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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Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Gaylord Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $70
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $17
Black Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Onaway $34
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $35
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $70
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
Fountains Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $95
Pine River Golf Club Standish $19 - $23
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
Tee Times
Au Gres $12
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
Tee Times
Glennie $14
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $70
White Pine National Golf Club
Tee Times
Spruce $24
The Nightmare Golf Course
Tee Times
West Branch $27
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Cedar Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Comins $12
Tawas Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Tawas City $10
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $25
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $40
Forest Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $119
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $20 - $37
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $75
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $29
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $89 - $149
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $27 - $44
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $18 - $33
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $89 - $149
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
West Branch Country Club West Branch $32 - $42
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $15 - $30
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $29 - $59
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $34 - $39
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
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