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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Roscommon Golf Package
Dates: March 30, 2015 - October 1, 2015
Designed by Tom Weiskopf, Forest Dunes Golf Club in Roscommon, Michigan is one of the greatest public courses in the country. Book a mid-week, 18-hole stay-and-play for a special price with the club's Tribute Package. Valid for ladies, seniors 55 and over, first responders (police, fire, EMS) and military (retired and active with military ID).
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Courses

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Course City Rates from
Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $38
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $45
Loon Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $45
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $30
Marsh Ridge Resort Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $32 - $49
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $37
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $12
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $27
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $19
Farm Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $15
Rose Golf Course
Tee Times
Leroy $13
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $30
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $25
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $15 - $18
The Chief Golf Course
Tee Times
Bellaire $49 - $79
Hawk's Eye Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $19
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $39
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $16
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $10
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $23
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $13
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $32
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $12
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms
Tee Times
Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $35 - $50
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $8
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $29
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $17 - $57
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $65
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $30
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $18
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $17 - $57
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $17 - $57
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $110
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $10
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Briar at Mesick Golf and Country Club Mesick $40
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
High Pointe Golf Club Williamsburg $54
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $35 - $70
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $79
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $125
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $25
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $104
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $40
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $51
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $79
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Manitou Passage Golf Club Cedar $75
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $29
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Firefly Golf Links Clare $18
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
Maple Ridge Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $25 - $30
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $39
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $11
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $25 - $50
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Executive Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $20 - $25
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $75 - $180
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $5
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $18
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $50 - $60
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $44
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Green Trees Golf Course Gaylord $23
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $55
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $32
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $19
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
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