Golfing in the Central Michigan area is a hidden gem, and easy to get to for your next golf getaway.  Meet in the middle of the state and you’ll find some amazing courses and save time on getting there!  Plus, with a variety of nightlife options, you’ll make the Mt. Pleasant area one of your go-to golf destinations.

Spend your days on the green, and spend your evenings exploring Mt. Pleasant’s various attractions. Between the nightlife found while traversing historic downtown, to the world-class entertainment at Soaring Eagle Casino, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the Mt. Pleasant area. Plus, with over 100 restaurants to choose from, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the variety of delectable dishes and bold brews scattered throughout central Michigan.

From championship, links, “up-north,” and relaxed styles of golf, central Michigan will have something different for you each and every trip.

Services Provided by the MPACVB for Traveling Golfers

The Mt. Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (MPACVB) is here to help guide you to courses that fit your style, and provide you with a variety of lodging options that will fit your needs. Wanting to know what else there is to do when not playing golf? Let the team at the MPACVB customize things to do for your golf group. From canoeing the Chippewa River or trying your luck on one of the largest gaming floors in the Midwest at the Soaring Eagle Casino, their team can suggest a variety of things to do, places to eat, and must-see places while in the area.

Must Play Courses in the Area

Bucks Run (Mt. Pleasant, MI) is regularly ranked in the top courses in Michigan and is considered a must-play while visiting the Mt. Pleasant area. Here you can find championship tees, underlying greens, fluffy sand-traps, pristine grounds, and majestic scenery. People drive from all over the state just to play at Bucks Run!

Similar to Bucks Run, PohlCat Golf Course (Mt. Pleasant, MI) is another championship-style course located in the Mt. Pleasant area, and is designed with the help of former PGA touring pro, Dan Pohl. Rolling hill fairways, lined with fescue grass and protected marsh-lands, punctured with undulating greens makes this course a treat to play. With so much movement in the fairways and greens, you’ll never play the same shot twice.

Bucks Run Golf Club

Bucks Run Golf Club

PohlCat Golf Course

PohlCat Golf Course

The Best Hidden Gem Courses

The Pines at Lake Isabella (Lake Isabella, MI) has a long-standing history in Michigan golf, being a regular host of amateur qualifying events and GAM tournaments. This golf course offers pristine and long fairways, well-placed sand-traps and beautiful pines throughout the course. Don’t forget to stop by their new restaurant for a refreshing drink and bite to eat. If you’re looking to forget your score and enjoy time with your group, this is the place for you.

Riverwood Resort (Mt. Pleasant, MI) offers the perfect setting for a trip with the fellas or gals. Enjoy the laid-back and open course design before heading inside for bowling, drinks and great food.

Maple Creek Golf Club (Shepherd, MI) offers the perfect setting for large groups. With an open landscape and condensed course, Maple Creek makes it easy for large groups to travel between holes and to have a great time. When you’re done with the round, head inside for lunch at the Fireside Grille.

The Pines at Lake Isabella

The Pines at Lake Isabella

A golfer at Riverwood Resort.

Riverwood Resort

Maple Creek Golf Club

Maple Creek Golf Club

“Must-Do” Attractions

Pair the quantity of impressive courses with the endless options of world-class entertainment and your group will need more than one weekend to experience the full Central Michigan effect. Here are the top places to explore when not hitting the links:

Try your luck on one of the largest gaming floors in Michigan at the Soaring Eagle Casino.

Cheer on the Central Michigan University Chippewas at one of their many annual events.

Enjoy locally-owned fine dining at Midori Sushi and Martini Lounge or The Brass Café.

Indulge in delicious, handcrafted brews at Summit Smokehouse & Tap Room (home to Mountain Town Brewin Co.) and Hunter’s Ale House.

Kayak, canoe or float down the jewel of central Michigan, the Chippewa River.

Check out our comprehensive list of Lodging Accommodations, Things to Do, and Transportation, to help create the ultimate golf getaway!

Kelly/Shorts Football Stadium

Kelly/Shorts Stadium

Summit Smokehouse beer.

Summit Smokehouse

The Best Time to Travel

Anytime during the main golf season of April-October is great time to travel to the central Michigan area. Most of the courses will offer deals and promotions during summer holidays (Memorial Day, Father’s Day, 4th of July, Labor Day). Golfers should check out our courses as the golf season starts to wind down in late September/October, as many courses will offer deals and promotions to close the season out.

Meet Mt. Pleasant

Visit the Golf Central Michigan page to see all of the golf courses in the Mt. Pleasant area, and to learn more about deals & packages. Make plans now to visit the Mt. Pleasant area for your next golf getaway, and don’t forget to follow the MPACVB on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok to keep up with all things central Michigan!

Image Credits: Maple Creek Golf Club Facebook Page, Camille’s Prime Facebook Page