Great Lakes

The Midwest's finest are as good as it gets

Miscellaneous Midwest

1. Spring, Summer And Fall
Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin are cold-weather states, and as a result, feature relatively short golf seasons. Plan your trip for sometime between late April and early October, and you’ll have a ball.

2. In Vino Veritas
Believe it or not, Michigan is a great state for wine, as its soil provides nearly ideal growing conditions for grapes. Be sure to sample the local labels during your travels, especially in combination with some musky.

3. Gone Fishin’
Lake trout, brown trout, walleye, salmon, steelhead and bass are all fair game in the Great Lakes as well as Michigan’s 11,000 inland lakes and streams. Charter boats and multiday fishing adventures are easily found throughout the state.

4. Taste The Goodness

Minnesota travelers would do well to sample some of the homegrown fruits and vegetables, honey, maple syrup, cheese and specialty meats, including bison and emu. Check out the Minnesota Grown Directory to locate farmers’ markets in the state. 

5. Cheese!
Wisconsin produces more than 35 percent of all cheese made in the United States, much of which comes from family-owned and -operated factories. Be sure to take a tour and see how some of these award-winning varieties are made.

Top 10 Places To Play  
Madden’s On Gull Lake, Brainerd
A classic family-style resort.
Minneapolis Golf Club, Minneapolis
A private club that you can play as a possible member.
The Quarry At Giant’s Ridge, Biwabik
Features wetlands, forests and a former sand quarry.

Rush Creek Golf Club, Maple Grove
The Twin Cities’ finest.
Treetops Resort, Treetops Village
Five distinctly different layouts crafted by RTJ, Sr.
The Heather At Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs
This RTJ course is fantastic.

Bay Harbor Golf Club, Bay Harbor
Two of the three nines embrace Lake Michigan.
The Bear At Grand Traverse Resort, Acme
A links-style course that can be extremely tough.
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course, Arcadia
The Midwest’s Pebble Beach.

Blackwolf Run, Kohler
Has hosted the Women’s Open and the World Championship of Golf.


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