Looking for a unique Father’s Day gift? Here’s how to play 30 premier Northern Michigan golf courses, affordably

Purchasing this pass also supports a worthy cause

Crooked Tree Golf Club in Petoskey. Photo By Keith Dunlap
Crooked Tree Golf Club in Petoskey. Photo By Keith Dunlap (GMG)

With Northern Michigan being one of the top golfing spots in the summer, Father’s Day coming up and a worthy cause in need of support, this can be a gift that serves a lot of purposes.

Golfers can play 30 courses in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula for a discounted rate by purchasing a $100 player card offered by First Tee of Northern Michigan.

First Tee is a nonprofit organization with chapters all across the country that teaches kids the game of golf and life lessons associated with it.

All of the proceeds from sales of the player cards go to First Tee programs that help kids who might not learn the game otherwise, but golfers can also benefit.

By paying $100 for the pass, golfers can play an 18-hole round on one of 30 courses throughout the area for $35, cart included. The discounted rate is good for one round only at each particular course.

Some courses on the card, such as The Jewel on Mackinac Island, can cost more than $100 for a round. So, depending on where you play, the savings can pretty much pay for the card itself.

Having played some of the courses last year with the card, this author can vouch for the experience. There is a great variety of courses. It’s a nice balance, with courses on the water with scenic views, or courses more in the woods amidst towering pine trees.

The courses on the card are:

  • A-Ga-Ming resort in Kewadin (Antrim Dells and the Torch courses): Some holes offer scenic views of Torch Lake.
  • Black Bear Golf Club in Vanderbilt
  • Black Lake Golf Club in Onaway: This is the home course of the UAW that is located in the midst of pine trees and lots of nature.
  • Charlevoix Golf & Fitness
  • Cheboygan Golf Club
  • Crooked Tree Golf Club in Petoskey: You can’t beat the views of Little Traverse Bay on holes 16 and 17.
  • Crystal Lake Golf Club in Beulah
  • Garland Resort in Lewiston (Fountains and Swampfire): Lots of water hazards, but also nature with the forest-setting all around.
  • Gaylord Country Club
  • Grandview Golf Club in Kalkaska
  • Indian River Golf Club
  • Manistee Golf & Country Club: Some holes are next to Lake Michigan, so get the camera out once again!
  • Michaywe Pines Golf Club in Gaylord
  • Mountain Ridge at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville
  • Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire (Hawk’s Eye, The Summit and Schuss Mountain courses)
  • The Chief Golf Course in Bellaire
  • The Crown Golf Club in Traverse City
  • The Jewel at Mackinac Island: Ever wanted to take a 30-minute horse carriage ride in between the front and back nine? This is your chance, with the front nine located near the Grand Hotel and the back nine in the back of the island, near the airport.
  • The Loon Golf Resort in Gaylord (Lakes, Loon and Ridge courses)
  • The Mackinaw Club in Carp Lake
  • The Monument at Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls
  • The Moor at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs
  • The Natural Golf Course in Gaylord
  • The Otsego Club in Gaylord

Purchased player cards are mailed to those who buy them.

For more information on the discount card, click or tap here.


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