Can a 100 Greatest course be a sleeper? The Bluffs Course at Arcadia Bluffs has been overshadowed by No. 18 Pacific Dunes ever since it finished second to it in the Best New Upscale Public Course race of 2001. And likewise it’s been second-fiddle to No. 14 Crystal Downs, a northern Michigan neighbor that every visitor wants to play, even though it’s private and Arcadia is public. And even by No. 23 Whistling Straits, the imitation links on the opposite side of Lake Michigan that Arcadia Bluffs resembles, although the sand dunes at Arcadia are natural, not manmade. Now the Bluffs faces competition from within, the newly-opened sister layout, the South Course at Arcadia Bluffs, designed by Dana Fry in the style of C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor.
100 Greatest: Ranked since 2005. Highest ranking: No. 46, 2007-'08. 2021-'22 ranking: No. 83.
100 Greatest Public: Ranked since the inaugural edition in 2003. Highest ranking: No. 10, 2005-'12. 2021-'22 ranking: No. 14.
Best in State: Ranked third, 2011-'22. Ranked inside the top 5, 2003-'10.
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