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Best golf courses near Bellaire, MI

Below, you’ll find a list of courses near Bellaire, MI. There are 18 courses within a 15-mile radius of Bellaire, 17 of which are public courses and 1 are private courses. There are 16 18-hole courses and 2 nine-hole layouts.

The above has been curated through Golf Digest’s Places to Play course database, where we have collected star ratings and reviews from our 1,900 course-ranking panelists. Join our community by signing up for Golf Digest+ and rate the courses you’ve visited recently.

Shanty Creek Resort: Cedar River
Public
Shanty Creek Resort: Cedar River
Bellaire, MI
4
24 Panelists
Shanty Creek Resort is spread across 5,500 acres in northern Michigan and is split into four distinct villages that each deliver a unique experience. The resort offers five championship courses, including the Tom Weiskopf-designed Cedar River, which has relatively small greens and many water hazards in play.
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Shanty Creek Resort: The Legend
Public
Shanty Creek Resort: The Legend
Bellaire, MI
3.5
17 Panelists
Shanty Creek Resort is spread across 5,500 acres in northern Michigan and is split into four distinct villages that each deliver a unique experience. The Arnold Palmer-designed Legend course is one of the resort’s five 18-hole layouts and features elevation changes, a meandering Shanty Creek and beautiful views of Lake Bellaire.
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A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort: Sundance
Public
A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort: Sundance
Kewadin, MI
4
15 Panelists
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LochenHeath Golf Club
Private
LochenHeath Golf Club
Williamsburg, MI
4
53 Panelists
Steve Smyers was given a hilly site in an old cherry orchard with views of Lake Michigan to route (and, as it turns out, to reroute) Lochenheath. A talented player known for designing challenging courses, Smyers is in form here with a course that demands proficient shot-making and strategic analysis. While he didn't bunker the course as much as he has others, it doesn’t need it--the terrain and green sites make for a stern test. The club has been both public and private, but it is private now.
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Grand Traverse Resort and Spa: The Bear
Public
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa: The Bear
Williamsburg, MI
3.6
58 Panelists
Ranked for 10 years on our 100 Greatest Public list, The Bear is one of three championship layouts at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. The Jack Nicklaus-designed northern Michigan gem opened in 1985 and has plenty of character—with tiered greens, native fescue, moguls and deep pot bunkers. Like many Nicklaus designs, The Bear is a stern test, tipping out over 7,000 yards with a slope and rating of 76.1/150.
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Shanty Creek Resort: Hawk's Eye
Public
Shanty Creek Resort: Hawk's Eye
Bellaire, MI
Shanty Creek Resort is spread across 5,500 acres in northern Michigan and offers five 18-hole courses. Hawk’s Eye is a challenging layout with water in play on half of the holes. There’s a good amount of elevation change which create some scenic vistas. The greens have a fair amount of undulation to them, allowing the player to feed the ball into certain pins.
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Shanty Creek Resort: Summit
Public
Shanty Creek Resort: Summit
Bellaire, MI
Shanty Creek Resort is spread across 5,500 acres in northern Michigan and offers five 18-hole courses. The most playable of the five, Summit is a short course (under 6,300 yards from the tips) but can be tricky around the small, sloped greens. There is a par-3 tee box on every hole to give juniors and beginners an inviting way to pick up the game.
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Grand Traverse Resort and Spa: The Wolverine
Gary Player created two distinct nines at The Wolverine course at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. The opening side plays along lowland marshes, with water lining many holes. Despite the water, the fairways are generous on the front. The back nine plays on rolling terrain with more elevation changes from tee to green.
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Shanty Creek Resort: Schuss Mountain
Shanty Creek Resort is spread across 5,500 acres in northern Michigan and offers five 18-hole courses. At Schuss Mountain, which opened in 1972, there are two distinct nines. While the front is relatively flat and weaves through dense pine forests, the back side traverses rolling hills, providing more elevation change from tee to green. Overall, the greens don’t have a lot of undulation and are relatively straightforward.
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Mallard Golf Club
Public
Mallard Golf Club
East Jordan, MI
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Grand Traverse Resort and Spa: Spruce Run
The most affordable of the three courses at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Spruce Run is considered the most player-friendly design on property. Renamed in the 1990s for the abundant spruce and fir trees that line most holes, the northern Michigan layout plays on gently rolling hills surrounding the resort’s hotel.
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