Michigan's top 20 public golf course rankings for the 2024 season


Michigan's best public golf courses will remain largely unchanged from 2023 to 2024.

Golfweek, part of the USA TODAY Network, released its comprehensive rankings of public access golf courses by state on Monday, and Michigan again released a ranking of its top 20 courses.

Arcadia Bluffs' Bluffs Course continues to be considered Michigan's best public golf course, with refreshingly hard, fast turf and unparalleled views of Lake Michigan. Widely considered one of the top 50 public golf courses in America, The Bluffs celebrates its 25th anniversary this season, having opened in 1999 with a design by Warren Henderson and Rick Smith.

Its clubhouse is also famous: Arcadia Bluffs was listed among the top 10 “19th holes” in the U.S. a few summers ago. Its beautiful clubhouse and hotel, as well as the signature white Adirondack chairs – which stand above the 18th green – offer unobstructed views of 3,100 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline and a perfect view of the day's sunset.

The unique and celebrated Greywalls in Marquette again ranked second and is one of four golf courses in the Upper Peninsula to make Golfweek's top 20.

Forest Dunes' two courses in Roscommon (The Loop and Forest Dunes) are once again ranked back to back, Arcadia Bluffs' South Course – the newest course on the list, having opened in 2018 – completes the top five, and Belvedere in Charlevoix, perhaps the state's most underrated course, remains at number 6.

A newcomer has made it into Golfweek's top 20 this year: The Smith Signature course at Treetops Resort in Gaylord is disappearing and will be replaced at No. 17 by Tullymore at Tullymore Golf Resort in Stanwood, 15 miles south of Big Rapids.

The biggest jump was made by Sage Run at Bark River in the UP, which rose seven spots this year to tie for 12th place. It is operated by the Island Resort and Casino in Harris and its sister course Sweetgrass is also in the top 10.

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Golfweek uses hundreds of certified course raters to analyze 10 different criteria on a scale of 1 to 10 for each course to determine an average course rating. The raters also give each course a single overall rating, which is then used to create all of our Golfweek best course rankings.

To qualify, a course must allow some form of public play. “If the will is there, there's a tee time – no membership required,” says Jason Lusk, creative director and travel editor for Golfweek.

Here is Golfweek's complete top 20 rankings for Michigan in 2024:

(For the best golf courses in the Detroit metropolitan area, the Free Press compiled a ranking of the top 10 public courses.)

Michigan's Best Public Golf Courses According to Golfweek for 2024

*Indicates location in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

1. Arcadia Bluffs (Bluffs), Arcadia (last year's rank: 1)

2. *Marquette GC (Greywalls), Marquette (2)

3. Forest Dunes (The Loop Red & Black), Roscommon (3)

4. Forest Dunes, Roscommon (4)

5. Arcadia Bluffs (South), Arcadia (5)

6. Belvedere, Charlevoix (6)

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7. Boyne's Bay Harbor (left/quarry), Bay Harbor (7)

8. Eagle Eye, Bath (9)

T9. *Island Resort and Casino (Sweetgrass), Harris (t10)

T9. Gull Lake View Resort (Stoatin Brae), Augusta (8)

11. Pilgrimage, Pierson (t10)

T12. *Sage Run, Bark River (19)

T12. Harborfront, Benton Harbor (12)

14. American Dunes, Grand Haven (13)

15. University of Michigan GC, Ann Arbor (14)

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16. Boyne Highlands (Arthur Hills), Harbor Springs (16)

T17. Tullymore Golf Resort (Tullymore), Stanwood (not ranked)

Hidden River Golf & Casting Club, Brutus (15)

19. Diamond Springs, Hamilton (18)

20. *Pine Mountain Resort (Timber Stone), Iron Mountain (20)

You can find the rest of Golfweek's state-by-state rankings here. Look for more rankings in June.