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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Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
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Cadillac $20 - $42
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $15 - $38
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $17 - $57
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $39 - $99
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
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Harbor Springs $40 - $79
Gaylord Country Club
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Gaylord $29 - $49
Eldorado
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Cadillac $30 - $40
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $17 - $57
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $17 - $57
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
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Brutus $40 - $75
Natural Golf Course
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Gaylord $32 - $49
Hawk's Eye Golf Club
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Bellaire $20 - $95
Missaukee Golf Club
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Lake City $15 - $35
Farm Golf Club
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Bellaire $15
Burning Oak Country Club
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Roscommon $15 - $23
Twin Birch Golf Club
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Kalkaska $15 - $35
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
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Bear Lake $18 - $39
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $39 - $69
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $39 - $99
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $20 - $45
Eagle Glen Golf Course
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Farwell $25
Emerald Vale Golf Club
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Manton $15 - $18
Dunmaglas Golf Course
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Charlevoix $35 - $99
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
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Charlevoix $22 - $77
Rose Golf Course
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Leroy $25 - $35
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $57
Tamaracks Golf Club
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Harrison $32
Black Bear Golf Club
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Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Manitou Passage Golf Club
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Cedar $26 - $76
Ye Olde Country Club
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Roscommon $13
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
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Cadillac $18
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $40 - $65
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $45 - $65
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms
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Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $30 - $55
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $25 - $50
Briar at Mesick Golf and Country Club Mesick $40
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $25 - $49
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $15 - $45
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $30 - $75
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $29
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $50 - $190
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $50 - $60
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $40 - $99
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $39
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $115
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
The Chief Golf Course Bellaire $49 - $79
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $45 - $70
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs N/A
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $25 - $50
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $130
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
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