August 20, 2019
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is commending the Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club in Manistee County for removing 225 golf balls from Lake Michigan off the 12th Hole of its Bluffs Course, which overlooks the lake.
The action comes after the Detroit Free Press noted the common practice of golfers intentionally hitting balls into the lake. Subsequently, EGLE's Environmental Investigation Section worked with Arcadia to address the problem.
Arcadia has since installed fencing -- which acts as a deterrent -- at both tee locations on Hole 12. Fencing is similar to that installed at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California. A new sign has also been installed to discourage the practice of hitting balls into the lake. Golfers also get the same message on the GPS screen installed on their golf carts.
In the future, the golf course will work with volunteer divers from the Manistee County Sheriff Department's dive team to retrieve any balls found in the lake.
Golf balls contain plastic, rubber, petroleum byproducts, zinc, and heavy metals.