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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Special Deals

Bellaire Golf Package
Dates: June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015
Spend the night at Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire, Michigan and enjoy a round of golf on Arnold Palmer's The Legend Course (MGCOA's 2014 Course of the Year) or Tom Weiskopf's highly decorated Cedar River Course. Includes free range balls.
Price range: $126

Courses

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Course City Rates from
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $40 - $79
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $32 - $49
Loon Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $45
Marsh Ridge Resort Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $32 - $49
Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $38
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $25
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $35 - $99
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $39 - $98
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $30
Rose Golf Course
Tee Times
Leroy $25 - $35
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $15 - $35
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $33
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $19 - $44
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $15 - $23
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $15 - $18
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $30 - $40
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $15 - $35
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $39 - $98
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $20 - $42
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $30 - $50
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $57
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $17 - $57
The Chief Golf Course
Tee Times
Bellaire $49 - $79
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $45
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $22 - $77
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms
Tee Times
Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $17 - $57
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $32
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $17 - $57
Hawk's Eye Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $59 - $79
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $29 - $49
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $40 - $65
Manitou Passage Golf Club Cedar $75
High Pointe Golf Club Williamsburg $54
Green Trees Golf Course Gaylord $23
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $25
Centennial Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $55
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $29
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $104
Executive Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $20 - $25
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $50 - $60
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $51
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $79
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $39
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $18
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $32
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $110
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $125
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $19
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $5
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $44
Briar at Mesick Golf and Country Club Mesick $40
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $10
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $25 - $50
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $75 - $145
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $40
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $75 - $180
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $79
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Maple Ridge Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $25 - $30
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort Cadillac $18
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $35 - $70
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $11
Firefly Golf Links Clare $18
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
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