Work Continues on Golf Club at Harbor Shores

The Golf Club at Harbor Shores announced recently that the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in Benton Harbor, Mich., is nearing completion after the designer inspected the property. The layout will serve as the cornerstone for the 530-acre master-planned community that will include residential units, commercial space, a marina, a hotel/conference center and various other resort and community amenities.

While the 18-hole track officially opens in spring 2010, limited preview play will be allowed July 15 through October 15 of this year. The nine-hole, par-35 loop can be played from 2,583 to 3,336 yards and will be limited to Fridays through Sundays and 60 players per day.

Visitors to the Southwest Michigan property - located 90 minutes east of Chicago - will be treated to a spacious layout that winds through native wetlands and natural sand dunes with bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan.

Part of a unique non-profit development partnership, Harbor Shores is intended to serve as a catalyst for a community transformation by producing significant economic impact to the area through job creation and generating new consumer spending and tax revenue. Harbor Shores will restore beauty to Lake Michigan's waterfront through the restoration of local public park space, the clean up of brownfields, and the preservation of natural wetlands.

"This [property] is really a huge enabler to drive community transformation and economic growth - not only in Benton Harbor but throughout Southwestern Michigan," said Nicklaus during his recent visit to the property to inspect the final three holes along the waterfront.

Golfers interested in a tee time for preview play at the Golf Club at Harbor Shores, which is managed by Northbrook, Ill.-based KemperSports, should call 269/927-4653 or visit to book a tee time online.

About Harbor Shores

The 530-acre, mixed-use development spans parts of Benton Harbor, St. Joseph and Benton Township. This new community is in close proximity to Lake Michigan and sits along the St. Joseph and Paw Paw Rivers. Harbor Shores' central amenity is an 18-hole, public Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. In addition, plans call for more than 12 miles of walking/biking trails, marinas, nearly 800 residential units, commercial space, a hotel/conference center, indoor water park, parks and new green space, and other amenities.

Harbor Shores, a nonprofit developer, envisions the golf course and the resort community to be a catalyst to continue the revitalization of Southwest Michigan by retaining residents, boosting county-wide school enrollments, and creating new job opportunities.