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Threetops was the first of three Rick Smith-designed courses at Treetops Resort. Widely considered America’s best par-3 course, Threetops was also recently named one of the “Baddest Par 3 Courses in the US” by Links Magazine. You may remember Threetops as the venue for the ESPN Par-3 Shootout for eight years. Hole #7 is where Lee Trevino made an ace in 2001 and won the million-dollar prize. And he came back in 2021 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of what is widely considered the richest shot in golf.

Threetops Pro Tip: hole #7 is also your best shot at a hole-in-one.
49 have been reported since 2001. (Try a wedge.)

Playing the Threetops Course at Treetops

Threetops is not your typical par 3 course. It might be a short course, but it’s anything but easy. Seven of the nine holes play downhill, and some are very downhill. The elevation can make it difficult to calculate your club distance. Each hole features unique hazards and severe greens. But those challenges are what make this course a favorite among Treetops’ repeat visitors.

So just how long does it take to play Threetops? On a normal day with good pacing, plan on 90 minutes. Remember that Threetops is located at Treetops North, which is approximately a 10-minute drive from the main property.

“Absolutely fantastic!!!! Pictures don't do it any justice. The staff are helpful and friendly. One of the best golf destinations you'll get to experience. Make sure you play Threetops par 3 course. It's amazing.”

- Charles T.

“Landscape is gorgeous. Truly some of the best for Michigan golf. The Par 3 course makes for a unique experience too, I highly suggest playing it. Very secluded and quiet, very well taken care of.”

- Ryan K.

“I love this par three course. Setting is spectacular, and course is a real challenge. Fun, fun, fun!”

- Sue R.

“If you find yourself at Treetops, do the right thing: Take a couple of hours and add the Threetops course to your plans. This is pure joy in the form of a Par 3 golf course carved out of the side of a mountain. An hour here feels like minutes, so take your time. Soak it in. Take some pictures and enjoy! It's a breathtaking experience that I will not ever forget.”

- Eric T.

“The Treetops courses are amazing. One of the best golf experiences anyone could wish for. Each course provides its own unique set of challenges. I especially like the par 3 Treetops course as it will test your short game abilities.”

- Thomas A.

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