In the summer months, golfers from across America—and Canada, and Europe—journey to the Great Lakes State to play golf. What makes Michigan such an ideal destination? It's all in the stats.
Public Golf Courses
Summer daylight hours, allowing play well past 9 p.m. in June, July and August
America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses as ranked by Golf Digest: No. 13, Arcadia Bluffs; No. 23, Forest Dunes (pictured above); No. 53, Tullymore GC; No. 72, Bay Harbor (Links/Quarry); and No. 78, Grand Traverse Resort (The Bear)
PGA Championships played in the state of Michigan—2008 and 1979, Oakland Hills Country Club; 1972, Bloomfield Township; 1955, Meadowbrook CC; and 1947, Plum Hollow CC
Michigan has the top-rated Par-3 Course in America, Threetops at Treetops Resort in Gaylord (pictured above).
Of the nation’s tart cherry crop comes from Michigan
70° to 80°
The average summer temperature
Miles of shoreline. The state is flanked by the Great Lakes—Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior to the North, and Lake Erie to the southeast.
Wineries, making Michigan the fifth-largest wine-producing state
Breweries and brew pubs, putting Michigan No. 5 in the nation on the list of states with the most breweries and brew pubs
The fourth year the Senior PGA Championship presented by Kitchen Aid will be played at Harbor Shores, in Benton, Mich. (on May 22-27). Harbor Shores will again host the Senior PGA Championship in 2020, 2022 and 2024.
A line of latitude that cuts through the state near the Old Mission Peninsula in Grand Traverse Bay, making it the halfway-point between the Equator and the North Pole
Number of U.S. Presidents hailing from Michigan: Gerald R. Ford, the 38th POTUS, was a Grand Rapids native, University of Michigan football star and a legitimate 80s-shooter despite his reputation for beaning spectators with tee shots.