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Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, Arcadia

(4.4/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, designed by Warren Henderson and Rick Smith, was founded in 1999 in Arcadia, Michigan. The course is built on the bluffs above the shore of Lake Michigan on approximately 245acre. The course drops 225ft from its highest point down to the bluff, 180ft above lake level and has 3100ft of lake frontage. The golf course was designed to resemble seaside Irish links, with rolling terrain and windswept natural fescues throughout.Arcadia Bluffs is a daily-fee golf club, open to the public seven days a week, weather permitting, from mid-April to mid-November. GPS-equipped golf carts and caddies are available. Guests can use a full practice range and separate short-game facility. The Restaurant at Arcadia Bluffs is open to the general public from May through September each year.Golf Digest selected Arcadia Bluffs as one of the 100 Greatest Golf Courses in the United States in 2005. The club was ranked #10 in America's 100 Greatest Public Courses list and #56 in the 100 Greatest Golf Courses list. In addition to the Golf Digest ranking, Golfweek magazine ranked Arcadia Bluffs at #24 in their listing of The 100 Best Courses in United States.
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  • I have been to many golf clubs as a visitor. This place has to rank in the top twenty ( that includes Pebble Beach and Torrey Pines) in terms of views. Leave that aside; the place treats you like a ki...  more »
  • We stopped just for breakfast. It was a little cool outside, but we still wanted to sit on the porch because they have heaters. Our breakfast was very good and the view was amazing. It was nice to wat...  more »
  • I had the opportunity to play this course the first week of October 2016. I knew it was rated very high on the Golf DIgest 100; but I didn't know it's like 13 for public courses. It is spectacular. Th...  more »
  • Just played Arcadia Bluffs yesterday, and all I can say is wow. A buddy and I drove 14 hours round trip just to play here. First off is the entrance. Coming up the driveway seeing the club house sitting on the top of the hill is pretty neat. Once you make it to the top of the hill, you have the best view in the Midwest in my opinion. Seeing the rolling hills of the course against the backdrop of Lake Michigan is priceless. Now on to the actual course. This course is HARD. I am a pretty decent player (low single digit handicap) and this place tore me up. The undulation on the greens is the most I have ever seen and the greens are faster than most tour courses, but they bite which is good. Definitely the nicest course I have ever played, but also the hardest (I've played Firestone South two days after the Bridgestone Invitational). It is a true links style course. I will be back for sure. Would be a great course for a US Open but due to the extreme hills and fescue, I don't believe it would work. Regardless, make sure you check this course off of your bucket list
  • Fabulous, but..... One of the most gorgeous courses I've ever encountered. It is so visually stunning that it can distract you from the task at hand. It was a delight to play both times, but a few overzealous rangers nearly ruined our round -(subtracted a star for this), - pushing us even though the next group was a hole behind, still an absolutely must play. So beautiful that 24 golfers stuck around after their rounds to watch the sunset
  • On 7/24/16 my wife and I took the scenic drive for our Anniversary to dine at Arcadia Bluffs. Having been here before to lodge and dine we anticipated the view, the friendly staff and fine food we've expert in the past. Ordered the Tomahawk Ribeye "a perfect med- rare, please". We dove in, then saw it was overcooked, med-med well. I would never return a 32oz steak, knowing the cost to the kitchen the toll would take. We consumed most of it, still with wavering pleasure. The drinks were great. Appetizer (Tuna TarTar), not bad, just needed some seasoning. View, astounding and the service by Sarah and acknowledgement by Jae Mi outstanding. May I suggest, however, that a large cut of steak be panseared over indirect heat to possibly avoid overcooking, then rested just before the ordered temp. Other than that, we'll be back again. Couldn't stay for the Bagpipes.Thank You
  • Beautiful course. Fast and tricky greens. Make sure you hit the practice green before your round. Informative GPS system with some tips on how to play each hole. Played twilight rate of $110. Nice staff. I would play it again, but only for the twilight rate.
  • 3 of us paid 190$ each for a round of golf only to be forced to play with another single?!! Staff was kind, facility and course was nice but forcing a stranger to play as your fourth at this cost asinine... Also you've got to wonder about a course that doesn't allow public reviews on their site, hiding anything???