Northern Michigan golf is special. Vast forests of pine, maple, birch and spruce; rolling and sometimes rugged hills; glacial dunes; lakes, rivers and marsh (including the Great Lakes); and pleasant summer weather offer a perfect golf environment. The region has some absolutely spectacular courses created by some of the world’s top architects, including Willie Watson, Tom Doak, Tom Fazio, Robert Trent Jones, Rees Jones, Jim Engh, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Arthur Hills, Jerry Matthews, Rick Smith and Mike DeVries.
For the purposes of this list, I’ve counted Northern Michigan as anywhere north of a line drawn east/west through West Branch. You can see my full list of Michigan Golf Course Reviews here: GolfBlogger’s Michigan Golf Course Reviews.
My favorite Northern Michigan golf course is Forest Dunes, in Roscommon. A course that draws national accolades, it is in the conversation for the title of best public course in Michigan. I also really love Black Lake. In the Upper Peninsula, you can’t beat Greywalls, Timberstone and Sweetgrass.
Here’s a list of GolfBlogger’s Northern Michigan Golf Course Reviews. Recent reviews include the Boyne Highlands Donald Ross Memorial and Treetops Rick Smith Signature.