Tree Tops Golf Club
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Treetops Resort is a multiple award-winning complex long known for exciting and memorable golf. It is perched high above the Pigeon River Valley and offers majestic views of Northern Michigan. Treetop's inventory of four championship courses began back in 1986 when Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed one of his final layouts.

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A few years later, Tom Fazio was commissioned to design a more player friendly compliment to Jones's demanding, but spectacular layout. The Tom Fazio Premier is the only Fazio designed course in Michigan.

Rick Smith, the resorts current owner and long time Director of Golf was so inspired by the resort's first two courses, that the late owner Harry Melling commissioned Smith to build Threetops-par 3 course, and then two additional championship courses, (The Signature and Tradition courses).

Threetops in our opinion is the World's best par 3 golf course bar none. Similar comments have been made over the years, by the likes of Fred Couples, Lee Travino, and Raymond Floyd.

Treetops was home to the very first of the Golf Channel's "Big Break" television shows for many good reasons. Great accommodations, superb meals, golf courses with spectacular views plus staff that provide the ultimate in assistance and charm.

For further information about this outstanding golf course please visit their website at


The Tradition at Treetops – Northern Michigan
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Where do we start? Well Rick Smith has done it again with the Tradition course at Treetops. We call it Rick’s winningest design yet.
Why the winningest? It has everything that anyone could ever want in a fabulous golf experience. The Tradition is not a long 18 holes but at a par 70 is plenty challenging. The conditioning of this course meets the exceptional standards set by Rick Smith and his crew for all of the Treetops courses.

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Treetops is also a proud participant of the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program. This program supports the enhancements of wildlife habitat, indigenous plants and trees, and water resources.

The features of the Tradition are proof positive that shorter holes can be a great deal of fun and challenge simply due to how a true master designer thinks through his designs. The Tradition is a wonderful layout for all levels of golf expertise. The greens are second to none.
The Tradition is the newest member to the course family at Treetops. It joins Rick Smith’s other two designs known lovingly as the Rick Smith Signature course and Threetops, a par 3 gem.

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In addition to Rick’s 3 course offerings there are 2 other championship courses. The Tom Fazio Premier course and the Robert Trent Jones Sr. Masterpiece course will also amaze you.

The Tradition has won many awards including a Golf Digest 4-1/2 star rating and Golf Magazine’s Silver Medal Resort list.
Couple all of this with excellent accommodations, exceptional practice and training facilities, outstanding meals and extraordinary service no matter who you are dealing with and you have the recipe for a truly world class golf experience.   

The Smith Signature Course, Treetops
Par: 72, Yardage: 4606 – 6653, Slope: 125 – 136, Rating: 66.9 – 72.6
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Rick Smith has won dozens of awards and accolades for his prowess as one of the world’s finest golf teachers and coaches but also for his skill as a world class golf course designer. Rick’s list of golf accomplishments includes his Signature 18 hole course at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan.

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Rick’s Signature Course at Treetops is as good as golf gets in this part of America. Spectacular conditioning, unbelievable views from almost every tee box and of course the ever present and abundant wildlife that roams the course. Bring your camera!!

Mr. Smith, you have every right to bust the buttons on your golf shirts with pride not only because of the Signature course but because of your Treetops resort in it’s entirety. Our GDR team can’t wait to get back to Treetops just to see what we missed on this trip. 81 holes of golf and all we saw on this trip was 36 breathtaking beauties . Thank you!

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Here’s some facts for you to enjoy about Rick Smith and the Treetops courses.

- “America’s Best Public Course” by Golf & Travel.
- "17th in Best Modern Golf Course Design” by Golf Week.

Other Michigan courses designed by Rick Smith:

- Belle Isle – Phone: 313.852.4106 or 313.852.4114.
- Wuskowhan Player’s Club in West Olive, MI, an 18 hole private country club. Second in “Best New Private Course” by Golf Digest.
- Arcadia Bluffs – An 18 hole public course on Lake Michigan’s western shoreline. www.arcadiabluf
- Oakland University in Rochester, MI. 

Also remember that Treetops are experts at hosting your next corporate outing or banquet in addition to conferences , weddings and tournaments.

Put all the courses at Treetops on your bucket list right now!!


Treetops - The Premier Course also known as The Fazio Premiere Course
Designed by Tom Fazio.
Par: 72, Yardage: 5039 – 6832, Slope: 128 – 134, Rating: 70.9 -73.6.

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The Premier is the only course in Michigan designed by famed architect Tom Fazio. Our friend Tom has made the most of the exceptional rolling terrain by striking the perfect balance between challenge and forgiveness.

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Strategically placed bunkers are balanced by straightforward fairways and well manicured greens. A water hazard comes into play on the tricky par 3, 11th.

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There are also a number of interesting risk/reward opportunities including the par 4, 15th. Long hitters may get lucky and reach the triple tiered green if there is a favourable wind.

When asked to name a signature hole, Fazio replied, “All of them!”