Golf Digest Ranks Bay Harbor Golf Club Among ‘Greatest Public Courses’ in U.S.

There is nowhere quite like Northern Michigan. A rare gem filled with lush greenery, peaceful great lake waterfront property…and the most underrated golf in the country. The scenic courses in Northern Michigan have begun to garner headlines in recent years as golfer’s are trending toward the green fairways and mild weather over the warm, palm-tree filled courses in Florida. There is no better place that encapsulates the gorgeous, natural beauty of Northern Michigan like Bay Harbor.

Bay Harbor Golf Club has once again been selected among Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. The venue’s scenic Links/Quarry layout moved up eleven places to No. 73 in the most recent Golf Digest rankings.

Bay Harbor Golf Club is a flagship golf property for Boyne Resorts, one of the largest golf and resort companies in North America, Golf Digest’s biennial review of America’s top public courses appears in the June 2017 issue. Golf Digest used over 1,100 members of its Course Ranking Panel and asked each to submit ballots based on seven criteria including shot values, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, conditioning and ambience.

“We are very thrilled to not only be recognized by Golf Digest as one of the top public courses in America, but also to make a significant move up in our rankings,” said Bernie Friedrich, senior vice president of golf operations for Boyne Resorts. “We have worked hard in recent years to improve upon all of our golf courses’ playability, aesthetics, and conditioning, and this improved ranking for Bay Harbor is a testament to the changes we have made to make our courses more fun for our guests.”

Several improvements have been made in recent years to all three of the courses; including tree removal, which opened up site lines and exposed native areas; repositioning of tee-boxes forward to improve upon playability; and maintenance practices. Each area of improvement contributed to better scores during the rating process.

Bay Harbor Golf Club features 27-holes designed by Arthur Hills, which plays as three different course combinations (Links/Quarry, Quarry/Preserve, Preserve/Links). The Links/Quarry course combines holes routed along a plateau overlooking Lake Michigan with rugged golf holes that meander in and out of an old limestone quarry, finishing right along the shoreline.

Spanning more than five miles of pristine Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor, MI is a cherished destination for vacationers and residents alike. Whether you’re looking for the best Lake Michigan vacation rentals, lakefront homes for sale, or simply the best place to visit in Northern Michigan, you’ve found it at Bay Harbor.

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