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LeftyHawk

Arcadia Bluffs, Michigan

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The Bluffs Course is one of my "must play" courses here in Michigan. Thought I'd post this to see if anyone could offer me some information or insite to playing the course.

I'm hoping to get there. Sometime in the first half of May.

Chris 

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I’ll be playing it in June. Following this thread.

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I try to play one "real nice" course every season. This one is the one I hope to get to this season. Looks incredible on their website.

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You’re by Detroit area?

You should look into The Gailes in Oscoda.

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I played The Bluffs in October of 2017, and had an absolute blast!

The course is challenging, but fair. The greens were incredibly fast and the wind off of Lake Michigan truly impact every shot you have. There is not a single flat lie on the course other than tee shots. 

If you are so inclined to walk, be in shape. You are walking up and down sand dunes that somehow have grass planted on them. The elevation changes are part of the fun in selecting a shot to play. 

Possibly my favorite hole on the course is #16. It was the first time that I truly understood what a "ground game" was on a links course. I cannot wait to play the course again with all of the new information I have about what links golf is to see how I would fare.

This is a very rough review based on memory from 2 years ago, so it is not very thorough. Enjoy your time. You feel like you are in a completely different world when you are there.

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I'm subscribing to this thread. Hope to play it at the end of summer. 

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I live in Windsor, Ontario bordering across from Detroit. Thinking about making the trip to Arcadia to play with a couple of buddies.

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I've played the original course three times.  The fairways are generous, the bunkers are deep (so is the fescue), and the place is fantastic!  I'm headed back in August to play the new South Course.  Be prepared for wind, from every direction, and for the wind to change multiple times during the day.  I'll pray that y'all get sunny weather at a minimum.  It's my favorite place on the planet.  Save time at the end to sit with a drink in the Adirondack chairs on the hill by 18 green and watch some other groups come in.

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5 minutes ago, MGoBlue100 said:

I've played the original course three times.  The fairways are generous, the bunkers are deep (so is the fescue), and the place is fantastic!  I'm headed back in August to play the new South Course.  Be prepared for wind, from every direction, and for the wind to change multiple times during the day.  I'll pray that y'all get sunny weather at a minimum.  It's my favorite place on the planet.  Save time at the end to sit with a drink in the Adirondack chairs on the hill by 18 green and watch some other groups come in.

Thank you! Sounds awesome, i am very excited.

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Holy wowza. The course looks freakin amazing, wouldn't expect anything less for northern Michigan. I remember camping up there as a kid and driving by, it would be an absolute dream to play there sometime. Top of my golfing bucket list at the moment

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On 4/22/2019 at 8:51 AM, Shankster said:

You’re by Detroit area?

You should look into The Gailes in Oscoda.

Playing The Gailes and Blackshire with a buddy in a few weeks, can't wait! Course looks awesome, whole different ballgame than the little municipal course I'm used to playing on.

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Playing The Gailes and Blackshire with a buddy in a few weeks, can't wait! Course looks awesome, whole different ballgame than the little municipal course I'm used to playing on.

Are you staying there or did you get a tee time? I’ve tried to call for a tee time only and only get an answering machine.
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11 minutes ago, Shankster said:


Are you staying there or did you get a tee time? I’ve tried to call for a tee time only and only get an answering machine.

We're staying for a night, and set up the tee times when we made reservations. It sounded like they are pretty packed this summer, but that seems weird they wouldn't be available to get a tee time set up for ya

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Looks like I'll be aiming for September..... Maybe the leaves will be turning by then....

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We're going up with a bunch of friends to a resort just south of the course at the end of July... So I'm sneaking off one day to play. Can't not do it if I'm only 10 minutes away. Beats the almost 6 hour drive it normally is. #BucketList

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The south course looks pretty fun too. Very unique design.

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10 hours ago, LeftyHawk said:

Looks like I'll be aiming for September..... Maybe the leaves will be turning by then....

Typically, the leaves up there start turning in early October. But with the weather we've had so far, they may turn early.

Who knows anymore...

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Typically, the leaves up there start turning in early October. But with the weather we've had so far, they may turn early.
Who knows anymore...


Could be July the way this year is going... brrrr
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Played there last summer.  It is a great layout that is challenging but also fair.  Bring your "A" putting game for the greens they are faster than what I am used to with quite a bit of slope.  When in doubt the putt will break toward Lake Michigan.   The groups I have played in hit a water ball into Lake Michigan on the number 12 tee box that has a large drop off overlooking the lake.  

 

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