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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Courses

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Course City Rates from
Loon Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort
Tee Times
Oscoda $30
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $35
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $40
Marsh Ridge Resort Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Forest Dunes Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $80
Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Pine River Golf Club
Tee Times
Standish $16
Reflection Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $40
Tawas Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Tawas City $13
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
Tee Times
Glennie $12
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $15
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $55
Green Briar Golf Course
Tee Times
Lupton $18 - $25
Pine View Highlands Golf Club
Tee Times
Houghton Lake $20
Fountains Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $55 - $100
West Branch Country Club
Tee Times
West Branch $20 - $46
The Nightmare Golf Course
Tee Times
West Branch $40 - $65
Wicker Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Hale $35
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Mullett Lake $13 - $28
Black Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Onaway $45 - $75
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort
Tee Times
Oscoda $23
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $14
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $29
The Dream Golf Course
Tee Times
West Branch $40 - $65
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
White Deer Country Club
Tee Times
Prudenville $20
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort
Tee Times
Oscoda $30
Michaywe Pines Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $29
Elk Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Atlanta $50 - $65
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $16 - $20
Stoney Links Onaway $42
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $18.5
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $33
SideWinder Golf Course Mio $20
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $42
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $40
Executive Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $20 - $25
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $36
Green Trees Golf Course Gaylord $23
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
White Pine National Golf Club Hubbard Lake $40
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $17
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $8 - $11
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $15 - $30
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $15 - $35
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $29
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
Maple Ridge Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $25 - $30
Cedar Valley Golf Club Comins $25
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range Au Gres $16 - $26
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $21
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $27 - $53
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.5
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $20
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Loggers Trace at Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $19
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