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
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $17
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $50
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $32
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $22
Black Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Onaway $25
The Nightmare Golf Course
Tee Times
West Branch $27
Cedar Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Comins $12
Tawas Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Tawas City $10
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
Tee Times
Au Gres $10
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $13
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $50
Forest Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $52
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $15
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $18
Pine River Golf Club Standish $19 - $23
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $50
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
Tee Times
Glennie $12
White Pine National Golf Club
Tee Times
Spruce $21
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $15 - $30
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $26 - $43
Elk Ridge Golf Club Atlanta $50
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $61
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
Fountains Course at Garland Resort Lewiston $55 - $100
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $18 - $33
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $34
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $31 - $52
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
West Branch Country Club West Branch $20 - $46
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
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