Hit the Greens in North West Michigan & the Upper Peninsula

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Charlevoix is home to some of the Midwest’s most notable golf, from a nine-hole municipal course designed in 1896 by Willie Watson, to the prestigious course that has hosted the Michigan Amateur. Regardless of your budget or skill level, you’ll be sure to find a course to satisfy your golfing itch

Holiday Vacation Rentals based in Harbor Springs has beautiful rental homes available for your next golf getaway! Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club is a place of beauty suspended between lush forests and glistening Lake Michigan. Located just north of the quaint town of Harbor Springs, Michigan, this 1,600 acre community features 27 pristine holes of woodland golf with views of Lake Michigan. Holiday Vacation Rentals is pleased to offer a wide selection of Birchwood Farms vacation rental homes. 

For a golf experience of a lifetime, come to Drummond Island! The Rock at Drummond Island Resort offers a challenge like no other. Designed by renowned architect Harry Bowers, their 18-hole championship course winds through 400 acres of lush terrain with one spectacular view after another. Warm up on their all-grass driving range and practice area, and then play from any of four tees depending on your skill level. Book a Tee time on their website


There are 15,000 golf courses in the United States, yet, only one is laid out on a battlefield in a failed attempt to wrest control of the Great Lakes from the British. The Wawashkamo Golf Course is on Mackinac Island. But that’s not all, Mackinac Island is also home to an incredible executive putting course along the shore of Lake Huron at Mission Point Resort and a second miniature golf course at the historic Grand Hotel. For one of a kind experiences, visit the Mackinac Island website for more information. 

Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island has an 18-hole putting course called the Greens of Mackinac. This course offers a unique putting experience with 18 real bent grass greens, which rivals the conditions found on any championship course.

The Jewel Golf Course at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island was awarded Editor’s Choice “Best Grand & Boutique Golf Hotels” by Golf Digest. The Jewel is one of the most unique courses in Northern Michigan and the United States. As the only course in the country with horse-drawn carriage rides between nines, it truly is a Grand golf experience. They offer a variety of golf packages throughout the season so you can tee up on the vacation of a lifetime, including their Michigan Golf Live Packages. 

Cadillac’s Evergreen Resort features two courses: the challenging and stunningly beautiful 18-hole Spruce Course, and the more casual nine-hole Norway Course, which is perfect for beginners and those interested in a quick round. Cadillac’s CVB is also offering a variety of golf specials in 2023 to help you plan the perfect outing for your group.


Enjoy a round of golf at Michigan’s northernmost golf course at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge in Copper Harbor offers a 9-hole course designed using the Keweenaw’s varied terrain. Enjoy spectacular views of Brockway Mountain and be enchanted by fox families, deer, and Sandhill Cranes as you play. 

Golfers looking to hit the links will delight in a range of courses available to them, each set against a stunning natural backdrop in Marquette. Marquette Golf Club is Upper Michigan’s award-winning, 36-hole facility featuring two courses – Greywalls and Heritage. With exceptional views of Lake Superior, tumbling greens and dramatic elevation changes, Greywalls is an incredible showcase of the beauty of the surrounding area. Additional courses offering an unparalleled experience include the Red Fox Run Golf Course, Wawonowin Country Club, and Northern Michigan University Golf Course.


Discover the unrivaled pleasure of golf in its purest form at Travel + Leisure’s No.1 Resort in Michigan, Hotel Walloon. Northern Michigan offers a variety of Championship Golf Courses for beginner to expert level golfers designed by industry elites. Many golf courses are tucked on the shoreline of Lake Michigan and feature scenic lake views. Travel to Boyne City, Charlevoix, Bay Harbor, Harbor Springs, and Traverse city for your picturesque and unforgettable round of golf. Learn more here. 

An unforgettable golf vacation awaits at Michigan’s largest golf resort, Shanty Creek Resort. Located just 31 miles from Traverse City, this Northern Michigan resort is home to five 18-hole championship courses offering variety, beauty, and top-shelf course conditions at every turn. Looking to improve your game, and who isn’t? Check out Shanty Creek’s Golf Academy. For players of all levels, Shanty Creek’s team of PGA Professionals will help identify opportunities for improvement and share tips for improving all aspects of the game including distance, accuracy, approach shots, hazard saves, chipping, and putting. Packages can be customized to include lodging and rounds of golf on one (or more!) of the spectacular championship golf courses.


Interlochen Golf Course, conveniently located on US-31 between Traverse City and the lake shore, is great to play, and has an amazing restaurant on site.

Enjoy 72 holes of golf alongside stunning Torch Lake and Lake Michigan at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort in Kewadin.


Arthur Hills, Robert Trent Jones, and Donald Ross are just a few of the names attached to the incredible courses in the Petoskey Area. Tee it up on one (or more!) of sixteen golf courses within 30 minutes of each other and have the perfect combination of award-winning golf, great scenery and a terrific food and beverage scene for after your round. 

The Highlands at Harbor Springs is known for its four championship golf courses. From the timeless design of The Heather, the 2019 National Golf Course Owner’s Course of the Year by Robert Trent Jones, to the history and heritage found playing the Donald Ross Memorial, a composite course of Ross’s best designs, the classic layout of The Moor, or the brilliant design and breathtaking views of the Arthur Hills – you’ll experience golf the way it was meant to be played across all 72 holes. 


Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville is northern Michigan’s golf destination with two distinctively different, yet equally mesmerizing golf courses. Both the Mountain Ridge and Betsie Valley golf courses have received a prestigious 4-Star rating from Golf Digest magazine and are sure to challenge your skills at every turn. Book your tee times now


Treetops Resort offers 81 spectacular holes of golf. With four 18-hole golf courses and the #1 Par 3 course in North America, Treetops, there is so much golf fun to enjoy during your stay at their property in Gaylord. They also host the only Tom Fazio course in Michigan, and their courses have been played by 53 Major Champions…53 & you!

Elmbrook Golf Course has been providing an enjoyable golf experience in Traverse City for over 50 years. It is among the oldest public par 72 golf courses in Northern Michigan. The beautiful views, mature trees and challenging layout make Elmbrook a favorite among visitors and locals alike.

Indian River Golf Course’s 18-hole championship golf course has been rated by Golf Digest as one of Northern Michigan’s best places to play, with four different teeing areas for golfers of all calibers. The course is also conveniently located 25 minutes from Mackinaw City, Petoskey, and Gaylord. Be sure to visit in 2023 for a first-class round of golf or dining experience, so you can discover the best-kept secret in the north.


Nestled among the pines of the Manistee National Forest in Northern Michigan, you’ll find a special place, hidden gem, a home-away-from-home for golf, dining, and relaxation – Manistee National Golf And Resort. Their golf rivals the best courses in the state with challenges for all abilities. Our 42 room Inn offers both standard rooms and a mixture of suites that are perfect for golf groups, family vacationers and business travelers.

Looking for more? Check out these golf destinations in Central West Michigan and Southern West Michigan.