America's Premier Golf Destination
Gaylord is a golf lover's paradise. Our resorts regularly receive accolades from national publications like Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Golf for Women. A recent Golf Digest poll ranked Gaylord and Northern Michigan as the 12th best golf destination in the world, and 8th best in the United States. However, the fun in Gaylord extends far beyond our emerald greens. Gaylord is accustomed to welcoming visitors of all sorts, and some of its most popular events indicate why.
Festivals & Events
Alpenfest, a weeklong summer festival, draws visitors from all over to Gaylord for Alpine-Themed free food, events and fun. The free ice cream social is just one example of the many ways that Gaylord opens up to visitors during this festival celebrating Gaylord's Alpine heritage and partnership sister city, Pontresina, Switzerland.
Gaylord also enjoys Friday night concerts during the summer under the Pavilion on Court as well as our annual Oktoberfest in the fall.
Hike, Bike, Boat or Relax
All throughout the seasons, stunning natural beauty, including pristine lakes, wooded hiking trails and natural areas, can be found within the Gaylord Golf Mecca. In our fair city, look no further than Aspen Park Trails, which offers both paved and rugged trails for hiking, biking and in-line skating.
The Pigeon River Country State Forest, east of Vanderbilt, offers a wide range to roam. This area boasts over 98,000 acres for hiking, biking, horseback riding and backpacking. The Green Timbers special use area designates 6,300 acres of State Forest, along the Sturgeon River, closed to all motor vehicles, making it a prime location for wildlife.
Boaters and jet-skiers may enjoy over 100 lakes, many with easy public access. The lapping waves, a good book, a towel and a pair of sunglasses let everyone enjoy a free afternoon of priceless relaxation at any Otsego County Lake.
Shopping & Entertainment
When shopping is your chosen "sport," visit Gaylord's quaint Alpine-themed downtown, with its unique shops offering everything from sporting equipment to chocolates to books. A cruise along M-32 offers "big-city" shopping opportunities at new and expanding stores.
Evenings bring live entertainment at a number of area restaurants and bars - the perfect finish to an enticing meal and a long day of golf and recreation.
Most Gaylord Golf Mecca visitors find that there's more to the Gaylord Area than our award-winning courses in peerless northern settings. We hope you will come for the golf but return for many, many reasons.