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
Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $38
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $39
Marsh Ridge Resort Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $32 - $49
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $45
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $40
Loon Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $45
Hawk's Eye Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $22
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $12
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $45
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $32
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $15
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $30
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $16
Rose Golf Course
Tee Times
Leroy $15
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $25
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $16
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $13
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $15 - $18
The Chief Golf Course
Tee Times
Bellaire $49 - $79
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $25
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $19
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $39
Farm Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $12
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $29
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $33
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $17 - $57
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $17 - $57
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $17 - $57
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $45
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $50
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms
Tee Times
Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $31
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $8
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $40
Ye Olde Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $13
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $44
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Briar at Mesick Golf and Country Club Mesick $40
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $79
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $10
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $25 - $50
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $11
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $75 - $180
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $110
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $40
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $25
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Firefly Golf Links Clare $18
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $35 - $70
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $79
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $50 - $60
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $5
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $51
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $125
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $104
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $29
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $39
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $32
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $18
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $55
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Manitou Passage Golf Club Cedar $75
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