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
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Harbor Springs $40 - $79
Marsh Ridge Resort Course
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Gaylord $29
Natural Golf Course
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Gaylord $32 - $49
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $25 - $45
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $38 - $98
Loon Golf Club
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Gaylord $40
Lakes Golf Course
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Gaylord $40
Rose Golf Course
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Leroy $15
Eagle Glen Golf Course
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Farwell $18
Burning Oak Country Club
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Roscommon $15
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort
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Thompsonville $55 - $85
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort
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Thompsonville $40 - $60
Eldorado
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Cadillac $30
Twin Birch Golf Club
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Kalkaska $15 - $35
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
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Bear Lake $18 - $39
Missaukee Golf Club
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Lake City $15 - $35
Black Bear Golf Club
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Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $29 - $49
White Deer Country Club
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Prudenville $20
Manistee Golf & Country Club
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Manistee $25 - $50
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $39
Michaywe Pines Golf Course
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Gaylord $32
Timber Wolf Golf Club
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Kalkaska $20 - $29
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $29
Hemlock Golf Club
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Ludington $50 - $60
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms
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Suttons Bay $20
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $17 - $57
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $40 - $65
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $30 - $50
Pine View Highlands Golf Club
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Houghton Lake $20
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $17 - $57
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $99
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $99
The Chief Golf Course
Tee Times
Bellaire $20
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course
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Cadillac $18 - $30
Marquette Trails Country Club
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Baldwin $22 - $41
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $35 - $50
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $17 - $57
Hawk's Eye Golf Club
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Bellaire $20
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $70 - $140
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $40 - $80
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $49
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $20 - $40
High Pointe Golf Club Williamsburg $54
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $32
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $5
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $20 - $40
Firefly Golf Links Clare $18
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $75 - $145
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Executive Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $20 - $25
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $79
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $80
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Green Trees Golf Course Gaylord $23
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $20 - $40
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $19
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Emerald Vale Golf Club Manton $35
Centennial Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Manitou Passage Golf Club Cedar $65
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $40
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $51
Maple Ridge Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $25 - $30
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $19
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $18
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45 - $65
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $55
Norway Course at McGuire's Resort Cadillac $18
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Dunes Golf Club Empire $16
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $25
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $75
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $11
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club Charlevoix $55 - $95
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Tamaracks Golf Club Harrison $32
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $44
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $70 - $140
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $10
Spruce Course at McGuire's Resort Cadillac $45
Dunmaglas Golf Course Charlevoix $45 - $90
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Briar at Mesick Golf and Country Club Mesick $40
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $104
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $75 - $180
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $10 - $28
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
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