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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Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
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Cadillac $10
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $18
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
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Brutus $35
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $49
Hawk's Eye Golf Resort
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Bellaire $19.5
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Gaylord Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $31.5
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $50
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $20
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $35
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $45
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $32
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $49
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
The Chief Golf Course Bellaire $35 - $60
Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $28 - $42
Twin Birch Golf Club
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Kalkaska $10
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $19
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $45
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $49
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $25
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Manitou Passage Golf Club
Tee Times
Cedar $16
Crown Golf Course
Tee Times
Traverse City $23
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $6
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $10
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $19
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $25
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $30 - $40
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $30
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $26
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $32 - $48
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $30 - $40
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Antioch Hills Golf Club Mesick $40
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $40 - $99
Arcadia Bluffs - The South Course Bear Lake $75 - $160
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $89 - $149
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $34 - $39
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $89 - $149
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $20 - $47
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $135
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $90 - $215
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $75
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $35 - $80
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $31
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Loon Golf Resort - The Ridge Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs N/A
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $120
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Leland Country Club Leland $47
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $68 - $145
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $25 - $49
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $20 - $37
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $35 - $60
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
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