If you think The Homestead Resort, located in northern Michigan's Leelanau County, is beautiful in the winter, you should see it in the summer. It's called "America's freshwater resort," and with good reason. Perched amidst massive dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline and surrounded by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, it's just a stone's throw from the charming lakeside village of Glen Arbor.
The Homestead offers an array of luxurious accommodations, gourmet dining, superb recreational opportunities and, of course, stunning overlooks of the Leelanau countryside and rugged Lake Michigan shoreline. It now offers an Arnold Palmer destination golf course.
The course, which opened in the late 1990s as King's Challenge, fell upon hard times over the last few years. It was purchased last year by Bob Kuras, owner of the Homestead and other local investors, and renamed the Manitou Passage Golf Club. A relationship was re-established with Palmer, and Wadsworth Golf Construction, a nationally known contractor, was brought in to make changes to the course, grounds, and clubhouse.
The course, which measures near 6,750 yards from the tips, is just a few minutes down the road from the resort. It offers a challenging 18-hole layout with beautiful views of the hilly countryside and Lake Michigan's Manitou Passage between the Manitou Islands, which can be seen from the lakeside resort as well as the mainland. It's a jaw-dropping view, but try to keep your eye on the ball. More than 50 ships have been sunk in this treacherous passage over the last century-and-a-half.
The Homestead is offering a lodging package that includes unlimited golf at the resort's Mountain Flowers par-three, nine-hole course and Manitou Passage, from $143 per person, per night, based on double occupancy.