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 Golf Package
Dates: January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Marsh Ridge Golf Course & Resort in Gaylord has earned a reputation as one of the top northern Michigan golf courses. The resort's Marsh Madness vacation package gives you: 2 nights, 2 rounds of golf, 1 breakfast, 1 turn lunch and 1 dinner. Based on double occupancy. Price does not include tax or gratuity.
Price range: $149

Courses

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Loon Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Forest Dunes Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $59 - $115
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort
Tee Times
Oscoda $55
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $35
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $35 - $80
Lakes Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Marsh Ridge Resort Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $29
Reflection Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $35 - $80
Tawas Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Tawas City $6 - $29
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
Tee Times
Glennie $20
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $15
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $35 - $80
Pine River Golf Club
Tee Times
Standish $16
Fountains Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $55 - $100
West Branch Country Club
Tee Times
West Branch $20 - $46
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort
Tee Times
Oscoda $28
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort
Tee Times
Oscoda $55
Wicker Hills Golf Course
Tee Times
Hale $35
Cedar Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Comins $9
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $14
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Michaywe Pines Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $35 - $50
The Dream Golf Course
Tee Times
West Branch $40 - $65
Elk Ridge Golf Club
Tee Times
Atlanta $50 - $65
White Deer Country Club
Tee Times
Prudenville $20
Black Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Onaway $45 - $75
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Mullett Lake $13 - $28
Pine View Highlands Golf Club
Tee Times
Houghton Lake $20
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $29
The Nightmare Golf Course
Tee Times
West Branch $40 - $65
Green Briar Golf Course
Tee Times
Lupton $18 - $25
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $20
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Stoney Links Onaway $42
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.5
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $15 - $35
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Maple Ridge Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $25 - $30
Loggers Trace at Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $8 - $11
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $18.5
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $16 - $20
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
Executive Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $20 - $25
SideWinder Golf Course Mio $20
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $36
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $21
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range Au Gres $16 - $26
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $33
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $19
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Green Trees Golf Course Gaylord $23
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
White Pine National Golf Club Hubbard Lake $40
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $40
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $42
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $17
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $27 - $53
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $29
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