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