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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Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort
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Gaylord $15 - $35
Eldorado
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Cadillac $50
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
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Gaylord $25
Hawk's Eye Golf Resort
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Bellaire $19.5
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $49
Gaylord Golf Club
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Gaylord $30
Elmbrook Golf Course
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Traverse City $38
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
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Charlevoix $30
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort
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Harbor Springs $62 - $134
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club
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Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Emerald Vale Golf Club
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Manton $20
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Twin Birch Golf Club
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Kalkaska $10
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort
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Boyne Falls $30 - $71
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $55 - $140
Quest Golf Club
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Houghton Lake $20 - $37
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $69
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club
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Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Crooked Tree Golf Club
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Petoskey $79
Crown Golf Course
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Traverse City $23
Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $32
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort
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Harbor Springs $90 - $182
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
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Acme $50 - $130
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $18
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $25
The Chief Golf Course
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Bellaire $25
Black Bear Golf Club
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Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Tamaracks Golf Club
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Harrison $10
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
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Kewadin $25
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $49
Antrim Dells Golf Course
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Atwood $25
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North
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Mancelona $28 - $42
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $26
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $18
Springbrook Golf Club
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Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort
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Thompsonville $55 - $85
Dunmaglas Golf Course
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Charlevoix $45
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $18
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $30 - $80
Missaukee Golf Club
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Lake City $19
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort
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Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club
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Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Eagle Glen Golf Course
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Farwell $15
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort
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Harbor Springs $90 - $163
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
Grandview Golf Club
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Kalkaska $30
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $24 - $43
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort
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Harbor Springs $58 - $111
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
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Kewadin $35
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
The Revenge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $49
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $95 - $185
Loon Golf Resort - The Ridge Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Burning Oak Country Club
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Roscommon $18
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Harbor Point Golf Club
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Harbor Springs $50
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $20 - $47
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $31
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Arcadia Bluffs - The South Course Bear Lake $75 - $160
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $90 - $215
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
The Retreat at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $19
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Antioch Hills Golf Club Mesick $40
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $145 - $224
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $95 - $185
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
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Cadillac $10
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
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Bear Lake $10
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs Free of charge
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
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Brutus $35
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $30 - $40
Manitou Passage Golf Club
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Cedar $16
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $99
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $40 - $55
Cadillac Country Club
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Cadillac $45
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
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Cadillac $6
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $32 - $48
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Crystal Lake Golf Club
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Beulah $30 - $40
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $68 - $145
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
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