Michigan Golf

Looking for the best Michigan golf resorts? Look no further!

Did you know that Michigan is the state with the fifth greatest number of golf courses? With more than 800 public and private golf courses, the Wolverine state comes only after Florida, California, Texas, and New York in its number of golf courses, making Michigan a golfer's paradise.

If you're a serious golfer, however, you know finding the perfect resort for a golf weekend or a golf vacation can be a challenge because of the sheer number of options available. 

To make things easier for golf lovers, Treetops has put together the best of Michigan golf and recreation in one great resort. Located in Gaylord near the Mackinac Bridge, the gateway to the Upper Peninsula, Treetops has it all: perfect golfing weather from spring to fall, beautiful natural landscape that changes with the seasons, dynamic, championship-level golf, and other amenities and activities designed for family or friend vacations. 

When looking for top Michigan golf resorts, look no further than Treetops for the perfect getaway.


Don't pay for a private club.

Michigan offers a wide variety of golf resorts. There are incredible and budget-friendly golf destinations that are open to the public, so there is no need to pay hefty private club fees. Resorts like Treetops offer not only some of the country’s best courses, but amenities, including restaurants, lounges, a spa, pools, children’s activities, and a choice of accommodations. Get the private golf club experience without hefty initiation or membership fees or the long-term commitment of a private club.

But don’t take our word for it, listen to what top golf publications and experts say about the best golf courses in Michigan, found at Treetops:

Golf Digest

Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Masterpiece: 4½ Stars

Tom Fazio Premier:
4½ Stars

Rick Smith Signature:
4½ Stars

Rick Smith Tradition:
4½ Stars

Golf & Travel

One of the “Best Par 3 Courses in America”

Golf Magazine

"Silver Medal Resort"

Eight-Time Recipient

From scenic views to challenging courses: What makes Michigan’s Treetops stand out?

Whether you’re looking for tough courses or breathtaking scenery, Treetops has both. Michigan is a golfer's paradise. What sets many Michigan golf resorts — especially Treetops — apart from others is the breathtaking scenery that surrounds them.

The rolling hills, grasslands, and forests of Northern Michigan seem made for golf, so serious golfers can enjoy stunning views while indulging in their favorite sport. We couldn’t state it any better than Golfing magazine, who praised Treetops for our “exciting and challenging championship golf, spectacular terrain with dramatic views, contours, and rolling hills as far as the eye can see.” Climate is a bonus as well. The town of Gaylord is perfectly situated in the heart of Northern Michigan to take advantage of the region’s long golf season, which typically runs from April to October.

Treetops courses range from challenging to championship level. They include:

  • Smith Tradition: Our most player-friendly course, designed by famed instructor and designer Rick Smith.
    Holes: 18 | Par: 70 | Rating: 70.0 | Yardage: 6,354
  • Smith Signature: Narrow fairways and sloping mounds take the difficulty up a level.
    Holes: 18 | Par: 70 | Rating: 70.0 | Yardage: 6,354
  • Fazio Premier: Things get trickier on Tom Fazio’s only Michigan golf course.
    Holes: 18 | Par: 72 | Rating: 73.3 | Yardage: 6,832
  • Smith Threetops: Big elevation changes make Rick Smith’s original course one of the top par-3 courses in the country.
    Holes 9 | Par: 27 | Yardage: 1,435
  • Jones Masterpiece: This is it. Treetops’ ultimate challenge, with deep ravines, numerous sand traps, and tough pin placements.
    Holes: 18 | Par: 71 | Rating: 74.8 | Yardage: 7,068


Michigan's top-rated courses have hosted major tournaments and have attracted some of the biggest names in golf. At Treetops, you’ll golf in the footsteps of legends like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Lee Trevino.

We host the following tournaments:

  • We're Open Open
    Opening our Golf Season with 18 holes on the Jones Masterpiece in true scramble format with no handicaps, beverages, prizes and our famous Grill on the Hill event.
  • Treetops Charity Invitational-Brought to you by Pepsi
    Join us for the 36th year in support of several charitable organizations. Entry fees include 54 holes of golf, two breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners and entry into the skins pot.
  • Toughman/Princess Tournament
    Our last tournament of the season is a two-day event with the Jones Masterpiece and Smith Tradition. “As tough as it gets, and as easy as it gets.” This three-person scratch cash scramble brings 36 holes of golf, two lunches, beverages, skins and prize funds.

Secluded, yet easy to access resort.

While situated among the thousands of acres of woodlands and rolling hills of Northern Michigan, Treetops is just 10 minutes away from Gaylord and Interstate 75, the state’s primary north-south corridor.

Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) in Traverse City makes it easy to fly to Northern Michigan. Cherry Capital is serviced by American, Delta, and United Airlines, which provide nonstop and one-stop flights in and out of TVC.

Making memories on and off the green.

Treetops offers more than just a round of golf. We take the sport of golf seriously, but we also want our resort to be a place where you can create memories both on and off the links. To that end, we offer a variety of different accommodations, including traditional rooms in our Lodge and Inn, as well as our Cabins, Chalets, and Condominiums. And while the golfers in your group will be thrilled as they experience on some of the country's best courses, we’ve made sure there is something for everyone. Treetops offers its own onsite amenities and activities and, in partnership with nearby adventure companies, other fun outings and experiences as well. From our restaurants, pools, and spa to beekeeping to flyfishing, horseback riding, kayaking, trail biking, and more, you’ll go home with memories to last a lifetime.

Come for the golf, stay for the memories. We look forward to seeing you at Treetops Resort.

For a full Treetops experience, be sure to check out our Pro Shop. And ship those sticks!

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Treetops has something in store for all golfers' taste, style and needs. With two Pro Shops on the property, we carry a wide selection of brand name shoes and equipment.

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