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Staff Picks- Golf, Boating and Dining in Kalamazoo

Posted on June 2nd, 2015



President and CEO of Discover Kalamazoo, Greg Ayers, shares an itinerary of just some of the many options for golf, boating and dining in Greater Kalamazoo!



Winters are harsh in Michigan! Between cold temperatures, abundant snow and limited sunshine, it can be a long several months. What makes it all worthwhile for me? Spring, summer and fall – and it doesn’t get any better than in the Kalamazoo region of Southwest Michigan.



Our state has been known as a top golf destination for decades. Some of the nation’s best public-access courses can be found in Michigan. While the courses in the northern part of the lower peninsula of Michigan garner a lot of publicity, the quantity of affordable, quality courses in Southwest Michigan is second-to-none.


For more than 50 years, golfers from throughout the Midwest have been converging on Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort in Augusta, Michigan – just minutes east of downtown Kalamazoo. The premier golf destination in Southwest Michigan offers five championship courses within 20 minutes of one another. Lodging and dining are a part of the offerings at Gull Lake View, where unlimited daily play is a favorite of residents and visitors alike.


Did I mention a quantity of affordable, quality courses in Southwest Michigan? Other favorites of mine include Yarrow Golf & Conference Resort (also in Augusta), Angels Crossing Golf Club in Vicksburg (just south of Kalamazoo) and the Lynx Golf Course in Otsego (northwest of Kalamazoo). These courses and dozens more will have you returning to Kalamazoo with your sticks many more times in the future.



Another enjoyable activity of mine, which I don’t get to do nearly enough, is to go boating. I don’t live on a lake, so I have no real interest in owning my own boat. Need not worry as Gull Lake Marine offers a rental fleet of some of the finest cruising and performance boats available – and they are located on one of Southwest Michigan’s favorite and most well-known lakes, just minutes from Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort and Yarrow Golf Club & Resort. There are more than 80 public-access lakes in Kalamazoo County. So if you own a boat, bring it! Nothing is more refreshing than a cruise around one of our many lakes after a day on the links.




So you’ve hit the links for a great round of golf and then ventured onto one of our fabulous lakes for a refreshing couple of hours. Are you hungry? The Kalamazoo region has some terrific restaurants – many of which are locally owned and operated. My advice, especially to visitors, is to head to historic downtown Kalamazoo where you will find one of my favorites, The Union, a UniverCity Cabaret & Grille. The atmosphere is great, the food is delicious and the drinks are cold. The place is jumping most nights with live music, often in partnership with the department of music at Western Michigan University. In fact, there is a seal of the University in the backdrop of the stage – nothing more pronounced about the town-and-gown relationship than this!



So if you’re looking for fun this spring, summer and fall, then head to Kalamazoo to discover amazing golf, gorgeous lakes and superb dining. You’ll be back. We promise!