Golfing on a Jewel: 5 reasons why playing this course on Mackinac Island is an experience like no other

This isn't your ordinary round of golf at this popular tourist paradise

The Jewel Golf Course on Mackinac Island.
The Jewel Golf Course on Mackinac Island. (Keith Dunlap/GMG)

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. – As if Mackinac Island weren’t enough of a paradise for tourists with its scenery, shopping, the majesty of the Grand Hotel, the fudge, horse carriages and endless bike trails, there’s another activity on the island that makes it a popular destination.

Did you know that you can have a great golf experience?

Yes, you can play a full round of golf on Mackinac Island in Northern Michigan, and in fact, it might be the most unique experience you can have with your golf clubs.

Here are five reasons why a round of golf on Mackinac Island’s Jewel Golf Course is an experience like no other.

1). The ferry ride

Some ferry rides to Mackinac Island will take you underneath the Mackinac Bridge. (Keith Dunlap/GMG)

Unless you can afford a private plane to the small airport on the island (more on that later), have your own private boat or can somehow morph into a fish that can swim with golf clubs on your gills, you’ll need to take a ferry from Mackinaw City or St. Ignace (depending on what side of the Mackinac Bridge you are on) to get to the island. But it is a fun boat trip to take, especially on the select rides that take you under the bridge. As for how to get your clubs to the course on the island, there are three options if you are just doing a one-day trip and not staying at a hotel on the island.

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