Altvater: Michigan golf travel ideasWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
I am a Buckeye through and through, so I have never been a big Michigan fan, but I am beginning to have a new appreciation for the state.
It is loaded with great golf opportunities for every practicing golfaholic.
Most golfers are familiar with Arcadia Bluffs on the west side of the state. It sits majestically along the Lake Michigan coastline and many of the 18 holes offer panoramic views over the lake.
The veranda of the clubhouse is a great place to enjoy a meal or just a glass of your favorite beverage while you take in the beautiful surroundings.
The course is challenging and is always rated as one of the best in the state as well as the nation.
Many golfers are not aware of the gem that sits in the middle of the lower-peninsula near Roscommon: Forest Dunes.
This 18-hole Tom Weiskopf design opened for play in 2002 and is one of Weiskopf’s best efforts. He routed nine holes through the thick pine tree forest and a second nine over and around the sand dunes, using much of the natural terrain.
The course earned rave reviews, but the property never gained popularity with golfers until just a couple years ago. It came under new ownership in 2012 and invested $1.5 million in the new Lake Au Sable Lodge that allows Forest Dunes to offer affordable stay and play packages.
One of the advantages of the location of Forest Dunes is its proximity to Gaylord, Mackinac, Traverse City and even Petosky. Golfers can stay at Forest Dunes and easily access the other wonderful attractions of Michigan.
Forest Dunes has just contracted world-famous golf architect Tom Doak to design a second 18-hole course. Construction has already begun and it will be ready for play by the summer of 2016.
When the new course is complete it will offer one of the most unique features of any golf course on the North American continent.
Forest Dunes is easily accessible off I-75. If you are heading north for a vacation or heading home from a northern adventure, do yourself a favor and stop by Forest Dunes for a quick 18 and a wonderful dining experience.
I recommend every golfaholic put Forest Dunes near the top of his or her bucket list.
Other wonderful golf locations in Michigan include Boyne, Lakewood Shores, Treetops and Crystal Mountain. Each offers complete accommodation packages and every amenity necessary to please even the most demanding golf traveler.
In addition to great golf, the western coastline along Lake Michigan is stunning with beautiful beaches, hiking and great views.
Spend a day or two driving along M-22 and explore Ludington, Manistee, Frankfort, Glen Arbor and the Leelanau Peninsula.
You won’t be sorry.
Traverse City, Petosky, Harbor Springs and Charlevoix all offer great dining opportunities, as well as, golf.
Do yourself a favor this summer and take a road trip through Michigan.
As Tim Allen says on those television ads, enjoy some of Pure Michigan.
Fred Altvater offers golf tips and videos at www.toledoohiogolflessons.com. Email him at BackNine@toledofree press.com or follow him on Twitter @tolohgolfr.
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