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