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
Course City Rates from
Forest Dunes Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $90
Loon Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $45
Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $38
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Marsh Ridge Resort Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $32 - $49
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $25
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort
Tee Times
Oscoda $55
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $45
White Pine National Golf Club
Tee Times
Hubbard Lake $13
Reflection Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $25
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $32
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $12
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $25
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
Tee Times
Glennie $10
Tawas Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Tawas City $10
Black Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Onaway $33
Pine River Golf Club
Tee Times
Standish $12
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
Tee Times
Au Gres $10
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $18
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort
Tee Times
Oscoda $55
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $29
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort
Tee Times
Oscoda $28
Cedar Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Comins $9
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $33
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $15 - $35
Stoney Links Onaway $42
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Elk Ridge Golf Club Atlanta $50 - $65
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $19
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $18.5
The Nightmare Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $20
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $16 - $20
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $27 - $53
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
West Branch Country Club West Branch $20 - $46
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $21
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Loggers Trace at Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Executive Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $20 - $25
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $29
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $42
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Green Trees Golf Course Gaylord $23
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.5
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $40
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $17
SideWinder Golf Course Mio $20
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $13 - $28
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Maple Ridge Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $25 - $30
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $36
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $8 - $11
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Fountains Course at Garland Resort Lewiston $55 - $100
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
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