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Tall pines and hardwoods stand watch around Candlestone Golf & Resort, their reflections dappling the surface of marshy ponds and water traps that resemble pools where woodland sprites might splash. The par-72, Jerry Matthews-designed course has a timeless quality, though in fact it was completely renovated in 2008, setting new electric golf carts buzzing past sand traps redesigned to meet USGA standards. The resort’s two dozen guest rooms were recently remodeled, too, with flat-screen TVs, new mattresses, and a fresh supply of hardworking counting-sheep filling each serene, wood-accented space. Overlooking the golf course, the Water Tower Grille serves wine, beer, dessert cocktails, and crowd-pleasing dinner fare such as chipotle-honey barbecue ribs, pecan-crusted walleye, and hand-tossed pizza on a spacious deck or beside a roaring fireplace. In 2009, The Grand Rapids Press praised the Grille’s “friendly service and good food,” such as the “tender and moist” pork chops.

8100 Storey Rd
Belding,
MI
US

Scant trees, rolling mounds, and small, deep bunkers. These are the marks of a serious, links-style layout, and Glenkerry Golf Course is as serious as they come. The course pays homage to the early days of golf with each of these traditional, Scottish-style characteristics, giving players 71 strokes to finish at par or better on the 18-hole loop. To accomplish such a feat requires control off the tee, limited mistakes on the greens, and the patience of a dreaming baby sloth. Those who manage to string together a round can be proud of their precision and prowess. And those who come up short can always haul their clubs to the on-site, all-grass driving range and practice putting green for solo practice, lessons, or group clinics.

1413 E Kent Rd
Greenville,
MI
US

First opened in 1927, Portland Country Club's 18-hole course sprawls across 100 acres of rolling countryside terrain stitched by mature trees. The winding 5,558-yard layout challenges duffers with imposing tree lines and sand traps kissed against fairways and greens. Portland Country Club regularly hosts the Michigan Players Junior Golf Tour as well as its annual Best Ball Tournament, which has been played for 54 consecutive years. The club still retains the grounds' original farmhouse, now expanded and renovated into a clubhouse to serve as a testament to its humble beginnings and a quick reference for any Herbert Hoover–related trivia.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 70 course
  • Total length of 5,558 yards from the back tees
  • Four sets of tees per hole
  • Scorecard
4901 Divine Hwy
Portland,
MI
US

Sculpted into the landscape a half-century ago, Arrowhead Golf Course enhances the native scenery with dense tree lines that frame every hole and creeks and ponds that bisect lush fairways. The front nine features more straight-on layouts with undulating greens, and the back nine can test any bag of trick sticks with numerous ponds and sweeping doglegs on the final two holes. On the par 4 18th hole, the course’s hardest rated hole, a dogleg left is guarded by an oak tree at the bend that swats shots trying to cut the corner and a fairway-splitting stream that lures thirsty golf balls.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course

  • 6,188 yards from the farthest set of tees

  • Three tee options

  • See details on each hole

2170 Alden Nash Ave NE
Lowell,
MI
US

Nestled among oak trees and apple orchards, the 18-hole, par 72 course at Deer Run Golf Club hosts weeping willows that have been ducking golf balls for more than four decades. Golfers start out at the course’s second-hardest hole, navigating a dogleg left in the last fourth of the fairway and hitting past two bunkers that stand sentry just in front of the green. The second hole, a handicap 18, lets players catch their breath or show off by wearing a diamond-studded blindfold while driving, but the 13th hole—the course’s toughest—gives even the most gifted swingers a challenge with a dogleg right and a green guarded by a slither of fairway-bifurcating water.

Before hitting the course, players warm up at one of the driving range’s 25 hitting stations or by bench-pressing a golf cart. After, they generally decamp to Deer Run's clubhouse, which complete with a hardwood dance floor and fireplace ready for hosting special occasions. Here, up to 250 guests can party away the night, celebrate weddings and other occasions, or host a conference on turning the state of Indiana into a 1,800-hole championship course.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course

  • Total length of 6,964 yards from the back tees

  • Course rating of 74.1 from the back tees

  • Course slope of 134 from the back tees

  • Four sets of tees per hole

13955 Cascade Rd SE
Lowell,
MI
US