Bay Harbor Golf Club
Bay Harbor Golf Club
4.5
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This Arthur Hill-designed course has 27 holes in a dramatic setting on Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Jack H
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Booked a tee time for our foursome about 3 years at Bay Harbor and due to rain, we were offered 4 rain checks.
Tried to use my rain check last year at Boyne and the $207 was not accessible in their system due to an apparent hack. So, no credit was issued, I was told to contact the accounting department. I spoke to a lady there and she advised me to contact Bay Harbor directly I sent her copies of the checks complete with account numbers and amounts. She was helpful but apparently not her job.
I have called numerous times since (over approx 4 months) and received the run around or was connected to voice mail. So far, no response from anyone at the course including the GM. We are as a group on the hook for approximately $900.
I would be VERY leery of another trip to Boyne or Bay Harbor!!!
Written January 30, 2023
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duane s
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Its very nice well maintained course. We had no bag person to get our bags. It was hat day and expected a refreshment cart to come by but none came by. Very dissatisfying for $285 a round. Friends of ours and payed this month and had the same experience and will not play there again.
Written July 14, 2023
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FredSiegel
Briarcliff Manor, New York, United States312 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This is a beautiful golf course but overpriced for what you get. Food carts rarely were seen which was only a problem because at $350 a round they did not have water available on the course. Covid or no Covid they could have given you a water bottle. Course is also poorly marked between holes.
Challenging course with beautiful views but not necessarily worth the expense. People in pro shop very nice as was the head golf professional.
Written August 12, 2021
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Ken H
Canton, MI48 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
Went to Bay Harbor with a group of 12 for a trip that had been scheduled for several months. We were supposed to play all three courses on the same day. (It was clearly written in our contract with them.) We would play 18 holes, have a two hour break to eat lunch at the course, and then finish with the final 9 holes.

Things went fine for the first 18, we played the Preserve and the Links courses. When we stopped to eat lunch before the final round at the Quarry, we were told we could not eat there. There was some kind of meeting going on with the members. We were also informed we could not play the Quarry course, they would be top dressing the greens and the course was closed. Nothing we could do, we were told we could play the Preserve again, so that is what we did after leaving the course area for something to eat.

It was confusing that other groups were allowed to play the Quarry course that morning. They were telling us about it in the parking lot. If Bay Harbor management knew they were going to close it, why did they not allow us to play it with others that morning. To further add to our frustration, on the way to the Preserve for our final round, we saw other groups playing the supposedly closed Quarry course. When we finished our round, we still saw groups playing the 8th and 9th holes of the Quarry course. You know, the same time we should have been finishing had we played there.

The trip was part of a package through Boyne Highlands, where we played a heckuva lot of money for the trip and a LARGE added premium to play the THREE Bay Harbor courses. We were given a credit the next day because of this and other problems we had during our trip, however, I would NEVER, repeat NEVER trust them or Bay Harbor again if offered the chance to return. There are a whole lot of opportunities in Michigan to get a great golf experience at some great courses.
Written August 12, 2015
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SueH
St. Louis, MO3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful, clean, manicured, staff was well informed and we had a fanastic trip. Hightly recommend
Written October 5, 2004
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Golfingfoodie
Stillwater, MN154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
I played at Bay Harbor in early August and really enjoyed the experience. I have never been to Northern Michigan, and was very surprised by Bay Harbor. En route the the course from Traverse City you pass through many small rural towns that feel as if they had their glory days in the 70's. However, as you get to the course you realize that the community is high end and that it is a place that would shortly go on your dream retirement spots.

When you pull in you have to check into a gated community to access the course. There are many high end homes that enhance the drive in and make you jealous that you aren't staying there.

There was a slight drizzle outside when we pulled up but there was excellent service to grab our clubs and help us get situated. The club house is fantastic with Great Lake views and is truly a grand clubhouse when you arrive.

This course has 27 holes and we played the rated nines of the bunch in the Links and Quarry. The first hole of the links shows you want you're in for right from the start, you tee off and head straight out for the lake. From there you have many holes that go right on, or give you views of Lake Michigan. It was one of the most beautiful nines I have played in a while.

From there you head to the Quarry and have two holes that go through the woods until you have 5 holes that frame around the namesake for the nine. It is very much target golf and much harder of a test than the links nine. The last two holes are back to Lake Michigan with a fantastic par 4 and a great finishing #9.

There are many great golf courses in Northern Michigan. It would be hard to choose between Bay Harbor, Arcadia Bluffs, or Forest Dunes. If you are in this area don't pass up a chance to play here, but I recommend driving the triangle and play all three. Some of the best golf you can play anywhere on the planet... Check my other reviews, I can tell you I have played a lot and Northern Michigan is very hard to beat.
Written August 23, 2016
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daqattaq
Fort Wayne, IN823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
Do play. It's one of the best courses around. We played the Links and the Quarry. Wow to both. The Quarry was simply stunning from #3 through #9. The Links views were amazing on the lake all day. Just try to hit your drive into the seemingly infinite Lake Michigan on the 7th tee. But the course staff was terrible. We were lectured so hard regarding pace on the FIRST tee of the 18 holes that we didn't tee off until after the group in front of us pulled away from the green. The idiot starter told us we already behind and we hadn't even hit yet. Then he literally stood 4-5 feet away from me and talked to me during my entire setup and swing on the 1st tee. The gut was a complete moron. Then a different ranger told us were a half a hole behind on the 3rd tee (the group in front of us was on the 3rd green). He was a bit more polite but still made us mad. We actually caught the group in front of us on the 6th tee. We had to wait for them to tee off. And on #7 in the fairway we were met by the starter who told us we were well behind and we needed to move fast. He once again was knucklehead and was really quite nasty. I actually put a hand as a stop sign and told him sternly to stop talking to us. The back 9 (quarry) was better as the rangers were there and talked to us and were friendly.

Sorry for the long drama. But seriously. You can't have a course as scenic as Bay Harbor and as hard as Bay Harbor and expect 1st timers to play it in 4 hours. It's not going to happen. That type of course needs to allow for 4:30 easy. Allow guests to relax and enjoy. Allow them to take a pic or 2 for crying out loud. The course is a gem!!!

We may or may not revisit. I hear there are other nice courses in MI ; )
Written July 6, 2016
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Frodaddy03
Las Vegas, NV16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013
Beautiful. Course but staff woefully under trained. Act like they are god's gift to golf with very little manners. I would not golf or stay here again.
Written June 21, 2013
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nippnsc
Chicago368 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Friends
We played the Links and Quarry courses. The Links course is wonderful--scenic, challenging---thoroughly enjoyable. The Quarry course is full of jaw-dropping holes, but be warned---it is very challenging--every hole is tricky and full of trouble--NOT for anyone but an excellent golfer, unless you have a good tolerance for frustration and lost balls.
Written May 21, 2013
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danperrydotcom
Atlanta, GA94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Bay Harbor was the last stop on our Northern Michigan golf trip (having already played the Hills and Heather at Boyne). We thought that it would be a good finishing course, and we weren’t disappointed. Easily one of the best Michigan golf courses I’ve ever played.

There are three nine’s to choose from (27 holes total), but through our research (I’m a planner, through and through), we found that the most scenic were The Links 9 and The Quarry 9. Not having seen the third (The Preserve), I can’t judge whether or not we missed anything, but suffice it to say that we were very happy with the views and quality of golf.

The Links 9 starts out on with an uphill par 4, that, upon reaching the green, you can see Lake Michigan, and Bay Harbor proper. What a beautiful sight.

The third hole has a split fairway, which is always fun. There’s a wide, safe route on the right, and a thin, difficult fairway on the left, which borders a steep slope. It was way too early for me to play aggressive, so I opted for the right.

There are two par 3’s on the front, and both offer a decision for club selection (both are downhill, and with Lake Michigan so close, the wind is always a factor), and wonderful views of the lake. We had already gotten out money’s worth, and hadn’t even seen the Quarry!

And what a 9 the Quarry is: It starts our simple enough, with a couple holes that, while testing, wouldn’t be on the top of the list of scenic views. Then, as we got to the third tee, we started to see what would become some of the most scenic golf of our lives. The third is a par 5, with the green separated from the fairway by some OB, and a large bunker in front of it. As you get further into this hole, you start getting a glimpse of the lake again.

As you approach the 4th tee (riding over a very long bridge), Lake Michigan is in full view, and you’re heading right towards it. There’s also a small lake on the right-hand side, so don’t be too distracted that you push it!

The green of the fifth has a cut-out of the Quarry as a quasi-backstop for the green. Of course, if you hit it, you’re going to be sorry, but visually, it makes for a great approach. There’s also water in front of the green, so this is one of the more precise approaches on this 9.

The sixth is one of my favorite types of holes: Risk/reward. Only 300 yards, it allows you to either lay-up, or go for it. By this time in my round, my score was painful enough that I decided to go for it! The outcome? Let me just say that I was glad I hit a provisional.

The greens for the 7th, 8th and 9th holes are all along the Lake. I’ve yet to see a stronger finish visually on a golf course in my life. I think I took 10 pictures of each hole.

Bay Harbor Golf Club isn’t going to make any of the “lowest priced golf course” lists, but if you enjoy Michigan golf as much as I do, this is easily on the ”must play” list. In addition, my wife noted that the bathrooms were immaculate, and the course, while difficult for her, easily made up for it with the great views. This was her favorite of the three Boyne courses we played, and I’d have to agree.
Written December 12, 2007
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