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
Forest Dunes Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $74
Loon Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $45
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $50
Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $38
Marsh Ridge Resort Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $32 - $49
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $40
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort
Tee Times
Oscoda $55
Black Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Onaway $35
Tawas Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Tawas City $10
White Pine National Golf Club
Tee Times
Hubbard Lake $31
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $12
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $50
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $32
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
Tee Times
Glennie $10
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $50
Cedar Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Comins $9
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort
Tee Times
Oscoda $28
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $30
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
Tee Times
Au Gres $12
Ye Olde Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $13
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort
Tee Times
Oscoda $55
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Pine River Golf Club
Tee Times
Standish $16
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Stoney Links Onaway $42
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $13 - $28
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $42
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.5
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $16 - $20
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $40
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
SideWinder Golf Course Mio $20
Loggers Trace at Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $29
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $18.5
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $33
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $21
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Elk Ridge Golf Club Atlanta $50 - $65
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $27 - $53
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $36
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $15 - $35
West Branch Country Club West Branch $20 - $46
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $20
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Fountains Course at Garland Resort Lewiston $55 - $100
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $17
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $8 - $11
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
The Nightmare Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
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