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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Red/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
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Lake Ann $18
Hawk's Eye Golf Resort
Tee Times
Bellaire $19.5
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Cedar River Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $49
Red/White at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
White/Blue at Mistwood Golf Course
Tee Times
Lake Ann $18
Spruce Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $10
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $17
Little Traverse Bay Golf Club
Tee Times
Harbor Springs $31.5
Gaylord Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $35
Eldorado
Tee Times
Cadillac $50
Dunmaglas Golf Course
Tee Times
Charlevoix $45
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $25
Bear Lake Highlands Golf Course
Tee Times
Bear Lake $10
Norway Course at Evergreen Resort
Tee Times
Cadillac $6
Schuss Mountain Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $32
Grandview Golf Club Kalkaska $37
Sundance Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $35
Cadillac Country Club Cadillac $45
Quarry/Preserve at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Moor Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $30 - $71
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
Farm Golf Club Bellaire $15
Emerald Vale Golf Club
Tee Times
Manton $20
Arthur Hills Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Torch Course at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort
Tee Times
Kewadin $25
Leelanau Club At Bahles Farms Suttons Bay $29 - $65
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Eagle Glen Golf Course
Tee Times
Farwell $15
Heather Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $105
Crown Golf Course
Tee Times
Traverse City $23
Charlevoix Golf and Country Club
Tee Times
Charlevoix $30
Summit Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $26
Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Canthooke Valley at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $19
Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort
Tee Times
Manistee $49
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Falls $30 - $71
Missaukee Golf Club
Tee Times
Lake City $19
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Twin Birch Golf Club
Tee Times
Kalkaska $10
Crooked Tree Golf Club Petoskey $79
Manitou Passage Golf Club
Tee Times
Cedar $16
The Chief Golf Course Bellaire $35 - $60
Legend Golf Course at Shanty Creek
Tee Times
Bellaire $49
Ross Memorial Course at Boyne Highlands Resort Harbor Springs $40 - $75
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Walloon Lake Country Club Petoskey $85
Crystal Downs Country Club Frankfort $110
Sugar Loaf The Old Course Cedar $38
Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $55 - $85
The Spruce Run Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $35 - $80
Springbrook Golf Club Walloon Lake $17 - $52
Mountain Flowers Course at The Homestead Resort Glen Arbor $27
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Cuff Links Executive Par-3 at Boyne Highlands Resort & Country Club Harbor Springs N/A
Spring Valley Golf Course Hersey $32
Wequetonsing Golf Club Harbor Springs $72
Champion Hill Golf Club Beulah $19 - $38
Snow Snake Ski & Golf Harrison $30 - $40
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Fawn Crest Golf Course Wellston $8 - $12
Woods/Farms at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Antrim Dells Golf Course Atwood $35 - $60
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Northport Point Golf Club Northport $25 - $30
Farms/Birches at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Elk Rapids Golf Club Elk Rapids $10 - $15
East/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Elmbrook Golf Course Traverse City $38
Par-3 at Mistwood Golf Course Lake Ann $9
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $34 - $39
Leland Country Club Leland $47
Hemlock Golf Club Ludington $32 - $48
West/South at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Pinecroft Golf Course Benzonia $20 - $35
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $75
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Lincoln Hills Golf Club Ludington $20 - $65
East/West at Lakeside Links Golf Course Ludington $26 - $35
Epworth Heights Golf Course Ludington $10
The Bear Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $50 - $135
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $20 - $37
Petoskey Bay View Country Club Petoskey $30 - $40
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort Cadillac $9 - $12
Kingsley Club Kingsley $200
Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Course East Jordan $20 - $25
Arcadia Bluffs - The South Course Bear Lake $75 - $125
Heathlands Golf Course Onekama $25 - $49
Manistee Golf & Country Club Manistee $20 - $47
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
Preserve/Links at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Executive at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $15
Timber Wolf Golf Club Kalkaska $20 - $31
Interlochen Golf Club Interlochen $20
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs $45
Deer Run Golf Course at Lakes of the North Mancelona $28 - $42
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $89 - $149
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Wilderness Golf Course Carp Lake $12
Birches/Woods at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club Harbor Springs $40 - $70
Stoney Creek Golf Course Lake City $20
Lakewood on the Green Golf Course Cadillac $18 - $30
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Belvedere Golf Club Charlevoix $40 - $99
Mallard Golf Club East Jordan $12 - $19
Firefly Golf Links Clare $20 - $36
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course Arcadia $55 - $195
Charlevoix Golf Course Charlevoix $13 - $15
True North Golf Club Harbor Springs $224
Traverse City Golf & Country Club Traverse City $73
Birch Valley Golf Course Sears $27
Chestnut Hills Golf Course Bear Lake $22
Antioch Hills Golf Club Mesick $40
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Crystal Lake Golf Club Beulah $30 - $40
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
The Club at LochenHeath Williamsburg $50 - $140
Links/Quarry at Bay Harbor Golf Club Bay Harbor $99 - $199
Dunes Golf Club Empire $27
Betsie Valley Course at Crystal Mountain Resort Thompsonville $40 - $60
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
Par-3 at Bay Meadows Golf Course Traverse City $12
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $89 - $149
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Beaver Island Golf Course Beaver Island $11 - $19
Marquette Trails Country Club Baldwin $22 - $41
Chestnut Valley Golf Course Harbor Springs $59
Northport Creek Golf Course Northport $17 - $32
Tustin Trails Golf Club Tustin $17
The Wolverine Course at The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme $45 - $120
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
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