Northern Michigan's Best Golf Courses

Northern Michigan has some of the most beautiful--and challenging--golf courses in the country, from Crystal Mountain's mountainside course to Arcadia Bluffs' wind-swept course along the Lake Michigan shoreline. And all these courses are just a short distance from Mountain Valley Lodge and Campground. Stay with us, and enjoy the best golf Northern Michigan has to offer.

Crystal Mountain Resort: Mountain Ridge

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7007 yards
  • Slope: 135
  • Rating: 72.0
  • When is Crystal Mountain Resort's golf course open? April to October

Crystal Mountain Resort has two excellent 18-hole golf courses: Mountain Ridge and Betsie Valley. Mountain Ridge, which is actually carved into a mountainside, offers great views of the surrounding mountains, hills, and forests. Fairways wind through massive pine trees, and bunkers and water hazards are strategically placed, making for a challenging 18 holes of classic Michigan golf.

Champion Hill Golf Course

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6877 yards
  • Slope: 121
  • Rating: 71.9
  • When is Champion Hill Golf Course open? May to October

Located in the highlands of Benzie County, Michigan, Champion Hill Golf will provide you with views of Crystal Lake, the Platte Lakes, and Lake Michigan. The course features well-groomed rolling fairways and large, contoured greens. Champion Hill also has practice areas for driving and for putting. Crystal Mountain Resort also has a ten-acre practice area, which includes a driving range, putting green, and chipping greens.

Mistwood Golf Course

  • Holes: 27 (3 nines)
  • Par: 71
  • Length: Approx. 4,800 to 6700 yards
  • Slope: 117 to 143
  • Rating: 69.2 to 72.9
  • Open: Contact site

Mistwood Golf Course, located in Lake Ann, Michigan, is considered one of the best courses in Northern Michigan. Golf Digest has consistently given it a 4-Star rating. Mistwood offers a total of 27 holes made up of three nines.

Known for its rolling slopes and bent-grass putting greens, Mistwood Golf Course covers more than 300 acres of Northern Michigan countryside and is just minutes from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. A driving range and putting green are available.

Pinecroft Golf Course

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6,447 yards
  • Slope: 124
  • Rating: 70.9
  • When is Pinecroft Golf Course open? May to October

Once a Christmas tree plantation, Pinecroft is now one of Northern Michigan's most enjoyable golf destinations. Here, you'll have stunning views of nearby Crystal Lake. The course features rolling greens, surrounded by majestic pines and firs.

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7,298 yards
  • Slope: 143
  • Rating: 75.1
  • When is Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club open? April to November

Arcadia Bluffs is a 245-acre golf club located on wind-swept bluffs, 180 feet above the Lake Michigan shoreline. (The area was once a collection of apple orchards and cherry orchards.) Here, you'll get great views of Lake Michigan and a very challenging course. In fact, almost every hole provides views of the lake.

The course features wide fairways and open, spacious greens. Arcadia Bluffs also has a second golf course, the South Course. This is an unusual course that uses various angles to create a course design that focuses the golfer to focus on strategy. A driving range, chipping area, and putting green can be used for practice.