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Petoskey Area Blog

17 Courses Worth the Drive

Posted on May 20th, 2021

If golf is a big part of your vacation, the Petoskey Area will fit you to a tee. This is where golfing traditions are started, golfing stories shared, and golfing memories created to last a lifetime.

While northern Michigan is blessed with more than its fair share of exceptional golf courses, nowhere else are there so many located so close to one another. There are 17 outstanding courses here, all within 30 minutes of each another. Many have been highly rated by GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest.

An incomparable setting

Even by northern Michigan standards, these courses are exceptional. The spectacular landscape is defined by rolling wooded hills up to 600 ft. in elevation. Most courses take full advantage of the stunning terrain changes. Other courses feature breathtaking vistas of Lake Michigan.

No matter which courses you play, you’ll love the fact that the layouts are definitely not the typical bowling alley back and forth. Virtually all the holes are separated from each other, making each a uniquely fun, memorable experience.

Whether the courses wind their way through the forests or sit perched on bluffs overlooking the lake, your round will be unforgettable. You can tee it up on courses designed or inspired by the likes of Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Arthur Hills and Donald Ross. These are courses you’ve heard about, read about, and always wanted to play. It’s no wonder the Petoskey Area is home to many prestigious tournaments.

Two big anniversaries

This year marks two milestones in Petoskey Area golf. The Heather Golf Course at Boyne Highlands turns 55 this year. Among other accolades, this course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.  has been named 2018 Course of the Year by the Michigan Golf Course Association; and 2019 Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners.

This year also marks the 25th Anniversary of the spectacular Bay Harbor Golf Club. Its 27 holes on three distinct courses along the shores of Lake Michigan are why it is fondly referred to as the Pebble Beach of the Midwest. 

It’s about time

Since the Petoskey Area is on the outer edge of the Eastern Time Zone, you can play from sun-up (around 6am) until the sun sets around 9:30pm. 17 courses. 15 hours of daylight. Sounds good to us. How about you?

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About the author

Diane Dakins is passionate about all of the communities that comprise the Petoskey Area of Michigan: Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City. As assistant director of the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau, she has “been there – seen that” when it comes to virtually every area attraction. She strives to create informative content that gives potential visitors the scoop on planning a northern Michigan vacation.

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