Drawing inspiration from majestic Lake Michigan, Bay Harbor Golf Club was designed to prepare you for an experience you'll never forget.  Fondly referred to as "The Pebble Beach of the Midwest" your first connection to Lake Michigan appears along the 1.7-mile journey down Coastal Ridge Drive.  Coastal Ridge Drive was named in honor of Pebble Beach's famed 17 Mile Drive.

Upon your arrival, you will notice many nautical-themed elements are brought in to play around the Clubhouse and golf courses.  
Rather than using traditional flags on The Links, Quarry, and Preserve course, the burgee (a triangular flag flown from the mast of a ship for identification) was chosen to represent Bay Harbor Golf Club along with the traditional nautical colors of red, blue, and yellow.  Each of the starbursts represents a course. 

By pure coincidence a reproduction print from the late 40s or early 50s was found in a gallery depicting three golfers, each wearing red, yellow, and blue, standing along a coastal course and found a home in The Links Grille.  A sign, this was meant to be. 

The Clubhouse becomes a focal point standing mid-way between The Quarry's finishing hole and the beginning of The Links.  It was evident early on the Clubhouse would be built upon the bluff overlooking the lake to again emphasize the natural beauty of Bay Harbor Golf Club.

The Links, Quarry, and Preserve were designed to be three very different courses that could be combined into one seamless experience.  The design and quality are consistent but the play and "flavor" of each course are unique. Lake Michigan was also a major influence in the design of Bay Harbor Golf Club and each course has at least one stunning view of the bay along with the course play. The lake even becomes a factor in your game because the wind can be unpredictable and adds a little extra challenge.

The Game of a Lifetime

Famed golf course architect Arthur Hills developed 27 spectacularly diverse holes on three distinct and varied courses along Lake Michigan's coastline giving birth to the Pebble Beach of the Midwest.

The design strikes a balance between the stunning natural beauty and what was once an abandoned shale quarry. The courses are typically played in pairs - each with a different finishing nine - to form three unique 18-hole course routings to test and reward every player and skill level.

Pebble Beach of the Midwest

Taking its lead from the dramatic courses that hug Ireland's North Atlantic coastline, The Links is situated on the beautiful Lake Michigan shore, with miles of uninterrupted views up and down the lakefront. Accented by towering bluffs and windblown dunes, The Links 9 demonstrates Arthur Hills' design at its finest, combining the course's unique topography with the native environment to achieve golf's greatest promise as both a sport - and a lifestyle.

The Quarry epitomizes Arthur Hills' unique ability to leverage existing terrain in the creation of something distinctive - and spectacular. Located in and around the remains of a massive shale quarry, this one-of-a-kind course claims some of the golfing world's most dramatic features, from 40-foot gorges and stone cliffs to natural ponds and a gentle waterfall. But beyond the scenery, The Quarry is golf at its finest - rewarding well-planned tee shots, and approaches that hit their spots.

The Past Reclaimed

Nestled into the hardwood forest that hugs the Lake Michigan shore, The Preserve is a members' favorite that's nothing short of a sanctuary. Designed by Arthur Hills, the course winds its way through a classic northern Michigan landscape, taking players through wildflowers, lush grass, and native wetlands filled with an abundance of wildlife. The sounds of breaking waves are always within an earshot, and the course finishes dramatically with a spectacular par-3 situated right on the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Bay Harbor Golf Club's Facilities

BAY HARBOR GOLF CLUB'S beautiful facilities include newly refreshed event spaces, a brand-new outdoor terrace with glass railing, an award-winning pro shop, and multiple dining options.

  • Arthur’s 27.  Arthur’s 27 has traditional décor, cathedral ceilings, and large windows overlooking Lake Michigan and the course. This space can accommodate 70 guests and it can be combined with other spaces for larger functions.

  • The Preserve Room.  An intimate setting, the Preserve Room can accommodate up to 40 guests and has a fireplace, large windows allowing for plenty of light, and access to the terrace.  It can be combined with Arthur’s 27 for additional event space.

  • The Quarry Board Room.  The Quarry Board Room offers space for up to eight in a more traditional room with dark wood wainscoting and leather cub chairs that overlooks the front of the clubhouse.

  • The Links Grille.  The clubhouse’s main restaurant is decorated with navy walls, rich wood accents, leather chairs, a long bar, and large windows with incredible views.

  • The Golf Shop.  The Gold Shop is a large store in the lower level of the club that carries several lines of both men’s and women’s apparel, plus gear and souvenirs.

  • The Cart Pad.  Be it an outdoor cocktail party or your dream ceremony, the club’s outdoor space comes with a pristine Lake Michigan backdrop that makes for a truly remarkable celebration.

Discover for yourself why the Bay Harbor Golf Club is a favorite among visitors and golfers alike!  


#12 - Best Courses You Can Play, 2011, 2013-17 | The Links/The Quarry
#88 - Best Resort Courses, 2011, 2014-2017, 2019 | The Links/The Quarry
#13 - Best Courses State-by-State, 2012 | The Links/The Quarry

GOLF Magazine
#49 - Top 100 Courses You Can Play, 2012 | The Links/The Quarry
#3 - Best Public Golf Courses in Michigan, 2012-2017 | The Links/The Quarry
Gold Award Premier Resort, 2010
Best Lodging in the Midwest
Best Golf in the Midwest

Travel + Leisure GOLF
Most Underrated Resort in the Midwest
#3 - Best Midwest Golf Resorts
#3 - Best Resorts for Buddy Trips
#3 - Best Resort Courses
#2 - Best Restaurants

Golf Digest
Best In State - 2017-2018 | The Links/The Quarry
#41 - Top 75 Golf Resorts in North America
#20 - America's Top 75 Golf Resorts

Conde Nast Traveler 
Top 125 Golf Resorts, 2011 | Readers' Golf Poll
#8 - Top 100 Golf Resorts | Annual Reader Survey

10 Most Unusual U.S. Golf Courses, 2013 | The Quarry

Michigan Meetings + Events Annual Readers' Poll
Best Golf Resort (runner-up)

PGA Magazine
Great Golf Resorts of the World

Golf Resorts & Meeting Destinations
Top 25 Golf Resorts, 2013

Northeast Golf Magazine
#1 in Midwest - Best in Golf Travel Award, 2018 

Best Great Lakes Golf Resort, 2018

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