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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Hawk's Eye Golf Resort
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Bellaire $19.5
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
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Gaylord $25
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $18
Eldorado
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Cadillac $50
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $49
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
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Brutus $35
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Gaylord Golf Club
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Gaylord $30
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
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Cadillac $10
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
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Kewadin $25
Crooked Tree Golf Club
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Petoskey $79
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort
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Harbor Springs $58 - $111
Quest Golf Club
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Houghton Lake $20 - $37
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $49
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North
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Mancelona $28 - $42
Eagle Glen Golf Course
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Farwell $15
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort
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Boyne Falls $30 - $71
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $30 - $80
Manitou Passage Golf Club
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Cedar $16
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $19
Missaukee Golf Club
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Lake City $19
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $26
Tamaracks Golf Club
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Harrison $10
Cadillac Country Club
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Cadillac $45
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
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Kewadin $35
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
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Charlevoix $30
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $24 - $43
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Springbrook Golf Club
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Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort
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Harbor Springs $90 - $182
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club
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Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $25
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort
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Harbor Springs $62 - $134
Elmbrook Golf Course
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Traverse City $38
The Chief Golf Course
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Bellaire $25
Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Twin Birch Golf Club
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Kalkaska $10
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
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Acme $50 - $130
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort
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Thompsonville $55 - $85
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $55 - $140
Harbor Point Golf Club
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Harbor Springs $45
Burning Oak Country Club
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Roscommon $18
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort
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Gaylord $15 - $35
Dunmaglas Golf Course
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Charlevoix $45
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $32
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
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Cadillac $6
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort
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Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Black Bear Golf Club
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Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Crown Golf Course
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Traverse City $23
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Emerald Vale Golf Club
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Manton $20
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $90 - $163
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $49
Crystal Lake Golf Club
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Beulah $30 - $40
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $10
Grandview Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $30
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $95 - $185
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club
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Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $30 - $40
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $32 - $48
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $95 - $185
Antioch Hills Golf Club Mesick $40
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $99
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $145 - $224
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $68 - $145
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Antrim Dells Golf Course
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Atwood $25
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club
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Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs Free of charge
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
Loon Golf Resort - The Ridge Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $69
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $40 - $55
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $90 - $215
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Arcadia Bluffs - The South Course Bear Lake $75 - $160
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $31
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $20 - $47
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
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