The undulating contours and lake vistas of Benzie and the West Shore make for challenging, inspired golf—naturally.

Arcadia Bluffs

Links lavished over a dune landscape perched high above Lake Michigan make Arcadia Bluffs one of the region’s most divine courses. Sublime dining. 14710 Northwood Hwy., Arcadia. 231-889-3001, ARCADIABLUFFS.COM.

Champion Hill

Eighteen holes spread over a pastoral setting with slices of Lake Michigan, Platte and Crystal lakes floating on the horizon. Plenty of challenge. 501 N. Marshall Rd., Beulah, 231-882-9200, CHAMPIONHILL.COM.

Crystal Mountain

Two championship golf courses. The panoramic Mountain Ridge course and the tree-lined (recently renovated) Betsie Valley course. 800-968-7686, CRYSTALMOUNTAIN.COM.

Mistwood Golf Course

Jerry Matthews-designed 27 hole combines challenge and affordability in a lovely landscape. 7568 Ole White Dr., Lake Ann. 231-275-5500, MISTWOODGOLF.COM.

Crystal Lake Golf Club

Crystal Lake-side links offer challenge and spectacular scenery. Hint: Before you play tour the course online with PGA pro Justin Keillor, Fairway Dr., Beulah, 231-882-4061, CLGOLFCLUB.COM.


Set in the Portage Lake highlands and close enough to Lake Michigan to catch the breeze, this Jeff Gorney-designed course winds through a classic Up North forest and orchard setting. 6444 Farr Rd., Onekema, 231-889-5644, HEATHLANDS.COM.

Manistee National

Named in honor of Manistee’s lumbertown heritage, Manistee National’s courses, Canthooke Valley and Cutters Ridge, are surrounded by their legacy forests. Canthooke Valley provides accessible golf for players of all levels. Cutters Ridge is more challenging, boasting one of the highest course slopes in Michigan. 4797 US-31, Manistee. 231-398-0123, MANISTEENATIONAL.COM.

Pinecroft Golf Course

Fairways oriented toward Crystal Lake and lush rolling greens make these 18 holes a standout. 8260 Henry Rd., Beulah, 231-882-9200, PINECROFTGOLF.COM.  


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