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

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Hawk's Eye Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $19.88
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $40
Marsh Ridge Resort Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $32 - $49
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $36
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $39
Loon Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $45
Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $38
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $19
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $32.88
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $12
Farm Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $10
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $29
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $13.88
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $32
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $15.88
Rose Golf Course
Tee Times
Leroy $13
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $20
The Chief Golf Course
Tee Times
Bellaire $49 - $79
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $15 - $18
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $48
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $25
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $16
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $10
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $19.88
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $50
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $8
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $45
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $25
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Ye Olde Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $13
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms
Tee Times
Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $21.88
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $40
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $19.88
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Executive Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $20 - $25
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $79
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $5
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $29
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $104
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Briar at Mesick Golf and Country Club Mesick $40
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $40
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $18
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $25 - $50
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $55
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $10
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $51
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $110
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Manitou Passage Golf Club Cedar $75
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $11
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $79
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $50 - $60
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $39
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $125
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $75 - $180
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $25
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Firefly Golf Links Clare $18
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $44
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Maple Ridge Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $25 - $30
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $32
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $35 - $70
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
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