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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Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $27
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $17
Black Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Onaway $25
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $50
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $15
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $18
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
The Nightmare Golf Course
Tee Times
West Branch $27
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
Tee Times
Glennie $15
Forest Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $60
White Pine National Golf Club
Tee Times
Spruce $45
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $55
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $50
Tawas Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Tawas City $10
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
Tee Times
Au Gres $10
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $20
Cedar Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Comins $14
Pine River Golf Club
Tee Times
Standish $23
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
West Branch Country Club West Branch $20 - $46
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $15 - $30
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $18 - $33
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $34
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $26 - $43
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Fountains Course at Garland Resort Lewiston $55 - $100
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $61
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
Elk Ridge Golf Club Atlanta $50
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $31 - $52
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
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