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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Courses

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Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $70
Black Lake Golf Club
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Onaway $34
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
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Brutus $35
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Gaylord Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $20 - $37
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Forest Dunes Golf Club
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Roscommon $119
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $15 - $35
Tawas Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Tawas City $10
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $40
White Pine National Golf Club
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Spruce $24
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
Tee Times
Au Gres $12
Fountains Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $95
The Nightmare Golf Course
Tee Times
West Branch $27
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $70
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $18 - $33
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $25
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $70
Cedar Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Comins $12
Pine River Golf Club Standish $19 - $23
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
Tee Times
Glennie $14
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $29
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $65 - $160
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
West Branch Country Club West Branch $32 - $42
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $27 - $44
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $15 - $30
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $29 - $59
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $69
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $65 - $160
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Loon Golf Resort - The Ridge Course Gaylord $32 - $49
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
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