Fall is the perfect time to explore Bay Harbor golf. Between the great offers and complimentary upgrades you won’t find a better deal in Northern Michigan! There are golf courses that, no matter the weather, no matter your mood, you look forward to playing. Bay Harbor Golf Club in Michigan’s Boyne Resorts is one of those courses.
It’s been billed as the “Pebble Beach of the Midwest,” but the comparison really isn’t necessary. Because this 27-hole resort course, which ranks among the top golf courses in the country, is more than just a few holes perched above Lake Michigan. Bay Harbor has three distinct nines that all feature fun, well designed golf holes.
The stage set here for golf is truly spectacular – whether it’s the Irish-like coastal setting of Bay Harbor’s Links Nine, the innovative routing of The Quarry course or natural feel of The Preserve Nine. It’s easy to see that over the last decade, Bay Harbor has only gotten better as it matured.
Lake Michigan at Bay Harbor
By the time you hit your approach shot on the first hole, a dogleg right par 4, you’ve got a pretty good idea of what’s in store over the next few hours. To the left is Lake Michigan, which on a sunny day can appear to be a deep blue ocean; in front of you is a well-protected green, several stories above the water. And off the fairways, which comes more into play on the difficult 420-yard par-4 second hole, is high fescue much like that on the Irish courses Bay Harbor imitates.
There are lots of terrific holes on The Links Nine, but the signature hole has to be the seventh – a reachable par 5 that narrows off the tee the longer you hit it. At 490 yards, this uphill hole often plays into the wind, with the “ocean” on the right and fescue on the left. Both the tee shot and approach are somewhat blind if you attempt to reach it in two, a gamble worth taking if you’re feeling lucky.
The Quarry doesn’t take a back seat at Bay Harbor
While The Links Nine is what you’re likely to see in Bay Harbor’s brochures, The Quarry Nine might be just as worth playing. It was on the 15th hole (Links usually plays as the back nine in an 18-hole configuration) where Phil Mickelson, in a Shell Wonderful World of Golf match against Tom Lehman, pulled off a shot even remarkable by Lefty’s standards.
The par-4 hole, which is just 312 yards, is drivable, but the green is pretty much an island, with wetlands surrounding it on two sides and rock behind it. Mickelson drove his ball left and long of the green, then played a flop shot out of the rocks, which he nearly holed for eagle.
The Quarry has other interesting holes, as well. The 14th is 478 yards, and unless you drive it well over 300 yards, laying up on this par 4 is probably the best strategy, considering it’s all carry on the second shot over water to a shallow, firm green. The par-4 16th features an intimidating tee shot where the carry over wetlands looks farther than it actually is. And the 17th, which plays back into the lake (and you thought you were done with the lake) is one of the most picturesque par 3s in the Midwest.
You can also play The Preserve, which probably sees more member play than resort traffic. While The Preserve doesn’t get the publicity of the other two nines, it’s certainly up to the standards of the rest of the course. You get more hardwood trees on this nine, and like the 17th on The Quarry, the final hole on The Preserve also opens up to the Lake Michigan shoreline.
What’s not to like about Bay Harbor Golf Club? Pretty much every feature and every hole are instantly memorable. So what are you waiting for? To learn more about special weekend Golf Packages at Bay Harbor, simply click the link. If you enjoyed this article, you can also subscribe to our blog at ExploreBayHarbor.com/connect.
Thank you: Itravelgolf.com staff writer Mike Bailey
Great play begins at the award-winning Bay Harbor Golf Club, showcasing 27 holes of Arthur Hills’ best. Its three distinct and varied courses feature breathtaking, cliffside vistas along Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, aptly earning it the title “The Pebble Beach of the Midwest.” Ranked 8th in the United States by Golf Magazine, Bay Harbor Golf Club was also named as one of Golfweek’s “Best Resort Courses,” and included on its list of “Best Courses You Can Play.”
The three 9-hole Bay Harbor courses offer consistently challenging play in a range of distinctive settings that encompass shoreline bluffs, rock formations, natural dunes and lush woodlands. Together, they boast the longest coastline of any course in the United States. The courses can be combined into one seamless experience, or paired to form three unique 18-hole routings that test and reward every player and skill level.
The Links, with its towering bluffs and dunes, was the first course completed at Bay Harbor and is a stunning achievement in the game of golf. Its play is reminiscent of great Scottish seaside courses, set along miles of magnificent Lake Michigan shoreline.
The Preserve was designed to showcase the natural beauty of northern Michigan, with dense hardwoods, lush greens, wildflowers, wetlands and an abundance of wildlife. The final hole is a dramatic par 3 with a spectacular lakeside view.
The Quarry has rightly earned its reputation as one of the world’s most unique courses. The ruggedness of an existing shale quarry was preserved to give the course a rough, industrial edge as it winds its way through 40-foot gorges surrounded by stone cliffs, natural ponds and a gentle waterfall. Its finishing holes along the lake are some of the most picturesque you’ll find anywhere.
Bay Harbor Golf Club’s 114 high-tech golf carts are equipped with USB ports to recharge mobile phones and rangefinders. And before you tee off, you’ll want to download the Bay Harbor Golf Club app – available from Google Play and the iTunes Store. Its complete suite of tools is designed to give you all the information you need to devise the perfect strategy for each hole, including comprehensive yardage guides utilizing GPS mapping and 3D scaling, audio descriptions, flyover visuals and yardage information.
Before and after your game, you’ll appreciate Bay Harbor Golf Club’s first-class amenities. Warm up at the expansive practice facility, where complimentary practice balls come with every round. Take advantage of expert PGA professional instruction, available right on site. If you don’t have your clubs, you’ll find a wide selection of top-of-the-line equipment available for rent.
And what would a game be without the 19th hole? Relax at the Club’s Links Grille, a casually comfortable venue that serves up panoramic lake views with some of the best pub fare anywhere.
MORE THAN JUST A CLUB
If you love golf, you’ll love being a member at Bay Harbor Golf Club. Your membership starts with unparalleled golf including preferred tee times and no greens fees – at Bay Harbor and on 10 additional Boyne golf courses, including Big Sky, Montana and Sugarloaf, Maine.
But golf is only the beginning. The moment you enter Bay Harbor Golf Club, you know you have arrived. Quiet elegance and gorgeous vistas surround you. The 14,000 square foot Fuller Nichols-designed Clubhouse sits atop a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, beckoning you to relax and take in the spectacular views.
You’ll enjoy exclusive member tournaments, social events, league and couples play. Plus preferred member pricing on snow sports, lodging, dining, shopping, spas and more. Your membership is transferrable and refundable with no assessments and no minimums.
Join us at Bay Harbor Golf Club – the perfect setting to gather with family, friends or business associates to create lasting memories.