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