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
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $50
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $31.5
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $49
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $35
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $10
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Gaylord Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Hawk's Eye Golf Resort
Tee Times
Bellaire $19.5
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Crown Golf Course
Tee Times
Traverse City $23
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $45
Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $24 - $43
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $20 - $37
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $10
Manitou Passage Golf Club
Tee Times
Cedar $16
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $19
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $45
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $135
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $10
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $26
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $28 - $42
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $19
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $30 - $40
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $49
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $15 - $35
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $6
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $35
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $120
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $35 - $80
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $49
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $20
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $25
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $30
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
The Chief Golf Course Bellaire $35 - $60
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $25
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $32
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $35 - $60
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $30 - $40
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $99
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $25 - $49
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $65 - $160
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $68 - $145
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $65 - $160
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $145 - $224
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $31
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs N/A
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $69
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Antioch Hills Golf Club Mesick $40
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $32 - $48
Loon Golf Resort - The Ridge Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Arcadia Bluffs - The South Course Bear Lake $75 - $160
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $20 - $47
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $90 - $215
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
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