An independent, unbiased review of Highland Golf Club in Delta County, Michigan using the Michigan Golf Matrix Scoring System.
All public Michigan Golf Courses are considered for review.

Address: 3011 U.S. HWY 2 41, Bark River, MI 49807

Front 9: Par 36

Back 9: Par 35

Overall Course: (all 18) Par 71

Yardage: Red tees – 4,204; Gold tees – 5,440; Green tees – 5,494: Black tees – 6,237
Stimpmeter: 8.7

Clubhouse at Highland Golf Club

Clubhouse and Amenities – Rating 5.90

The Highland Golf Club has a pretty large and accommodating clubhouse as well as event space perfect for receptions or other gatherings. The parking is adequate and there is no official bag drop area. Carts are in very good shape, but the cart paths need some upgrading and attention. Apparel and equipment selections are both limited but good to average in pricing. They do have quite an extensive menu ranging from typical golf course fare to full dinner entrees which includes a Friday night fish fry. A full bar and wide selection of beverages are available. The amenities are decent, and the service was friendly and helpful. There are bathrooms available on the course with fencing but no doors.

Highland Golf Club Front Nine

Highland Golf Club Hole 1

Hole 1 – Par 4 – Rating 6.00

Red: 265 yds
Gold: 347 yds
Green: 347 yds
Black: 354 yds

Start your round from level, small tees on the opening hole. The fairway is rolling, and doglegs left with medium length rough that has areas more dense or thick. The bunkers are real sand but contain a few rocks and the fringe is maintained. The small green is receptive and sloped back to front with a rolling surface. It putts at a medium speed.

Highland Golf Club Hole 2

Hole 2 – Par 4 – Rating 6.33

Red: 246 yds
Gold: 330 yds
Green: 330 yds
Black: 366 yds

Small and level tee boxes give you an open look at the rolling fairway. It has a slight dogleg left with a fairway bunker at the corner along with longer rough that is also dense. The bunkers are real sand with some rocks to avoid and there is a maintained fringe around the green which is both medium in size and speed. The green is elevated with a rolling and receptive feel, sloping from back to front.

Highland Golf Club Hole 3

Hole 3 – Par 5 – Rating 6.00

Red: 388 yds
Gold: 492 yds
Green: 492 yds
Black: 561 yds

Your first par 5 has small and level tee blocks. The fairway is rolling with medium length rough that is burnt in some areas and dense in others. Although no bunkers, there is a marshy, wetlands water hazard lurking behind the medium size green. This green is sloped back to front and receptive, running at a medium speed with a maintained fringe.

Highland Golf Club Hole 4

Hole 4 – Par 3 – Rating 4.86

Red: 130 yds
Gold: 193 yds
Green: 130 yds
Black: 197 yds

Tee off over a small stream/wetland water hazard from level, medium size tees on this first par 3. The approach is rolling and the rough is short. Unfortunately, the bunkers are unraked and rocky with some grass growing in and the fringe is not well maintained. The green is small, receptive, sloped back to front and rolls at a medium speed. But note this was our lowest rated hole on the course.

Highland Golf Club Hole 5

Hole 5 – Par 4 – Rating 5.67

Red: 202 yds
Gold: 253 yds
Green: 253 yds
Black:349 yds

Tee off from small and level tee boxes on this shorter par 4. The rolling fairway is crossed by a flowing water hazard so a decision to lay-up and drive it over is needed. There’s medium length rough with no bunkers to worry about and the fringe is maintained. The green is medium in speed and size with a receptive surface, sloped back to front.

Highland Golf Club Hole 6

Hole 6 – Par 5 – Rating 6.40

Red: 354 yds
Gold: 456 yds
Green: 456 yds
Black: 532 yds

The second par 5 on the front nine starts on level and small tees. The fairway is rolling with a slight dogleg left and medium rough. There are no hazards on this hole. A maintained fringe surrounds the small green that is sloped back to front, receptive, and putts at a medium speed.

Highland Golf Club Hole 7

Hole 7 – Par 3 – Rating 5.60

Red: 140 yds
Gold: 171 yds
Green: 140 yds
Black: 176 yds

Your second par 3 on the front nine has level, medium size tee blocks. The approach is flat with denser, medium length rough to contend with and a pond water hazard short and left of the green. No bunkers. The fringe is maintained around the medium size green, which is sloped back to front and receptive. The green putts at a medium speed.

Highland Golf Club Hole 8

Hole 8 – Par 3 – Rating 5.67

Red: 132 yds
Gold: 171 yds
Green: 132 yds
Black: 175 yds

The second of back-to-back par 3’s and the final one on the front nine starts on level, medium size tee blocks. Tee over a small stream water hazard to the small green that is guarded by nothing more than dense, medium length rough. The approach is flat, and the green surface is receptive and rolling, sloped back to front, and runs at a medium speed.

Highland Golf Club Hole 9

Hole 9 – Par 4 – Rating 5.67

Red: 210 yds
Gold: 283 yds
Green: 347 yds
Black: 357 yds

Level, medium size tee boxes give you a good look at the rolling fairway that runs slightly uphill with a slight dogleg right as well. There is a dry creek bed to avoid along with dense, medium length rough and real sand bunkers. The green is small with a maintained fringe and putts at a fast speed. The surface is sloped back to front and receptive.

Average Rating Holes 1-9: 5.80

Highland Golf Club Back Nine

Highland Golf Club Hole 10

Hole 10 – Par 4 – Rating 6.00

Red: 232 yds
Gold: 324 yds
Green: 324 yds
Black: 356 yds

Start the back nine on medium size, level tees for this typical par 4. The flat fairway has medium, thicker rough and real sand bunkers at the green. The fringe is maintained around this small green that is receptive, sloped back to front, and rolls at a medium speed.

Highland Golf Club Hole 11

Hole 11 – Par 4 – Rating 5.20

Red: 242 yds
Gold: 307 yds
Green: 307 yds
Black: 389 yds

Level, medium size tee boxes start hole 11. The fairway is rolling and doglegs right. It is tree-lined with no hazards and the rough is medium in length. The medium speed green is small with a maintained fringe as well as a receptive surface sloped back to front. There were a few bare spots at time of review.

Highland Golf Club Hole 12

Hole 12 – Par 4 – Rating 6.40

Red: 199 yds
Gold: 299 yds
Green: 299 yds
Black: 309 yds

Tee off from small and level tees for this shorter par 4. The fairway is rolling with medium rough and there are no hazards on the hole. Not a dogleg, but the green sits off to the right side of the fairway. The fringe is maintained around this small, medium speed green and the putting surface is receptive being sloped from back to front.

Highland Golf Club Hole 13

Hole 13 – Par 5 – Rating 6.00

Red: 333 yds
Gold: 417 yds
Green: 417 yds
Black: 506 yds

This unintimidating par 5 starts on elevated, small and level tees. The fairway is flat with medium length rough and a pond water hazard to the right. The bunkers are real sand, but unraked though many rakes were available. The fringe is maintained well around the medium size green with a receptive feel. The green is really quite flat and runs at a medium speed.

Highland Golf Club Hole 14

Hole 14 – Par 3 – Rating 5.60

Red: 150 yds
Gold: 150 yds
Green: 150 yds
Black: 156 yds

The first par 3 on the back is straight away from level, medium size tees. The approach is level, and the medium size green is guarded by medium length rough and an unraked, real sand bunker. This green has a maintained fringe, is receptive, being sloped back to front, and rolls at a medium speed.

Highland Golf Club Hole 15

Hole 15 – Par 4 – Rating 5.67

Red: 236 yds
Gold: 307 yds
Green: 307 yds
Black: 401 yds

Tee off from level, medium size tees for one of the more aesthetically pleasing holes on the course. The fairway is rolling and doglegs right with a stream water hazard not far off the tee blocks. The rough is medium length and thicker but there are no bunkers to deal with. The green is medium size with a maintained fringe and receptive surface that is sloped back to front, putting at a medium speed. 

Highland Golf Club Hole 16

Hole 16 – Par 3 – Rating 6.00

Red: 134 yds
Gold: 134 yds
Green: 134 yds
Black: 141 yds

The final par 3 is shorter and straight-forward from medium size, level tees. No fairway and not much approach either, so hit the green. There are no hazards to avoid and only the thicker, medium length rough is there to pose any problem. There is a maintained fringe surrounding the medium size and speed green that is receptive and slopes left to right.

Highland Golf Club Hole 17

Hole 17 – Par 5 – Rating 6.29

Red: 345 yds
Gold: 457 yds
Green: 457 yds
Black: 513 yds

This last par 5 starts on level, medium size tees. The rolling fairway has a pond water hazard left, medium length rough siding it and runs uphill as it fades left slightly. The bunkers are real sand and the fringe is maintained. This medium speed green is small and elevated with a slope back to front and a receptive feel.

Highland Golf Club Hole 18

Hole 18 – Par 4 – Rating 5.67

Red: 266 yds
Gold: 349 yds
Green: 349 yds
Black: 399 yds

Finish your round on this par 4 from level but small tee boxes. The rolling fairway fades right with denser, medium length rough and a pond water hazard right as you near the green. There are no bunkers, and the fringe is maintained. The receptive, sloped back to front green is small and putts at a medium speed.

Average Rating Holes 10-18: 5.87

Overall Course Rating: 5.84

SUMMARY:

Highland Golf Club, located in the upper peninsula of northern Michigan was the friendliest course reviewed in a long time, based not just on the service but on the ease of play on the traditional style course. Wide fairways with plenty of room, multiple sets of tees, and a slope rating that is not too intimidating, help maintain pace. Playing a modest 6,237 yards from the longest tees, Highland Golf Club can provide a steady round of golf for weekend golfers and beginners alike. Though a low handicapper may not find it challenging, it is a consistent middle of the road type course near Escanaba. It does need some TLC but offers a decent quality mid-level option for those seeking 18 holes without a huge price tag. See our video of Highland Golf Club.

Pricing: Refer to www.highlandgolfclub.net or call (906) 466-2791 for tee times and pricing

Value Rating: +1.84

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