Golf Clubhouse in Bay Harbor, Northern Michigan

There is nowhere quite like Northern Michigan. A rare gem filled with lush greenery, peaceful great lake waterfront property…and the most underrated golf in the country. The scenic courses in Northern Michigan have begun to garner headlines in recent years as golfer’s are trending toward the green fairways and mild weather over the warm, palm-tree filled courses in Florida. There is no better place that encapsulates the gorgeous, natural beauty of Northern Michigan like Bay Harbor.

Bay Harbor Golf Club has once again been selected among Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. The venue’s scenic Links/Quarry layout moved up eleven places to No. 73 in the most recent Golf Digest rankings.

Bay Harbor Golf Club is a flagship golf property for Boyne Resorts, one of the largest golf and resort companies in North America, Golf Digest’s biennial review of America’s top public courses appears in the June 2017 issue. Golf Digest used over 1,100 members of its Course Ranking Panel and asked each to submit ballots based on seven criteria including shot values, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, conditioning and ambience.

“We are very thrilled to not only be recognized by Golf Digest as one of the top public courses in America, but also to make a significant move up in our rankings,” said Bernie Friedrich, senior vice president of golf operations for Boyne Resorts. “We have worked hard in recent years to improve upon all of our golf courses’ playability, aesthetics, and conditioning, and this improved ranking for Bay Harbor is a testament to the changes we have made to make our courses more fun for our guests.”

Several improvements have been made in recent years to all three of the courses; including tree removal, which opened up site lines and exposed native areas; repositioning of tee-boxes forward to improve upon playability; and maintenance practices. Each area of improvement contributed to better scores during the rating process.

Bay Harbor Golf Club features 27-holes designed by Arthur Hills, which plays as three different course combinations (Links/Quarry, Quarry/Preserve, Preserve/Links). The Links/Quarry course combines holes routed along a plateau overlooking Lake Michigan with rugged golf holes that meander in and out of an old limestone quarry, finishing right along the shoreline.

Spanning more than five miles of pristine Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor, MI is a cherished destination for vacationers and residents alike. Whether you’re looking for the best Lake Michigan vacation rentals, lakefront homes for sale, or simply the best place to visit in Northern Michigan, you’ve found it at Bay Harbor.

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Welcome to our home, one of the most breathtaking and pristine waterfront settings in the world. Nestled along the North shore of Lake Michigan, Bay Harbor is an extraordinary resort community where the water and the air are crystal clear, the recreational opportunities are boundless, and the people are warm and friendly. Here, residents and guests gather year round to enjoy the one-of-a-kind beauty of Northern Michigan as well as our wonderful Bay Harbor amenities.

You’ll discover all the things there are to love about Bay Harbor, from family-friendly happenings and competition on the golf links to boat races and exceptional dining experiences. No matter if you’re young or young-at-heart, there’s fun, relaxation and most of all, new friends to be found along our shore.

Whether you’re looking for a new vacation spot, a wedding or conference venue, a new business location or you’re searching for the perfect place to put down roots, we invite you to visit—anytime. Spring is a time of awakening here with anticipation in the air. Summers are – of course – sensational with an abundance of special events and water activities. We know you’ll admire our spectacular sunsets over Lake Michigan. Fall offers time to reflect and enjoy the beautiful colors of the scenery while still enjoying boating, hiking, and biking. Winter ushers in a quieter, peaceful pace—unless you’re hitting the nearby ski slopes. Every season offers its own special magic here on Little Traverse Bay.

We look forward to sharing our wonderful home with you as well as the exciting plans for our community’s future. Come visit us soon and welcome to Bay Harbor!

The Bay Harbor Community Council, Bay Harbor Company, Harbor Sotheby’s International Realty and Boyne Resorts have announced the creation of the Bay Harbor Marketing Alliance.

This powerful resident-led destination marketing organization brings together community residents with major corporate sponsors Bay Harbor Company, an Urban Land Institute Award of Excellence developer, Harbor Sotheby’s International Realty, a premier real estate broker specializing in luxury properties, and Boyne Resorts, a resort industry leader, to promote Bay Harbor nationally.

The Bay Harbor Marketing Alliance has engaged nationally known industry leader Cotton & Company to work with residents and corporate sponsors to attract vacation travel and potential homebuyers to the Bay Harbor area. Integrated advertising campaigns will begin in Spring 2017 with the launch of a new digital marketing platform, website and extensive multi-channel consumer marketing outreach.

Bay Harbor is a world-class year-round resort with 30 neighborhoods featuring upscale homes, boutique hotels, shopping and dining, deep-water marina and championship golf courses with more fresh water frontage than any course in North America. The Bay Harbor Yacht Club, a Distinguished Emerald Club Award winner as one of the finest private clubs in the world, serves as the social center of the community where members and their guests enjoy fine and casual dining and extensive activity programming for the entire family.

Bay Harbor is also home to the Great Lakes Center for the Arts, which broke ground in 2016. Opening in July 2018, the $25 million, 500-seat performing arts center will be a regional, national and international destination for the cultural arts and intellectual dialogue.

Tucked along five pristine miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Bay Harbor is a prime destination for vacationers and residents alike. Stunning views, unrivaled recreational opportunities and a calendar, rich with exciting seasonal events provide the perfect place to mix business with pleasure, connect with friends and family or simply unplug and enjoy leisure time. Opportunities for year-round and seasonal living range from luxury homes to building sites to condos and yacht docks.

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