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Treetops Resort is Home to 5 Inspired and Professionally Designed Michigan Golf Courses

Take it all in. Play 81 holes of spectacular terrain with dramatic views, contours, and rolling hills as far as the eye can see. And once you get to that horizon, you’ll see why we’re called Treetops. Join us in Gaylord and play where the greats played – Robert Trent Jones, Rick Smith, Tom Fazio, Lee Janzen, Ray Floyd, and Jack Nicklaus.You just might get a hole-in-one! Maybe. 

"The best courses I have ever played and I have played all over. Thank you for the golf experience you have created." - David M., July 1, 2018

Treetops: Michigan's Premier Golf Destination

There are five green reasons why golf fanatics come together to play at Treetops Resort every year. We arguably have the best collection of golf courses in the Midwest, boasting 81 holes of golf on spectacular terrain totaling five award-winning courses inspired and professionally designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Tom Fazio, and Rick Smith. Treetops Resort is also proudly recognized as having the #1 Par 3 Course in North America: Threetops.

Treetops is a popular destination for golf enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Here’s why they make the trip to play Gaylord, Michigan golf courses.

Fazio Premier

As the only golf course in Michigan designed by Tom Fazio, Premier is a special treat for Michigan golfers. With rolling fairways and just a single water hazard, it’s player-friendly. On the other hand, with steep slopes and plenty of dogleg turns, Premier still challenges even the most seasoned players. Each hole presents its own challenge and beauty. In fact, when Tom Fazio was asked to name a signature hole, he replied “all of them.”

A tree-lined green on the Fazio Premier course with the sun rising in the distance.

Smith Signature

In 2018, Golftime Magazine named the Signature the best golf course in Michigan, and we think you’ll agree. With all her sloping mounds and narrow fairways, the Rick Smith-designed Signature will keep your whole group on their toes. This course is the perfect blend between modern design and the greatest classic designs from across the globe. In fact, Smith prepared to build this course (his first 18-hole design) with a month-long trip to Ireland and Scotland to study the greatest designs in the world. Play the Signature and you’ll see plenty of these characteristics.

Treetops Resort Northern Michigan signature golf course

Jones Masterpiece

When Masterpiece opened in 1987, Golf Digest named it the second-best new course in the country. Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed it with deep ravines, plentiful sand traps, tough pin placements, numerous water hazards, and constant elevation changes. The Masterpiece is widely considered the most challenging course at Treetops; some say it’s the most challenging in Michigan. Take time on each green to look back at the fairway, as this course is almost as beautiful backwards as it is forward. In fact, RTJ, Sr. drafted a design that routed this course in the exact reverse of what you see today.

The Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops

Smith Tradition

Rick Smith’s Tradition is the most player-friendly course at Treetops. Tradition has less elevation change, wider fairways, and a more natural landscape than the other courses on the property. Four tee box options and few hidden shots make for a pleasant and confidence-building round of golf. This is the only design on property that gives you that open links feel, giving you the opportunity to play a style of golf that is firm and fast. A little brown on this course is exactly the way it was meant to be. We think you’ll have a blast.

The Smith Tradition course with sunlight filtering through trees at sunrise.

Smith Threetops

Treetops’ nine-hole par 3 course is the first course ever designed by Rick Smith, who has gone on to design some of the best in the country. Why wouldn’t that be the case, as Threetops is also widely recognized by multiple publications as the #1 par 3 course in the country, and for good reason. Keep that camera handy because photo-worthy vistas are the rule, not the exception. Do not come to Treetops without carving out 90 minutes to play this gem…you’ll be glad you did.

A steep drop to a tree-lined green on Threetops at Treetops Resort.

The Himalayas

The Himalayas Putting Green is one of the first of its kind in America. We set the trend well, as massive putting greens with contours are now popping up all over the country. During the day, it’s a great place to prepare for your round at Treetops North. We set up a unique 9-hole course on a daily basis that will challenge even the best putters. In the later afternoon and evening, we allow your group to book a private event where our staff is trained to cater to your needs.

Very hilly putting green at Treetops Resort with clubhouse in the background

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