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/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $29 - $49
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $30 - $40
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $49
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $20
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $36
Hawk's Eye Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $22
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $22
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $19
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $39
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $45
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $26
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $15 - $18
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $32
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $35 - $99
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $39 - $98
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $11
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $22 - $77
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $18
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $32
Farm Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $13
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $25
Rose Golf Course
Tee Times
Leroy $19
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms
Tee Times
Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $37
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $40
Ye Olde Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $13
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $49
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $10
Manitou Passage Golf Club
Tee Times
Cedar $30
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
The Chief Golf Course Bellaire $49 - $79
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $115
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $25 - $50
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $130
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $50 - $60
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $50 - $190
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $30 - $75
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $39
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $25 - $50
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Briar at Mesick Golf and Country Club Mesick $40
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $79
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $29
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Blue Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs N/A
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $45 - $70
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $25 - $49
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $15 - $45
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
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