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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Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $24.5
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $35
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $37
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $31.5
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
Tee Times
Gaylord $27
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Hawk's Eye Golf Resort
Tee Times
Bellaire $17
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $23
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $14
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $17
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $25
Manitou Passage Golf Club
Tee Times
Cedar $16
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $14
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $45
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $30
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $12
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Crown Golf Course
Tee Times
Traverse City $24
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $14
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $10
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $40
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $17
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $19
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $25
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $29
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $14
Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $19
The Chief Golf Course Bellaire $49 - $79
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $39
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $18
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $25 - $50
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $30 - $75
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $130
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $50 - $60
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $115
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $39
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $40 - $99
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $50 - $190
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $29
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $25 - $49
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs N/A
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Briar Creek Golf Club Mesick $40
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $15 - $45
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