Course Overview

Amazing terrain. A dramatic design.

Just 90 minutes from Chicago, this 18-hole, public Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course reflects the high standards of the world’s leading design firm, Nicklaus Design. After successfully hosting the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid in 2012, Harbor Shores will again play host in 2014, 2016 and 2018. The course runs over remarkably diverse terrain that challenges golfers even as it offers a spectacular setting in which to play. Three holes offer dramatic views of Lake Michigan, eleven holes border the Paw Paw River, Ox Creek and its wetlands, and four holes wind through rolling hills, ravines and a hardwood forest. The result is a golf course unlike any other.

As golfers play the course, it’s difficult to imagine that over 3 million square feet of dilapidated buildings were demolished and over 140,000 tons of waste material were removed from portions of the Paw Paw River and throughout the various sites on the property.

Harbor Shores is a not-for-profit development. While none of the greens fees are used to pay for the construction of this magnificent facility, a portion is used to maintain the public areas in Jean Klock Park and its 12 mile walking system. Any revenues above operating expenses are granted back to the community for job training and educational programs.

Truly a unique development, Harbor Shores is also a proud partner of The First Tee of Benton Harbor, an organization that promotes character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Many of the people assisting golfers at the course are members of The First Tee.

A tie-in to the local arts community.

In addition to the challenging design, the course has a strong connection to art and the local community. Each hole has been named after plants indigenous to the area. At each hole, a metal sculpture with at least one piece of hand-blown glass holds a plaque describing one of Jack Nicklaus’ major championships. The metal sculptor, Josh Andres, and the glassblower, Jerry Catania, have studios in the Arts District in Benton Harbor. This project was a partnership between Harbor Shores and the Benton Harbor Arts District. To view the artists’ album of the tee marker sculptures, visit the Harbor Shores Facebook page.

Thank you for your interest in this unique destination. We invite you experience Harbor Shores for yourself.

For more information, tee times, meeting or banquet availability, contact us at 269-927-GOLF (4653).