Ok, I absolutely have to chime in here. While I haven't played much golf up north, I have played most of the courses in southeast Michigan at least once (which you know is more than a handful of choices). I've never ranked them, but I will try my best, and comment on a couple that have been mentioned here.
First of all, Taylor Meadows is no comparison to Lakes of Taylor IMO. Lakes is a FAR better course, with a handful of the holes having a TPC look and feel. I'd venture to say that the front nine at Lakes is probably one of the toughest 9 holes in SE Michigan (long with many forced carries).
I'm in a league at Eagle Crest, but on the contrary, I'm not a big fan of it. I'm only in the league because a lot of my friends are in it. Don't get me wrong, it's a great course, but its "target golf" at its finest which is not my cup of tea.
Inkster Valley is very challenging, and well kept. It can be frustratingly difficult at times, but its worth it a few times per year.
Warren valley is horribly kept (last time I played it was anyway, not sure if thats changed in the past 10 years). Glenhurst is "tracky".
I'm from Canton, and while Pheasant run is a nice layout that is very well kept, it is quite pricey. $45 to $55 for 18 holes in spring and fall??? Get real.
Northville Hills is super, but murderously difficult. I'm not sure I will ever play an Arnold Palmer design again.
I'm surprised Links of Novi or Coyote Golf Club have not been mentioned yet. The East 9 at Links of Novi feels like anything I've played up north. Both courses are reasonably priced for what they offer.
Lake Erie Metropark is a gem. Very forgiving, but beautiful nonetheless. ALL the Metropark courses are a great value, and layout.
Everybody should walk 9 holes at Wyandotte Shores for $14 ... a rare gem.
Actually, I can't rank them, but some of my favs and non-favs are mentioned above. I love Michigan, and we have some of the best golf around. I will say that my personal FAVORITE is probably Links of Novi because of the sum of all thats great about it: the laidback staff, the 27 hole layout, the price, the up north feel, and the east 9. The course that I would like to play more but can't really afford is Northville Hills or The Inn at St John's.
Some more that I really like but forgot to mention are: Tanglewood, Mystic Creek, Moose Ridge, Farmington Hills GC, Fox Creek.
I'm crious as to why you see Eagle Crest as a "target golf" course. When I think of "target golf" I think of courses with enforced landing areas defined by wetlands and if you miss these area you are in trouble. Only the par 5 16th and maybe the 10th hole fit this description. Inskter Valley is much more of a target golf course (2, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12,17 and 18).