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Northern Michigan Vacations: From nationally recognized resorts to family-friendy 9-hole clubs, it's hard not to be distracted by the panoramic views at these Northern Michigan golf courses. How can you focus on a five foot putt when you're standing atop a hill overlooking Lake Michigan? Or get in the zone for the next Par 5 when you see the enduring Belvedere Country Club ahead?
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.
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.
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.