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  1. You probably cannot go wrong with either. If you play Bay Harbor and Belvedere you have Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and Charlevoix to cruise around and enjoy. These are amazing towns with a lot of nice places to eat and some amazing scenery. Forest Dunes is also fantastic but its basically in the middle of nowhere....but you have it all in one location so if you plan on partying like a rockstar then its nice to not have to drive.
  2. Sounds like an epic trip. Please let me know the conditions of the Tribute and Hawkseye.....I want to head up there this year and those two were on my list since its been over 4 years since playing both
  3. Now that we have determined that you are an absolute golf nut here is what I would do. Monday - play Dunes Club and Arcadia Bluffs. Consider staying in Onekema or Manistee if you want to save some cash on lodging as they have a lot of cheap options. Tuesday - Arcadia South Course and then drive and hit a Bay Harbor Twighlight Round. There is plenty of lodging in Petoskey that is reasonable and the drive from Bay Harbor to Forest Dunes is about 1.5 hours. To be honest I would get a room in Gaylord Michigan as thats about 45 mins from Bay Harbor and then your morning d
  4. First off....I like your style....you seem as crazy as me when I look at your drive times and although some will say you have to much driving I think your doing it right and hitting the "big courses". My advice might draw some criticism which is fair but I am also a guy who usually drives 6 hours (one way) to sand Valley each year and play 53 holes and drive 6 hours home right after to keep my wife happy. I usally make a number of 3-5 hour drives (one way) to play Whistling Straits, Forest Dunes, Arcadia and then drive the same time home to keep my wife happy. Understand that I dont mind dr
  5. Yes I would agree with that statement above. To me Lost Dunes is more of a pure golf place but that is just my opinion
  6. Agree with Knicker...both are great courses but I prefer Lost Dunes as well as I just feel the course and atmosphere is better. Point is still a great place though
  7. I would build in Shanty Creek from a pure investment standpoint. The Bellaire area is much better in terms of location compared to Garland. On top of that Shanty Creek and the surrounding area is far better than Garland. Its not a knock on Garland as they have good golf but to me this is a very easy decision
  8. $120 a round is totally fine and they will be happy. I had some amazing caddies so I went with $150 a bag but I also had the means to do so. If I was tight on cash I would not hesitate to give $120. Anything less would prob be considered low
  9. I agree with what Spud said and I think you will be ok. With that being said our group of 14 had multiple rounds where we had guys not get the caddies they requested. We made sure to even tip caddies overboard in the $150-$160 range to hopefully make sure we had them but even though we played 36 holes each day and caddies would be double bagging (Making Big Money) we still had some shortage issues. Be mentally prepared to carry if you have to and I did a few rounds and its not bad at all. The courses were pretty easy to walk and I thought they would be alot tougher. Some more i
  10. BG5

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    kingsley has the best turf in Michigan and it plays fast and firm like Bandon, Sand Valley and The Loop. The course is a par 71 and the front 9 has 3 par threes and is maybe the best nine hole stretch in all of Michigan. The course is remote , in the middle of nowhere and has a few elevated tee shots that are spectacular I just love the holes… reminds me of Bandon and the Supt. Dan Lucas is an all world supt it used to be $75 unlimited golf with member for the day. I’m guessing it’s prob $250-$350 including caddie fees but sounds like they may be tightening up thin
  11. Sadly, I had some great photos of Sheep Ranch Clubhouse and patio as its amazing but they got deleted I will post some more pics later of the practice facility and a few of my favorite benches to catch a good view
  12. Lastly, I was amazed at the amount of deer, turkeys, and other wildlife that was on almost every hole. These animals were not even scared of humans....pretty cool
  13. Bandon Dunes is located at the Main Lodge so most dont consider it to have a clubhouse but the bar/restuarant along with McKees is all right there so its a great place to hang out. THe pics dont do it justice. The pic with the ball in it is an eagle attempt (which I made) on hole #9 on Bandon Dunes. The Lodge is in the background
  14. I also snapped a few shots of the Bandon Trails Clubhouse. It also has a great feel and is located right at holes #1 and #18 on Trails along with the par 3 preserve
  15. I took a few Pics Of Pac Dunes Clubhouse....they are not the best but will give you a rough idea. The punchbowl is located at Pac and so is the practice putting green.
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