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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Special Deals

Roscommon Golf Package
Dates: January 1, 2014 - October 19, 2014
The lodge is a 16-room facility just steps away from the clubhouse. It features 12 rooms on the first floor and a pair of two-bedroom suites upstairs. Six of the standard rooms and both suites overlook the first tee and feature a patio.
Price range: $429

Courses

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Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $25 - $45
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $35 - $80
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort
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Oscoda $55
Forest Dunes Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $69
Loon Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $45
Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $38
Marsh Ridge Resort Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $32 - $49
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $32 - $49
Reflection Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $35 - $80
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $35 - $80
Pine River Golf Club
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Standish $25 - $36
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
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Glennie $20
Tawas Creek Golf Course
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Tawas City $6 - $29
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $15
The Dream Golf Course
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West Branch $40 - $65
Black Bear Golf Club
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Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Fountains Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $55 - $100
Wicker Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Hale $35
White Deer Country Club
Tee Times
Prudenville $20
Black Lake Golf Club
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Onaway $45 - $75
Elk Ridge Golf Club
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Atlanta $50 - $65
The Nightmare Golf Course
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West Branch $40 - $65
Michaywe Pines Golf Course
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Gaylord $32
Green Briar Golf Course
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Lupton $18 - $25
Pine View Highlands Golf Club
Tee Times
Houghton Lake $20
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Mullett Lake $13 - $28
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $57
West Branch Country Club
Tee Times
West Branch $20 - $46
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $29 - $49
Stoney Links Onaway $42
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $18.5
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.5
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range Au Gres $16 - $26
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $15 - $35
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $16 - $20
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $17
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $36
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $33
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $19
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $20
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $29
Executive Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $20 - $25
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $15 - $30
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Tamaracks Golf Club Harrison $32
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Cedar Valley Golf Club Comins $40
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $8 - $11
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Green Trees Golf Course Gaylord $23
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $27 - $53
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $21
White Pine National Golf Club Hubbard Lake $40
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
West Course at Tamaracks Golf Club Harrison $13
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $42
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $40
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
Loggers Trace at Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20
Maple Ridge Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $25 - $30
SideWinder Golf Course Mio $20
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