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