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Lush green fairways leading through dense sylvan treasures, shimmering sky-blue lakes and rivers, these are what await those who visit America’s Summer Golf Capital, the grand golf state of Michigan. Snuggled up next to Canada, the summers are relatively cool and comfortable, making it even more attractive as a getaway from southern extremes. Get up into the Superior region, and you can even see the Northern Lights.

You’re probably not going to be able to say that you’re never more than six miles from a lake unless you live in Michigan. The Great Lake State has more than 11,000 inland lakes, and is nestled within four of the five Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan, Hudson, and Erie). It doesn’t take much to imagine what sort of golf courses a place like that would inspire. Michigan has over a thousand golf courses, several of them on world-class resorts.

Jerry Matthews, Tom Doak, Gary Player, Tom Weiskopf, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus are amongst the best designers in the world, and each of them has found fertile soil in Michigan. Robert Trent Jones has graced the ground here as well. A long and distinguished list of designers helped Golf Digest in their decision to distinguish the Wolverine State as 12th best golf destination in the entire world

The Crystal Downs Country Club is ranked #11 in the nation by Golf Digest. This venerable course was designed by Alister McKenzie and Perry Maxwell, and opened in 1931. A par 70 of just over 6500 yards, it earned that position based on the subtle nuances of quality that aren’t revealed by statistics.

At #13 is Oakland Hills Country Club (south), an even more venerable holding designed initially by Donald Ross and opened in 1918. In 1950, Robert T. Jones added his magic to the club, and another legend was born. Today, the course is at just less than 7100 yards, with a par of 72.

Michigan's Arcadia Bluffs is the only public course among the top 100. Coming in at #56, this 7,300 yard par 72 masterpiece was designed by Rick Smith and Warren Henderson and opened with the new millennium.

In all, Michigan offers more than 30 golf schools – a fitting tally, considering the state’s ranking. Whether you’re just starting off in the game or a scratch player, there are golf pros who welcome the opportunity to share their expertise and help improve your skills. A leisurely week or weekend spent at a resort school may be just the thing to scratch that itch, and have you coming back with a gleam in your eye, a better player than you were when you left.

A golf vacation in Michigan is not a one-time tour. You’re certain to find places that you come to cherish and return to time and time again. With so many outstanding choices available, though, you’ll find yourself mapping out a path to new discoveries as well. There are few better places to savor both the familiar and the new than the Great Lakes State. Give yourself a real treat this summer, and many summers to come; Golf Michigan.