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
Hawk's Eye Golf Resort
Tee Times
Bellaire $19.5
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $49
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $35
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $50
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $10
Gaylord Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $31.5
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $25
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $45
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $19
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $10
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $19
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $10
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $6
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $15 - $35
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $28 - $42
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $25
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $35
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
The Chief Golf Course Bellaire $35 - $60
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $20 - $37
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $45
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $30 - $40
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $49
Crown Golf Course
Tee Times
Traverse City $23
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $32
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $35 - $80
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $26
Manitou Passage Golf Club
Tee Times
Cedar $16
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $30
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $20
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $49
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $24 - $43
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $120
Eagle Glen Golf Course
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Farwell $15
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $135
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Arcadia Bluffs - The South Course Bear Lake $75 - $160
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $25 - $49
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $90 - $215
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Loon Golf Resort - The Ridge Course Gaylord $32 - $49
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $65 - $160
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $145 - $224
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $31
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs N/A
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Antioch Hills Golf Club Mesick $40
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $32 - $48
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $68 - $145
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $65 - $160
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $99
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $30 - $40
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $35 - $60
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $69
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $20 - $47
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
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