BAHLE FARMS (231-271-2020)
Michigan Golf Course Review
Bahle Farms is a stunning Gary Pulsipher design that boasts spectacular views of Suttons Bay and West Grand Traverse Bay. This course is a bit out of the loop of Traverse City -
which may explain why we have not heard much about it but it is actually just a beautiful 15 minute drive up Hyw 22 from the shores of Traverse City - and WELL WORTH IT!
This is one gorgeous golf course. Dramatic elevation changes will grab the attention of golfers right off the bat as the opening holes on both sides, located near the clubhouse -
play from markedly elevated tees to valley fairways below, then back up again to raised green complexes. The layout features a group of the most beautiful par threes in the
Traverse City area, including the 202 yard 4th, which is nearly all carry over a pond. The 6th, 9th and 11th also feature significant drops from tee to green, with number 11 doing a
free fall of nearly 100 feet, that seems to be nearly straight down from the back tee boxes.
There is a nice mix of open and tight tree lined fairways, which afford golfers with ample opportunities to let the big dog fly. The course was wonderfully conditioned on our visit in
Mid-June, with manicured fairways and large bent grass, true rolling, undulating greens. The secluded layout rolls through high farmlands in the Leelanau wine country, with
cherry orchards scattered about the property. If you are there in mid-July you might have the pleasure of enjoying some sweet red and also Rainer cherries if you hook or slice your
tee shot into the orchards! Cheery trees line the fairways of several holes!
On property is a mat range and two putting greens, and the clubhouse features a pro shop plus restaurant/lounge with outdoor patio - serving breakfast and lunch seven days a
week in season. On course small flags on the pin indicate the day's pin placements, and yardages are marked on the fairways at 100, 150 and 200 yards with 150 yard stakes
doubling as directional devices on all par fours and fives. This is especially helpful on the doglegs and raised fairways, and particularly on the two finishing holes. A hole by hole
tip sheet is also available. Seventeen is visually intimidating from the tee areas, as it dips and rolls to a landing area bordered tightly by forest on both sides. There is more room
than appears, as golfers will hopefully find out. Eighteen is a beautiful finishing hole that winds uphill, providing a last dramatic view from behind the green.
We highly recommend a visit to Bahle Farms! With reasonable rates - this is a must play for golfers visiting the Traverse City area. The drive along the west side of the Grand
Traverse Bay is nearly worth the trip itself - and once played, we feel golfers will want to come back to this wonderful course. Great service and conditioning - challenging yet fair
.For more info visit our page for the course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.