Golf News for Friday, November 15, 2013 | Courses

Michigan's Treetops Resort earns recognition on Golfweek list

GAYLORD, Mich. -- Treetops Resort, the nationally acclaimed resort destination in northern Michigan, is proud to announce its Smith Signature course has been recognized among Golfweek's Best Resort Courses.

The latest accolade can be found in the 2014 edition of Golfweek's Ultimate Guide To Golf Course Living and Great Escapes, which was published in November.

The Smith Signature was rated No. 76 among the Top 100 resort courses, which was an improvement of one spot from 2013. The course was also only one of three Michigan golf courses recognized on the list joining Lakewood Shores-Gailes (No. 60) and Bay Harbor (No. 88).

Golfweek's 400 course evaluators for the "America's Best" listing submit ballots grading courses all over the country on a 10-point scale to determine the country's finest golf courses. Raters take into account factors such as routing of the course, feature shaping, greens, variety and memorable holes, conditioning, maintenance, and landscape management.

"Having the Smith Signature course make Golfweek's list of top resort courses is a testament to the uniqueness and quality of the design that Rick Smith created," said Barry Owens, general manager at Treetops Resort. "This ranking combined with our other three championship courses and Par 3 course solidifies our resort as one of leading golf destinations in America."

The Smith Signature, which opened in 1993, is one of the most unique and beautiful golf courses in the country. Smith's design incorporates the look and feel of an overseas Irish course with the rugged hardwoods and views of northern Michigan. The course, which is routed in and around a large ridge providing views for up to 40-miles, plays firm and fast with challenging green complexes and fescue lined bunkers that look like they belong more in Ireland than northern Michigan.

About Treetops Resort
Treetops Resort, located on the 45th Parallel in the alpine village of Gaylord, Mich., is a four-season resort destination featuring 81 championship golf holes and 23 ski runs spread out over 3,000 acres.

Regarded as one of the leading golf resort destinations in the country, Treetops features five award-winning courses. The first, the Robert Trent Jones Sr. Masterpiece, is one of the courses that launched northern Michigan as a leading golf destination. The famed par 3 No. 6 hole on the Jones course has a 40-mile view of tree tops, and was the inspiration for the resort's name. Michigan's only Tom Fazio-designed course is also at Treetops, as well as Rick Smith's two championship designs and his celebrated Threetops, the No. 1 Par 3 Course in America.

In addition, Treetops features 238 hotel rooms and condominiums, a Top 25 golf school, a variety of dining options, Wellness Spa, and over 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

For more information or to book a stay, please visit or call reservations at (989) 732-6711.

Treetops Resort
Kevin McKinley - PGA Director of Golf
(989) 732-6711

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