Boyne Highlands - Donald Ross Memorial GC - 8th
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Boyne Highlands - Donald Ross Memorial GC - 8th
The Donald Ross Memorial Park at Boyne Highlands Resort in Michigan features tribute holes like the par-8 eighth, which memorializes no. 11 at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club. Mike Bailey/GolfPass
Boyne Highlands - Donald Ross Memorial GC - 10th
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Boyne Highlands - Donald Ross Memorial GC - 10th
The 10th on the Donald Ross Memorial Park at Boyne Highlands Resort pays tribute to Ross' homeland and Royal Dornoch. Birdhouses were erected here to help players located their ball if they strayed off the fairway. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Boyne Highlands - Heather Golf Course - No. 5
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Boyne Highlands - Heather Golf Course - No. 5
The par-5 fifth hole at the Heather Course at Boyne Highlands is risk-reward. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Boyne Highlands putting green
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Boyne Highlands putting green
The putting green at Boyne Highlands in northern Michigan is large and unique Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Bay Harbor Golf Club - Links Course - 4th hole
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Bay Harbor Golf Club - Links Course - 4th hole
Boyne's Bay Harbor Golf Club and the fourth hole on the Links Course sits above Lake Michigan. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Belvedere Golf Club - 8th
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Belvedere Golf Club - 8th
Designed by William Watson, historic Belvedere Golf Club's par-8 eighth green looms above. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Belvedere Golf Club - 12th
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Belvedere Golf Club - 12th
The long par-4 12th at Belvedere Golf Club in Charlevoix, Michigan plays downhill. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Bay Harbor Golf Club - Quarry Course - 8th
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Bay Harbor Golf Club - Quarry Course - 8th
The par-3 eighth on the Quarry Course at Bay Harbor Golf Club a bit of Pebble Beach feel, too. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Kingsley Club golf course - 6th
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Kingsley Club golf course - 6th
The par-4 sixth at the fast-running Kingsley Club plays over a ridge of bunkers. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Kingsley Club golf course - 15th
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Kingsley Club golf course - 15th
The 465-yard par-4 16th at Kingsley Club is the hardest hole on the golf course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Crooked Tree Golf Club - 18th
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Crooked Tree Golf Club - 18th
The finishing hole at Crooked Tree Golf Club near Bay Harbor in northern Michigan. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Traverse Resort - Bear Course - no. 1
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Grand Traverse Resort - Bear Course - no. 1
The first hole at The Bear Course at Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City, Mich. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Grand Traverse Resort - Bear Course - 15th
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Grand Traverse Resort - Bear Course - 15th
The par-5 15th on The Bear golf course at Grand Traverse Resort brings water into play on the approach. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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In pictures: A perfect weeklong golf trip to northern Michigan

It's hard to beat a golf trip to northern Michigan. With a variety of courses, mild temperatures and northern Michigan in full bloom, northern Michigan's golf courses are at their best in the summer.

This particular week started at Boyne Highlands Resort with the Donald Ross Memorial and Heather Courses. Then it was off to the spectacular Bay Harbor Golf Club built above the shores of Lake Michigan. Across the street from Bay Harbor is another Boyne USA course, Crooked Tree.

Next up was the charming town of Charlevoix. Historic Belvedere Golf Club, which has played host to 39 Michigan State Amateur Championships. Not to be outdone, it was off to the exclusive Kingsley Club, which runs like a British Open venue, about an hour away.

Finally, this weeklong trip was capped by a night at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City and a round on Jack Nicklaus' Bear Course.

Each golf course was different; all were in terrific shape and none disappointed. Best of all, you can do it all over again in northern Michigan and play a completely different set of courses.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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