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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The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
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Gaylord $25
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $18
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $18
Hawk's Eye Golf Resort
Tee Times
Bellaire $19.5
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $17
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $35
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $10
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $50
Gaylord Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $31.5
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $49
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $45
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $32
Crown Golf Course
Tee Times
Traverse City $23
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $19
Manitou Passage Golf Club
Tee Times
Cedar $16
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $20
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $35
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $19
Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $25
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $6
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $26
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $10
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $10
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $39
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $25
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $30
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $49
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
The Chief Golf Course Bellaire $49 - $79
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $49
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $25 - $49
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $89 - $149
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $50 - $60
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $135
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $75
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $89 - $149
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $120
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $40 - $99
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Arcadia Bluffs - The South Course Bear Lake $75 - $125
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs N/A
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $20 - $37
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Antioch Hills Golf Club Mesick $40
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $34 - $39
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $55 - $195
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $25 - $50
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $30 - $80
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $15 - $45
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $29
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
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