Destination Guide

Destination: Northeast Michigan

While Michigan's northwest may be the more nationally known vacation region, the northeast -- or "Sunrise Coast" -- boasts a collection of small towns and natural wonders worth exploring, too.

With just more than 11,000 residents, Alpena is the Northeast's largest city on Lake Huron. Here, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary has preserved more than 100 shipwrecks. Mackinaw City is where you can pick up a ferry to head to historic Mackinac Island, situated between the lower and upper peninsulas.

In the town of Grayling, you can set up camp to fish trout or simply explore the 129-mile Au Sable River. The only elk herd east of the Mississippi can also be found here.

Further inland, Gaylord has emerged as one of the Midwest's top destinations thanks to a mix of great golf courses and nationally acclaimed resorts. Modeled after an alpine village, it's a favorite winter getaway because of its hilly terrain. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are also popular when the snow falls.

Treetops Resort is the most well known of Gaylord offerings and a former host to the nationally acclaimed Threetops Shootout. The resort, which features dramatic mountain courses, includes designs from Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Tom Fazio and Rick Smith.

The Garland Resort, in the small town of Lewiston, is famous for its large cabin main lodge and four tree-lined, secluded golf courses within steps of each other.

To the east, toward Lake Huron, the golf is a little less known but is more convenient for people coming from Metro Detroit and Port Huron. A favorite retreat is Lakewood Shores Resort, which recreates the look and feel of the fames seaside courses of Scotland.

Michigan's northeast is hardly as widely known and visited compared to the northwest cities of Petoskey and Traverse City. Those who have discovered it like it that way.

Recommended: Treetops Resort in Gaylord

Offering 81 holes of award-winning golf by Rick Smith, Tom Fazio and Robert Trent Jones, Sr.; Treetops Resort's five courses include The Masterpiece, Premier, Signature, Tradition and America's number one par-3 course, Threetops. Treetops is the home of Rick Smith's Golf Academy (rated in the top 25 nationally) and home of the Par-3 shootout, which was televised nationally on ESPN.

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Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $50
Gaylord Country Club
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Gaylord $15
Black Lake Golf Club
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Onaway $25
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
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Brutus $27
Natural Golf Course
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Gaylord $25
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $17
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
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Au Gres $10
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $50
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $18
Tamaracks Golf Club
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Harrison $10
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
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Glennie $15
Tawas Creek Golf Course
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Tawas City $10
White Pine National Golf Club
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Spruce $45
Burning Oak Country Club
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Roscommon $20
Cedar Valley Golf Club
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Comins $14
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
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Lewiston $55
Pine River Golf Club
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Standish $23
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Forest Dunes Golf Club
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Roscommon $60
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
The Nightmare Golf Course
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West Branch $27
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Elk Ridge Golf Club Atlanta $50
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $34
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $61
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
West Branch Country Club West Branch $20 - $46
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $15 - $30
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Fountains Course at Garland Resort Lewiston $55 - $100
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $18 - $33
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $26 - $43
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $31 - $52
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
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