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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Gaylord Golf Package
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Play 54 holes of golf at The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort, located in Gaylord, Mich., on the west side of Otsego Lake. The Jerry Matthews-designed course sits on one of the most scenic sites in northern Michigan.
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Course City Rates from
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $22
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $29
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $40
Black Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Onaway $29
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $55
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Cedar Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Comins $17
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
Tee Times
Glennie $15
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $57
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $35 - $80
Tawas Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Tawas City $10
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $35 - $80
White Pine National Golf Club
Tee Times
Spruce $34
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $32
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
Tee Times
Au Gres $10
Ye Olde Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $13
The Nightmare Golf Course
Tee Times
West Branch $35
Forest Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $89
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Pine River Golf Club
Tee Times
Standish $10
Elk Ridge Golf Club Atlanta $50
SideWinder Golf Course Mio $27 - $30
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $31 - $52
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $26 - $43
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $34
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $18 - $33
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $15 - $30
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
West Branch Country Club West Branch $20 - $46
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Fountains Course at Garland Resort Lewiston $55 - $100
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $61
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
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