Indebted to the past yet totally unique
No, you’re not seeing things – those corners are square. They’re almost unsettling at first, aren’t they? But the longer you look, the easier it is to find beauty in the straight edges and angular turns. At a time when golf courses are focused on a hook or gimmick to show they’re different, the South Course at Arcadia Bluffs manages to truly stand apart as something different. It’s a radically new course, but it’s also one heavily indebted to the past. In this case, the golden age of golf course architecture of the 1920s. Unfortunately for most, almost all these golden age courses are locked away behind private gates. But by crafting a loving tribute to these strategic, fun and dare I say beautiful courses, the South Course has made itself a “must-play” for any visit to Michigan.
Routed in two distinct loops, across a generous 300-acre and largely treeless parcel of sandy ground, the South course is intended to be a walkable layout where firm and fast surfaces and ever-present wind combine to challenge and delight all comers. The South course is not a facsimile of Chicago Golf Club, it’s an inclusive tribute to the Golden Age.Top 100 Golf Courses
What To Know
Yardage & Tees
When to Play
Arcadia Bluffs is open from April through mid November.
Temperatures are relatively mild year-round. Look for temperatures to remain consistently in the 50s later in May through September. Rainfall is relatively consist throughout the year, but it does get wetter as the summer progresses — September is the wettest month.
May through September is a good time to play, with June through August being your best bet.
|May 1-10||$75 Mon-Thurs, $85 Fri-Sun|
|May 11-30||$100 Mon-Thur, $110 Fri-Sun. $90 after 4pm|
|June||$160. $100 after 4pm, $80 replay|
|July||$160. $100 after 4pm, $80 replay|
|August||$160. $100 after 4pm, $80 replay|
|September||$160. $100 after 4pm, $80 replay|
|October 1-4||$160. $100 after 4pm, $80 replay|
Note: All rates include Golf Cart and Unlimited use of the Practice Range
Greens fees last verified October 2019. View them on arcadiabluffs.com
Visitor Tee Times
Visitors may play Arcadia Bluffs seven days a week.
Rentals & Caddies
Caddies are $75 for a senior caddie and $50 for a junior caddie.
Clubs are available for $75.
Golf shoes are available for rent for $10
Golf carts are available.
13637 Northwood Hwy. Arcadia, MI
Grand Rapids (152 miles / 2 hours 30 minutes)
Arcadia Bluffs has a full practice range with a separate short game practice area.
Other Things To Know
Year built: 2018
Architects: Jason Straka & Dana Fry
Lodging: Arcadia Bluffs offers on-site lodging. Learn more about here.
Course tour: Check out Arcadia Bluffs’ course tour here.
Go deeper: Arcadia Bluffs South Course architect Dana Fry spoke about the course on Golf Advisor’s podcast. Listen here.