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Already on the short list of the world's most unique. The Quarry winds it's way around and through an immense shale quarry, complete with 40-foot gorges surrounded by stone cliffs, natural ponds and a gentle waterfall. It finishes with dramatic flair down to and along the shore of Lake Michigan. *Course stats and yardage is for the Quarry/Preserve course.
3600 Village Harbor Drive
Bay Harbor, MI 49770
- Please Note: This course is currently closed.
A short starting hole, your tee shot should be negotiated down the left center to prevent the trees on the right from inhibiting your approach. The green has a natural dune area to the left and bunker protecting the front.
A wild par 3 that features huge slopes on and around the green. The only miss here is all the way at the bottom of the slope on the front left. Everywhere else is either hazard or it might as well be. Leaving here in three shots is always a good thing.
Enter 'The Quarry'! This is where things get really interesting. Conservative play is recommended, but with so many visual distractions, the PGA tour star in all of us will be sure to come out and try the improbable. The best route here is to just get something in the fairway and then aim your second shot to finish at the boulder on the side of the hill. There is a collection area at the front of the green that will give you a little room, but is at the bottom of a 30 foot high hill! The green has two tiers that will play further havoc for those that are not on the appropriate level.
Avoid the right hand side fairway bunkers, or hit it way over to the other side of them which is also the fifth fairway. The green has a large pond that will claim anything to the right side. There are moguls to the left and behind the green that can make for a slippery chip shot back towards the water.
From most tees, you will be faced with a forced carry over water. The green will still not be in view for the second shot and the fairway jots to the left of a pond as you approach the green. A giant cliff with waterfall behind the green creates yet another picturesque memory of Bay Harbor. The green has a few different ridges that create a challenge for putts that travel across one or more of them.
The biggest risk at Bay Harbor, the green is a mere peninsula amidst the wetlands of the bottom of the quarry. From the back tees, it takes a blast of 300 yards to reach the green with accuracy being just as important as distance. Pull it off and you could make an eagle. If the wind is not in your favor or you simply want to take the sensible route, position your tee shot down the fairway and set up a short iron approach. But, c'mon you didn't come here to lay up, did you?
Yet again, a forced carry awaits you off the tee. You will see a large bunker that is an island in the center of the fairway. The safest route is to play to the right of this bunker. Some will be able to carry their ball over it and some will play to the left which will leave the shortest shot to the green but also requires the longest carry from the tee.
Bay Harbor's answer to the seventh at Pebble Beach. A downhill par 3 with nothing behind it but an indescribable panorama of Little Traverse Bay. Club selection can vary by up to 3 or 4 clubs more or less than normal depending on the wind. Any balls that miss short will splash straight into a boulder faced pond. Putting to hole locations toward the back of the green will probably have some nasty snap to it.
Take a peek at how far the end of the fairway is from the tee before you select a club. Some may not need a driver. The fairway falls downhill at the landing area, adding yardage to most drives. The approach shot is all downhill to a thin green that is guarded by a bunker on the front right. Most everythng on this green will break toward the lake. Just be sure you consider enery angle as you should on every putt at Bay Harbor.