GoLF 1. BoyNe MouNTaiN ResoRT Two championship courses, each with its own distinct character: The Alpine course offers stunning views and strategically placed bunkers and water hazards; the Monument is a dramatic ode to great course architecture, with each hole named for a golf luminary. BoYne cItY, 231.462.6963, BoYne.com.
2. Bay HaRBoR GoLF cLuB an acclaimed golf club, consistently ranked among the best in the nation, featuring three distinct arthur hills–designed courses atop sweeping lake michigan bluffs. Incredible views and challenging play for all skill levels. BaY harBor, 231.439.4085, BaYharBorGolf.com.
3. wawasHkaMo GoLF couRse Michigan’s oldest continuously run golf course also happens to be a Mackinac Island gem, tucked away on the site of an 1814 battle between the British and the Americans. Ask for hickory golf clubs for an authentic throwback experience. mackInac
Island, 906.847.3871, WaWashkamo.com.
LiTTLe TRaveRse Bay GoLF cLuB A favorite among locals, this public course is known for its stellar views of Little Traverse Bay. Its smart design across Harbor Springs’ hilly terrain includes elevated tees, a rolling back nine, and a mix of open and tight tree-lined fairways. harBor sprInGs, 231.526.6200, ltBaYGolf.com.
1. BoyNe HiGHLaNds ResoRT Four courses set against a pristine Northwoods backdrop offer a wide range of play. The Moor is suitable for all skill levels, with challenging doglegs and marshes; the smartly designed Arthur Hills keeps experienced golfers on their toes with traps and hazards; Donald Ross Memorial is a composite of re-created classic holes designed by its namesake; and The Heather is an elite course that should be a bucket-list item for any serious golfer. harBor sprInGs, 231.462.6963, BoYne.com.
enough challenges to keep seasoned golfers engaged—all set to a stunning backdrop befitting the course’s name. mackInaW cItY, 231.537.4973, GolfWIlderness.com.
THe JeweL aT GRaNd HoTeL Roam the links amid the lush quietude of Mackinac Island. Two 9-hole courses: The Grand, built in 1901 and updated in 1987 (plentiful water); The Woods, set within the island interior (hilly views), built in 1994. mackInac Island, 906.847.3331, Grandhotel.com
cHesTNuT vaLLey GoLF couRse Named for the ancient American chestnut tree found between holes 10 and 11, this club is a scenic retreat among rolling hills and hardwoods. The 18-hole course has a bonus 19th hole and a newly remodeled, log cabin–style clubhouse. harBor sprInGs, 231.526.9100,
THe MackiNaw cLuB A round at this Jerry Matthews–designed course is laid-back and scenic—and a bargain to boot. Natural water elements and a blend of traditional Michigan tree-lined and open-meadow fairways. mackInaW cItY, 231.537.4955,
HiddeN RiveR GoLF & casTiNG cLuB Fly-fish after your round on this demanding but fair 18-hole course along the Maple River. The linksstyle layout features dunes and water elements, and an elevated back nine through massive pines.
cRooked TRee GoLF couRse A short but spectacular 18-hole course sculpted out of mature hardwoods atop high bluffs overlooking Bay Harbor. The back nine is a highlight, opening to sprawling views of Little Traverse Bay. petoskeY,
Brutus, 231.529.4653, hIddenrIver.com.
wiLdeRNess GoLF couRse With no tee times required, this wonderful walking course is great for a leisurely game. Well-suited for beginners but peppered with
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Ideas for your ultimate Northern Michigan vacation. A supplement to Traverse Northern Michigan's Magazine.