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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Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $30
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $17
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $32
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $27
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $34
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $15
Hawk's Eye Golf Resort
Tee Times
Bellaire $14
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $15
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $10
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $15
Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $10
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $15
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $10
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $14
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $25
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $10
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $23
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $18
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $10
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $16
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Manitou Passage Golf Club
Tee Times
Cedar $16
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $20
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Rose Golf Course
Tee Times
Leroy $15
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $20
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $15
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $39
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $115
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $50 - $190
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $40 - $99
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $15 - $45
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $50 - $60
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $45 - $70
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $25 - $50
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs N/A
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
The Chief Golf Course Bellaire $49 - $79
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $130
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $25 - $50
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $30 - $75
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Briar Creek Golf Club Mesick $40
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $25 - $49
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $29
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
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