Golf News for Thursday, July 22, 2010 | Daily Golf Blogs

Mike Bailey: 72 holes of golf in two days a breeze in Northern Michigan

It might not be like playing the Old Course at St. Andrews, where you can play until 11 p.m. this time of year, but you don't have to get up very early to get in 36 holes a day in Northern Michigan. In fact, it wouldn't be that difficult – time-wise – to play 54 a day up in the Traverse City/Petoskey area.

It's been four courses in two days for our group in Northern Michigan, and if you add the 27 holes on Monday at Bay Harbor ... well, that's 99 holes of golf in three days. And we weren't rushed. That's because up here, the sun rises at 6:12 and sets at 9:20 today. That's more than 15 hours of daylight, enough for three slow rounds of golf or two lengthy rounds and a drawn-out lunch and dinner.

On Wednesday, it was Dunmaglas Golf Club and historic Belverdere, both in Charlevoix. On Tuesday, we played the Arthur Hills course and Heather course at Boyne Highlands.

All four courses were unique and excellent tests, and they are just a few of the 830 courses in the Wolverine State, which is more per capita than any other state. Michigan, especially Northern Michigan, is no doubt one of the best summer golf destinations in the world, especially considering how much quality golf you can play in just a few days.

What's not to like? The weather is great (highs in the upper 70s this week), and there are great golf course views of lakes Michigan and Charlevoix as well as plenty of elevation changes on golf courses designed by some of the best in the business. In fact, Michigan is where architect Tom Doak is based, and Arthur Hills is in nearby Toledo, Ohio.

There's still plenty of summer left, too, and September is a great time to play golf in Northern Michigan, when the temperatures cool a bit and the leaves start to turn. Only thing is if you wait until fall, you'll need to get that afternoon tee time well before 4 p.m. to get in another 18 because the super long days are only a summer treat.

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