Perched high above Little Traverse Bay, Bay Harbor makes it hard to believe that just 12 years ago this spot was home to a limestone quarry and a cement factory. “It looked like we’d knocked down a building, but I knew it would be beautiful when we were done,” says architect Arthur Hills. “The lake views were awesome.”
Ranked No. 31 on our Top 100 Courses You Can Play, Bay Harbor boasts three strong nines, but the Links nine is the most dramatic, with a handful of cliff-edge holes. Equally eye-popping is the Quarry loop, especially the par-5 third, which traverses a quarry and dunes on its 561-yard way to a plateau green.