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 $17
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
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Brutus $27
Black Lake Golf Club
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Onaway $25
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $50
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $15
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $50
Tawas Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Tawas City $10
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Forest Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $60
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
Tee Times
Au Gres $10
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
Tee Times
Glennie $15
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $18
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $55
White Pine National Golf Club
Tee Times
Spruce $45
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
Pine River Golf Club
Tee Times
Standish $23
Cedar Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Comins $14
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $20
The Nightmare Golf Course
Tee Times
West Branch $27
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $18 - $33
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
West Branch Country Club West Branch $20 - $46
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $31 - $52
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Fountains Course at Garland Resort Lewiston $55 - $100
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $15 - $30
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $26 - $43
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Elk Ridge Golf Club Atlanta $50
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $61
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $34
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
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