Northern Michigan Gems: Bahle Farms
Bahle Farms in Suttons Bay, Michigan is one of the most underrated courses in Michigan.
By Matt Fernandez
Bahle Farms is the idealic Northern Michigan setting: secluded and cut straight through the woods, crazy elevation changes, an outstanding routing, memorable holes and a tough finish.
Bahle Farms didn't get its name by pure chance. The course runs through a working farm-- and cuts straight through cherry trees on the back nine. We had to pick a few off to try ourselves, some quality testing for the farm, of course.
It's features like this that really separates Bahle from the pack. I can't name another course ANYWHERE like this. It's special.
Bahle has a plethora of memorable holes, tee shots, greens, views and other unique features. Put all of this together and you're in for a true experience you won't soon forget. Some of our favorite holes? 2,4,7 and 8 on the front. 11,12,15 and 17 on the back.
The Bahle Barn
The Barn at Bahle Farms adds a cool aesthetic to the course. It embodies the entire course and ties it together in a way few course symbols can. It's a damn barn in the middle of the course, and apart of a working farm (although the barn is more symbolic than anything). The barn is visible on both the front and back nine tying the loop together perfectly.
Every great course has its own unique piece/symbol/tradition. Sometimes it's an old barn, sometimes it's a hidden bottle of whisky 🥃 (shoutout Kingsley).