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

The Michigan public golf scene is a coveted one, with great courses to be found in all parts of the mitten. Northern Michigan receives the most national recognition for its stellar resort courses around Traverse City, Gaylord and Harbor Springs. But the state is gorgeous in more spots than the north, and while the northern courses are known for value, golfers in Michigan still find them pricey compared to other spots, particularly around Grand Rapids and central Michigan near the state capital.

Golf Advisor's top 25 golf courses in Michigan in 2015, as rated by Golf Advisor reviewers (not me, a Michigan native) showcase well known courses that make national top 100 lists, like Boyne, Bay Harbor, Shanty Creek, Eagle Eye and Harbor Shores. But there are also courses that are more beloved by the locals, including a few lesser known resorts. Four of Michigan's top courses made Golf Advisor's Top 50 in the U.S. list, and the kicker is that these four are probably not the ones you're used to seeing. Michiganders all have a great value-course in their back pocket, no matter where they live, while Chicago residents find great, affordable options a short drive away in the state's southwest side. If there's anything we can conclude from Michigan's top 25, rated by you, it's that there are a lot of great, affordable courses in Michigan designed by less well known architects that you're probably missing out on. If you're more interested in playing the best nationally known courses according to expert reviews, you can check out Jason Scott Deegan's (also a Michigan native) top 15 courses in Northern Michigan.

To find this ranking, we took a combination of a course's overall and subcategory scores from reviews submitted in 2015. You can view each course's details by clicking on their link below.

Top 25 golf courses in Michigan


Cedar Springs


Hamilton


Gaylord


Ypsilanti


Bellaire


Holly


Wixom


Gaylord


Harbor Springs


Bay Harbor


Charlevoix


Bellaire


Benton Harbor


Marshall


South Lyon


Bath


Saugatuck


Augusta


Augusta


Harbor Springs


Mount Pleasant


Twin Lake


Bath


Battle Creek


Holland


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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I understand the metrics, but no Arcadia makes this list void in my opinion. 

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what about Meridian Sun in Haslett

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Whoaaaaaa.... Harbor Shores should DEFINITELY be higher on this list, and where's Arcadia Bluffs?

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Arcadia didn't receive enough reviews to qualify in 2015. I certainly gave it five stars when I played it.

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