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above majestic Lake Michigan and is considered

Michigan’s finest golf course. I agree that Arcadia

Bluffs is worthy of high praise, but there are two

other courses that deserve mention as the state’s


The Kingsley Club w

as designed by Mike Devries,

who spent most of his life studying golf course

design at Crystal Downs. Crystal Downs is

annually ranked as one of the top-10 private golf

clubs in the nation and was built by none other

than Dr. Alister MacKenzie.

Devries incorporated many of the good doctor’s

design features in his work at the Kingsley Club.

Rolling sand dunes are used for dramatic elevation

change from tee to green. Severe undulation on

the beautiful green complexes make keeping

3-putt greens to a minimum a challenge.

Slope and bunkers are used to disguise distance

and there are precious few level lies to be found

in the fairways.

Another enduring feature of Kingsley Club is the

lack of an ornate clubhouse. There are two lodges

that can accommodate guests, but the main

feature of the property is the golf.

The other course that captured my heart when I

first laid eyes on it is Forest Dunes.

Kingsley Club & Forest Dunes

Challenge Arcadia Bluffs in Michigan

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