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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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
Natural Golf Course
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Gaylord $32 - $49
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
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Harbor Springs $40 - $79
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $25 - $45
Loon Golf Club
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Gaylord $45
Eldorado
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Cadillac $30
Eagle Glen Golf Course
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Farwell $18
Missaukee Golf Club
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Lake City $15 - $35
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort
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Thompsonville $40 - $60
Burning Oak Country Club
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Roscommon $15
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
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Bear Lake $18 - $39
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort
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Thompsonville $55 - $85
Rose Golf Course
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Leroy $15
Twin Birch Golf Club
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Kalkaska $15 - $35
Hemlock Golf Club
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Ludington $50 - $60
Timber Wolf Golf Club
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Kalkaska $20 - $29
Black Bear Golf Club
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Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Gaylord Country Club
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Gaylord $29 - $49
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $57
Manistee Golf & Country Club
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Manistee $25 - $50
Marquette Trails Country Club
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Baldwin $22 - $41
White Deer Country Club
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Prudenville $20
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $99
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $17 - $57
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $17 - $57
Hawk's Eye Golf Club
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Bellaire $20
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $39
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $99
Michaywe Pines Golf Course
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Gaylord $32
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $35 - $50
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $30 - $50
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course
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Cadillac $18 - $30
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $17 - $57
Pine View Highlands Golf Club
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Houghton Lake $20
The Chief Golf Course
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Bellaire $49 - $79
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $40 - $65
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms
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Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $18
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $49
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $10 - $28
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $80
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Dunes Golf Club Empire $16
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Tamaracks Golf Club Harrison $32
Executive Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $20 - $25
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
West Course at Tamaracks Golf Club Harrison $13
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45 - $65
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Briar at Mesick Golf and Country Club Mesick $40
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Norway Course at McGuire's Resort Cadillac $18
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $40
Firefly Golf Links Clare $18
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $70 - $140
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $55
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $75 - $145
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $10
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $75
Emerald Vale Golf Club Manton $35
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $20 - $40
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Maple Ridge Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $25 - $30
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $70 - $140
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $40 - $80
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Centennial Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $79
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $25
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $11
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $19
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $44
Green Trees Golf Course Gaylord $23
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Manitou Passage Golf Club Cedar $65
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $20 - $40
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $32
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
High Pointe Golf Club Williamsburg $54
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $5
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $51
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Dunmaglas Golf Course Charlevoix $45 - $90
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $75 - $180
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $19
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $104
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $20 - $40
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Spruce Course at McGuire's Resort Cadillac $45
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club Charlevoix $55 - $95
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
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