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 $15 - $38
Eldorado
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Cadillac $30 - $40
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
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Harbor Springs $40 - $79
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $17 - $57
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $17 - $57
Gaylord Country Club
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Gaylord $29 - $49
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
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Cadillac $20 - $42
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $39 - $98
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $17 - $57
Hawk's Eye Golf Club
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Bellaire $20 - $95
Natural Golf Course
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Gaylord $32 - $49
Missaukee Golf Club
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Lake City $15 - $35
Burning Oak Country Club
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Roscommon $15 - $23
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
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Charlevoix $22 - $77
Dunmaglas Golf Course
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Charlevoix $35 - $99
Emerald Vale Golf Club
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Manton $15 - $18
Eagle Glen Golf Course
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Farwell $25
Farm Golf Club
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Bellaire $15
Tamaracks Golf Club
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Harrison $32
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $19 - $44
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $57
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $39 - $98
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $38 - $68
Twin Birch Golf Club
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Kalkaska $15 - $35
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
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Bear Lake $18 - $39
Rose Golf Course
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Leroy $25 - $35
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $40 - $65
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
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Cadillac $18
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms
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Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Black Bear Golf Club
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Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $48 - $65
Ye Olde Country Club
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Roscommon $13
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $30 - $55
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Manitou Passage Golf Club Cedar $25 - $85
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $45 - $130
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs N/A
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $25 - $50
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $115
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $30 - $75
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $25 - $50
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $25 - $50
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $79
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $39
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $45 - $70
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Briar at Mesick Golf and Country Club Mesick $40
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $50 - $190
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
The Chief Golf Course Bellaire $49 - $79
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $39
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $25 - $49
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $50 - $60
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $104
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $130
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $29
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
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