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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Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $35 - $80
Natural Golf Course
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Gaylord $32 - $49
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort
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Oscoda $55
Marsh Ridge Resort Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $32 - $49
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $25 - $45
Lakes Golf Course
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Gaylord $38
Forest Dunes Golf & Country Club
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Roscommon $59 - $115
Loon Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $45
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $15 - $23
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $35 - $80
Tawas Creek Golf Course
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Tawas City $6 - $29
Pine River Golf Club
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Standish $19 - $23
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
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Glennie $20
Reflection Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $35 - $80
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
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Au Gres $16 - $26
Cedar Valley Golf Club
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Comins $20
Gaylord Country Club
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Gaylord $29 - $49
Tamaracks Golf Club
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Harrison $32
Black Bear Golf Club
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Vanderbilt $30 - $45
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort
Tee Times
Oscoda $55
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort
Tee Times
Oscoda $28
Black Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Onaway $45 - $75
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $57
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $19
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $36
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $17
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Green Trees Golf Course Gaylord $23
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Fountains Course at Garland Resort Lewiston $55 - $100
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Elk Ridge Golf Club Atlanta $50 - $65
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $20
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $40
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $42
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $16 - $20
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $29
SideWinder Golf Course Mio $20
Stoney Links Onaway $42
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $15 - $35
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
West Branch Country Club West Branch $20 - $46
Maple Ridge Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $25 - $30
The Nightmare Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $33
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.5
Loggers Trace at Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $18.5
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $21
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $13 - $28
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Executive Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $20 - $25
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $8 - $11
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $27 - $53
White Pine National Golf Club
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Hubbard Lake $35 - $49
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