Destination Guide

Destination: Northwest Michigan

The most coveted vacation spot in Michigan is the northwest coast, where you'll find some of the country's highest-rated golf courses as well as charming lakeside towns.

Much of the state's most spectacular coastline can be found here, making this an equally ideal summer haven for boaters and those seeking natural, freshwater beaches.

The epicenter of northwest Michigan is Traverse City, which is at the base of Grand Traverse Bay and has a metropolitan area of about 150,000. It's home to northern Michigan's largest airport, Cherry Capital Airport (TVC), named after Traverse City's prowess as the largest cherry producer in the U.S. Golf is abundant around the area, ranging from smaller daily-fee courses to venues such as Grand Traverse Resort & Spa and A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort.

A main attraction nearby is the Sleeping Bear Dunes, part of the nationally protected Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. The Dunes are just a few miles from the Alister MacKenzie-designed Crystal Downs Country Club. Just south is Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, situated roughly 200 feet above the lake, and rated by many as the top public course in the state.

A little farther inland, into some of Northern Michigan's largest hills, is Bellaire. This unique community is home to seven challenging courses, including multi-course Shanty Creek Resorts that includes Tom Weiskopf and Arnold Palmer designs.

To the north of Traverse City is a collection of towns strung along Little Traverse Bay. Petoskey anchors Charlevoix to the east and Harbor Springs, which has been a top summer destination for many years thanks to Boyne Highlands Resort, featuring 180 holes of world-class golf designed by some of the game's masters, including Trent Jones and Donald Ross.

On the other side of Little Traverse Bay, Bay Harbor Golf Club sits atop Lake Michigan. Along with its inn and spa, Bay Harbor has quietly become one of Northern Michigan's most luxurious golf destinations.
 

Recommended: Bay Harbor Golf Club in Bay Harbor


The Bay Harbor Golf Club offers the ultimate golfing experience with 27 holes including the Links, Quarry and Preserve, stretching along two and a half miles of Lake Michigan coastline. The Links has six holes right on the water, and on the last 19 holes, golfers can view Lake Michigan. The Quarry's nine holes were carved through hardwoods. The Links Course at Bay Harbor G.C. was designed by Arthur Hills, ASGCA, and opened in 1996. Boyne Resorts, Inc., manages this facility.

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Courses

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Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $38 - $98
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $35
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Marsh Ridge Resort Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $29
Loon Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $40 - $79
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $30
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $13
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $14
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $25
Rose Golf Course
Tee Times
Leroy $15
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $35 - $99
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $15
Lincoln Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
Ludington $30
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $40 - $65
Hemlock Golf Club
Tee Times
Ludington $50 - $60
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $99
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $99
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $22
The Chief Golf Course
Tee Times
Bellaire $49 - $79
Marquette Trails Country Club
Tee Times
Baldwin $22 - $41
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $39
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course
Tee Times
Cadillac $18 - $30
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms
Tee Times
Suttons Bay $29
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $29
Timber Wolf Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $20 - $29
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Manistee Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Manistee $25 - $50
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort
Tee Times
Thompsonville $55 - $85
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $45
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort
Tee Times
Thompsonville $40 - $60
White Deer Country Club
Tee Times
Prudenville $20
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $12
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $39
Pine View Highlands Golf Club
Tee Times
Houghton Lake $20
Michaywe Pines Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $35 - $50
Hawk's Eye Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $20
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $20
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $75 - $180
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Green Trees Golf Course Gaylord $23
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $32
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Dunes Golf Club Empire $16
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $70 - $140
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $104
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Centennial Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Norway Course at McGuire's Resort Cadillac $18
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Manitou Passage Golf Club Cedar $75
Executive Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $20 - $25
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $49
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $44
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $19
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $25
High Pointe Golf Club Williamsburg $54
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $75 - $145
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $79
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $10
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $18
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $40
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $79
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Firefly Golf Links Clare $18
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $5
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $55
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $40 - $80
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Briar at Mesick Golf and Country Club Mesick $40
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Spruce Course at McGuire's Resort Cadillac $45
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $51
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $11
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $70 - $140
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Maple Ridge Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $25 - $30
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
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