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National Travel & Tourism Week’s Perfect Place: Gaylord Golf Mecca

By Greg Johnson –

It’s a combination of perfect timing and the perfect place. It’s National Travel & Tourism Week across the country and here in the Gaylord Golf Mecca our fabulous collection of 16 golf courses are open and welcoming golfers.

We are America’s Summer Golf Mecca, a 37-year-old cooperative marketing effort for an incredible collection of golf. And then there is everything else that makes the Mecca, in the heart of northern Michigan, the perfect travel destination.

Our 20 lodging partners offer places to stay of every type, from rustic to luxury and all points in between at all price points possible, too. The top hotels representing the nation’s top brands partner with us locally, and will help you book golf, too. Pick your favorite. Fairfield by Marriott, Hampton Inn, Baymont by Wyndham and so many more.

You’ll also want to check out the remodeled condo units and variety of rooms available at Treetops Resort, or the many options at the perfectly designed for groups, Otsego Resort. Pine-Cone Vacations and Pine-Cone Inn & Suites partner with us, too, and offer vacation home rentals, cabins and motel units.

Of course, you must eat, and the dining available at our member golf properties is diverse and excellent. Then you add in the multiple options in the Gaylord area. It’s possible to visit for just the dining.

Local favorites include the Alpine Tavern & Eatery, a cool gathering place with a great menu and Big Buck Brewery, which has the brews, eats and room for big groups. Bennethum’s Northern Inn is a family-owned classic featuring high-quality cuisine and a cozy rustic environment. Michaywe’ Inn The Woods will wow with its northern Michigan-inspired menu. The list of places you must try for dining is longer than any possible trip.

Want more than golf, food and lodging? Fishing, cycling, hiking, swimming, boating, kayaking and more are nearby and designed for the destination traveler.

Of course, the golf in the Mecca is perfect and it is part of our name. The longest of summer days, uncluttered greens and pristine natural beauty carved by the glaciers long ago form a foursome of sorts with each golfer. Multiple skill levels of the player are easily accommodated as well.

Among the options for golf:

A timeless design where you can walk or ride is waiting for you at Indian River Golf Club.

Golfers from all over agree that the best greens in Michigan and beyond are at Gaylord Golf Club.

Garland Lodge & Golf Resort in nearby Lewiston is an ultimate getaway with four nature-featuring golf courses.

Treetops Resort has five golf courses created by architects and legends like Robert Trent Jones Sr., and Tom Fazio.

Rees Jones, son of Robert Trent and the man often called on to refurbish legendary U.S. Open sites, did some of his best work at Black Lake Golf Club.

Lakes of the North Golf Course continually surprises golf visitors with its variety of holes and great conditioning.

The Pines at Michaywe’ is where the top players in the state are often tested in Golf Association of Michigan tournaments.

Otsego Resort has two courses, The Classic and The Tribute, and the views are as great as the golf.

It’s all perfect in the Mecca: Great golf, delectable dining choices, hunting, fishing, boating, swimming and more during National Travel & Tourism Week and a bunch of other weeks throughout the year.

Visit and check it ALL out. It’s the perfect week for it.

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