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

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Loon Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $36
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $45
Marsh Ridge Resort Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $35
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $15
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $30
Rose Golf Course
Tee Times
Leroy $15
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $40
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $14
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $29
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $21
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort
Tee Times
Thompsonville $40 - $60
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course
Tee Times
Cadillac $18 - $30
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $40
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $36
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $25
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $29
The Chief Golf Course
Tee Times
Bellaire $20
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $40
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $27
White Deer Country Club
Tee Times
Prudenville $20
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $18
Pine View Highlands Golf Club
Tee Times
Houghton Lake $20
Timber Wolf Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $23
Manistee Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Manistee $29
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort
Tee Times
Thompsonville $55 - $85
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $49
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms
Tee Times
Suttons Bay $20
Hemlock Golf Club
Tee Times
Ludington $50 - $60
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $25
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Marquette Trails Country Club
Tee Times
Baldwin $16
Lincoln Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
Ludington $40
Michaywe Pines Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $61
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $40
Hawk's Eye Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $25
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club Charlevoix $55 - $95
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $44
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $20 - $40
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Norway Course at McGuire's Resort Cadillac $18
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $10
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
High Pointe Golf Club Williamsburg $54
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $75 - $145
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $20 - $40
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Manitou Passage Golf Club Cedar $75
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $25
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $18
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $51
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $49
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $70 - $140
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45 - $65
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Spruce Course at McGuire's Resort Cadillac $45
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $40
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Briar at Mesick Golf and Country Club Mesick $40
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Maple Ridge Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $25 - $30
Green Trees Golf Course Gaylord $23
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $104
Firefly Golf Links Clare $18
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $79
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $40 - $80
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $11
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Dunes Golf Club Empire $16
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $80
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $20 - $40
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $5
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $55
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $10 - $28
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Executive Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $20 - $25
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $75 - $180
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $19
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $32
Centennial Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $19
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $70 - $140
Tamaracks Golf Club Harrison $32
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Emerald Vale Golf Club Manton $35
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
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