Golf in MichiganMarch 1, 2018

Michigan Golf by the Numbers

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.

Photo by Dom Furore/Golf Digest

Michigan has five of America's Top 100 Public Courses, including No. 23 Forest Dunes in Roscommon.


Public Golf Courses


Summer daylight hours, allowing play well past 9 p.m. in June, July and August


America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses as ranked by Golf Digest: No. 12, Crystal Downs Country Club; No. 17, Oakland Hills Country Club; and No. 68, Arcadia Bluffs


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

Photo courtesy of Treetops Resort

The top-rated Par-3 course in America is Threetops, one of five enjoyable courses at Treetops Resort in Gaylord.

No. 1

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

Photo courtesy of Pure Michigan

Michigan ranks No. 1 in the nation in the production of tart cherries, and Friske Farm Market up north in Ellsworth is an excellent place to get a taste.

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.

45th Parallel

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.

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