Central Michigan – A golfer’s paradise

March 15th, 2019
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Whether you’re looking for championship layouts and challenges or a relaxing weekend of oasis golf, the Central Michigan area has it all. Spend your days enjoying rolling links and wooded fairways, while spending your nights exploring the Mt. Pleasant dining, shopping and nightlife, or experience the world-class entertainment and gaming at the Soaring Eagle Casino.

Featuring a variety of courses and course style to choose from, the Central Michigan area will give you the memories of a lifetime and a permanent place for all of your future golf getaways. From Championship, Links, “Up-North”, and relaxed styles of golf, Central Michigan will have something different for you each and every trip.

Course Styles

Championship Golf:

Photographed: 18-hole putting green island, Bucks Run Golf Club

Step on the tee at one of many Championship golf courses. You’ll be amazed to see flawless course design blending seamlessly with the surrounding nature. The Chippewa River and surrounding lakes carve through many courses and wooded fairways, creating memorable holes.

Bucks Run (Mt. Pleasant, MI) is regularly ranked in the top courses in Michigan and is a must-play when in Central Michigan. Offering Championship tees, undulating greens, fluffy sand-traps, pristine grounds, and majestic scenery, Bucks Run is one of the best courses you’ll ever play, period.

Similar to Bucks Run, the Mt. Pleasant Country Club (Mt. Pleasant, MI) offers championship tees and immaculate grounds, while still being challenging yet enjoyable for all levels. The Chippewa River flows through this course creating many peninsula holes and water lined fairways.

Links:

PohlCat Golf Course

The Central Michigan area offers a variety of course styles to choose from. If you’re interested in a new challenge, give one of the Links courses a shot.

PohlCat (Mt. Pleasant, MI) is a Championship level links course designed with the help of former PGA touring pro, Dan Pohl, of which the PohlCat gets its name. Rolling hill fairways, lined with fescue grass and protected marsh-lands, punctuated with undulating greens makes this course a treat to play. With so much movement in the fairways and greens, you’ll never play the same shot twice and will want to keep coming back.

This next course, Eagle Glen (Farwell, MI), is a Jerry Matthews design and gives the Central Michigan area a second links course. Eagle Glen is a beautiful links course, so true to the Scottish links style that you may forget you’re in Michigan. With perfectly manicured fairways, carved out of a subtly rolling and open landscape, Eagle Glen makes for one of the most efficient and enjoyable courses in Central Michigan.

Up North:

Snow Snake Ski and Golf | Golf Course

If Links are not for you maybe you’d be more comfortable with an “up-north” style course.

A quick 35-minute drive south of Mt. Pleasant, you’ll find the gem of mid-Michigan, The Emerald (St. Johns, MI). The Emerald offers an enjoyable yet challenging landscape. With alternating elevated tees and greens, and beautiful fairways, you’ll feel like you are in deep in Northern Michigan golf country while cutting your road time in half.

Snow Snake Ski and Golf (Harrison, MI) offers an even more impressive variety of course elevation. Constructed on the slopes of the Snow Snake Ski facility, the course plays nearly vertical at times but is not as imitating as it sounds. With manageable yardage and moderate hazards, Snow Snake is always fun to play.

Relaxed:

The Pines at Lake Isabella

If creating a championship challenge or “up-north” adventure is not what you’re looking for, try landing on one of the open-fairways and gentle greens of the areas relaxed courses.

The Pines at Lake Isabella (Lake Isabella, MI) has a long-standing history in Michigan golf, being a regular host of amateur qualifying events and GAM tournaments. The Pines at Lake Isabella offers pristine and long fairways, well-placed sand-traps, and beautiful Pines throughout the course. If you’re looking to forget your score and enjoy time with your group, this is the place for you.

Pine River Country Club (Alma, MI) offers wide and gentle fairways with smaller, yet fair greens, creating a forgiving yet pesky round. The Maple Trees throughout the course reminds you of a big reason you love this game; just being outdoors with family.

Riverwood Resort (Mt. Pleasant, MI) offers the perfect setting for a trip with the fellas or gals. Enjoy the laid-back and open course design and then head inside the resort for bowling, drinks, and great food.

Maple Creek Golf Club (Shepherd, MI) offers the perfect setting for large groups. With an open landscape and condensed course, Maple Creek makes it easy for large groups to travel between holes and to have a great time. When you’re done with the round, head inside for an international themed lunch at the renowned Fireside Grille.

Proximity

No matter what courses you choose, you’ll never have a far drive from your lodging. All within a 10-15 minute drive from Mt. Pleasant are: Bucks Run, Maple Creek, Mt. Pleasant Country Club, PohlCat, and Riverwood Resort.

No more than 25 minutes from Mt. Pleasant, you’ll find: Eagle Glen, Pine River Country Club, and the Pines at Lake Isabella.

The furthest you’ll have to drive in the Central Michigan area will be 35 minutes to The Emerald in St. Johns (south) and Snow Snake Ski and Golf in Harrison (north).

Also, within a 35-minute drive west of Mt. Pleasant, you’ll run into two more top-rated Michigan Courses, St. Ives (Canadian Lakes, MI) and Tullymore (Canadian Lakes, MI).

With more than a dozen courses within a 35-minute drive of Mt. Pleasant, there’s no better (and no easier) way to experience the hidden treasures of Central Michigan golf than with Michigan’s Central Swing, the regions golf concierge through the Mt. Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (MPACVB). Choose from 10 different courses and 10 lodging options to build your custom package. Michigan’s Central Swing handles all the tee-times, reservations, and payments.

There are few places in the state of Michigan that have so many great golf courses, exciting nightlife and world-class entertainment all within close proximity to one another. A golf getaway in Central Michigan is just that.

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Whether you’re looking for classic layouts, championship challenges, or a weekend oasis of golf, Michigan’s Central Swing has it all. With 10 amazing courses and 10 relaxing retreats, Central Michigan is the destination every golfer is looking for.

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