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Whether you are a scratch golfer or just learning to play the links, golfing in the Escanaba area is both thrilling and relaxing. Four of the courses rank in the U.P.’s top 15 and Sweetgrass Golf Club is among the top 20 in Michigan based on Golfweek’s and GOLF Magazine’s rigorous reviews.

You will find challenging slopes, tight doglegs and waterways that are eager to gulp errant balls along the U.P.’s only Coastal Golf Trail. Tee off on the same holes that international players compete annually for a purse worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Or build your confidence playing on wide-open fairways. Most courses are open May through October. Your biggest distraction will be the breathtaking scenery in every direction.

Typically get same-day tee times. Call your course-of-choice in the morning and you should get at a tee time that fits your schedule. Greens and cart fees are easy on your budget so you can try multiple courses during your stay. There is a friendly rivalry among all of our golf destinations to be the most hospitable. On-site restaurants serve juicy burgers, tender steaks, crisp salads, hunger-satiating sandwiches and thirst-quenching drinks. Or try new craft beers, wines and American and international flavors at area restaurants. At day’s end, choose a nearby lodging and rest for more rounds of golf tomorrow.

Note: Tee times are Eastern Time

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2019 Tournaments and Special Events

June 21-23: Symetra Tour Island Resort Championship, Sweetgrass Golf Club, Harris; $10 (use one ticket all three days). Watch 156 of the best rising-star women golfers as they compete to qualify for The Evian Championship, an LPGA major tournament, held in France. 

June 29: Big Hole Scramble, Garden Golf Club, Garden
Aug. 3:  18th Annual Gail Hardwick Memorial Golf Tournament, Gladstone Country Club; $65 per person (includes lunch and whitefish dinner). Four-person scramble benefits area schools and organizations.
Aug. 31-Sept. 1: Big Hole, Highland Golf Club, Escanaba

Oct. 26: Tough Man Tournament, Highland Golf Club, Escanaba

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Escanaba Country Club

1800 11th Avenue, S., Escanaba

18 holes | Par 71 | 3 Tee Boxes | $15 to $40 | Men’s Day: Tuesday, 11 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. | Women’s Day: Wednesday, 1 to 6:30 p.m. | Club Rental | Bar & Restaurant | Reservations April-October: 906-786-1701

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The Escanaba Country Club (designed by Tom Bendelow in 1915) is the oldest golf course in Delta County. The front nine is a classic, tree-lined design; the back nine is more open, with water penalty areas on six of the holes.

Pro Notes: Many golfers say #18 may be the toughest finishing hole in the U.P. The approach shot on this 428-yard hole is all uphill to a green that is 40 feet above the level of the fairway. Once there, the putting surface is the most severe on the course.

Garden Golf  

15640 18th Road, Garden

9 holes | Par 36 | 2 Tee Boxes | $10-$25 | Club Rental | Bar & Restaurant; Friday Night Fish Fry and Saturday Prime Rib; Live Entertainment Thursday & Friday | Reservations April-October: 906-644-4653

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This easy-to-find course on the Garden Peninsula (just look for the giant windmills across the street) was formerly known as the Tri-Valley Golf and Country Club. It is now part of the Garden and Stony Point Golf Complex. It provides challenges for the intermediate golfer but keeps it fun for beginners, making it a good family/group outing destination. Open scrambles are held Monday nights at 6 p.m.

Pro Notes: We are currently expanding Garden Golf to 18 holes that we plan to have ready by the end of the 2019 season. If you want to play 18 now, do two rounds or get in another 9 at our sister course, Stony Point, in nearby Manistique.

Gladstone Golf Club

6514 Days River 24.5 Road, Gladstone

18 holes | Par 72 | 4 Tee Boxes | $15 to $40 | Men’s Day: Monday, all day | Women’s Day: Tuesday, afternoon | Club Rental | Bar, Light Lunches & Friday Night Fish Fry | Reservations May-September: 906-428-9646

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The Gladstone Golf Club is one of the most scenic courses in the U.P. Surrounded by thousands of acres of state forest land, you’ll play five holes along the majestic Days River. A definite destination for fall color! Non-peak season and twilight rates are available.
Pro Notes: This course has very narrow fairways and huge greens that challenge your tee shots and putting finesse.

Highland Golf Club

3011 U.S. 2, Escanaba

18 holes | Par 71 | 3 Tee Boxes | $20 to $35 | Men’s Day: Tuesdays, noon-6 p.m. | Women’s Day: Wednesdays, noon-2 p.m., 5-6 p.m. | Bar/Restaurant & Friday Night Fish Fry | Club Rental | Reservations May-October: 906-466-2791

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Founded in 1930, this is another long-time favorite place to play in Delta County. It has wide fairways that give beginning golfers plenty of room to tune their game. This course gets high marks for friendliness, too.

Pro Notes: In recent years we have placed bunkers and trees in strategic places to create a challenge even for low handicappers.

Irish Oaks Golf Course
6141 County 420 21st Road, Gladstone

18 holes | Par 72 | 4 Tee Boxes | $10 to $43 |Women’s Day: Mondays, 3-6 p.m. |  Men’s Day: Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. | Bar/Restaurant | Reservations April-mid-October: 906-428-2616

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Located in Lake Bluff Retirement Village, this public course is beautiful with its oaks, pines and wildlife.

Nahma Golf Course

8588 LL Road, Nahma

9 holes | Par 36 | $13 to $20 | Men’s Day: Tuesdays, 6 p.m. | Scramble: Wednesdays, 6 p.m. (open to all) | Women’s Day: Thursdays: 5 p.m. |  Snacks, Light Meals & Spirits | Club Rental | Reservations April to early-October: 906-644-2648

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This Garden Peninsula destination is situated along Lake Michigan’s Big Bay de Noc and offers head-turning scenery as you play the course. It is a “vintage” course, the second oldest in Delta County (circa 1922). Great for family and friend outings.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Pro Notes: One of the best places in the U.P. to hook beginning golfers on the game.

Sage Run Golf Club

W1824 Co. Road 400 , Bark River

18 holes | Par 72 | 5 Tee Boxes | $85 | Bar/Restaurants | Club Rental | Reservations May to late-September: 906-723-2251

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This sister course to Sweetgrass Country Club was also designed by Paul Albanese. It offers a 180-degree different experience. A natural drumlin, or elongated ridge formed by glacial ice long ago, is its primary feature. A variety of holes meander off of and around the ridge creating thrilling challenges of long holes through the trees and creative short par fours. Royal County Down in Northern Ireland, rated among the world’s top courses, served as Albanese’s inspiration.

Pro Notes: Hole #4 is the hardest on the front nine. Attack the outside of the dogleg with a long drive to gain an unobstructed run-up to the green. Hole #17 may be the shortest hole on the course, but it’s set on the edge of the ridge’s steep slope and requires a precise shot.

Sweetgrass Golf Club

W399 U.S. 2, Harris

18 holes | Par 72 | 5 Tee Boxes | $85 | Bar/Restaurants | Club Rental | Reservations May to late-September: 906-723-2251

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Sweetgrass is ranked among Golfweek’s Best Courses and is named by GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest as one of the Best Courses in Michigan. Golfers will encounter the rich history of the Hannahville Indian Community with holes named after traditional Potawatomi clans, villages, allies, medicines and symbols. The Paul Albanese-designed open park-land layout has some fun greens to putt (Redan, Biarritz, Island and Double-green). Sweetgrass is also part of the “Road to the LPGA” with its June Symetra Tour Island Resort Championship. 

Pro Notes: #15 is our signature Turtle Island green. Choose your club wisely and pay attention to wind and yardage.

Terrace Bluff Golf and Country Club
7527 Lake Bluff 19.4 Road, Gladstone


18 holes | Par 72 | 3 Tee Boxes | $17-$27 | 19th Hole Grille & Spirits | Women’s Day: Tuesdays, 4-6:30 p.m. | Men’s Day: Wednesdays, 4-6:30 p.m. | Club Rental | Reservations April-November (weather permitting): 906-428-2343

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This championship course consistently earns top reviews in the area. Terrace Bluff was literally cut out of the woods and no two holes are the same. Located on a high bluff, you will look out on beautiful Little Bay de Noc as you hone your driving and putting skills.

Pro Notes: This course is friendly to the beginner as well as challenging to the low handicapper.

Woody’s Run Golf Course

4004 18th Road, Escanaba


9 holes | Par 34 | 2 Tee Boxes | $10-$15; children 12 and Under Play Free | Snacks & Refreshments | Reservations May-October: 906-786-4034

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This rolling hills course built in 1999 on the old Stonecliff Dairy Farm is a favorite with beginning golfers, families and groups.  You can almost always start playing when you arrive. A favorite for all ages is the Silly Scramble held at the end of July/early August featuring a variety of humorous challenges that keep everyone laughing.  

Pro Notes: #6 hole offers an uphill challenge and #8 takes you over the apple orchard.


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