From nationally recognized resorts to family-friendly 9-hole clubs, here are eleven Northern Michigan golf courses near Charlevoix, Bellaire and Elk Rapids.

Shanty Creek Resorts

This four-season resort just minutes from Bellaire boasts four unique courses, including the hilly and scenic Legend course designed by Arnold Palmer. Named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top 10 golf resorts in the northern United States. 5780 SHANTY CREEK RD., BELLAIRE, 800.678.4111, SHANTYCREEK.COM.


Belvedere Club

A challenging, historic course in Charlevoix built in 1925 during the golden age of American golf course design. Belvedere has played host to the Michigan Amateur Championships a record 39 times and was recently ranked by Golfweek Magazine as the top classic course in the state. 5731 MARION CENTER RD., CHARLEVOIX, 231.547.2611, BELVEDEREGOLFCLUB.COM.


Centennial Farm

An 18-hole public course on more than 100 acres of Bellaire’s most scenic rolling farmland, featuring a wide-open front nine and a wooded, hilly and incredibly scenic back nine. A good option for high handicappers and bargain hunters. 3388 W. EDDY SCHOOL RD., BELLAIRE, 231.533.5200.

Charlevoix Golf Club

Located just a stone’s throw from downtown Charlevoix, this city-run nine-hole course offers some of the most laid-back and inexpensive golfing in the region. The only tough part is deciding whether to cool down in Lake Michigan or Lake Charlevoix after your round, as both are within walking distance of the clubhouse. 400 FAIRWAY DR., CHARLEVOIX, 231.547.3268, CHARLEVOIXGOLFCLUB.COM.

Charlevoix Country Club

New ownership in 2012 gave a fresh face to this Northern Michigan semi-private country club. Amenities include a newly renovated clubhouse, one of the region’s only steakhouses, a swimming pool, and a challenging course that plays to the strengths of the region’s natural beauty. 9600 CLUB HOUSE DR., CHARLEVOIX, 231.547.9796, CHXCOUNTRYCLUB.COM.


A spectacular course whose views overlooking both Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan will challenge you to keep focused on your game. Ranked by Golf Digest as one of the Top 50 upscale courses in the country. 09031 BOYNE CITY RD., CHARLEVOIX, 231.547.4653, DUNMAGLAS.COM.

Ye Nyne Olde Holles

One of Northern Michigan’s first golf courses that carries on the Old English spirit of the sport with thick rough, hilly terrain, and a philosophy that enjoyment of nature is part of the experience. The must-visit clubhouse is a beautifully restored 1876 farmhouse. 6386 FERRY RD., EAST JORDAN, 231.582.7609, YENYNE.COM.

A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort 

A full-scale golf resort situated between East Grand Traverse Bay and the western shore of beautiful Torch Lake. Choose from three 18-hole courses; the links-style Sundance course is a favorite for its spectacular vistas and ability to challenge players of all levels. 627 AGAMING DR., KEWADIN, 231.264.5081, A-GA-MING.COM.

Mallard Golf Club

A laid-back, inexpensive nine-hole course located near scenic East Jordan, featuring a casual dining room, full bar and a quintessential Northern Michigan Friday night fish fry. 9569 BAILEY RD., EAST JORDAN, 231.536.3636, MALLARDGOLF.COM.

Hawk’s Eye Golf Resort        

Stay a whole week at this Bellaire golf resort, which offers full hotel accommodations on site and an 18-hole championship layout course that was voted among the best in the state by readers of Michigan Golf Magazine. 2620 HAWK’S EYE DR., BELLAIRE, 866.868.8181, GOLFBELLAIRE.COM.

Elk Rapids Golf Course

A great choice for beginners and high-handicappers, this nine-hole course—designed by the legendary Donald Ross—offers some spectacular views of scenic Elk Lake. 724 AMES, ELK RAPIDS, 231.264.8891, GOLFELKRAPIDS.COM.

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Your Guide to Traverse City, Mackinac Island, Petoskey, Charlevoix, Leelanau, Benzie & More

From the same people who produce Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, this is a colorful, easy-to-use guide to Northern Michigan vacation ideas from Ludington to Traverse City, from Charlevoix to Mackinac Island and everything in between. It is filled with ideas, tips and hundreds of websites that connect you to fun, food, activities, lodging and recreation in every part of Northern Michigan.

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