Southwest Michigan is one of the more understated golf destinations in the United States, featuring a number of acclaimed clubs that have avoided the spotlight of other areas in the state. At the top of this list is The Dunes Club, one of the top-ranked short routes in the world. If you’re looking to play a course in the area with similar Pine Valley-esque sand hazards and forested surrounds, you may have a better chance at the slightly-less-private Wuskowhan Players Club, located near Holland, MI.
Rick Smith, known for his work at Arcadia Bluffs up the coast, created a course that winds through forests and over marshlands; management is dedicated to maintaining the natural treasures of the local ecosystem.
The naturally sandy terrain also allows for some great golf, of course. Smith takes a rather unique approach to the Pine Valley Hell’s Half-Acre concept at No. 10: Rather than requiring a full-forced carry, players can also walk the plank on a thin strip of fairway sandwiched between massive waste bunkers.