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4.3
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Resort
Par 71
Length 6852 yards
Slope 143
Rating 74.7
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The Golf Club at Harbor Shores
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Course Details

Year Built 2010
Architect Jack Nicklaus (2010)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

4.8
113 Reviews (113)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 10
Dinner 7
Patio Dining 6
Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 18
Bunkers 17
Forced Carries 13
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 16
Entertaining Clients 12
Group Getaways 12
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 13
Convenient to the City 8

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Conditions Good
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First Time Playing

Jack loves sand and wild greens

Watched the senior pga here I think in ‘14 and walked this beast with sometime half mile walks between tees. The way they laid this course out is amazing and the cleanup from dumps and toxic factories is amazing.
Got a SUPER deal on TeeOff for $63.98 for the wife and I. Only sunny( although cold 45 degrees and breezy) day in quite a while on Tuesday 11/16/21.
They had a ton of workers on the course and was fun playing where the big names played. The greens although huge were not in the best shape. Neat to see the plaques of Jacks 18 major victory’s.
Was nice to play but wife and I agree Arnie’s Ravines a better course.
If you can stay out of the massive white sand bunkers and 2 putt half the time you’ll score well.
As a senior I played the white/gold which was perfect.
Almost ran out of power on the gps cart.
Drove 100 miles each way . Trying Lk Michigan Hills next time for a free birthday round.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Harbor Shores

First time playing and won’t be our last! Thought there would be more views of Lake Michigan, but that’s ok! Lots of elevation changes, very challenging greens. Really awesome course! Loved every second of it!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
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Pace Good
Amenities Good
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5.0
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Beautiful but Difficult! Great challenge.

Play it, you won’t be disappointed! Well, maybe with your score….

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

COURSE WAS GREAT

PLAYING ONE OF THE HARDEST COURSES IN MY SEVEN YEARS OF PLAYING AND I HAVE TO SAY IT WAS A GREAT TURN OUT. THE WEATHER WAS A LITTLE WINDY THAT DAY MAKING IT HARDER TO PLAY. OVER ALL IT WAS A GREAT TIME!! 10/10 RECOMMEND FOR ANY GOLFER.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 3
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Plays A few times a week
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5.0
First Time Playing

Must Play

Recently went to Harbor Shores with three friends for a golf trip. The staff was super nice and helpful. The carts were as comfy as the come and in great shape. The course couldn’t be any better. It was in great shape. The layout is second to none. The different views and traveling between holes is just awesome. We will definitely go back. I would put this on your must play list.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 4
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Beautiful

I look forward to playing this course in the future

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Living the good life

Fun and challenging . Excellent layout. This course has a variety of hole types so never boring. Put this one on your bucket list. Greens were tough but hey you are playing a Nicklaus course that the pros play. How often do you do that ? It is ever bit a 5 star especially for Midwest golfers.. Finally you may think I had a good scoring round. based on this review, but I didn't . Everything else this course had to offer lets me forget about my score . Now what does that say about this course?

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 212
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

A One-O-A-Kind Michigan Golf Experience

A quick look at the scorecard and you will notice that the course is split into four unique areas. Holes 1 – 6 are designated the “Inland” holes because of their inland terrain. Holes 7 – 9 feature great views of Lake Michigan and are referred to as the “Dunes” holes. The “Woodland” holes (10-13) wind through rolling hills, ravines, and a hardwood forest, while the finishing holes (14-18) border the Paw Paw River and are hence known as the “River” holes. At Harbor Shores, you can experience several facets of Michigan golf all in the same round.

The 3rd hole (Sunflower) is a great risk/reward opportunity. It plays 305 yards from the Gold Tees and the Paw Paw River on the left side can be an ominous obstacle. Should you opt for a driver off the tee, the bunkers on the left side require a carry of about 215 yards. Clear them and you’ll have a short pitch shot in. Choose a longer approach shot and you’ll have to deal with the river guarding the left side and two bunkers on the right. The green has three distinct levels, so distance control is important. Low numbers can be had here.

Number 6 (Cattail) is a challenging par 4 that is Harbor Shores' #1 handicapped hole. From the Gold Tees the hole plays 389 yards and requires a semi-blind tee shot to a fairway that ends about 230 yards; hit it any further and you’re in trouble. A drive down the right side will leave a slightly shorter approach shot. A good drive will leave an approach shot of about 140 yards, over water into the green. Should you not feel up to the challenge, there’s a large bailout area to the left.

Hole #7 (Arrow Arum) is the course’s signature hole. Not only does it feature a significant uphill elevation change, but once you get up to the green the views of Jean Klock Park and Lake Michigan are incredible. Seven is a dogleg right that requires a long drive from an island tee box, over wetlands, a lake on the right, and bunkers. Your approach shot is to an elevated green – that’s an understatement – that sits 25 yards above the fairway on the top of a dune. The green is surrounded by long, wavy dune grass. Hit it over the green and you could very well find the beach – literally! Come up short on your approach shot and you can easily roll back down the hill or worse yet, find the deep bunker about halfway down. Forget your score and look around…all is good!

If you’re a Jack Nicklaus fan, Number 10 (Red Oak) may well be your favorite hole or at least green! It’s where Jack Nicklaus showed Johnny Miller how to hole a 102-foot putt during the club’s grand opening exhibition match. Number 10 is a 475-yard par 5 with woods on the right. Left is best off the tee, and helps to avoid all kinds of hazards. Continue with your layup shot down the left side to have the best angle into a notorious 4-tiered green. Being on the correct tier is everything here if you want to avoid a potential 3-putt – or worse. At over 10,000 sq. ft., this green is recognized as one of Jack’s most famous.

Number 15 (Primrose) is another risk/reward hole. This 487-yard par 5 has several options for longball hitters if you can avoid the fairway bunkers 275 yards off the tee. Mere mortals will layup short of the trap, play their layup shot left and short of the Paw Paw River that crosses in front of the green. It also gives you the best angle to approach the two-tiered green which is very wide and not real deep. A large, deep bunker sits between the river and the green.

Number 16 (Black-Eyed Susan) is another good test of golf. From the Gold Tees, it plays 380 yards and requires an accurate drive off the tee that avoids the lake on the left. Push your tee shot right or hit it too long and you’ll have trees and branches to deal with. A good drive will leave a short iron approach shot into the kidney-shaped green which is protected by water on the left and sand on the right.

Harbor Shores Resort is centrally located between three large, metropolitan cities: 90 minutes east of Chicago, 3 hours west of Detroit and 3 hours north of Indianapolis and is a popular weekend getaway destination for couples, weddings, team-building events, and just about any other reason you can think of that might involve a golf course. The restaurant is a popular waterside spot for boaters from all over the area.

The majority of guests seem to be here for the golf: after all, it’s a highly sought-after destination for golfers all over the Midwest. Harbor Shores will be hosting The Kitchenaid Senior PGA Championship in 2022 and 2024. This is the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Course on Lake Michigan and the first beach, golf, and residential community in Southwest Michigan.

The Grille inside the clubhouse has one of the most diverse menus I’ve seen at a golf course. Not only do they take the staples such as wings, burgers, and fries to a new level, but they have such non-traditional plates as PEI mussels, fried chicken, baked mac & cheese, and a pimento cheese dip that is not to be missed.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great experience!

Really a top notch experience, best course we’ve ever played by far. It is a serious challenge, no doubt, and you definitely need to be thinking at least one shot ahead. We are mid to high handicappers, and found the course completely fair. They are very attentive to keeping the pace of play up- there was a foursome that was struggling a bit in front of us, and someone came by to let us know they had asked them to keep the pace up (not that we minded- we were enjoying the day and weren’t in a rush).

Bring an extra sleeve of balls with you if you have any tendencies to hit off line- there is a lot of trouble to be found out there. But we had an absolute blast, and will surely be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 34
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

PURE HEAVEN

From the time you pull up and they take your sticks till when they take your sticks when you are done, it is first class, PURE HEAVEN. Course is in great condition and pace of play was perfect. We will be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

This course has 4 different and challenging categories of holes ( inland, dunes, woodlands and river) and each hole was unusual and challenging.

The Harbor Shores course is one of the most picturesque and difficult courses I have played ( I played the Black/ Gold hybrid tees). My only criticism of the course is the layout is spread over a very large area and crosses a number of different roads with very few signs providing directions. If one of my foursome had not previously played the course I am not sure I could have found may way to each hole.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 30
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Did not disappoint!!

Always wanted to play this course & finally got the chance. Everything was top notch as I expected it to be! Rolling greens & nice fairways.
Only suggestion is better signage to the tee boxes as we got lost a couple times.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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