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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Play 54 holes of golf at The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort, located in Gaylord, Mich., on the west side of Otsego Lake. The Jerry Matthews-designed course sits on one of the most scenic sites in northern Michigan.
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Course City Rates from
Course City Rates from
Forest Dunes Golf & Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $60 - $149
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $32 - $49
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $35 - $80
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $29 - $49
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $15 - $38
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $35 - $80
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $32
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $57
Tawas Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Tawas City $6 - $29
White Pine National Golf Club
Tee Times
Spruce $35 - $49
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $15 - $23
Black Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Onaway $35 - $60
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
Tee Times
Au Gres $16 - $26
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $35 - $80
Cedar Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Comins $20
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
Tee Times
Glennie $20
Black Forest Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $48 - $65
Ye Olde Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $13
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Pine River Golf Club
Tee Times
Standish $19 - $23
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
The Nightmare Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Elk Ridge Golf Club Atlanta $50
SideWinder Golf Course Mio $27 - $30
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $45 - $130
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $13 - $28
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $18 - $33
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $26 - $43
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
West Branch Country Club West Branch $20 - $46
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Fountains Course at Garland Resort Lewiston $55 - $100
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club Brutus $40 - $75
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $61
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $31 - $52
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $34
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
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