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I love Mystic Creek, but it’s in Milford, MI. It’s on the grounds of Camp Dearborn...but not actually in the city. I haven’t played in a few years...definitely adding that to the list of courses to hi

Surely rated highly at one point, haven't kept up with it in the past but The Mines in GR is a fun play. Love Mike DeVries designs. +1 to Thornapple Pointe too. Anyone have any suggestions near Kzoo? I saw Heritage Glen on here but someone wasn't fond of the conditions. Looking to play something out there this week.

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I go a little deeper on the bench for my "hidden gems". I think both Champion Hill and Pinecroft are very fun and very beautiful courses. They both have great topography, play pretty firm, have a minimalist look with bunkering and taller grass off the fairways/rough, an Up North feel, and beautiful views. I would have no qualms with them being my "play every day" courses. I view them as the lighter versions of Crystal Downs, Kingsley Club and Arcadia Bluffs in that area.

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> I go a little deeper on the bench for my "hidden gems". I think both Champion Hill and Pinecroft are very fun and very beautiful courses. They both have great topography, play pretty firm, have a minimalist look with bunkering and taller grass off the fairways/rough, an Up North feel, and beautiful views. I would have no qualms with them being my "play every day" courses. I view them as the lighter versions of Crystal Downs, Kingsley Club and Arcadia Bluffs in that area.

 

I was just going through this list and was going to say Champion Hill, haven't played Pinecroft. Champion might not wow people right away, but it has a lot of subtle great things going for it as mentioned.

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Gauss Green Valley - Jackson

College fields - E.Lansing

Mines - GR

Centennial Acres - Sunfield

Timber Ridge - E.Lansing

Mt. Brighton (yes, really) - Brighton

Binder Park (forget which 2 nines) - BC

The Legacy/Hastings CC - Hastings

The Emerald - St. John's

Elmbrook (?) - Traverse City

Bahle Farms - Leelenau

LE Kaufman- GR

Saskatoon - south of GR

Lake Doster - Plainwell

Lyon Oaks - forgot

The Chief - Bellaire

Pohlcat - Mt.Pleseant (allowed walking)

Hankerd Hills - Pleasent Lake (not classic 9)

Mystic Creek - Dearborn

(Lakes, Woods)

Mistwood- Lake Ann

(All 3 9's)

Sugarloaf Old Course- Cedar

 

These are based on layout/fun (for me). I like elevation change and "quircky-ish" holes. I dont like "links" and play around 6,200 yards. Walk all of them, if they let me.

 

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Not only one of the better courses in MI but one of the better conditioned courses I have ever played...Bucks Run in Mt. Pleasant. It was a few years back and it is entirely possible I just caught it on a good day but the conditions were impeccable.

 

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I agree. Buck's run is fantastic. I love the river running through the property.

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Played Buck's Run a few weeks ago. Great shape. I'll be playing it every time I'm in Mt Pleasant.

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Dream and Nightmare in West Branch. Just returned from a two day trip with my son and I have to say they were in great shape! I don’t know why those courses don’t get more love.

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