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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Hawk's Eye Golf Resort
Tee Times
Bellaire $17
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $37
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $31.5
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $17
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
Tee Times
Gaylord $27
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $35
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $24.5
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $23
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $14
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $30
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $14
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $45
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $14
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $17
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $12
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $14
Rose Golf Course
Tee Times
Leroy $15
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $25
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $25
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $39
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $18
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $19
Manitou Passage Golf Club
Tee Times
Cedar $16
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $19
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $29
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $10
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Crown Golf Course
Tee Times
Traverse City $24
Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $40
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $29
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs N/A
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $50 - $60
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $25 - $50
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $39
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $115
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Briar Creek Golf Club Mesick $40
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $130
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $40 - $99
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
The Chief Golf Course Bellaire $49 - $79
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $30 - $75
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $25 - $49
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $50 - $190
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $15 - $45
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
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