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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The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
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Gaylord $25
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $18
Hawk's Eye Golf Resort
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Bellaire $19.5
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $18
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
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Brutus $35
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $18
Eldorado
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Cadillac $50
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $49
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
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Cadillac $10
Gaylord Golf Club
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Gaylord $30
Tamaracks Golf Club
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Harrison $10
Emerald Vale Golf Club
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Manton $20
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club
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Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Twin Birch Golf Club
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Kalkaska $10
Grandview Golf Club
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Kalkaska $30
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $55 - $140
Quest Golf Club
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Houghton Lake $20 - $37
Crystal Lake Golf Club
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Beulah $30 - $40
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $25
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort
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Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $26
Eagle Glen Golf Course
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Farwell $15
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North
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Mancelona $28 - $42
The Chief Golf Course
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Bellaire $25
Dunmaglas Golf Course
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Charlevoix $45
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $19
Elmbrook Golf Course
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Traverse City $38
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $24 - $43
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
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Cadillac $6
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
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Acme $50 - $130
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort
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Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Harbor Point Golf Club
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Harbor Springs $45
Crown Golf Course
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Traverse City $23
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort
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Harbor Springs $90 - $163
Cadillac Country Club
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Cadillac $45
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Manitou Passage Golf Club
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Cedar $16
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
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Charlevoix $30
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
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Bear Lake $10
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort
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Harbor Springs $90 - $182
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort
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Gaylord $15 - $35
Springbrook Golf Club
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Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Black Bear Golf Club
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Vanderbilt $30 - $45
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $30 - $80
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $49
Crooked Tree Golf Club
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Petoskey $79
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort
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Thompsonville $55 - $85
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
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Kewadin $25
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
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Kewadin $35
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort
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Harbor Springs $58 - $111
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $32
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort
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Harbor Springs $62 - $134
Burning Oak Country Club
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Roscommon $18
Missaukee Golf Club
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Lake City $19
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $49
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $30 - $40
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club
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Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $65 - $160
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $65 - $160
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $69
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Antioch Hills Golf Club Mesick $40
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $90 - $215
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs Free of charge
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club
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Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $32 - $48
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Arcadia Bluffs - The South Course Bear Lake $75 - $160
Antrim Dells Golf Course
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Atwood $25
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $40 - $55
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $68 - $145
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $20 - $47
Loon Golf Resort - The Ridge Course Gaylord $32 - $49
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $99
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $31
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Leland Country Club Leland $47
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $145 - $224
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
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