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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Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $20
Natural Golf Course
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Gaylord $25
Hawk's Eye Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $14
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $30
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $15
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $23
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $34
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $27
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $17
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $10
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $10
Manitou Passage Golf Club
Tee Times
Cedar $16
Farm Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $15
Rose Golf Course
Tee Times
Leroy $15
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $10
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $18
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $25
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $10
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $14
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $20
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $15
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $20
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $23
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $15
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $16
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $10
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $15
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $15 - $45
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $130
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Briar at Mesick Golf and Country Club Mesick $40
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
The Chief Golf Course Bellaire $49 - $79
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $25 - $49
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $39
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $50 - $190
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $25 - $50
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $115
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $50 - $60
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $40 - $99
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $45 - $70
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $29
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs N/A
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $30 - $75
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $25 - $50
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
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