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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Course City Rates from
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $49
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $31.5
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $35
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $50
Hawk's Eye Golf Resort
Tee Times
Bellaire $19.5
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $10
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Gaylord Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $17
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $19
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $32
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $20
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
The Chief Golf Course Bellaire $49 - $79
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $49
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $45
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $6
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $30
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $45
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $49
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $10
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $25
Manitou Passage Golf Club
Tee Times
Cedar $16
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $19
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $26
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $25
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $35
Crown Golf Course
Tee Times
Traverse City $23
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $10
Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $20 - $47
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $32 - $48
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $35 - $60
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $55 - $195
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $89 - $149
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $20 - $37
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $30 - $80
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs N/A
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $135
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $75
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $25 - $49
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $89 - $149
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $120
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Arcadia Bluffs - The South Course Bear Lake $75 - $125
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $40 - $99
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
Antioch Hills Golf Club Mesick $40
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $30 - $40
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $28 - $42
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $34 - $39
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $30 - $40
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $31
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
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