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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Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $38 - $98
Marsh Ridge Resort Course
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Gaylord $32 - $49
Lakes Golf Course
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Gaylord $38
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $25 - $45
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
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Harbor Springs $40 - $79
Natural Golf Course
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Gaylord $32 - $49
Loon Golf Club
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Gaylord $45
Eagle Glen Golf Course
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Farwell $25
Rose Golf Course
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Leroy $25 - $35
Dunmaglas Golf Course
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Charlevoix $35 - $99
Eldorado
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Cadillac $30 - $40
Missaukee Golf Club
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Lake City $15 - $35
Twin Birch Golf Club
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Kalkaska $15 - $35
Emerald Vale Golf Club
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Manton $15 - $18
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
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Bear Lake $18 - $39
Burning Oak Country Club
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Roscommon $15 - $23
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $39
Black Bear Golf Club
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Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $35 - $50
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $17 - $57
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
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Charlevoix $22 - $77
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $17 - $57
Gaylord Country Club
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Gaylord $29 - $49
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $99
Hawk's Eye Golf Club
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Bellaire $59 - $79
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $40 - $65
The Chief Golf Course
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Bellaire $49 - $79
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $99
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $17 - $57
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $30 - $50
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $57
Tamaracks Golf Club
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Harrison $32
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms
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Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $51
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $50 - $60
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $29
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $19
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $5
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Firefly Golf Links Clare $18
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Maple Ridge Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $25 - $30
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $25 - $50
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $32
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Executive Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $20 - $25
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $39
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Green Trees Golf Course Gaylord $23
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $25
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $55
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Briar at Mesick Golf and Country Club Mesick $40
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $40
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $44
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $75 - $180
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $104
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $110
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Centennial Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $79
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $75 - $145
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort Cadillac $20 - $42
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
High Pointe Golf Club Williamsburg $54
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $18
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $35 - $70
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $125
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $11
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $79
Manitou Passage Golf Club Cedar $75
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort Cadillac $18
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $10
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
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