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