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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Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $15
Hawk's Eye Golf Resort
Tee Times
Bellaire $14
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $15
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $45
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $22.5
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $22
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $17
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $32
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $13
Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $37
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $10
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $19
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $12
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $40
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Manitou Passage Golf Club
Tee Times
Cedar $16
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $45 - $70
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $12
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $30
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $17
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $14
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $10
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $25 - $50
Rose Golf Course
Tee Times
Leroy $15
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $16
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $15
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $18
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $10
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs N/A
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $29
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $130
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $25 - $50
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $40 - $99
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
The Chief Golf Course Bellaire $49 - $79
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $15 - $45
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $30 - $75
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $50 - $190
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $115
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Briar Creek Golf Club Mesick $40
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $25 - $49
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $50 - $60
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $39
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
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