Northern Michigan’s LochenHeath Transitions to a Private Club

Traverse City, Michigan – LochenHeath Golf Club, one of Northern Michigan’s premier golf destinations, announces the acclaimed property has officially transitioned into an exclusive private club experience. Beginning in 2021, local and national members and their guests will enjoy the club’s exceptional array of privileges and amenities.
Founded in 2001 and designed by renowned course architect Steve Smyers, Lochenheath has been growing its membership steadily over the years, while allowing the public the opportunity to experience the scenic layout.
“We have always had the vision of LochenHeath becoming a private experience,” said Brent Maitland, LochenVest Board Chairman. “With the investment from our owner group, strong leadership and service team, our commitment to maintaining world-class course conditions, and growing interest in the club membership, we feel now is the time to transition to a fully private experience.”
Located just minutes from Traverse City, Michigan, and set along the shores of beautiful Grand Traverse Bay, Smyers brought his passion for the classical Alister MacKenzie, Donald Ross and A.W. Tillinghast design philosophies to LochenHeath. He has designed championship golf courses worldwide, including designs in England, South Africa, Portugal, Ireland and the United States.

Routed over a former 300-acre cherry orchard, the par-72 course, which is ranked No. 11 on Golf Digest’s Best in State list, features rolling hills, native grasses and fun, well-contoured greens. The course plays firm and fast, making it an everyday engaging experience for members and guests. LochenHeath showcases scenic views of the Bay from 14 of its holes. Members will also be impressed by the expansive and modern practice facility.
“Lochenheath was always created to be a private club and residential experience and we are very excited to be able to complete this transformation,” says general manager Kevin O’Brien. “With our location in beautiful northern Michigan, the dynamic views of the water, award winning golf, exemplary clubhouse and culinary experience, private modern cottages and our proximity to Cherry Capital airport along with everything the Traverse City region offers during the summer golf season, we are the perfect destination club for golfers across the country.”
Lochenheath members enjoy a full lifestyle experience beyond golf through luxury amenities, including one of the finest restaurants in the region with unparalleled views of Lake Michigan, outdoor dining, firepits, nearby walking/biking paths, fishing, lake access and elegant cottages equipped with four bedroom/four bath suites that are perfect for member/guest getaways.
LochenHeath is accepting limited applications for private membership. For more information, please contact LochenHeath Golf Club at (231) 938-9800 or visit
About LochenHeath
LochenHeath Golf Club rests on a scenic ridge overlooking East Grand Traverse Bay on the northwestern coast of the Lower Peninsula near Traverse City, Michigan. In 2001, the Maitland family converted their 75-year old cherry orchard into a luxury private golf and real-estate development. Designed by Florida-based golf course architect Steve Smyers, the award-winning championship layout meanders through the rolling orchard with stunning views of the bay. The impressive golf and lifestyle community features generous luxury home sites throughout the golf course including breathtaking waterfront lots. The club’s distinct, elegant architectural style and atmosphere creates a unique experience for members and guests who desire a great golf atmosphere. Stunning views and breathtaking sunsets abound at LochenHeath, delivering an incomparable outdoors lifestyle along with the breathtaking, quintessential Northern Michigan scenery. Beyond golf, LochenHeath is in the center of one of the premier summer travel destinations in America. One of America’s premier lakefront towns, the Traverse City region features world-class beaches, wineries, breweries, restaurants, shopping, hiking, biking, world-class fly-fishing streams, lake fishing, Sleeping Bear Dunes and is home to the National Cherry Festival. Visit