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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Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
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Brutus $35
Gaylord Golf Club
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Gaylord $30
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
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Gaylord $25
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $70
Black Lake Golf Club
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Onaway $34
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort
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Gaylord $15 - $35
Pine River Golf Club Standish $19 - $23
Forest Dunes Golf Club
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Roscommon $119
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $25
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $70
Tawas Creek Golf Course
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Tawas City $10
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
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Au Gres $12
White Pine National Golf Club
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Spruce $24
Thunder Bay Golf Resort
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Hillman $18 - $33
Black Bear Golf Club
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Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Fountains Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $95
Burning Oak Country Club
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Roscommon $18
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $70
The Nightmare Golf Course
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West Branch $27
Cedar Valley Golf Club
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Comins $12
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
Tee Times
Glennie $14
Quest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houghton Lake $20 - $37
Alpena Golf Club
Tee Times
Alpena $40
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $65 - $160
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $29 - $59
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $69
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $27 - $44
Loon Golf Resort - The Ridge Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $15 - $30
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $65 - $160
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $29
West Branch Country Club West Branch $32 - $42
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
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