The Country's Summer Golf Capital

Great Lakes

What To Bring & When To Go

What To Bring
Proper gear is crucial to enjoying a golf vacation, and in the Great Lakes region, this is particularly true. Known for brisk autumns and hot summers, the area requires golfers to keep warm or cool depending on the season.

When it comes to golf balls, the thing to remember when traveling to the Great Lakes area is to bring plenty of them. And since you’ll probably need more than a few pellets to make it through your trip, it’s best to choose a model that goes far, feels good and is reasonably priced.         

When To Go
The best time to visit the Great Lakes region is from May 15 to September 15, although play may begin in mid-April and extend through mid-October. The best weather can be found in June through August, although September offers some of the prettiest golf
found anywhere.

How To Get There
There are many routes to arrive in the Summer Golf Capital. The part of Michigan featured in this story is in the northern Lower Peninsula, located approximately 3.5 hours driving time north of Detroit. The area is served by several airlines, each of which offers flights into the hub of Traverse City:

American Airlines (
Northwest Airlines (
United Air Lines (

Kohler is located two and a half hours north of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and one hour north of Milwaukee. It’s also accessible from the Madison and Green Bay airports. Grand Geneva Resort is less than a 90-minute drive from Chicago and an hour’s drive from Milwaukee. Private planes can fly into Traverse City, Gaylord, Harbor Springs, Pellston and Sheboygan County (Kohler), and into the following resorts: Boyne Mountain, Garland and Grand Geneva Resort.

More Information

To help you plan your vacation, visit the following Websites:

Gaylord, Mich. Golf Information

Official Michigan Travel Site

Official Wisconsin Travel Site

Petosky, Harbor Springs, Boyne Country Visitor’s Bureau

Kohler, Wisc. Visitor’s Site


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