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