From Eagle Eye to Hawk's Eye: Golf Advisor's Top 20 Michigan Courses for 2014

No state is deeper than Michigan when it comes to great golf, particularly when factoring in what golfers are paying for a tee time. From a value perspective, few states can be put in the same league.

Michigan regularly places many golf courses on national rankings, whether it's Golf Digest's Top 100 Courses You Can Play ranking or Golf Advisor's top-conditioned and top 50 courses in the U.S.

In 2014, 20 Michigan golf courses earned overall scores of 4.5 stars or higher. On the list are a few well known names that make Top 100 lists. But beyond that, it's easy to see that in every little nook and cranny of "The Mitten" is a golf course that's leaving golfers very satisfied.

Northern Michigan destinations such as Harbor Springs and Gaylord boast ranked courses, as do the southwest and metro Detroit area.

At no. 1 is Eagle Eye, located in the backyard of Michigan State University. It's a tough design with a Pete Dye-inspired island green.

Homer223, a top 250 contributor to Golf Advisor, awarded the course five stars in his July 2014 review.

"The course lives up to its billing as one of the best in the state," he wrote. "Beautiful views, challenging, a wide variety of holes. It was expensive, but I thought it was worth it. I'll be back."

Top 20 courses in Michigan on Golf Advisor in 2014

1. Eagle Eye Golf Club, Bath
2. Forest Dunes Golf Club, Roscommon
3. Stonehedge North & South Golf Club at Gull Lake View, Augusta
4. Macatawa Legends Golf and Country Club, Holland
5. Majestic at Lake Walden, Hartland
6. Whittaker Woods Golf Club, New Buffalo
7. Hawk Hollow Golf Club, Bath
8. Little Traverse Bay Golf Club, Harbor Springs
9. Huron Meadows Golf Course, Brighton
10. Gaylord Country Club, Gaylord
12. Stonegate Golf Club, Twin Lake
13. The Pohlcat, Mt. Pleasant
14. Ravines Golf Club, Saugatuck
15. Moose Ridge Golf Course, South Lyon
16. The Medalist Golf Club, Marshall
17. Boulder Pointe Golf Club, Oxford
18. Grand View Golf Course, New Era
19. Springfield Oaks Golf Course, Davisburg
20. Hawk's Eye Golf Club, Bellaire

UPDATE: Top 25 courses in Michigan according to Golf Advisor reviews in 2015

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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You should look into Eagle Crest Golf Club, definitely the hidden gem of Southeast Michigan.

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Springfield Oaks in the top 20. Give me a break.

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This is a disappointing list. I'll give you another 20 years to play the top 200 golf courses in Michigan then make an real assessment. Do your homework kid.

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No 'homework' necessary. This list was based on reviews, not my opinion! 

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not even close to accurate assessment of MI golf.............

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where the heck is arcadia bluffs

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Not enough reviews to qualify for 2014.

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From Eagle Eye to Hawk's Eye: Golf Advisor's Top 20 Michigan Courses for 2014