Take a swing at one of these Northern Michigan golf courses in Leelanau County. Listen for the pin-dropping sound of club striking ball, the brief, muted echo as you look up into the stunning countryside. Add a sunset over the big lake and I guarantee you’ll be hooked at these award-winning Leelanau courses.

Manitou Passage Golf Club

Set adjacent to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and redesigned in 2009, this challenging layout made Golfweek’s list of 2010’s Best New Courses. The Craftsman-style clubhouse features memorabilia recognizing the remarkable career of course designer Arnold Palmer. 4600 Club Dr., Cedar, 231.228.6000, manitoupassagegolf.com.

Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms

Built to integrate working cherry orchards into a design that winds amid rolling hills and woods toward stunning Lake Michigan vistas, this championship course is a true destination. 9505 E. Otto Rd., Suttons Bay, 231.271.2020, leelanauclub.com.

Sugar Loaf, The Old Course

Old does not mean outdated here, but instead a classic mid-20th century design by architect C.D. Wagstaff, nestled between cherry orchards and rolling countryside. The most memorable rounds are timed to take in the sunset over Sugar Loaf Mountain. 4512 S. Townline Rd., Cedar, 231.228.2040, sugarloaftheoldcourse.com.

The Dunes

This casual, affordable course is perfect for relaxing vacation play. Hone your skills on the driving range before playing the course located near the headquarters of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. 6489 W. Empire Hwy, Empire, 231.326.5390, dunesgolf.com.

For more summer vacation ideas in Northern Michigan, grab the 2013 MyNorth Vacation Guide!

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.

  • More than 140, full color pages with stunning photography and travel stories
  • Maps of each region
  • Hundreds of resources

Be sure to also check out our free online area-specific vacation guides!

Traverse City

Ideas for your ultimate vacation in Traverse City, Acme, Fife Lake, Interlochen, Kingsley, and Williamsburg


Ideas for your ultimate vacation in Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor, Mackinac Island, and Boyne Country

Charlevoix & Chain of Lakes

Ideas for your ultimate vacation in Charlevoix, Alden, Beaver Island, Bellaire, Central Lake, Easst Jordon, Elk Rapids, and Torch Lake


Ideas for your ultimate vacation in Cedar, Empire, Glen Arbor, Lake Leelanau, Leland, Maple City, Northport, Peshawbestown, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Suttons Bay, and Omena

Benzie & West Shore

Ideas for your ultimate vacation in Benzie, Manistee, West Shore, Beulah, Benzonia, Crystal Lake, Frankfort, Ludington, Onekama, and Pentwater