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
Tee Times
Gaylord $17
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
Tee Times
Gaylord $27
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $37
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $23
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $24.5
Hawk's Eye Golf Resort
Tee Times
Bellaire $17
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $35
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $14
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $31.5
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $19
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $10
Manitou Passage Golf Club
Tee Times
Cedar $16
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $29
Rose Golf Course
Tee Times
Leroy $15
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $30
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $17
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $39
Crown Golf Course
Tee Times
Traverse City $24
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $12
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $18
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $45
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $14
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $19
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $40
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $25
Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $14
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $25
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $14
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $30 - $75
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $15 - $45
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $40 - $99
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $39
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $130
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $29
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $50 - $60
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
The Chief Golf Course Bellaire $49 - $79
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $50 - $190
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Briar Creek Golf Club Mesick $40
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $25 - $50
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $25 - $49
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $115
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs N/A
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
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