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