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  • Robert Bruce Adams

Six Favorite Courses Along M 22 That Won’t Cost You an Arm and a Leg

Frankfort, MI If you haven’t ventured out for a while it is time to grab some friends and come play one of the M22 Golf Trail picturesque and challenging courses. This isn’t about discounts. It is about playing the greatest of games at lower rates than were posted in the 1990s, when golf prices and popularity hit their highpoint. In vogue today are nine-hole rounds and twilight deals for the busiest and most frugal among us. These are my favorites, located within short jaunts along the 116-mile M-22 scenic highway that traverses through NW Michigan.

Manistee Golf & Country Club This has several holes along the bluffs of Lake Michigan and boasts some real pedigree. The public is welcome. Check out their twilight and sunset rates - a real deal. Food in the clubhouse is being praised for its creative fare.

Bear Lake Highlands The local Ottawa Indians purchased the course last year and we expect great things from their support and attention to this venerable, old-fashioned gem. It is located one mile south of Bear Lake on US 31.

Champion Hill A Scottish links-style course with some of the best par four designs in northern Michigan. A Cole and Stone creation. Its 350 acres of hilly terrain yields panoramic views of both Lake Michigan and the gorgeous countryside of Benzie county. A must play course in the Fall. The colors are incredible.

Manitou Passage Beautiful clubhouse and challenging elevations greet the serious player in this Arnold Palmer creation. It runs along the western M-22 and offers well bunkered and manicured greens.

Northport Creek Golf Course This is a newer Jerry Matthews creation located one mile north of the village of Northport. An impressive nine hole layout that has caught the attention of players in northern Leelanau county. They show pride with their investment in solar power generation.

Bahle Farms A wonderful golf course that rose from the family cherry orchards on this Suttons Bay property. The elevations overlooking the landscape offer some of the best views and render dramatic shots along this Leelanau County gem. One mile off of M-22.

The author is a principal in the that blends golf with real estate and lifestyle amenities.

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