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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Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Black Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Onaway $34
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $70
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $35
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Gaylord Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Pine River Golf Club Standish $19 - $23
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $70
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $25
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort
Tee Times
Gaylord $15 - $35
White Pine National Golf Club
Tee Times
Spruce $24
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
Tee Times
Glennie $14
Thunder Bay Golf Resort
Tee Times
Hillman $18 - $33
Quest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houghton Lake $20 - $37
Cedar Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Comins $12
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Tawas Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Tawas City $10
The Nightmare Golf Course
Tee Times
West Branch $27
Fountains Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $95
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $70
Alpena Golf Club
Tee Times
Alpena $40
Forest Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $119
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
Tee Times
Au Gres $12
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
West Branch Country Club West Branch $32 - $42
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $95 - $185
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $27 - $44
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
Loon Golf Resort - The Ridge Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $29
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $29 - $59
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $95 - $185
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $69
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $15 - $30
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Short Course Roscommon $39
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
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