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 $20
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $15
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Hawk's Eye Golf Resort
Tee Times
Bellaire $14
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $34
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $23
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $27
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $17
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $10
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $30
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $15
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $25
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $10
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Farm Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $15
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $15
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $20
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $10
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $14
Rose Golf Course
Tee Times
Leroy $15
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $10
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $10
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $15
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $16
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Manitou Passage Golf Club
Tee Times
Cedar $16
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $18
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $20
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $23
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $45 - $70
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Briar Creek Golf Club Mesick $40
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $50 - $190
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $50 - $60
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
The Chief Golf Course Bellaire $49 - $79
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs N/A
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $15 - $45
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $130
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $29
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $25 - $49
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $25 - $50
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $40 - $99
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $25 - $50
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $30 - $75
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $115
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $39
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
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