With a total of 12 states to choose from in the Midwest, you’re sure to find a golf resort that meets all of your needs and requirements. However, endless research on different resorts just takes the fun out of planning your trip. So, to make things slightly easier for you, we compiled this list of our favorite golf resorts in the Midwest.
1. The Highlands At Harbor Springs, Michigan
This family-owned resort in Harbor Springs is home to the Donald Ross Memorial, the legendary course that features all of Donald Ross’ best holes. This course is the most popular without a doubt, but the resort is also home to three other courses, including the Arthur Hills Course, The Heather, and The Moor.
There are plenty of other amenities and activities to fill your stay when you’re done golfing, including watching a show and enjoying a scrumptious meal at The Young Americans Dinner Theatre. Another fun option is hitting one of the trails and taking up some mountain biking, or you could simply sit back and have a cocktail at one of the many dining establishments.
2. Boyne Mountain Resort, Michigan
You’ll find two golf courses at the Boyne Mountain Resort, including the host course of Michigan’s Tournament of Champions, The Alpine. The other course, The Monument, is a tribute to the legends because it features design traits and signature styles of Donald Ross, Dr. Alister Mackenzie, Robert Trent Jones, George Fazio, and Pete Dye.
Other resort amenities for those who aren’t playing or even for the golfers who are done playing for the day include a spa and wellness center. If you’d prefer to stay active, there is a disc golf course, pools, tennis courts, mountain biking trails, and a pickleball court.
3. Grand Traverse Resort And Spa, Michigan
There are a total of three different championship golf courses to choose from when visiting Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, including Spruce Run, a William Newcomb redesign, The Wolverine, a Gary Player signature course, and The Bear, a Jack Nicklaus masterpiece.
As soon as you’re done playing through all the course choices, there are many other resort amenities to choose from. These include a total of 10 dining establishments and bars, many pools, hot tubs, an indoor playground for the kids, a salon and spa for the stressed, various tennis courts, and a fitness center for the gym freaks.
4. Pointe Royale Condominium Resort & Golf Course, Missouri
At this resort, you’ll find one of Branson’s Premier Courses, The Pointe’s 18-hole Championship Course. Furthermore, the resort is home to one indoor pool, two outdoor pools, a hot tub, a kiddie pool, and playgrounds for the kids to enjoy. There are also hiking trails to explore nature, fishing spots to catch a trout or two, and a 24-hour fitness center to stay active.
5. Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, Illinois
At Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, you have a choice between four golf courses, including The General, The East, The North, and The South. Each course has its own unique features and backdrop, like The North, which has a view of Lake Galena, while The South Course is in a beautiful valley. Other amenities include pools, dining facilities, a spa, and an on-site country store.
6. Swan Lake Resort, Illinois
There’s no need for an abundance of golf courses at this resort, as the two courses at The Golf Club at Swan Lake Resort are more than enough for the perfect golfing getaway. Other amenities and this Plymouth resort include two inground spas, various indoor and outdoor pools, a well-equipped fitness center, and enough dining establishments to keep you fed and healthy.
7. The House on the Rock Resort, Wisconsin
The House on the Rock Resort in Wisconsin does things slightly different than the rest, as they have three 9-hole championship courses. Each of these short courses was designed by a different esteemed designer, forming a 27-hole masterpiece in Spring Green.
The resort also has a spa, for all your renewing and rejuvenating needs, and a well-known restaurant, known as the 400 Springs Restaurant. Other relaxing amenities include a pub and grill on-site, an indoor and outdoor pool, and an indoor whirlpool.
8. Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, Iowa
With only one course spanning over more than 7,400 yards, you don’t have to rack your brain deciding which course to play when visiting this resort in Iowa. The course has a 19th-hole café and magnificent views of Blue Top Ridge.
Golf isn’t all that this resort has to offer, with plenty of exciting amenities to make your stay worthwhile. The resort’s fantastic amenities, apart from the golf course and casino, include pools, a spa, a performance studio to up your game, a golf shop, a boutique, and even a gift shop.
9. Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort, Iowa
The Falls Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort is the only course at this resort but what is sure to make it worth your stay is that it was designed by the legend, Rees Jones. The course spans over more than 7,100 yards and you’ll definitely be wowed by the glorious panoramic views of the countryside and the 30-foot waterfall/12-acre lake combination.
The resort is also home to a golf shop, live entertainment for your enjoyment, a spa, and more than enough shopping and dining amenities. They have a luxury hotel but there’s an RV park if you’d like to change things up a little.
10. Oak Valley Golf Course & Resort, Missouri
This resort’s Renown Golf Course doesn’t just feature 18 holes of exciting gameplay, but it is also surrounded by breathtaking views of the Mississippi River. At the end of the course, when you are tired from a long day of golf or still filled with adrenaline after a personal record win, there’s a 19th Green Bar & Grill.
The resort, which spans over more than 350 acres of woods and wilderness, also has a fishing lake and water park for those extra water activities. There is a lodge that is mostly booked for special event accommodation, but the fun really happens at the campgrounds and RV park.
11. Northern Bay Resort, Wisconsin
Northern Bay is home to one of the country’s first replica/tribute courses. The course features exact replicas of holes such as Augusta’s famed 13th hole, #17 at the TPC Sawgrass, 16th at Firestone Country Club, and 18th hole at Arnie’s course-Bay Hill.
Apart from the fantastic course that gives you the opportunity to play where all the legends have played without having to travel between courses, this holiday spot has even more to offer. The resort, which spans more than 300 acres of wilderness, has a tiki bar, enough fishing spots, and a sandy beach with a designated swimming area.
12. Sawmill Creek Resort, Ohio
Sawmill Creek’s golf course features 18 holes of exciting golf in the middle of Lake Erie. From rolling hills to sparkly water features, and lush fairways, and a magnificent Tom Fazio design, this course has everything you could possibly need to play one of the best games of your life.
Needless to say, you can’t golf for 24 hours of the day, so you’ll need some amenities and facilities to keep you busy. Fortunately, this resort has more than enough activities, including dining establishments, pools, a fitness center, marina, and the popular Season of Joy, where you can enjoy cocktails and live music.
We get that a stay at a golf resort may not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially if you are just looking for a nice course to enjoy a round of golf. If this sounds like you and you’d like to start searching for a golf course with none of the extras, have a look at our list of the best golf courses in the Midwest.
Then again, if a resort stay with the occasional round of golf is your scene, you should consider booking a stay-and-play package for a better deal and bigger savings. Have a look at our list of the best stay-and-play golf packages in the Midwest to start comparing packages.