf Course Kalamazoo $9.00 - $15.50
Bedford Valley Course at Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort
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Battle Creek $18
White/Blue at Eastern Hills Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $29
Shamrock Hills Golf Club
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Gobles $14
Gleneagle Golf Club Hudsonville $16 - $35
Lincoln Golf Club Muskegon $15 - $20
White/Red at Eastern Hills Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $29
Red/Gold at Yankee Springs Golf Course Wayland $22
Paw Paw Lake Golf Club
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Watervliet $16
Thoroughbred Golf Club
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Rothbury $25
Point O'Woods Golf & Country Club Benton Harbor $230
American Dunes Golf Club
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Grand Haven $20
RidgeView Golf Course
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Kalamazoo $14
Oceana Golf Club Shelby $25
East Nine at Orchard Hills Golf Club Shelbyville $21
Pines Course at Canadian Lakes Country Club Stanwood $25
Railside Golf Club Byron Center $68
Broadmoor Country Club Caledonia $40
L.E. Kaufman Golf Course Wyoming $19 - $27
Gull Lake Country Club Richland $65
Marywood Golf Club Battle Creek $18 - $30
Custer Greens Golf Course Battle Creek $13
Blythefield Country Club Belmont $80
Front Nine at Lake Monterey Golf Club Dorr $11
Pheasant Golf Course Zeeland $15
Glenkerry Golf Course Greenville $22
Cedar Creek Golf Course Battle Creek $28
White/Blue at Cheshire Hills Golf Course Allegan $18
Eagle Island Golf Club Muskegon $11.00 - $17.00
Gold/White Course at Scott Lake Country Club Comstock Park $27 - $33
Plym Park Golf Course Niles $9.50 - $21.50
Maple Hill Golf Course Grandville $19.50
Garver Lake Golf Course Edwardsburg $26
Blue/Red at West Ottawa Golf Club Holland $24.50 - $35.00
Red Course at Saskatoon Golf Club Alto $9 - $17
White Course at Saskatoon Golf Club Alto $9 - $17
White Lake Golf Club Whitehall $38 - $70
Meadows Family Golf Center Baroda $10
Chikaming Country Club Lakeside $78 - $105
Quincy Golf Course Quincy $14
Eighteen at Orchard Hills Golf Club Shelbyville $15 - $29
St. Joe Valley Golf Club Sturgis $14 - $25
Brookwood Golf Course Buchanan $18
Signal Point Club Niles $63 - $73
Valley at Old Channel Trail Golf Course Montague $8 - $21
Crestview Golf Club Zeeland $10
StoneWater Country Club Caledonia $60
Meadow at Old Channel Trail Golf Course Montague $8 - $21
Sauganash Golf Club Three Rivers $15
Short Course at Kalamazoo Country Club Kalamazoo $27
Spruce Ridge Golf Club Dowagiac $10 - $20
University Park Golf Course Muskegon $10 - $17
Moors Golf Club Portage $70 - $80
Sand Creek Golf Course Marne $5 - $7
Falcon Head Golf Club Big Rapids $25 - $30
Ridge Course at Egypt Valley Country Club Ada $60 - $90
Front Nine at Briarwood Golf Club Caledonia $14
East/West at Indian Lake Hills Golf Course Eau Claire $17
Spring Lake Country Club Spring Lake $75 - $81
Marshall Country Club Marshall $42
Pipestone Creek Golf Course Eau Claire $9
Tyler Creek Golf Course Alto $25
Hickory Hills Golf Course Fenwick less than $50
Woods at Old Channel Trail Golf Course Montague $8 - $21
Meadows Golf Club at GVSU Allendale $33
Red/Gold Course at Scott Lake Country Club Comstock Park $27 - $33
Ironwood Golf Course Byron Center $20
White/Blue at West Ottawa Golf Club Holland $24.50 - $35.00
West/North at Indian Lake Hills Golf Course Eau Claire $17
Beeches Golf Club South Haven $20 - $50
Highlands Course at Canadian Lakes Country Club Stanwood $25
Red/White at Cheshire Hills Golf Course Allegan $18
Battle Creek Country Club Battle Creek $77
Northwood Golf Course Fremont $30
Dowagiac Elks Golf Club Dowagiac $15
Orchard Hills Country Club Buchanan $49
Maple Hills Golf Course Augusta $15
Ravenna Creeks Golf Course Ravenna $18
Alwyn Downs Golf Club Marshall $15 - $29
English Hills Country Club Grand Rapids $12 - $22
Valley Course at Egypt Valley Country Club Ada $60 - $90
Squirrel Hollow Golf Course Battle Creek $13
Lake Michigan Hills Golf Club Benton Harbor $35 - $41
Holland Lake Golf Course Sheridan $17
Dunes Club New Buffalo $150
States Golf Course Vicksburg $16.25 - $26.75
St. Ives Golf Club Stanwood $50 - $85
Mullenhurst Golf Course Delton $26
HawksHead Links South Haven $30 - $70
White/Red Course at Scott Lake Country Club Comstock Park $27 - $33
Iyopawa Island Golf Course Coldwater $15 - $17
Blue Course at Saskatoon Golf Club Alto $9 - $17
Klinger Lake Country Club Sturgis $30 - $40
Big Course at Kalamazoo Country Club Kalamazoo $60 - $80
Gold Course at Saskatoon Golf Club Alto $9 - $17
Links of Edmore Edmore $17
Thousand Oaks Golf Club Grand Rapids $67 - $87
Lost Dunes Golf Club Bridgman $75
Regulation at Turtle Creek Golf Course Burlington $22
Benona Shores Golf Course Shelby $24
Colonial Par-3 Golf Course Hart $15
North Kent Golf Course Rockford $27
Gold/Red at Hickory Knoll Golf Course Whitehall $13
Executive Nine at Turtle Creek Golf Course Burlington $10
Blue/White at Hickory Knoll Golf Course Whitehall $13
Grand Beach Municipal Golf Course New Buffalo $13
Dogwood Course at Hampshire Country Club Dowagiac $10 - $27
Golden Sands Golf Course Mears $10 - $18
Mines Golf Course Grand Rapids $25 - $30
Westwind Golf Course Muskegon $29
Indian Trails Golf Course Grand Rapids $23
Sunnybrook Country Club Grandville $64
Kent Country Club Grand Rapids $92
Spring Brook Golf Course Battle Creek $8 - $15
Back Nine at Lake Monterey Golf Club Dorr $11
Alpine Golf Club Comstock Park $14
Sparta Moose Family Center & Golf Course Sparta $14 - $17
Four Lakes Country Club Edwardsburg $16
Village Green Golf Club Newaygo $31
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Muskegon Country Club Muskegon $100
Island Hills Golf Club Centreville $45 - $55
Green Valley Golf Club Sturgis $15 - $30
Lynx Golf Course Otsego $40
Fruitport Country Club Muskegon $15 - $20
East Nine at Briarwood Golf Club Caledonia $14
West/South at Cascade Hills Country Club Grand Rapids $67
North/East at Indian Lake Hills Golf Course Eau Claire $17
Tullymore Golf Club Stanwood $60 - $110
Intimidator Golf Course Reed City $6 - $12
Angels Crossing Golf Club Vicksburg $30 - $45
Iron Horse Course at Double R Ranch Resort Belding $12 - $16
Berrien Hills Golf Club Benton Harbor $30 - $46
Arrowhead Golf Course Lowell $15
Royal Course at Canadian Lakes Country Club Stanwood $45
South/East at Cascade Hills Country Club Grand Rapids $67
Red/White at West Ottawa Golf Club Holland $24.50 - $35.00
Blue/Red at Cheshire Hills Golf Course Allegan $18
Summer Breeze Par 3 Fremont $6
Watermark Country Club Grand Rapids $60 - $65
East/West at Cascade Hills Country Club Grand Rapids $67
Diamond Lake Golf Course Cassopolis $5 - $11
Wuskowhan Players Club West Olive $182
Back Nine at Briarwood Golf Club Caledonia $14
Hampshir Course at Hampshire Country Club Dowagiac $10 - $27
Gun Ridge Golf Course Hastings $9 - $14
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