Michigan

The Wolverine State of Michigan consists of two enormous, mainly forested peninsulas situated in the Great Lakes Region of the United States. The state’s proximity to Canada is such that it has nine international crossing points with the province of Ontario across the International Boundary. Lansing may be the state capital of Michigan but the Motor City of Detroit is its largest and most famous city, best known around the world for its automobile production and, of course, its very own brand of soul music known as The Motown Sound.

On the sporting front, The Golf Association of Michigan, formed in 1919, is the governing body for amateur golf in the state and it looks after a membership of over 60,000 golfers who play on more than 400 courses, ranging from Keweenaw Mountain Lodge in the northwest to Bedford Hills in the southeast.

Michigan boasts a couple of truly exceptional courses, Crystal Downs in Frankfort and Oakland Hills (South) in Bloomfield Hills, both of which feature prominently whenever World Top 100 charts are published. Modern courses like Kingsley Club, Lost Dunes, The Dunes Club and Arcadia Bluffs complete a handful of top ranked tracks in the state though there are plenty of great Golden Age layouts to be found in and around Detroit.

Our Michigan Best In State Rankings were last updated in June 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Michigan

Crystal Downs

1st Michigan - Best in Area

Crystal Downs Country Club is set delightfully on a headland that is wedged between Lake Michigan and Crystal Lake in America’s Midwest.

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Description: Crystal Downs Country Club is set delightfully on a headland that is wedged between Lake Michigan and Crystal Lake in America’s Midwest. Rating: 5.7 out of 6

Oakland Hills (South)

2nd Michigan - Best in Area

With many holes lined by trees, six US Opens and one Ryder Cup under its belt, the South course at Oakland Hills Country Club should be treated with respect.

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Description: With many holes lined by trees, six US Opens and one Ryder Cup under its belt, the South course at Oakland Hills Country Club should be treated with respect. Rating: 5.4 out of 6

Kingsley Club

3rd Michigan - Best in Area

The Kingsley Club, located a few miles south of Traverse City in Michigan, is laid out on links-like sandy ground. It opened for play in 2001 and is already being lauded as a modern classic.

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Description: The Kingsley Club, located a few miles south of Traverse City in Michigan, is laid out on links-like sandy ground. It opened for play in 2001 and is already being lauded as a modern classic. Rating: 5.7142857142857 out of 6

Dunes Club

4th Michigan - Best in Area

With Pine Valley-like waste areas, stunning tee to green conditioning and dramatic bunkering, the “walking only” Dunes Club is an American rarity, dubbed as “the best 9-hole course anywhere”.

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Description: With Pine Valley-like waste areas, stunning tee to green conditioning and dramatic bunkering, the “walking only” Dunes Club is an American rarity, dubbed as “the best 9-hole course anywhere”. Rating: 5.6666666666667 out of 6

Lost Dunes

5th Michigan - Best in Area

Set on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, Lost Dunes Golf Club, designed by Tom Doak, is set dramatically in a former sand quarry with towering dunes surrounding it.

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Description: Set on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, Lost Dunes Golf Club, designed by Tom Doak, is set dramatically in a former sand quarry with towering dunes surrounding it. Rating: 5 out of 6

Forest Dunes (Weiskopf)

6th Michigan - Best in Area

Located way off the beaten track, at a latitude further north than Toronto in Canada, the Tom Weiskopf-designed Forest Dunes Golf Club lies within a 1,200-acre estate...

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Description: Located way off the beaten track, at a latitude further north than Toronto in Canada, the Tom Weiskopf-designed Forest Dunes Golf Club lies within a 1,200-acre estate... Rating: 4.5 out of 6

Franklin Hills

7th Michigan - Best in Area

A wonderful old Donald Ross golf course that has remained largely intact since it first opened in 1926, Franklin Hills Country Club is laid out on a tight tract of land to the north west of Detroit.

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Description: A wonderful old Donald Ross golf course that has remained largely intact since it first opened in 1926, Franklin Hills Country Club is laid out on a tight tract of land to the north west of Detroit. Rating: 4.5 out of 6

Point O' Woods

8th Michigan - Best in Area

Trent Jones routed Point O’ Woods across some 350 acres of rolling terrain and the club is home to one of the country’s most important amateur tournaments, the Western Amateur Championship.

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Description: Trent Jones routed Point O’ Woods across some 350 acres of rolling terrain and the club is home to one of the country’s most important amateur tournaments, the Western Amateur Championship. Rating: 5 out of 6

Marquette (Greywalls)

9th Michigan - Best in Area

Tom Doak’s apprentice, Mike DeVries, designed the Greywalls golf course at Marquette Golf Club and it opened for play in 2005 to a standing ovation.

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Description: Tom Doak’s apprentice, Mike DeVries, designed the Greywalls golf course at Marquette Golf Club and it opened for play in 2005 to a standing ovation. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Indianwood (Old)

10th Michigan - Best in Area

Both the Old and New courses at Indianwood Golf & Country Club are links-like in style but the Old course is the most authentic of the two designs with numerous, deep pot bunkers and waving fescue grasses.

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Description: Both the Old and New courses at Indianwood Golf & Country Club are links-like in style but the Old course is the most authentic of the two designs with numerous, deep pot bunkers and waving fescue grasses. Rating: 5 out of 6