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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White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $30 - $40
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $50
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $22
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $10
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $29
Hawk's Eye Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $22
Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $20
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $40
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $49
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $40
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $57
Rose Golf Course
Tee Times
Leroy $19
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $20
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $18
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $30
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $39 - $99
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $10
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $29
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $32
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $19
Farm Golf Club
Tee Times
Bellaire $10
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $18
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $15 - $18
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $37
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $34
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $10
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
Manitou Passage Golf Club
Tee Times
Cedar $26 - $76
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $49
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $25 - $49
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $39
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $50 - $60
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $54
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Crown Golf Course Traverse City $28 - $45
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $50 - $190
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $45 - $70
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $20 - $36
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $38
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $25 - $50
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort Kewadin $25 - $50
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs N/A
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Bellaire Golf Club Bellaire $22
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $15 - $45
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $29
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
The Chief Golf Course Bellaire $49 - $79
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
Briar at Mesick Golf and Country Club Mesick $40
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $115
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $30 - $75
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $130
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $12 - $35
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $40 - $99
Bear River Links Golf Course Boyne Falls $20
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