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