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

Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $40
Marsh Ridge Resort Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $32 - $49
Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $38
Loon Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $45
Forest Dunes Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $70
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $55
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort
Tee Times
Oscoda $55
Cedar Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Comins $9
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $32
Reflection Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $55
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $15
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
Tee Times
Glennie $10
White Pine National Golf Club
Tee Times
Hubbard Lake $29
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $55
Tawas Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Tawas City $10
Black Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Onaway $35
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort
Tee Times
Oscoda $55
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $15
Pine River Golf Club
Tee Times
Standish $10
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
Tee Times
Au Gres $10
Ye Olde Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $13
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort
Tee Times
Oscoda $28
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $29
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $36
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Loggers Trace at Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $15 - $35
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $13 - $28
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.5
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $33
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $40
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Stoney Links Onaway $42
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $21
Fountains Course at Garland Resort Lewiston $55 - $100
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $16 - $20
The Nightmare Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $42
SideWinder Golf Course Mio $20
Maple Ridge Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $25 - $30
West Branch Country Club West Branch $20 - $46
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $17
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $8 - $11
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $20
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $27 - $53
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Executive Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $20 - $25
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Elk Ridge Golf Club Atlanta $50 - $65
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $18.5
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
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