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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The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
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Gaylord $25
Hawk's Eye Golf Resort
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Bellaire $19.5
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $18
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $18
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
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Cadillac $10
Gaylord Golf Club
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Gaylord $30
Eldorado
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Cadillac $50
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
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Brutus $35
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $18
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $49
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
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Kewadin $25
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $25
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $30 - $80
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Crystal Lake Golf Club
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Beulah $30 - $40
The Revenge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $49
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club
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Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
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Charlevoix $30
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
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Kewadin $35
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort
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Harbor Springs $90 - $182
Eagle Glen Golf Course
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Farwell $15
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
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Acme $50 - $130
Twin Birch Golf Club
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Kalkaska $10
Black Bear Golf Club
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Vanderbilt $30 - $45
The Chief Golf Course
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Bellaire $25
Quest Golf Club
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Houghton Lake $20 - $37
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort
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Harbor Springs $58 - $111
Dunmaglas Golf Course
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Charlevoix $45
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $26
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Crooked Tree Golf Club
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Petoskey $79
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $55 - $140
Crown Golf Course
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Traverse City $23
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
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Cadillac $6
Tamaracks Golf Club
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Harrison $10
Harbor Point Golf Club
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Harbor Springs $50
Springbrook Golf Club
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Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort
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Gaylord $15 - $35
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $49
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort
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Harbor Springs $62 - $134
Cadillac Country Club
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Cadillac $45
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort
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Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Emerald Vale Golf Club
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Manton $20
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $24 - $43
The Retreat at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $19
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort
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Harbor Springs $90 - $163
Missaukee Golf Club
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Lake City $19
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort
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Thompsonville $55 - $85
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North
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Mancelona $28 - $42
Grandview Golf Club
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Kalkaska $30
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $32
Burning Oak Country Club
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Roscommon $18
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Manitou Passage Golf Club
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Cedar $16
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
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Bear Lake $10
Elmbrook Golf Course
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Traverse City $38
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort
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Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Arcadia Bluffs - The South Course Bear Lake $75 - $160
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Antrim Dells Golf Course
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Atwood $25
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $40 - $55
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $20 - $47
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $30 - $40
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $32 - $48
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $99
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $69
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Antioch Hills Golf Club Mesick $40
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club
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Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs Free of charge
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $90 - $215
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club
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Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $31
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $95 - $185
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $145 - $224
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $95 - $185
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Loon Golf Resort - The Ridge Course Gaylord $32 - $49
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $68 - $145
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
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