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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Marsh Ridge Resort Course
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Gaylord $32 - $49
Lakes Golf Course
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Gaylord $38
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $32 - $49
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $37
Loon Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $45
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $25 - $45
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $40
Emerald Vale Golf Club
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Manton $15 - $18
Rose Golf Course
Tee Times
Leroy $15
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $35 - $99
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $15
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $15 - $35
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $16
Hawk's Eye Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $15
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $15 - $23
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $39
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $13
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $32
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $27
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $20
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $19
The Chief Golf Course
Tee Times
Bellaire $49 - $79
Farm Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $15
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $14
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $18
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $10
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms
Tee Times
Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $30
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $17 - $57
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $40
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $17 - $57
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $29
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $17 - $57
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $35 - $50
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $44
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Briar at Mesick Golf and Country Club Mesick $40
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $55
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $51
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $11
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Manitou Passage Golf Club Cedar $75
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $79
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Executive Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $20 - $25
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $19
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $18
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $25 - $50
Firefly Golf Links Clare $18
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $10
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $125
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $75 - $180
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $29
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $110
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $39
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Green Trees Golf Course Gaylord $23
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $79
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $40
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $104
Maple Ridge Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $25 - $30
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $25
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
High Pointe Golf Club Williamsburg $54
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $5
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $35 - $70
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $50 - $60
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $32
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
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