Tucked away in the heart of Michigan’s Amish country midway between Chicago and Detroit, Island Hills Golf Club is distinct in both its bold beauty and its broad playability. Created by international designer and architect Raymond Hearn, the course moves through constantly changing terrain that makes each hole an unforgettable experience. So memorable that the late Phil Kosin, golf critic and Chicagoland Golf publisher, famously said of Island Hills: “This one’s definitely worth the drive…one of the sweetest 18s I’ve seen – rural or urban.”
But golf is just the beginning — as you’ll quickly learn when you spend even a brief period of time in this remarkable corner of the world. Start by taking a leisurely pontoon tour of Lake Templene, one of Michigan’s largest inland lakes. Or fish its crystalline waters for small mouth bass. Treat yourself to a four-star meal – and an elevated view of hole 18 – at the Grille Tavern Restaurant. Or sample Amish cooking and crafts in the surrounding towns and villages. Grab your binoculars and watch bald eagles soaring overhead. Or amble across a covered bridge as you explore local byways. At day’s end, enjoy a quiet drink on the terrace under a star-spangled sky. Or take a short drive to nearby FireKeepers Casino for a lively night at the gaming tables.