The Weekender- Frankfort + Benzonia


The Weekender

Created to inspire others to travel more, adventure further, and have fun along the way- on and off the golf course. Finding hidden gems, showcasing cool adventures, great eats and playing great golf.

Benzonia, Michigan (right off of Crystal Lake).

One of the best hidden areas in the state of Michigan. A ton of cool courses and a lot to do off the course. The perfect weekend golf getaway.

Where to Play

Pinecroft Golf Course

We’ll go as far as saying this is one of the best kept secrets in Michigan… and it’s not even a question. Straight North Coast approved.

Where to Play

Champions Hill

Links vibes and good times. Have to play it at least once… a year.

Within An Hour Drive

Arcadia Bluffs

Grab the twilight tee time and thank us later.

If You Can Get In

Crystal Downs

Ever heard of this place? One of the purest golf courses in the world.

  • The 19th Hole
  • Good Eats
  • Breakfast Club
  • What Else To Do?

The 19th Hole

Five Shores Brewery

Great beer. Great food trucks. Beer Garden. An absolute must stop.


Good vibes only.

Good Eats

A Papono’s Pizzeria

Solid ‘za to grab after a day of 36 or late-evening round.

Cabbage Shed

Sit on the patio, enjoy the view and grab a good burger.

Lucky Dog Bar and Grille

You’re a lucky dog (terrible pun) if you get to grab a bite to eat and a few drinks here. Personal favorite: the wings, but can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.

The Cherry Hut

Like nothing you’ve seen. Northern Michigan is known for its cherries and the Cherry Hut infuses locally grown cherries into a TON of great meals. Grab some cherry items from the shop on the way out.

Upriver Wood Fired Pizza

Some of the best pizza around, 8.2 on the scale. Grab a slice and enjoy.


Breakfast Club

Crystal Café

An absolute staple for the area. Currently closed but hopefully it opens back up soon!

Ursa Major Bistro & Coffee Shop

Formally known as the Blue Carribou. Great breakfast and lunch spot.

What Else To Do?

In the Summer, it’s absolutely essential to check out both Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan. Don’t pass this up! Rent some kayaks, a jet ski, whatever. Just get out there and enjoy it.

The Perfect Weekender


Take the day off Friday and head straight up in the morning.

Stop at Five Shores Brewery

Have a few cold ones and grab lunch before the round to loosen up and enjoy the sun. This little town right off the water is perfect on a summer's day.

Afternoon round at Pinecroft GC

Right up the road from town, 5 minutes tops. Grab a late afternoon tee time so you finish with the sun coming down over Crystal Lake. Some absolutely stunning views and an incredible start to the weekend.


The Par 3 14th at Pinecroft GC


Grab some pizza at A Papano’s and get some sleep.


A Day of 36

Get an early tee time at Champions Hill. Best in the morning before it gets too hot as there isn’t much shade out there. You’ll enjoy this one.


Grab lunch afterwards at Ursa Major Bistro & Coffee Shop. All you could ask for: breakfast food, sandwiches, salads and some burgers if you’re feeling wild.

Afternoon round at Arcadia Bluffs

It's about an hour drive or so but BEYOND worth it. Get the first twilight time and let the bagpipes play as your navigating your way through the back nine. Have dinner on the patio after.

The 12th hole at Arcadia Bluffs


Grab a bite to eat at Crystal Café (if it’s open) and head to the water in downtown Frankfort. Cool little city, good eats and good vibes.

If you’re golfing, play a mid-morning round at Crystal Mountain- The Ridge. Great elevation and overall fantastic course.

If you’re relaxing, take your pick between Lake Michigan (iconic) and Crystal Lake (equally as iconic in these parts). If you're choosing between these two, flip a coin. Enjoy the day!

Crystal Lake

North Coast


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