The people have spoken: Golfers value 2 Michigan courses among 10 best publics in USA

The people have spoken: Golfers value 2 Michigan courses among 10 best publics in USA.

The people, Golfers, 2 Michigan courses, 10 best publics

We often look to the "experts" when reviewing and searching for the best golf courses, so its refreshing to cull data from "the people" to see what they think.

After more than 315,000 reviews in 2022 on, reviewers have spoken and two Michigan courses were among the top 10 public sites in the U.S. golfers loved the most, and six others made the top 50.

GolfPass has more on the course: "This tree-lined 2004 design just northeast of Muskegon has graced past Golfers Choice lists of the top-rated courses in Michigan, as well as the Friendliest Golf Courses in the U.S. In 2022, it really hit its stride, garnering dozens of glowing reviews from visiting golfers."

In order to be eligible for this list, a golf course must be publicly accessible, and receive at least 10 reviews in the previous year. Reviews include six factors to make up the overall rating score: value, conditions, layout, pace of play, staff friendliness, and amenities off the course.

No. 9 is a course you may be more familiar with: Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, host of five previous Senior PGA Championships and designed by Jack Nicklaus firm. (The course was also one of three courses from The Mitten named to Golfweeks top 200 residential courses).

"Pieced together from more than 140 different land purchases as part of a huge industrial remediation effort ... this is a prime example of how golf can help turn around the prospects of a struggling community," GolfPass wrote.

Mauna Lani Resorts South Course on a coastal cove in Waimea, Hawaii claimed the No. 1 spot. Its apparently well worth the $268 price tag and tough to beat the ocean views.

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