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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Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $25
Loon Golf Club
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Gaylord $45
Lakes Golf Course
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Gaylord $38
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort
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Oscoda $55
Forest Dunes Golf & Country Club
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Roscommon $74.25
Natural Golf Course
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Gaylord $40
Marsh Ridge Resort Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $32 - $49
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $55
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
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Glennie $10
Cedar Valley Golf Club
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Comins $9
Burning Oak Country Club
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Roscommon $12
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $55
Tawas Creek Golf Course
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Tawas City $13
Black Lake Golf Club
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Onaway $35
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $32
White Pine National Golf Club
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Hubbard Lake $31
Reflection Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $55
Ye Olde Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $13
Pine River Golf Club
Tee Times
Standish $16
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort
Tee Times
Oscoda $55
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $31
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $35
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort
Tee Times
Oscoda $28
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
Tee Times
Au Gres $12
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $36
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $13 - $28
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Loggers Trace at Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.5
SideWinder Golf Course Mio $20
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $16 - $20
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $20
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $15 - $35
Stoney Links Onaway $42
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $18.5
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $21
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $42
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $40
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $33
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $27 - $53
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
The Nightmare Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $29
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
West Branch Country Club West Branch $20 - $46
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Elk Ridge Golf Club Atlanta $50 - $65
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $17
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $8 - $11
Fountains Course at Garland Resort Lewiston $55 - $100
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
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