Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club (South course)

13637 Northwood Hwy,

Bear Lake, Michigan 49614

  • Office

    +1 (800) 494 8666 (toll free)
  • Pro shop

    +1 (231) 889 3001
  • Fax

    +1 (231) 889 0117
  • Golf pro

    Chris Sivier (PGA, Director of Golf) / Dustin Darling (PGA, Head Pro).

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland and open farmland.

  • Designer:

    Dana Fry and Jason Straka of Fry/Straka Design.

SSS or slope

At the same location:

Above distances are for the South course. Also at Arcadia Bluffs is the 18-hole Bluffs course (par-72; 7412 yds from back tees; rating 75.6).






How to get there:

4 mi S of Arcadia / 50 mi SW of Traverse City.

The South course is located on Northwood Hwy (Hwy 22), 2 miles south of the original Bluffs course.

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club (South course)

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 2018

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club: Located two miles south of the original Acradia Bluffs course, the South course is set 1.5 miles back from the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Rather than emulate the links-style of its older sibling, the South course deliberately pays homage to the great American designer Charles Blair Macdonald, and in particular his renowned layout at Chicago Golf Club.

Here at Arcadia Bluffs' newest offering, you'll find many of Macdonald's innovative and distinctive design features ... à la Chicago. Designer Dana Fry's blank canvas for the South course comprised relatively flat terrain, home to open fields, orchards and woodland. Onto this he mapped square-cut tee-boxes, rifle straight fairways, geometric-shaped bunkering and rectangular platform greens ... a tribute to a bygone era. Had he still been alive, surely Macdonald would have been impressed with this "old school" design!

Stay&Play at Arcadia Bluffs: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.

List of courses: Michigan (Lower Peninsula)


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends during golf season (April thru' Nov).

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes, peak rate in high season (June thru' Sept): $250 (all days). Golf cart included.

Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2024].

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted. Golf carts are fitted with GPS. Caddies and forecaddies available.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

The 12,000 square foot Nantucket or shingle-style South course clubhouse is located directly behind the 18th green at the turn between the front and back nines. It allows players to make a quick stop at the Snack Shop as they head to the tenth tee.

Just 20 miles to the north of Arcadia Bluffs, on the same Lake Michigan shoreline, is the also stunning, but private golf course of Crystal Downs Country Club.

Published ranking

South course:
Michigan's 7th best course (Golf Digest, 2023/24).
USA's 53rd best public access course (Golf Digest, 2023).


  • The Lodge at Arcadia Bluffs

    14710 Northwood Hwy, Arcadia, MI 49613.

    +1 (231) 889 3016

    Visit website

    The Lodge at Arcadia Bluffs is located on the second level of the beautiful Nantucket coastal estate-style clubhouse and has 15 comfortably appointed guest rooms. Ten rooms face west with breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, while the other five offer sunrise views. Each room is furnished with king bed, desk and chair, flat screen television, stand up shower, and private walk-out porch.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Arcadia Bluffs (Bluffs)

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Arcadia Bluffs (South)

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Crystal Downs.

  • Little River Casino Resort

    2700 Orchard Hwy, Manistee, MI 49660

    +1 (231) 723 1535

    Visit website

    Little River Casino Resort is owned and operated by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. The hotel offers 292 luxury rooms and suites attached to the onsite casino. Facilities include a fitness center, indoor pool, sauna, and hot tub, as well as several dining options.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:


    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Arcadia Bluffs (Bluffs and South courses).

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