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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Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $29
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $22
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Black Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Onaway $31
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $40
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $55
White Pine National Golf Club
Tee Times
Spruce $30
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
Tee Times
Glennie $15
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $35 - $80
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
Tee Times
Au Gres $11
Tawas Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Tawas City $10
Cedar Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Comins $22
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $32
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $35 - $80
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $22.5
The Nightmare Golf Course
Tee Times
West Branch $35
Pine River Golf Club
Tee Times
Standish $11
Ye Olde Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $13
Forest Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $90
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
West Branch Country Club West Branch $20 - $46
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $61
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $18 - $33
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
SideWinder Golf Course Mio $27 - $30
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $34
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $26 - $43
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $31 - $52
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Fountains Course at Garland Resort Lewiston $55 - $100
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $15 - $30
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Elk Ridge Golf Club Atlanta $50
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
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