Endless summer days and scores of beautiful and secluded golf courses welcome visitors to scenic northern Michigan, one of America's great golf and spa getaways and the fall is especially a unique time to take advantage of the autumn changing of colors, not to mention deep discounts.
A golf course is always around the corner, from resort towns like Traverse City, to Gaylord to Petoskey in this golf-obsessed state, including some of the Midwest's top combination ski and golf resorts, where fairways share the same steep, dramatic slopes as the area's tallest ski hills, which produces a lion's share of gorgeous elevated tee shots.
Boyne Resorts, comprised of three separate properties, Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain and the newest and ritziest of them all, The Inn at Bay Harbor, serves up nine of the region's golf courses, ranging from secluded holes winding through dense pine forests offering that pure northern Michigan golf experience, to the 27 holes at Bay Harbor, set on high bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan and through an old rock quarry, which makes for one of the game's most unique settings. While the Victorian-style inn next door is a spectacular five-star retreat on the lake with it's own luxury spa onsite.
But you don't have to drive all the way north for great golf. Further downstate, the East Lansing/Bath area welcomes both state capital and Michigan State faculty to its courses such as the new Eagle Eye, build by Pete Dye protege Mike Lutzke, along with 27-hole Hawk Hallow and even Little Hawk, a rare 18-hole natural grass putting course.
Few states rival Michigan for the sheer number - and quality - of its golf resorts.