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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Black Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Onaway $34
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort
Tee Times
Gaylord $15 - $35
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Gaylord Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $95 - $185
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
Tee Times
Glennie $14
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $25
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
Alpena Golf Club
Tee Times
Alpena $40
Quest Golf Club
Tee Times
Houghton Lake $20 - $37
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $69
Forest Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $119
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $95 - $185
Thunder Bay Golf Resort
Tee Times
Hillman $18 - $33
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Loon Golf Resort - The Ridge Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $70
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $70
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
West Branch Country Club West Branch $32 - $42
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
White Pine National Golf Club
Tee Times
Spruce $24
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
Tee Times
Au Gres $12
The Nightmare Golf Course
Tee Times
West Branch $27
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $29 - $59
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Tawas Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Tawas City $10
Pine River Golf Club Standish $19 - $23
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Cedar Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Comins $12
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $70
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $29
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $15 - $30
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $35
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Bootlegger Short Course Roscommon $39
Fountains Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $95
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $27 - $44
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
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