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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Courses

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