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

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Hawk's Eye Golf Resort
Tee Times
Bellaire $19.5
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $17
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $10
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $50
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $35
Gaylord Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $49
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $31.5
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $49
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $28 - $42
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $32
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $20
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $10
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $35
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $45
Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Crown Golf Course
Tee Times
Traverse City $23
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $25
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $30
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $6
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $45
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $49
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $26
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $19
The Chief Golf Course Bellaire $35 - $60
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $30 - $40
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $25
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $19
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Manitou Passage Golf Club
Tee Times
Cedar $16
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $10
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $40 - $99
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $89 - $149
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $34 - $39
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $89 - $149
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Antioch Hills Golf Club Mesick $40
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $30 - $40
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $35 - $80
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $120
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $75
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $35 - $60
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $31
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $135
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs N/A
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $20 - $47
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $32 - $48
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $55 - $195
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $20 - $37
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $25 - $49
Arcadia Bluffs - The South Course Bear Lake $75 - $125
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
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