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The Weekender: Petoskey, Michigan


The Weekender

Created to inspire others to travel more, adventure further, and have fun along the way- on and off the golf course. Finding hidden gems, showcasing cool adventures, great eats and playing great golf.

Up North : Petoskey, Michigan

Tucked away off of Little Traverse Bay in Northern Michigan, Petoskey is an absolute hidden gem of a town. With neighboring towns of Charlevoix and Harbor Springs, this place is fun to visit year-round: golf & lake life in the Summers, wineries & breweries in the Fall and Skiing in the Winter.

It's the perfect place to unwind, unplug and have a weekend away from 'reality'.

Where to Play

Opened in 1927, Belvedere is almost a century old, and still packs a hefty punch; enough so that it’s hosting the Michigan Amateur Championship in its centennial year. While Belvedere may lack the distance to intimidate a scratch player, the greens offer no mercy and have some of the most diverse putting surfaces anywhere.

The magic of golden-age golf design, cool lake breeze and the laid-back Charlevoix (Michigan) vibes hit you hard at Belvedere- and once you play it once, you’ll be hooked.

Belvedere Photos & Write-Up By Noah Jurik

Where to Play

Located in Northern Michigan, Bay Harbor is relatively unknown in the golfing world. With an incredible piece of property perched above Little Traverse Bay (Lake Michigan), and nine holes sweeping through old Quarry mine, this place is beyond unique.

Where To Play

Designed by none other than Arthur Hills, this course is a Michigan sleeper, and definitely deserves more recognition than it receives. It’s one of those courses that you forget how good it really is until you play it again— and when you do, you’re blown away. Mr. Hill, you created a masterpiece. Lined with pine trees and featuring dramatic elevation changes throughout, this place is one of our favorites.

Photos by Rhinelander CC

Where To Play

Tucked away off the beaten path sits one of our favorite courses in the state with a beyond fitting name for itself--Hidden River Golf & Casting Club. It's a course that shouldn't be a hidden gem at all, it's too good not to garnish more recognition. If you've played it, you know exactly what we're talking about. Enjoy 18, then hit the river and cast.

If You Can Get In

Located in the remote hills of Harbor Springs, True North is the best private course you've never heard of. It's not easy to get on, but if you can land it you better take it. This place has it all: great conditioning, an up north vibe and an unreal layout.

Photos by True North Golf Club

Photos by Rhinelander CC

9 Holes of Fun

Located off of Lake Charlevoix in Northern Michigan sits Ye Nyne Olde Holles- yes, that's really the name.

Tucked away, and vastly overlooked, this nine hole track is the perfect balance between playability, affordability and accessibility. It's the ideal place for newbies to learn the game and experienced players to have a fun and enjoyable nine holes- with a great view.

If You Can Get In

A true Northern Michigan gem situated just off of Walloon Lake. With beautiful views, a fun layout and a great 19th hole hang, Walloon CC is an idyllic Northern Michigan setting.

The 19th Hole

One of the best spot to have a few drinks. High Five is ran by Gypsy Vodka, a Petoskey-based distillery with great signature drinks including 'The Mulligan' canned cocktails.

Live music, dim lights, good drinks and great cigars.

Small town pub with great energy. A place where you throw peanut shells on the floor and rip a few tunes on the jukebox.

Good Eats

Simple, yet elevated street taco menu. Good vibes and good times. Also check out Full Moon Pizza, located in the same area.

Mom & Pop shop serving up great pies. If you're looking for a solid 'za option, look no further.

Upscale dining with a great vibe. Make a reservation in the wine cellar and have a night

Fun atmosphere serving up eclectic eats made from scratch daily. Good eats, good drinks, and good times.

Breakfast Club

Some of the best breakfast you'll find around. Classic breakfast with plenty of upscale options on the menu.

Small cafe serving up great coffee and light eats including breakfast, salads & sandwiches. This place is a vibe.

Great brunch uspot for a little bit of everything. Enjoy local crafted foods from eggs benedict to pizza and sliders.

The classics, served up daily. Looking for a good diner with classic breakfast? Look no further.


It's hard to beat a Lake Day in Northern Michigan. Whether you hit the beach, rent a kayak, wave runner or a boat, there's no doubt you'll enjoy your time.

Spend a morning casting the line in Lake Michigan, or one of the inland lakes (Lake Charlevoix, Walloon Lake, etc.). Y fly can even fish the many rushing rivers. Whatever you choose, we hope the fish are bitin'!

Take a Hike and/or Mountain Bike the Trails

Spend the morning hiking through woods, dunes, rivers and lakes. You can view all the trails HERE.

For moutain biking, hit the Boyne Moutain Trails.

Take the Beaver Island Ferry to an Island in the middle of Lake Michigan. Spend the day exploring the island, hanging out on the beach, grabbing a bite to eat and much more. Pro tip: bring a bike on the ferry to easily scoot around the island.

If you've never been sailing, this is the perfect place to start. Schedule a Sunset cruise and watch the sun drop over Lake Michigan.

Where to Stay

Located on Walloon Lake 20 minutes from Petoskey.

If you're looking for a quaint place to stay with the family, look no further. This modern boutique style hotel with vintage vibes is the go-to place to enjoy a long weekend getaway. Slow living, good times and fun for the whole family. Also a perfect getaway with your significant other or during a golf trip. Don't forget to stop into Walloon Lake in for dinner. A premium experience in every way possible.

Tell them North Coast sent you!

Located about 20 minutes Northeast of Petoskey.

Bear Cabin is the perfect place for a larger trip: golf trip, family trip or anything in-between. Sleeps 16.

Tell them North Coast sent you!

Located about 15 minutes Northeast of Petoskey.

Located on Crooked Lake, this airBnB is the perfect spot to hang out post-round, spend a day on the lake, grill out and more.

Tell them North Coast sent you!

North Coast


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