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