Northern Michigan’s rolling hills and scenic overlooks make it a unique place for a spectacular game of golf. What are you waiting for? Throw your clubs in the car and head North! You voted for Northern Michigan’s Top 7 Golf Courses in each region—here are your winners!

A record-breaking 16,000 people voted in MyNorth’s 2021 Red Hot Best Awards, recognizing winners from across seven regions and 46 different categories in Northern Michigan. The categories include everything from healthcare and frontline workers to takeout food and hiking trails. This is how we celebrate Northern Michigan!

Searching for the full winner’s list? Here are the Red Hot Best Winners 2021: The Best of Northern Michigan.

Above the Bridge

Wawashkamo Golf Club, Mackinac Island

One of Michigan’s oldest active golf courses, Wawashakamo is laid out in a unique 9-hole link style that, like many of the 19th-century remainders on Mackinac Island, has remained largely unchanged. As you tee off on Wawashkamo’s first hole, golfers stand in the very same spot where British cannons once roared in 1814. How often do you get to talk about that during drinks later? 

View the full list of Above the Bridge Red Hot Best winners to find the best outdoor eating spots, beaches and much more.

Benzie & Leelanau 

Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville

Feel like a pro golfer at Crystal Mountain with 36 holes of championship-level courses! Choose between Crystal Mountain’s two different and yet equally challenging courses to test out your golf skills, or check out their 10-acre learning and practice area to brush up on your game before hitting the fairways. Enjoy golf Northern Michigan style with tall, stretching pines that line the course and panoramic views as you tee off from the height of a mountain. 

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Cadillac, Manistee & Ludington 

Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, Arcadia

Sitting upon 240 acres of what were once apple and cherry orchards and shrouded in the beauty of Northern Michigan’s natural landscape, Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club knows they’ve got a special spot for swinging clubs. Golfers can choose between two world-class courses that both reflect the simplistic yet challenging links layout of courses in golf’s earliest days. With tall native grasses and courses that sit overlooking the stunning blue waters of Lake Michigan, at Arcadia Bluffs, you’ll get to play golf like many never have before. 

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Charlevoix & the Chain of Lakes 

A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort, Kewadin

Enjoy the most stunning views of Michigan’s treasured Torch Lake at A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort. A-Ga-Ming’s sprawling golf course empire now has four different courses secured for players to choose from, which means there’s definitely a course perfectly suited for you on your next visit. Enjoy the views from the clubhouse between rounds or look into the onsite lodging options available to get the most out of your golf experience.

View the full list of Charlevoix & Chain of Lakes region Red Hot Best winners.

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Kalkaska Gaylord & Grayling 

Treetops Resort, Gaylord

Nationally acclaimed and home to 81 exciting holes of championship golf, Treetops Resort in Gaylord is filled to the brim with contoured fairways, spectacular terrain, and dramatic views. With five award-winning courses where many of the golf greats have played, it’s no wonder that Treetops is Michigan’s premier golf destination. Just wait until you get to the highest point in the course to see where the resort gets its name! 

View the full list of Gaylord, Kalkaska and Grayling Red Hot Best winners to find the best golf courses, events and more.

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Petoskey, Harbor Springs & The Straits


If you’re looking for an all-you-can-golf buffet, you’ll find it here! At Boyne Golf, choose from 10 different courses to suit your challenge. Boyne’s golf courses feature everything from traditionally designed, Scottish link-style courses with spectacular views of Lake Michigan to some of the most deceptively challenging holes you’ll ever play. Experience ‘Michigan’s Magnificent 10’ for yourself at Boyne Golf. 

Looking for the best beaches, breweries and more? View the full list of Petoskey, Harbor Springs and The Straits Red Hot Best winners.

Traverse City 

Bay Meadows Family Golf Course, Traverse City

For a family-friendly golf experience for all ages and abilities, head to Bay Meadows Family Golf Course in Traverse City. Offering two 9-hole courses, three practice greens, practice sand traps and a driving range, Bay Meadows has everything you need for a casual and fun day of golf. Family-owned and operated since 1995, Bay Meadows is happy to provide an enjoyable environment for golf, whether you’re learning, improving, or furthering your game of golf. 

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Photo(s) by Todd Zawistowski