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