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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Marsh Ridge Resort Course
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Gaylord $32 - $49
Natural Golf Course
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Gaylord $32 - $49
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $38 - $98
Loon Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $45
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $25 - $45
Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $38
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $40 - $79
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $15 - $23
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
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Bear Lake $18 - $39
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $30 - $40
Emerald Vale Golf Club
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Manton $15 - $18
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Dunmaglas Golf Course
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Charlevoix $35 - $99
Missaukee Golf Club
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Lake City $15 - $35
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $15 - $35
Rose Golf Course
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Leroy $25 - $35
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $22 - $77
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $17 - $57
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $17 - $57
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $39
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $35 - $50
The Chief Golf Course
Tee Times
Bellaire $49 - $79
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $17 - $57
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $39
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $99
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $32
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $99
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $40 - $65
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms
Tee Times
Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $29 - $49
Lincoln Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
Ludington $20 - $39
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $30 - $50
Hawk's Eye Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $59 - $79
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $25 - $50
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $79
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Executive Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $20 - $25
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $110
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $104
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Spruce Course at McGuire's Resort Cadillac $45
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $29
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $35 - $70
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Firefly Golf Links Clare $18
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Norway Course at McGuire's Resort Cadillac $18
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Manitou Passage Golf Club Cedar $75
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $19
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $32
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $44
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $18
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Green Trees Golf Course Gaylord $23
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $50 - $60
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $40
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $125
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $79
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Centennial Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $11
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $51
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $75 - $180
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $5
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $10
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $25
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Maple Ridge Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $25 - $30
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $75 - $145
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
High Pointe Golf Club Williamsburg $54
Briar at Mesick Golf and Country Club Mesick $40
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $55
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