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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Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
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Cadillac $14
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Hawk's Eye Golf Resort
Tee Times
Bellaire $17
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $35
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $37
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $24.5
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $17
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $23
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
Tee Times
Gaylord $27
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $31.5
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $12
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $19
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $14
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $30
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $18
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $10
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $14
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $25
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $19
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Rose Golf Course
Tee Times
Leroy $15
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $45
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $14
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $40
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $39
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $25
Crown Golf Course
Tee Times
Traverse City $24
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $17
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $29
Manitou Passage Golf Club
Tee Times
Cedar $16
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $15 - $45
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $40 - $99
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $25 - $49
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $29
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $130
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $50 - $190
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $39
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
The Chief Golf Course Bellaire $49 - $79
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs N/A
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Briar Creek Golf Club Mesick $40
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $115
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $30 - $75
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $25 - $50
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $50 - $60
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
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