Awesome golf experience!
The course proved to be fair to both low and mid handicappers in our group. Greens are fun, but some were quite challenging. The course architecture and surrounding natural environment, as well as the friendly and knowledgable staff, made our golf experience one of the best.
August 11, 2014
Saturday afternoon on Harbor Shores
Host of the 2012 and 2014 Senior PGA Championship I decided to make the drive over from Chicago and pay Harbor Shores a visit. I had seen Matty G's piece on the Golf Channel which drew my interest. It was about a 1 hour 45 min drive from Chicago (Old Town area). My tee time was at 4:00 with the $75 rate and one thing to note is the time change. I had completely forgotten about it being on EST and my phone did not change luckily I arrived early so it wasn't a major issue but something to remember. Practice area is great with large short game chipping/sand area along with standard driving range and putting green. When it comes to the course I played from the 6200 yard tees which is a little short for my liking, but the only real option available besides 6850 at the back. A lot of the holes are bunker lined that you must avoid. I found some of the tees to sit down some, where it was difficult to visually see the entire hole. The greens like some Nicklaus courses I have played in the past have a lot of extreme undulation in them. The speeds were not very quick which made these slopes playable but when hitting approach shots one must consider the pin position to avoid the dreaded 3 putt. A downside I found to the course was the amount of divots and ball marks that were on the course. Because the course only having the 6200 yardage that a majority of players play all the landing areas are filled with divots and a lot of those divots were not filled in and maintained. Also, pace of play in the afternoon was very slow and we only saw the Marshall once. Teeing off at 4:00 we finished at 8:40 in a threesome! Overall I found it to be a very fair test of golf and one of those courses that you definitely need to play 4-5 times to understand the nuances of it. The greens can be tricky but if you are on the right level/tier of them there are birdies to be made.
Looooooong stretches in-between holes would highly recommend not walking this course
#7 first glimpse of the dunes reminds me of Arcadia Bluffs same
#8 Amongst massive dunes along Lake Michigan as well
#2 Blow-out bunkering style
August 3, 2014
Excellent layout. Policies need work.
World class layout. Very good staff but halfway house closes way too early. Should allow a few walking times each day.
July 25, 2014
The course makes use all you clubs in the bag. Some holes on paper may seem short but they have creative way making it long due bunker placement or hazards.
July 8, 2014
Best course you can play southwest michigan
This is a really fun golf course with a very unique layout. The greens are very tricky, but fun at the same time .
If you get a chance to play this you will not be disappointed. It is a very fair price for the quality of golf you receive.
July 6, 2014
An absolute "Gem" for $75.00. We will be back time and time again!!
June 2, 2014
Bring your "A" game
I can see why the PGA will be holding their championship here. If you are in southwestern Michigan, it's worth checking on a tee time.
The restaurant is very good and worth a cefinite try.
May 12, 2014
A great course to play, the course was in pristine condition, fairways were perfect, greens were exceptional, course layout is challenging, would definitely love to play there again.
April 28, 2014