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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Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
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Gaylord $17
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $35
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $70
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
Tee Times
Gaylord $25
Black Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Onaway $34
Gaylord Golf Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Pine River Golf Club Standish $19 - $23
White Pine National Golf Club
Tee Times
Spruce $24
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
Tee Times
Glennie $14
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
Tee Times
Au Gres $12
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Fountains Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $95
Forest Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $119
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $70
Tawas Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Tawas City $10
Black Bear Golf Club Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $70
The Nightmare Golf Course
Tee Times
West Branch $27
Cedar Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Comins $12
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $10
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $25
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $18 - $33
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $34 - $39
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $20 - $37
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $31
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $26 - $43
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
West Branch Country Club West Branch $20 - $46
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $34
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $15 - $30
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $75
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $31 - $52
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $89 - $149
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $89 - $149
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
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