Traverse City is the quintessential golf plus northern Michigan summer getaway destination. With an abundance of championship courses, world-class restaurants, fashionable boutiques, sizzling nightlife, beaches, wineries, casinos, small-town charm and breath-taking scenery--this Lake Michigan resort community has all of the amenities for the perfect vacation.
Massive dunes and moraines left behind more than 8,000 years ago give the Traverse City area a distinctive landscape of long hills, narrow valleys and iridescent lakes. Beginning in the 1980s, that breathtaking natural setting attracted some of the nation’s most talented architects, who left their mark on the area with their trailblazing golf course designs.
The impeccable Traverse City golf community stretches across four counties and includes two Arnold Palmer designs Manitou Passage and The Legend, Jack Nicklaus’s groundbreaking layout at The Bear, and two Jerry Matthews designs at Antrim Dells and A-Ga-Ming's Sundance
Avid golfers will also enjoy teeing up on Tom Weiskopf’s award-winning course at Cedar River as well as The Wolverine--a challenging design by Gary Player. The area is home to a number of other great golf course gems as well. Among these, you’ll find The Chief, LochenHeath, The Leelanau Club, Elmbrook and The Crown. For a complete list of the area’s golf courses, visit the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau golf listing page.
But the world is full of well-designed golf courses these days. A truly world-class golf destination needs to offer something more--something genuine. A world-class golf destination has to be a real place with its own story, its own flavor, and its own soul. And--for all but the most obsessive golfer--it has to offer something special once you leave the course. This is what sets Traverse City apart-- its many things to see and do.
Situated on beautiful Grand Traverse Bay in Michigan’s wine country, Traverse City is the epicenter of an outdoor paradise that has long been treasured for its serenity, its beauty, and its unique mixture of relaxation, adventure and natural splendor.
Over the years, Traverse City has gradually transformed itself from a rustic “Up North” resort to a charming sophisticated small city, without losing any of the natural beauty and small-town atmosphere that make it so much fun to visit. Local vineyards are producing some of the best wines in the country, while the overall area is attracting new admirers because of its new status as one of America’s up-and-coming “foodie” towns. Bon Appetite magazine has listed it among the top five in the nation.
Shoppers are drawn to the city’s tree-shaded and pedestrian-friendly downtown, where a decade of thoughtful restoration and renovation has resulted in a beautiful and inviting streetscape. The area has an abundance of fascinating boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops and galleries with lots of places to sit and relax. Nearby, the Grand Traverse Commons, a former mental asylum, offers some shopping and dining adventures of its own, as do the neighboring villages of Suttons Bay, Bellaire, Leland and Glen Arbor.
Golfers will find a wide variety of lodging choices in the Traverse City area. You can stay in a full-service resort right at the edge of the fairway. Or, you can stake out a spot on the beach at one of the town’s many waterfront inns. You can even find a quiet hideaway in a hilltop vineyard chateau or rent a secluded cabin in the woods.
The area’s fun and excitement doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Nightlife in Traverse City can be an evening of cool jazz in a downtown restaurant, cutting-edge rock in a Union Street bistro, or gaming fun in a local casino.
For more information on this amazing destination, contact the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau.