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