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