Re: Places to play in Michigan?Just returned from our Michigan golf trip...what a trip!
Shepherd's Hollow in Clarkston (just north of Detroit)--great track in great shape. We played all 3 nines, and they are all good. 2 and 3 are especially good. Great greens. Lots of elevation changes and character to the course.
Alpine & Monument courses at Boyne Mountain--Alpine is the weakest of the Boyne courses. Okay conditions, etc. Just kind of a straight forward track. Monument is by far more dramatic with huge drops off the mountain. Still, not the best of what Boyne has to offer.
Heather at Boyne Mtn (Robert T. Jones)--Magnificent greens! Layout very nice. The front is nicer than the back. More challenging and more character.
Crooked Tree--Amazing views of the bay and Lake Michigan. Great course from tee to green, and conditions very good. Tricked up greens with goofy, nearly impossible pin placements somewhat tainted the round.
Bay Harbor--Top 5 course I've played. Links & Quarry nines. Absolutely terrific layout with awesome views, terrain, and layout. Perfect conditions.
Moor--Boyne's supposedly weak layout, but we liked it a lot. Nice course; lots of water and sand, but greens not as nice as the rest of Boyne's courses.
Ross Memorial--mimics 18 of Donald Ross's most famous holes. He's evil. Lots of sand and collection areas. Great conditions. Nice course.
Hills--This is the Arthur Hills design at Boyne, and it is their best other than Bay Harbor. Awesome course with awesome conditions, varying challenges, great design. One of my favorite courses I've played.
Arcadia Bluffs (about 2 hours south of Boyne, played on way home)--Two words--AWE SOME!!! Links style course with views of Lake Michigan on every hole. Truly incredible layout, and very tough. They had a bagpipe player serenading the course during part of our round, with the sun setting over the Lake. Don't miss this gem.
Overall, I would say that all these courses are worth playing, and Arcadia, Bay Harbor, Hills, Shepherd's Hollow, Crooked Tree, and even Ross are all truly special. In summer, 75-80 degrees every day--AMAZING.