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“The Place Is Fantastic!!!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Arcadia
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Founded in 1999 in Arcadia, Michigan, the course is built on the bluffs above the shore of Lake Michigan and sits on approximately 245 windswept acres of lakefront property. The course drops 225 feet from its highest point down to the bluff, 180 feet above sea level, and has 3,100 feet of Lake Michigan shore frontage. Arcadia Bluffs resembles a seaside links course, with rolling terrain, and windswept natural fescues throughout. Players will be reminded of their favorite holes at Lahinch and Ballybunion, while enjoying breathtaking views of Lake Michigan from all points on the majestic layout. A Warren Henderson/Rick Smith design, Arcadia Bluffs offers players a golfing experience unlike anything in the United States. In addition to the golf course, Arcadia Bluffs offers world-class lodging. The Lodge at Arcadia Bluffs opened in 2010, and offers 15 well-appointed guest rooms, April through October. The Lodge is available, for private and corporate bookings, the months of November and December as well. Exceptional personal service is the hallmark of The Lodge. The Dining Room at Arcadia Bluffs offers a casual atmosphere, with an upscale feel. Again, personal service is paramount in The Dining Room, and the exceptional cuisine provides a truly unforgettable dining experience, every time out. Dining on the deck is available in the summer season, and offers incredible panoramic views of the golf course and beautiful Lake Michigan. The setting is simply breathtaking. The outside Patio Bar offers a casual setting, with a more relaxed atmosphere and menu. As with the Dining Room and deck, the Patio Bar offers unmatched vistas with world-class service.
Douglas, Michigan
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“The Place Is Fantastic!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

If you are a golfer, YOU MUST PLAY HERE!! If you aren't, you must dine here. An unbelievable view. On a warm, sunny day, sit in the Adirondack Chairs looking out onto Lake Michigan withyour favorite beverage and enjoy! It doesn't get any better than this!

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Newmarket, Canada
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“Best course I've played”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

I've been to Arcadia Bluffs 3 of the last 4 years and it is always as good as I remember it. I enjoyed it more than the Ocean Course at Kiawah and is a lot greater value. Try to be there at sunset for a truly stunning view with a bagpiper playing next to the 18th to enhance the experience. A challenging course with views of Lake Michigan from 15 holes.

Visited September 2012
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Shelby Township, Michigan
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“Wow!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

The course, the views, the service and the food are all outstanding! Have played Pebble, Spyglass, Sawgrass and others. The course and views are right there with them. The lodge service and food is better than them all.

Visited September 2012
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Valparaiso, Indiana
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

Played 18 holes on Sept 25 & 26. The beauty of the lake and the elevation changes justify the hype and golf digest #10 public ranking. The wind was mild both days we played, but still required a 3-4 club adjustment on a few holes when coupled with the elevation changes. I thought the staff was courteous and friendly, probably heard a dozen 'my pleasures' in our two days. We had dinner overlooking the lake and that memory alone was special. Every hole is fairly memorable, but my personal favorites were #3, #5, #11, #12, and #13. The condition of the course didn't blow me away, although the 'feel' of the course is kind of natural vs. pristine. Knowing it was ranked #10, I was expecting to see tightly cut borders and manicured bunker edges, but that's not really the character of the course. I would call it a great course because it feels as though they didn't change much of what God put there to begin with. The holes are just kind of carved out of the hills. The greens were true and fast. For greens averaging 8,000 SF, about 1/3 of that area is usable for most pin locations. Put kindly, the green undulations were challenging. Landing and approach areas are generous. A definite must play, but don't expect to roll in many birdie putts over 10' on these greens. Staying at the lodge would make for a nice couples' trip, with or without the golf.

Visited September 2012
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Traverse City, Michigan
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“Great course”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

Arcadia Bluffs is a great golf course and a great place to go. It is very beautiful and worth the trip.

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