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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Hawk's Eye Golf Resort
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Bellaire $19.5
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
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Gaylord $25
Eldorado
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Cadillac $50
Gaylord Golf Club
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Gaylord $30
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $49
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort
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Gaylord $15 - $35
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
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Charlevoix $30
Missaukee Golf Club
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Lake City $19
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $95 - $185
Eagle Glen Golf Course
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Farwell $15
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $49
Crown Golf Course
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Traverse City $23
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North
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Mancelona $28 - $42
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $24 - $43
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $26
Springbrook Golf Club
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Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Emerald Vale Golf Club
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Manton $20
Twin Birch Golf Club
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Kalkaska $10
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort
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Boyne Falls $30 - $71
The Heather at The Highlands (Boyne)
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Harbor Springs $90 - $163
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $18
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Quest Golf Club
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Houghton Lake $20 - $37
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $18
Tamaracks Golf Club
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Harrison $10
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
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Kewadin $25
Black Bear Golf Club
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Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Crooked Tree Golf Club
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Petoskey $79
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $30 - $80
Arthur Hills at The Highlands (Boyne)
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Harbor Springs $90 - $182
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
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Bellaire $32
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $95 - $185
Grandview Golf Club
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Kalkaska $30
The Chief Golf Course
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Bellaire $25
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $55 - $140
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club
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Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Donald Ross Memorial at The Highlands (Boyne)
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Harbor Springs $62 - $134
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club
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Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $18
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club
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Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort
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Thompsonville $55 - $85
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $25
The Moor at The Highlands (Boyne)
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Harbor Springs $58 - $111
Elmbrook Golf Course
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Traverse City $38
Antrim Dells Golf Course
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Atwood $25
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
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Acme $50 - $130
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $69
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
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Kewadin $35
Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort
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Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Dunmaglas Golf Course
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Charlevoix $45
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $32 - $48
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $145 - $224
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $30 - $40
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $68 - $145
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
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Brutus $35
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $31
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
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Cadillac $10
Manitou Passage Golf Club
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Cedar $16
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Burning Oak Country Club
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Roscommon $18
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Loon Golf Resort - The Ridge Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Crystal Lake Golf Club
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Beulah $30 - $40
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Arcadia Bluffs - The South Course Bear Lake $75 - $160
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at The Highlands (Boyne) Harbor Springs Free of charge
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
The Retreat at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $19
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
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Bear Lake $10
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $90 - $215
Antioch Hills Golf Club Mesick $40
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Cadillac Country Club
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Cadillac $45
Harbor Point Golf Club
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Harbor Springs $50
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $40 - $55
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $20 - $47
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $50 - $99
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
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Cadillac $6
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
The Revenge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
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Manistee $49
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
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