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
Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $49
Marsh Ridge Resort Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $40
Loon Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $38
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $15
Rose Golf Course
Tee Times
Leroy $15
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $30
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $14
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $30
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $13
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $30
Manistee Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Manistee $25 - $50
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms
Tee Times
Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $45
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course
Tee Times
Cadillac $18 - $30
Michaywe Pines Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $35 - $50
Marquette Trails Country Club
Tee Times
Baldwin $22 - $41
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $38
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $38
Timber Wolf Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $20 - $29
The Chief Golf Course
Tee Times
Bellaire $15
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $23
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $29
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort
Tee Times
Thompsonville $55 - $85
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $40
Hawk's Eye Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $25
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $29
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $14
Hemlock Golf Club
Tee Times
Ludington $50 - $60
Pine View Highlands Golf Club
Tee Times
Houghton Lake $20
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $18
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $30
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort
Tee Times
Thompsonville $40 - $60
White Deer Country Club
Tee Times
Prudenville $20
Lincoln Hills Golf Club
Tee Times
Ludington $30
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $25
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $104
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $70 - $140
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $75 - $180
Norway Course at McGuire's Resort Cadillac $18
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $75 - $145
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $32
Executive Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $20 - $25
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $40 - $80
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $19
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $11
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $5
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $79
Maple Ridge Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $25 - $30
Briar at Mesick Golf and Country Club Mesick $40
Emerald Vale Golf Club Manton $35
Dunes Golf Club Empire $16
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $44
Green Trees Golf Course Gaylord $23
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $10
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Firefly Golf Links Clare $18
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Centennial Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $55
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Manitou Passage Golf Club Cedar $75
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $51
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $79
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $40
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $18
Spruce Course at McGuire's Resort Cadillac $45
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
High Pointe Golf Club Williamsburg $54
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $199
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $49
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $15 - $30
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $70 - $140
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