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