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Getting To Know: Harbor Shores Golf Course

An Insightful Interview With Brianne Schmidke, Director of Sales/Communications

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Brianne Schmidke who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Host of the 2012, 2014, 2016, & 2018 Sr PGA Championships. This 18-hole, daily-fee Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course reflects the high standards of the world's leading design firm, Nicklaus Design. It runs over remarkably diverse terrain that challenges golfers even as it offers a spectacular setting in which to play. The Inn at Harbor Shores opened May 2014 and features stay and play packages for groups and singles.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Why not play where the champions play?
In 2010, the course celebrated it's grand opening by hosting Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, and Johnny Miller to play together in a foursome for the first time ever.

In 2012, the course hosted its first Sr PGA Championship and then signed on to host 3 more championships for a most unprecedented sequence: 2014, 2016, & 2018.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course? Make sure to use the practice facilties before your round! The undulated putting green is indicative to what Jack designed out on the course.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
The course is situated in the small beach towns of St Joseph and Benton Harbor making it a destination course with a BIG heart. Set up as a non-profit development, none of the greens fees are used to pay for the construction of the facility. Instead, revenues above operating expenses are granted back to the community for job training and educational programs.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Harbor Shores is a Jack Nicklaus Signature course so every hole is as scenic as the next. The course winds through 4 distinct quadrants, running over remarkably diverse terrain that challenges golfers even as it offers a spectacular setting in which to play. Perhaps the most photographed and talked about are holes 7, 8, and 9 offering dramatic views of Lake Michigan. However, eleven holes border the Paw Paw River, Ox Creek and its wetlands, and four holes wind through rolling hills, ravines, and a hardwood forest. There's a challenge and a view at every tee box.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
Hole #10 is a favorite of mine as it's one of Nicklaus' most famous greens where he sunk a 100 ft putt during the Champions for Change grand opening event. Depending on pin placement, the four-tiered green can be treacherous.

Play your layup shot to the left side of the fairway to give yourself the best shot at the green.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
The Harbor Shores Burger with bacon jam, cheddar cheese, sauteed mushrooms served on a pretzel bun. Dee-lish!

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Kenny Perry holds the competitive course record with a 9-under-par 62 including 8 birdies, 1 eagle, and 1 bogey during the 2012 Sr PGA Championship. Roger Chapman won the championship that year with a total 13 under par.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 71
Yardage: 6852
Slope: 143
Rating: 74.7

More Information
Harbor Shores Golf Course
201 Graham Ave
Benton Harbor, MI, 49022


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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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