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