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


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Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $25 - $45
Natural Golf Course
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Gaylord $32 - $49
Loon Golf Club
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Gaylord $45
Marsh Ridge Resort Course
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Gaylord $32 - $49
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $35 - $80
Lakes Golf Course
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Gaylord $38
Forest Dunes Golf & Country Club
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Roscommon $59 - $115
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort
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Oscoda $55
Tawas Creek Golf Course
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Tawas City $6 - $29
Pine River Golf Club
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Standish $23
Burning Oak Country Club
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Roscommon $15 - $23
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
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Glennie $20
Reflection Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $35 - $80
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $35 - $80
Tamaracks Golf Club
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Harrison $32
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort
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Oscoda $55
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort
Tee Times
Oscoda $28
Black Bear Golf Club
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Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Cedar Valley Golf Club
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Comins $20
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $39
Gaylord Country Club
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Gaylord $29 - $49
Black Lake Golf Club Onaway $45 - $75
Loggers Trace at Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $36
Elk Ridge Golf Club Atlanta $50 - $65
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $13 - $28
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $33
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $20
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $40
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range Au Gres $16 - $26
West Branch Country Club West Branch $20 - $46
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $118
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $16 - $20
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.5
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Fountains Course at Garland Resort Lewiston $55 - $100
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $42
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Green Trees Golf Course Gaylord $23
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $27 - $53
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
SideWinder Golf Course Mio $20
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $17
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $29
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $8 - $11
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
Maple Ridge Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $25 - $30
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Executive Course at Maple Ridge Golf Club Brutus $20 - $25
Stoney Links Onaway $42
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $19
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $18.5
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $15 - $35
The Nightmare Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $15
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $19
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
White Pine National Golf Club Hubbard Lake $40
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $21
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
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