South Haven Tip
My favorite memories of South Haven are of all the beautiful sunsets that I have seen from the bluff and the beach. I don't think there is any thing prettier to be found, although there are plenty of things to give this beauty a run for the money! All I can say is He is an Awesome Artist :)
Four Golf Course in South Haven, Michigan
South Haven, Michigan, has four golf courses. Three of them are 18-hole courses, and one of them is a nine-hole course.
At the South Haven Visitors Bureau, I inquired about the golf in the area and was given some fine information. I wanted this information to show to my husband so that perhaps he and I could return to the area for a golf trip.
Beeches Golf Club
09601 68th Street
South Haven, MI
This course is open seven days a week from dawn until dusk. It has a club house and guest services and is an 18-hole course. It is the newest of the golf courses celebrating its third year. It is a residential development.
Glenn Shores Golf Course
7097 Orchard Lake Drive
South Haven, MI
Glenn Shores Golf Course is a nine-hole Par 35 course that is open from 8:00 a.m. until sunset.
Tee times are not required. This would not be a course that Allan and I would choose to play. It, I feel, would be excellent for beginners and families.
523 Hawksnest Drive
South Haven, MI
HawksHead Links is an 18-Hole course that is open from 7:00 a.m. until dusk. Besides the golf course, there is the Hawskhead Inn and Restaurant. I read that HawksHead received a "prestigious four and one-half star rating by GOLF DIGESTMagazine as one of the Best Places to Play in America.Asking around, I received very positive input about this course and the restaurant. This would certainly be a possibility for Allan and I if we decide to have a golf vacation.
South Haven Golf Club
397 Blue Star Hwy/A2 South Haven
South Haven Golf Club is another 18-hole course that is open sunrise until sunset. This golf club has a restaurant and a lounge. Mickey and I saw this course as we traveled on Blue Star Highway. This course was opened in 1930 and is set among rolling hills just north of South Haven.
Our Favorite Sports Related Things
South Haven doesn't have any professional teams, but we do visit Murphy's Antique Mall on Center St for sports cards of our favorite players! Yes, go Detroit Tigers!!!
For about a 1 hour drive, the Kalamazoo Kings is a Independent league baseball team with cheap tickets and free parking! The kids can even run the bases after most games! That's our kids favorite thing to do that's sports related.
South Haven's beaches are the best around and Hawks Head is a great golf course. For sports card collecting, again we visit Murphy's Mall. The baseball games, beach and golf are self explanatory.
Glenn Michigan - The Pancake Town
About halfway between Saugatuck and South Haven, Michigan on the Blue Star Highway is the town of Glenn, Michigan. In the days before the Interstate made it up here, all cars traveling along the lake shore in Michigan had to travel on the Blue Star Highway through Glenn. Nowadays only a handful of cars travel this road even though it is in great condition. This 2 lane road is only about 1/2 mile at most from the Interstate and thus is a good route to avoid speeding traffic and to slow down a bit and catch some different sites from your vehicle.
As we were heading back to South Haven after our day in Saugatuck, I noticed this unique sign proclaiming Glenn as the Pancake Town. Interestingly enough just yesterday an article was written by Charlotte Weick from the Penasee Globe (a local Michigan newspaper) which gives the history behind the name. Without taking any of her credit here is a link to Charlotte's article.
Why Is Glenn Named the Pancake Town?
The best of the West
"Step back to a more relaxed lifestyle"
Your pace may be quick in the city, but as you arrive in beautiful South Haven, at the western edge of Michigan and situated on the eponymous lake (check out the lighthouse, which reminds me of Rockport, Massachusetts' Motif No. 1), you'll find yourself beginning to unwind, to slow down, to take a few extra minutes to revel in your surroundings. I haven't had the pleasure of visiting in the shoulder seasons, but the summer is a marvelous carpet of treats: festivals, concerts, walking the dunes, boating, swimming, homemade ice cream, blueberries in every conceivable dish (but so good, just eaten in the hand), cool breezes at night.
"Take a stroll on the dunes"
Van Buren State Park, on Ruggles Road just south of the town, offers access to Lake Michigan and the sand dunes -- just don't get too close to the nuclear plant a little further down the coast! There is a nice bath house where you can shower after enjoying a dip in Lake Michigan. There's also a picnic area, grills, and children's play area. But for real adventure, try climbing one of the dunes. You'd be amazed at how massive and steep some of them are!
"A bit of history"
The South Haven Visitors Bureau has a helpful pamphlet giving the history of the town, whose status as a draw for tourists is documented by a 1900 resort directory listing 96 resorts within the municipal boundary! North Shore Drive was the site of many of the old hotels, simply because of proximity to the water. Ferries from Chicago used to make daily trips. Of interest is the synagogue; South Haven welcomed Jews even during periods when diversity was a dirty word. Old resort names like Fidelman's, Mendelson's and Weinstein's are found in the early directories, though in many instances these properties have now changed hands (and names).