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
Gaylord Country Club
Tee Times
Gaylord $29 - $49
Forest Dunes Golf Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $89
Black Lake Golf Club
Tee Times
Onaway $29
Natural Golf Course
Tee Times
Gaylord $30
Swampfire Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $40
Wilderness Valley Course at Wilderness Valley
Tee Times
Gaylord $20
Cedar Valley Golf Club
Tee Times
Comins $20
Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie
Tee Times
Glennie $15
Tamaracks Golf Club
Tee Times
Harrison $32
Indian River Golf Club
Tee Times
Indian River $15
Tawas Creek Golf Course
Tee Times
Tawas City $10
White Pine National Golf Club
Tee Times
Spruce $34
Monarch Course at Garland Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $35 - $80
Burning Oak Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $18
Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
Tee Times
Brutus $45
Knoll View Golf Course & Driving Range
Tee Times
Au Gres $10
Reflections Course at Garland Lodge & Golf Resort
Tee Times
Lewiston $35 - $80
Pine River Golf Club
Tee Times
Standish $10
Black Bear Golf Club
Tee Times
Vanderbilt $30 - $45
Ye Olde Country Club
Tee Times
Roscommon $13
The Nightmare Golf Course
Tee Times
West Branch $35
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Blue Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Springport Hills Golf Course Harrisville $20 - $25
The Serradella at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $28
Wicker Hills Golf Course Hale $35
Michaywe Pines Golf Course Gaylord $35 - $50
Forest Dunes Golf Club - Red Course at The Loop Roscommon $99 - $149
Threetops Par-3 Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $35 - $55
Birch Point Golf Club Saint Helen $17.50
Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres $17 - $34
Maple River Resort Brutus $15
Mullett Lake Golf & Country Club Mullett Lake $15 - $30
Green Briar Golf Course Lupton $18 - $25
The Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Alpine Meadows Golf Course Gaylord $23
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison $5 - $11
Sugar Springs Country Club Gladwin $26 - $43
Rippling Rapids Golf Course Cheboygan $15 - $25
Loon Golf Club Gaylord $45
Jewel Golf Course Mackinac Island $90 - $130
Fountains Course at Garland Resort Lewiston $55 - $100
Greenbush Golf Course Greenbush $9
Elk Ridge Golf Club Atlanta $50
Fazio Premier Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
SideWinder Golf Course Mio $27 - $30
Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
Cheboygan Golf & Country Club Cheboygan $19 - $39
Tribute Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Grayling Country Club Grayling $19 - $29
The Wee-Links at Lakewood Shores Resort Au Sable $8
Singing Bridge Golf Course Tawas City $16 - $27
Apple Valley Golf Course West Branch $20 - $27
Fairview Hills Golf Club Mio $18
Rogers City Country Club Rogers City $20 - $42
Quest Golf Club Houghton Lake $31
The Blackshire at Lakewood Shores Resort Oscoda $55
Edgewood Greens Golf Course Prescott $19
Alpena Golf Club Alpena $34
St. Ignace Golf & Country Club St Ignace $14 - $24
Thunder Bay Golf Resort Hillman $18 - $33
Stoney Links Onaway $27 - $42
Red Hawk Golf Club East Tawas $31 - $52
White Deer Country Club Prudenville $20
Classic Course at Otsego Club Conference & Resort Gaylord $25
Lakeside Golf Course Gladwin $16
Fox Run Country Club Grayling $22 - $25
Marsh Ridge Resort Course Gaylord $32 - $49
Tradition Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $55 - $110
Wildwood Lakes Golf Course Wolverine $12 - $13
Smith Signature Course at Treetops Resort Gaylord $65 - $145
River's Edge Golf Club Alpena $35
Wawashkamo Golf Club Mackinac Island $25 - $50
Lost Lake Woods Golf Club Lincoln $18 - $61
West Branch Country Club West Branch $20 - $46
The Dream Golf Course West Branch $40 - $65
Pine View Highlands Golf Club Houghton Lake $20
Mackinaw Club Carp Lake $15 - $24
Lakes Golf Course Gaylord $38
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