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August 21, 2020

The Weekender Series: A Weekend Spent Up North

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.

Crystal Lake, very fitting name.

The Weekender Up North- Benzonia, Michigan

Benzonia, Michigan (right of off Crystal Lake). One of the best hidden areas in the state of Michigan. A ton of cool courses and a lot to do off the course. The perfect weekend golf getaweay.

Where to Play

The Must Plays

Pinecroft GC

We’ll go as far as saying this is one of the best kept secrets in Michigan… and it’s not even a question. Straight North Coast approved.

Hole #2, looking down towards Crystal Lake.

Champions Hill:

Links vibes and good times. Have to play it at least once… a year.

Photo by Golf Advisor

Within an Hour Drive

Arcadia Bluffs:

Grab the twilight tee time and thank us later.

The 14th at Arcadia Bluffs

If You Can Get In

Crystal Downs

Ever heard of this place? One of the purest golf courses in the world.

Does it get any better than this place?

The 19th Hole

Five Shores Brewery

Great beer. Great food trucks. Beer Garden. An absolute must stop.

Five Shores Brewery

Stormcloud Brewing Company

Good vibes only.

Good Eats Out

A Papono’s Pizzeria

Solid ‘za to grab after a day of 36 or late-evening round.

Photo by Trip Advisor
Cabbage Shed

Sit on the patio, enjoy the view and grab a good burger.

Lucky Dog Bar and Grille

You’re a lucky dog (terrible pun) if you get to grab a bite to eat and a few drinks here. Personal favorite: the wings, but can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.

The Cherry Hut

Like nothing you’ve seen. Northern Michigan is known for its cherries and the Cherry Hut infuses locally grown cherries into a TON of great meals. Grab some cherry items from the shop on the way out.

Upriver Wood Fired Pizza

Some of the best pizza around, 8.2 on the scale. Grab a slice and enjoy.

Breakfast Club

Crystal Café

An absolute staple for the area. Currently closed but hopefully it opens back up soon!

Ursa Major Bistro & Coffee Shop

Formally known as the Blue Carribou. Great breakfast and lunch spot.

What Else To Do?

In the Summer, it’s absolutely essential to check out both Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan. Don’t pass this up! Rent some kayaks, a jet ski, whatever. Just get out there and enjoy it.

The Perfect Weekender


Take the day off Friday and head straight up in the morning.

Stop at Five Shores Brewery

Have a few cold ones and grab lunch before the round to loosen up and enjoy the sun. This little town right off the water is perfect on a summer's day.

Afternoon round at Pinecroft GC

Right up the road from town, 5 minutes tops. Grab a late afternoon tee time so you finish with the sun coming down over Crystal Lake. Some absolutely stunning views and an incredible start to the weekend.

The Par 3 14th at Pinecroft


Grab some pizza at A Papano’s and get some sleep.


A Day of 36

Get an early tee time at Champions Hill. Best in the morning before it gets too hot as there isn’t much shade out there. You’ll enjoy this one.


Grab lunch afterwards at Ursa Major Bistro & Coffee Shop. All you could ask for: breakfast food, sandwiches, salads and some burgers if you’re feeling wild.

Afternoon round at Arcadia Bluffs

It's about an hour drive or so but BEYOND worth it. Get the first twilight time and let the bagpipes play as your navigating your way through the back nine. Have dinner on the patio after.

The 12th hole at Arcadia. A personal favorite.


Grab a bite to eat at Crystal Café (if it’s open) and head to the water in downtown Frankfort. Cool little city, good eats and good vibes.

If you’re golfing, play a mid-morning round at Crystal Mountain- The Ridge. Great elevation and overall fantastic course.

If you’re relaxing, take your pick between Lake Michigan (iconic) and Crystal Lake (equally as iconic in these parts). If you're choosing between these two, flip a coin. Enjoy the day!

Crystal Lake

North Coast Trips

Who We Are

Growing up we loved spending our Summers going 'Up North" on unforgettable golf adventures ... Something about Northern Michigan's pure & serene beauty and seemingly endless array of great tracks to play, stole our hearts from a young age. So, we sought to embody our Up North roots and pay ode to the beautiful North Coast that we've been lucky enough to call home most Summers.

North Coast was born from a vision over two years ago. It was during an Up North golf trip to Northern Michigan. We all had different gloves on and not one of them stood out to us. They were bland, boring, half-ripped and frankly, didn't fit our style.  Not only that, but we all seemed to agree that we didn't love the way our gloves felt on our hand. We wanted to look and feel good on the course from head to toe and we knew we weren't the only ones. So, we set out to create our own gloves from the ground up with a simple mission: create high-quality and stylish golf gloves that are beyond comfortable to wear and feel silky smooth on any hand.  Two years later, we've finally arrived and we're stoked to release our gloves to all of you. Now grab your sticks & Go Play Golf.

- North Coast Golf Co.

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