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 $20
Loon Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $36
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $35
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $45
Marsh Ridge Resort Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $15
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $30
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $21
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $40
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $14
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $29
Rose Golf Course
Tee Times
Leroy $15
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $29
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Timber Wolf Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $23
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $40
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course
Tee Times
Cadillac $18 - $30
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort
Tee Times
Thompsonville $55 - $85
Michaywe Pines Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $34
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $27
Lincoln Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
Ludington $40
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $36
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms
Tee Times
Suttons Bay $39
Marquette Trails Country Club
Tee Times
Baldwin $22 - $41
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $40
Hawk's Eye Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $25
Hemlock Golf Club
Tee Times
Ludington $50 - $60
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort
Tee Times
Thompsonville $40 - $60
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $40
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $18
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Manistee Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Manistee $29
The Chief Golf Course
Tee Times
Bellaire $20
White Deer Country Club
Tee Times
Prudenville $20
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Pine View Highlands Golf Club
Tee Times
Houghton Lake $20
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $40 - $80
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $51
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $70 - $140
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $104
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45 - $65
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
Manitou Passage Golf Club Cedar $75
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
High Pointe Golf Club Williamsburg $54
Maple Ridge Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $25 - $30
Emerald Vale Golf Club Manton $35
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $80
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $75 - $180
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Tamaracks Golf Club Harrison $32
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $44
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $75 - $145
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Briar at Mesick Golf and Country Club Mesick $40
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $49
Firefly Golf Links Clare $18
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club Charlevoix $55 - $95
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $19
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $25
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $10 - $28
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $19
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $10
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Green Trees Golf Course Gaylord $23
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $55
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $20 - $40
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Dunes Golf Club Empire $16
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Norway Course at McGuire's Resort Cadillac $18
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $32
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $18
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $79
Executive Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $20 - $25
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $5
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $11
Centennial Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $20 - $40
Spruce Course at McGuire's Resort Cadillac $45
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $40
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $20 - $40
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $70 - $140
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