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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Course City Rates from
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $36
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $35
Loon Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $45
Marsh Ridge Resort Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Rose Golf Course
Tee Times
Leroy $15
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $35
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $21
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $29
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $15
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $14
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $30
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $18
Marquette Trails Country Club
Tee Times
Baldwin $22 - $41
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $50
Lincoln Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
Ludington $35
Hemlock Golf Club
Tee Times
Ludington $50 - $60
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $27
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $23
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $25
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $14
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $36
Michaywe Pines Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $29
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort
Tee Times
Thompsonville $55 - $85
Timber Wolf Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $20 - $29
The Chief Golf Course
Tee Times
Bellaire $20
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms
Tee Times
Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $40
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course
Tee Times
Cadillac $18 - $30
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $29
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort
Tee Times
Thompsonville $40 - $60
White Deer Country Club
Tee Times
Prudenville $20
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $23
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Pine View Highlands Golf Club
Tee Times
Houghton Lake $20
Hawk's Eye Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $25
Manistee Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Manistee $25 - $50
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $40
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $39
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Manitou Passage Golf Club Cedar $75
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $49
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $104
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $40 - $80
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $20 - $40
Green Trees Golf Course Gaylord $23
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $19
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Executive Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $20 - $25
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Briar at Mesick Golf and Country Club Mesick $40
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
High Pointe Golf Club Williamsburg $54
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Firefly Golf Links Clare $18
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $18
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $44
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $20 - $40
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $80
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Emerald Vale Golf Club Manton $35
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $79
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Dunes Golf Club Empire $16
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $70 - $140
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $70 - $140
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $75 - $145
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $10 - $28
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $25
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Maple Ridge Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $25 - $30
Centennial Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $32
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $11
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $75 - $180
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $40
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Norway Course at McGuire's Resort Cadillac $18
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Spruce Course at McGuire's Resort Cadillac $45
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $20 - $40
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $10
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $51
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $55
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $19
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $5
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45 - $65
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
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