Traverse City

Traverse City is not often the first place that comes to mind when thinking of U.S. vacation destinations but this hidden gem of a city has earned a spot in Fodor's "Ten Best Small Towns in America" and Bon Appetit has also ranked it as one of the country's "Top Five Foodie Towns." This all-season destination has something for everyone, whether you're a microbrew connoisseur or an outdoor enthusiast. As one of Golf Magazine's picks for the top six golfing destinations in the country, golfers can especially appreciate what the city has to offer. Ever since the 1990s, when there was a golf course building boom throughout the Great Lakes, Traverse City has been the Midwest's most popular spot for golf, with designs from all the greats including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Arthur Hills, and Donald Ross. There are more than 30 public and championship golf courses from which to choose, ranging from those that sprawl across the vast northern forests of pine, birch, and hardwoods, to the links-style courses that sprawl across the sandy dunes along Lake Michigan.

Traverse City By The Numbers

Average Overall Rating

4.2 stars from 5

based on 881 reviews.

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Avg. Off-Course Amenities: 3.9 stars from 5
Avg. Value for the Money: 4.3 stars from 5
Avg. Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Avg. Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Avg. Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Avg. Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5

Top Rated Courses In Traverse City Area

Courses with the highest golfer ratings (minimum 10 reviews to qualify)

  1. Shanty Creek - The Legend

    Bellaire, Michigan, USA

    4.9 stars from 5 (59)

  2. Grandview Golf Club

    Kalkaska, Michigan, USA

    4.7 stars from 5 (17)

  3. Emerald Vale Golf Club

    Manton, Michigan, USA

    4.7 stars from 5 (43)

  4. Crown Golf Course

    Traverse City, Michigan, USA

    4.6 stars from 5 (26)

  5. Timber Wolf Golf Club

    Kalkaska, Michigan, USA

    4.6 stars from 5 (13)

  6. A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort

    Kewadin, Michigan, USA

    4.5 stars from 5 (21)

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