Traverse City's 17 championship golf courses are in full swing when summer arrives -- and it's a beautiful sight. They include work by some of the country's leading architects -- two Arnold Palmer designs (Manitou Passage and The Legend), Jack Nicklaus’s groundbreaking layout at The Bear, the Jerry Matthews designs at Antrim Dells and A-Ga-Ming, Tom Weiskopf’s award-winning course at Cedar River and Gary Player’s challenging The Wolverine. There are other gems among these hills, too – from Hawks Eye and Lochenheath to The Leelanau Club, Elmbrook and The Crown.
In summer, when most of America’s better-known golf destinations are sweltering in heat and humidity, the coastal hills around Grand Traverse Bay are cool and comfortable all day long. What's more, golfers actually have more time to play during a Traverse City summer; since we're so far to the north, at the very westernmost edge of the Eastern Time Zone, midsummer days last really long here. Toward the end of June and the start of July, you'll be able to stay out on the linksf daylight until well after 9 p.m.