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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Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Hawk's Eye Golf Resort
Tee Times
Bellaire $19.5
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $31.5
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $50
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $49
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $35
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $10
Gaylord Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
The Chief Golf Course Bellaire $35 - $60
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $135
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $32
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $6
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $10
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $25
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $28 - $42
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $30 - $40
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $35
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Manitou Passage Golf Club
Tee Times
Cedar $16
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $49
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $20
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $35 - $80
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $19
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $19
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $45
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $25
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Crown Golf Course
Tee Times
Traverse City $23
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $120
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $26
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $30
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $49
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $10
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $45
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $20 - $37
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $35 - $60
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $30 - $40
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $32 - $48
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $31
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Arcadia Bluffs - The South Course Bear Lake $75 - $160
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Loon Golf Resort - The Ridge Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $65 - $160
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $75
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $145 - $224
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Antioch Hills Golf Club Mesick $40
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $20 - $47
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $65 - $160
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $34 - $39
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $90 - $215
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $68 - $145
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $40 - $99
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $25 - $49
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs N/A
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
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