Bay Harbor Golf Club (Links/Quarry) – Played May 2017
- Rankings: Golf Digest Public #65, Golf Magazine Public #49
- Location: 5800 Coastal Ridge Drive, Petoskey, Michigan
- Year: 1996
- Architect: Arthur Hills
- Course Access: Resort
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Black: 6,827 yards, Par 72, 73.0 Rating/145 Slope
- Blue: 6,414 yards, Par 72, 71.2 Rating/141 Slope
- Gold: 5,936 yards, Par 72, 69.8 Rating/132 Slope
- White: 5,175 yards, Par 72, 66.2 Rating/119 Slope
- Red: 4,319 yards, Par 72, 65.1 Rating/116 Slope
Next up on the trip was the course associated with our hotel. It was a short drive, which was much appreciated from some of the earlier driving. The facility has 27 holes that all have their own flair, but fit together well. I was playing the Links/Quarry combination that makes the lists.
The Links was the most expensive nine holes ever built at the time it opened. It had a lot of kiln dust from the cement plant that used to be on the site. It is a beautiful nine that plays along Lake Michigan. The Quarry lives up to its name and is an interesting nine for sure. The course is linked as well to the Boyne resort and making tee times is quite easy through their booking system.
I played the blue tees and all yardages are from those tees. I played the Links first and then the Quarry. Below is a look at the wonderful clubhouse.
Hole 1 – 405 yards – Par 4
The first is no easy start. At over 400 yards you will need a good poke. This hole plays out towards the water as well meaning you may face some wind issues.
The lack of trees make this a difficult aiming hole. It’s easier to see in person than in the photo, but you want to take a line a little right of the bunkers.
This hole looks like it falls off the world to the left. I took three wood for safety and erred on the right side since I hadn’t played it before. There is more room right than it would appear below.
This shot was beautiful to me. I liked the setting next to the water with the awesome houses behind. In the absence on wind the hole will play about a club less. See the second photo for a closer look.
I didn’t know what to do with this tee shot. Call it the trials of an equipment cheapskate. I don’t have GPS or a rangefinder so I didn’t know what the carry was over this sandy area. Also, I think this might have been some kind of project as it didn’t fit the hole. Either way, the hole is a dogleg right.
This one is mostly straight with a slight bend to the right. Keep it out of the trees to the left and you will be going for the flag.
Not overly long, the seventh can be had. There is plenty of room left, but right will result in a penalty.
Tough is the word I’d use for this shot. It’s downhill and long to a smallish green. Bunkers guard the left side.
The front side comes to an end with a definite birdie opportunity. There is a hazard down most of the right side. Avoid that with a good drive and you will be in good position to capitalize.
The tenth starts off the Quarry nine and you will see why soon enough. This hole bends slightly right and at this length does not require driver.
This is a mid-length one shot hole. It’s hard to see the green in the first photo, but scroll down and you can see how the green is situated. It is right past the clump of fir trees on the right.
This was one of my favorite. I’m not sure why. There is trouble all over the place waiting to grab bad shots. Avoid the right side from the tee.
This may be the best hole on the course. Overall it bends to the right, but the angle of the fairway draws your eyes left. There is a decent sized landing area.
You’re given a serious birdie opportunity here. If you keep the drive out of the water you will most likely have a chance to go for it in two. A power draw up the right side is ideal.
I like the strategy in this hole even though I can’t take advantage of it. Big hitters have to make the decision to either go over the hazard at the green or lay up to the left. The green is right between the two houses in the distance.
A good tee shot is needed here to carry the hazard. The hole veers to the left a bit.
This is one of the prettiest holes on the property. It plays right down to the water. Club selection is a challenge due to the severe slope. Misjudged shots will have plenty of opportunities to go in the water.
The last hole features trouble down both sides. Trees to the right, water to the left, here we are. A good line is at the clubhouse up the right with a slight draw. The landing area is downhill so you can get some good distance.
I really had a fun time playing this course. It isn’t overly difficult, but gives you a lot of options on your shot selection. There are spots to be aggressive and spots to lay back. It is a wonderful resort course. The scenery along the lake is awesome. The quarry holes were a unique touch I didn’t expect to see in this area. With the 27 holes it serves as a great complement to the resort a couple miles away.