Originally Posted by nellycuz
Thanks for all the replies!
Things have changed as I have thought more about this since your responses.
We are going to go either the 2nd week of May or late summer/early fall now.
I'm trying to figure out if staying at a resort is the best way to do this. For lodging, all we need is the basics: shower, 4 beds, fridge. Most of the resorts look like we are getting and paying more than we need, which the extra $$ could be spent on golf. Only thing is, I like some of the unlimitted golf perks with the stay and play packages.
I want to include at least one of the two courses: Forest Dunes or Arcadia. I think they are about 90 minutes away from eachother. Include one of those and then a couple rounds at some other decent courses. Which course has more options near by, Dunes or Arcadia? Well maintained, decent price courses. Forest Dunes or Arcadia will obviously be our highlight of the trip.
What do some of you who live in Michigan think our best route would be? Stay in a resort and pay for more upscale lodging? Or stay in a hotel close to Arcadia or FD, then play some surrounding less expensive courses? Looking to play 1 round Friday afternoon, 2 Saturday and maybe 1 Sunday on the way home from MI to Cbus, OH.
My golfing group has never done the hotel or resort route - one of the guys goes on VRBO (or a similar site) and finds a home to rent, then we find tee times and upon arrival make one trip to the grocery/beverage store for the stay.
As far as which has more around it - both Arcadia and Forest Dunes are both out of the way places; I'd say there is more near Forest Dunes, you could stay at Tree Tops (as an example) and it is about an hour to Forest Dunes, Arcadia would be 2+ hours. From Boyne you are looking at 2 hours to Forest Dunes and closer to 3 hours to Arcadia.
IMO - Arcadia is a destination course, it is not the most challenging - but the views and layout are amazing. Forest Dunes is probably a tougher layout, but it is literally in the middle of nowhere, don't get me wrong it is a great facility, clubhouse, dining area, the course is great, but it has no views like those you get on every hole at the Bluffs.
The better lodging choice for Arcadia is either Traverse City (Grand Traverse Resort - I've heard mixed reviews, some love, some not so much), or you could look at Tullymore/St. Ives, still 2 hours to Arcadia or Forest Dunes but nice courses.