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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Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort
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Gaylord $15 - $35
The Natural at Beaver Creek Resort
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Gaylord $25
Gaylord Golf Club
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Gaylord $30
Black Lake Golf Club
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Onaway $34
Tamaracks Golf Club
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Harrison $10
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $95 - $185
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
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Glennie $14
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Quest Golf Club
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Houghton Lake $20 - $37
Indian River Golf Club
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Indian River $25
Black Bear Golf Club
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Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $8 - $34
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $45 - $69
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $15 - $52
Forest Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $119
Alpena Golf Club
Tee Times
Alpena $40
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Black Course at The Loop Roscommon $95 - $185
Thunder Bay Golf Resort
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Hillman $18 - $33
White Pine National Golf Club
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Spruce $24
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $15 - $30
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
The Tradition at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
West Branch Country Club West Branch $32 - $42
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
Threetops Par-3 at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
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Lewiston $70
Pine River Golf Club Standish $19 - $23
Fazio Premier at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
Tee Times
Au Gres $12
The Signature at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $105 - $145
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $70
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
The Nightmare Golf Course
Tee Times
West Branch $27
Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
Ye Olde Country Club Roscommon $13
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $25 - $45
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $27 - $44
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
Cedar Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Comins $12
Loon Golf Resort - The Ridge Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $29 - $59
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Bootlegger Short Course Roscommon $39
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
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Brutus $35
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $29
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
Tawas Creek Golf Course
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Tawas City $10
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
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Lewiston $70
Fountains Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $95
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
Burning Oak Country Club
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Roscommon $18
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
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