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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Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $17
Gaylord Golf Club
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Gaylord $30
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $50
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $35
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $49
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $10
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Hawk's Eye Golf Resort
Tee Times
Bellaire $19.5
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $31.5
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $49
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $25
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $20
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $19
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $49
Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $10
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Crown Golf Course
Tee Times
Traverse City $23
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $6
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $30
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $45
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $25
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $19
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $10
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $35
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $26
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $45
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
Manitou Passage Golf Club
Tee Times
Cedar $16
The Chief Golf Course Bellaire $35 - $60
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $32
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Arcadia Bluffs - The South Course Bear Lake $75 - $125
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $28 - $42
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $31
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $75
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $40 - $99
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $30 - $40
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $34 - $39
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $25 - $49
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $120
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $89 - $149
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $32 - $48
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $35 - $80
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $30 - $40
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $20 - $37
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $55 - $195
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs N/A
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $35 - $60
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Antioch Hills Golf Club Mesick $40
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $20 - $47
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $135
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $89 - $149
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
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