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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Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $25 - $45
Lakes Golf Course
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Gaylord $38
Marsh Ridge Resort Course
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Gaylord $32 - $49
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $38 - $98
Natural Golf Course
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Gaylord $32 - $49
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
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Harbor Springs $40 - $79
Loon Golf Club
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Gaylord $45
Dunmaglas Golf Course
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Charlevoix $35 - $99
Burning Oak Country Club
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Roscommon $15 - $23
Eagle Glen Golf Course
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Farwell $25
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
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Bear Lake $18 - $39
Eldorado
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Cadillac $30 - $40
Twin Birch Golf Club
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Kalkaska $15 - $35
Rose Golf Course
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Leroy $25 - $35
Emerald Vale Golf Club
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Manton $15 - $18
Missaukee Golf Club
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Lake City $15 - $35
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $40 - $65
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $39
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $30 - $50
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms
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Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Tamaracks Golf Club
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Harrison $32
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $17 - $57
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $35 - $50
The Chief Golf Course
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Bellaire $49 - $79
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $17 - $57
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
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Charlevoix $22 - $77
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $57
Gaylord Country Club
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Gaylord $29 - $49
Black Bear Golf Club
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Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Hawk's Eye Golf Club
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Bellaire $59 - $79
Lincoln Hills Golf Club
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Ludington $20 - $39
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $99
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $99
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $17 - $57
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Green Trees Golf Course Gaylord $23
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $79
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $25
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $11
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Manitou Passage Golf Club Cedar $75
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $75 - $145
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $19
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $40
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
High Pointe Golf Club Williamsburg $54
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $29
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $125
Briar at Mesick Golf and Country Club Mesick $40
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Spruce Course at McGuire's Resort Cadillac $45
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $79
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Centennial Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $104
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Norway Course at McGuire's Resort Cadillac $18
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $32
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $75 - $180
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $44
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $110
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $50 - $60
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $25 - $50
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Executive Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $20 - $25
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $10
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $51
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $18
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Maple Ridge Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $25 - $30
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Firefly Golf Links Clare $18
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $35 - $70
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $5
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $55
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
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