Golf Awards and Accolades - Treetops Resort and Spa in Northern Michigan
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Golf awards and accolades
are hard to come by.
We revere each and every one.

Conde Nast Traveler

“Top 50 International Resorts” (June 2000)
Golf Design (1 of 6 Criteria) Treetops Resort ranked 3rd behind Pinehurst and Pebble Beach   

“Top 121 Golf Resorts in the World” (2012)

Golf Digest

“Places to Play” (since April 2008) 
Robert Trent Jones, Sr. “Masterpiece” 4 ½ Stars
Tom Fazio “Premier” 4 ½ Stars  
Rick Smith “Signature” 4 ½ Stars 
Rick Smith “Tradition” 4 ½ Stars

"America's Top 75 Golf Resorts” Ranked #56 (December 2006)
"Best by State” Ranked #13 (December 2006) 
Robert Trent Jones, Sr. “Masterpiece”

"Top 25 Golf Schools” Rick Smith Academy (May 2005)
“Best New Resort Courses” Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
“Masterpiece” Ranked #2 (1987)
Tom Fazio “Premier” Ranked #3 (1992)
Rick Smith “Signature” Ranked #4 (1993)  

Golf For Women

“Top 50 Courses for Women” (August 2007)
Rick Smith “Signature” Ranked #29 

Golf Magazine

“Resort Profiler” (March 2000)
"Quality of Main Golf Course" Treetops Resort #7 - Tom Fazio Premier
"Value"   Treetops Resort #4
"Quality of Additional Golf Courses" Treetops Resort #7 – Robert Trent Jones, Sr.,
Masterpiece Rick Smith Signature & Tradition
"Pace of Play” - Treetops Resort #6
"Top 100 You Can Play" (September  2000) Tom Fazio "Premier" ranked #71
"The Midwest: 25 More You Can Play” (2000)
Rick Smith "Signature" ranked #2 for the best of the Midwest
"Silver Medal Resort" Eight-Time Recipient (March 2008)

Golf & Travel

"Top 40 Resort Courses in America" (2001) Rick Smith "Signature" #18
“Number One Par 3 Course in America” Threetops (December 2002)

Golfweek Magazine

“America's Best Top 100 Resort Courses”
Rick Smith “Signature” Ranked #35 (December 2004)
Tom Fazio “Premier” Ranked #65 (December 2004)

Golfweek Magazine

“America's Top 40 Resort Courses” 
Rick Smith “Signature” Ranked #28 (November 2002)
“America's Best Par 3 Course” Threetops Ranked #1
“America's Top 100 Modern Courses"  (March 2000) Modern Courses, Rick Smith “Signature” #83
Modern Courses, Tom Fazio "Premier" #71

Golfweek Magazine

“America's Best State by State” (2010)
 Rick Smith “Signature” #8 
Tom Fazio “Premier” #15
“America's Best Courses for Michigan” (2006)
Rick Smith “Signature” #8
Tom Fazio “Premier” #14
“America's Best Resort Golf Courses”  
Rick Smith “Signature” #78 (November 2010)
“Ten Golf Resorts to Visit Before You Die” (Dec. 2004)

Golf Range Magazine

“America's Top Par 3 Courses” Threetops (May/June2010)

Great Lakes Golf Magazine

“Best Par 3”  “Masterpiece #6” Ranked #4 (2007)
“For the Good of the Game”  “Treetops” Ranked #1 (2007)
“Person of the Year”  “Rick Smith, Treetops” Ranked #1 (2007)
“Best Golf Trip”   “Treetops” Ranked #1 (2005)
“Best Pro Shop” –“Treetops” Ranked #3 (2005)
“Best Golf Resort in the Midwest” “Treetops” Ranked #1 (2002)
“Best Family Golf Resort in the Midwest” Treetops Ranked #3 (2007)

Luxury Golf & Travel

Luxury Golf & Travel's “Top 50 Resorts in North America” (March 2006)

Michigan Golf Course Owners Association

“Golf Course of the Year” Treetops (2006)
“Dul Family Player Development Leadership Award” Treetops (2009)

Michigan Meetings & Events

“Best Golf Resort” (May 2006)

Oakland Press Readers Choice

“Best Michigan Golf Resort” (April 2006)

Morning Star Publishing Company

People's Choice Awards (September 2008)
“#1 Golf Course”
“#1 Place to Get a Massage”
#1 Resort”
#1 Day Care Center – Treetops Adventure Center”

PGA Professionals' Guide to Travel

“Favorite Guys Getaways” – Four Featured Destinations 
(Premier Issue 2007 Edition Survey from PGA Professionals)

Treetops Resort
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
Pebble Beach Resorts
Las Vegas, Nevada

USA Today

“Top 10 Places to take Dad on Father's Day” 

Golf Destination Review

"Best Conditioned Courses Northern Michigan” (2008-2009)

LINKS Magazine

Exclusive Readers Travel Poll (November/December 2006 Issue)

“Which of the following Midwest resorts would you most like to visit?”

1)         The American Club         68%
2)         Treetops Resort           46%
3)         Inn at Bay Harbor          37%
4)         Grand Geneva               23%

Travel & Leisure Golf

“Best Golf Resort in the Midwest” 2008
“Best Resort for Buddy Trips” 2008
“Most Underrated Resorts” 2008


“Merchandiser of the Year” Michael Rey (2013) Gene Bone II (2008) Rick Smith (1993)
"Patriot Award"
Kevin McKinley (2013, 2015)
“Merchandiser of the Year, NMPGA” Michael Rey (2012, 2013) Gene Bone II (2008) Mark Matz (2014)
“Bill Strausbaugh Award, NMPGA” Kevin McKinley (2007, 2008)
“Golf Professional of the Year”, NMPGA Kevin McKinley (2009, 2013)
"Patriot Award", NMPGA
Kevin McKinley (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
“Pro-am of the Year”, NMPGA Treetops Resort (2003 – 2006, 2008 and 2009)
“Acushnet Scholarship” Kevin McKinley (2001)

Camp Grayling

“American Patriot Award” Kevin McKinley (2010)

Department of Military and Veteran Affairs

“Legion of Merit” Kevin McKinley (2014)

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