Northern Michigan Trip Planner

Northern Michigan is one of the deepest and affordable golf destinations on earth. Let our editorial staff experts help you plan your ideal golf trip.

The 14th hole is the shortest par 4 at Arcadia Bluffs golf course.
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Our guide to the best courses you can play around Northern Michigan, from Gaylord to Petoskey and around Traverse City.
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When asked to come up with my 10 favorite golf courses in northern Michigan, I took a mulligan and included 15 -- I just couldn't narrow it down! Don't consider this a "best-of" list, merely a personal guide to the 15 courses I love to play.
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Northern Michigan's golf scene is spectacular and diverse, but also vast. Jason Scott Deegan offers some pointers to help plan your first trip.
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Other than missing a handful of big-timers, northern Michigan features a list of golf course designers as good as any destination in the country. All the usual suspects who dominate top 100 lists are well represented. But what are the best of the best? Jason Scott Deegan offers up northern Michigan's 10 best "designer" golf courses.
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Jason Scott Deegan found out what kind of three-day golf vacation can be had for $200 in northern Michigan's hotbed of Traverse City.
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It isn't until you've narrowed down your next summer golf trip to the destination of northern Michigan that the real decisions begin. Here are 10 of the best options for northern Michigan golf resorts and what sets each apart.
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The national spotlight of the Golf Channel's Big Break X series paid off for the host Boyne Highlands in northern Michigan, as the resort is enjoying record play from out-of-state golfers. But Boyne Highlands encompasses less than half of Boyne's golf holes and one third of its resort properties. To ensure you're doing the Boyne that's right for you, here's a selection of golf itineraries to suit any golfer or golf group ...
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Senior Writer Mike Bailey finds The Loop at Forest Dunes in Michigan intriguing while old favorites like Bay Harbor, Boyne Highlands and Grand Traverse never disappoint.
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For sheer convenience and depth of quality courses, no summer vacation destination beats the Gaylord Golf Mecca in northern Michigan, a golf hub unlike any other in the Midwest. Native son Jason Scott Deegan offers his list of the 10 best golf courses in Gaylord. Drum roll, please ...
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From Detroit to the Upper Peninsula, this golf-rich Midwestern state has an illustrious history and some public-access gems from a bygone era.
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A Northern Michigan local photographer showcases the many lesser-known, affordable golf courses that make this destination satisfying for all budgets and how he finds his shots. (Pictured: Bear Lake Highlands)
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A decade after the largest golf boom any state has ever experienced, Michigan witnessed similar explosive growth in the number of casinos from 2007-09. Playing golf by day, and gaming by night. We'll bet you'll have a good time. Jason Scott Deegan offers up Michigan's five best golf-and-gambling destinations.
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With 17 courses in the Gaylord Golf Mecca, getting a good deal is never a concern. There are price points in all ranges. In fact, a three-day golf trip spending $200 or less on green fees can be done even in high season.
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Native son Jason Scott Deegan recently explored the western Michigan shoreline and found it's a playground of hills, trees, sand dunes and marshes -- all great attributes for golf.
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No golf destination has more thrilling tee shots than in northern Michigan. From Arcadia Bluffs to Treetops, here are a collection of the best holes.
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The September 2018 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
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The July 2017 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
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The July 2018 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
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The August 2015 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
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The July 2015 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
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The June 2015 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
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