Top Places to Tee Off in Benzie and Manistee

Chestnut Hills

Family-friendly, this tree-lined 18-hole course sports the refreshing motto “where golf is still a game.” 7700 GLOVERS LAKE RD., BEAR LAKE, 231.864.2458, CHESTNUTGOLF.COM.

Crystal Mountain

Both courses within this year-round resort boast prestigious 4-star ratings from Golf Digest. Betsie Valley offers tree-lined fairways with water elements, abundant wildflowers and challenging bunkers. Mountain Ridge’s fairways ascend to high elevations with spectacular views. 2500 CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN DR., THOMPSONVILLE, 800.968.7686, CRYSTALMOUNTAIN.COM.

Hemlock Golf Club

A formidable course designed by nationally acclaimed architect Raymond Hearn that offers 18 holes sculpted from natural landscape. 5105 WEST DECKER RD., LUDINGTON, 231.845.1300, HEMLOCKGOLFCLUB.COM.

Manistee Golf & Country Club

Established in 1901, this historic course, open to the public, boasts nearly three-quarter miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and a full-service restaurant/lounge. 500 CHERRY ST., MANISTEE, 231.723.2509. MANISTEEGOLFANDCC.COM.

Manistee National

Golfers with varying skill levels will enjoy the two courses set within the beautiful Manistee National Forest. Canthooke Valley is built on sandy soil with expansive fairways and rolling hills. Cutter’s Ridge plays within the woodlands, with fairways surrounded by marshes, and with greater elevation changes. 4797 U.S. 31 S., MANISTEE. 231.398.0123, MANISTEENATIONAL.COM.

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