What’s New At Treetops
Winter is upon us and we could not be more thrilled. Treetops has made significant investments over the summer and fall to prepare for what we hope will be the most EPIC winter yet at Treetops.
We have invested over $1.3 Million to upgrade the snowmaking system. This includes tapping into the irrigation ponds on the Jones Masterpiece Golf Course. We've totally rebuilt the pump house to pump water to the bottom of Loafer where we've added a booster pump to pump water to the top of the slopes and a valve house at the top to direct the water wherever we want it to go. This means that when Mother Nature is cooperative (which she has been a little bit more as of late), we can pump 3 times the amount of snow through our system and onto the slopes giving us the opportunity to open more runs earlier and keep more runs going later into our season. As mentioned, we just need Mother Nature to give us the temps to make it happen. The added benefit of this investment is the building on top of the slopes adjacent to our giant fire pit that will be used for entertaining and our Can't Top That Parties this winter.
Anyone that's been to Treetops in the winter knows about our Extreme Tubing. Some in the past knew about it but couldn't participate because of the immense popularity and our inability to accommodate everyone who wanted to give it a try. Well, now we've doubled the tubing capacity by clearing the trees on the west side of the lift line and now have 2 distinct Extreme Tubing options. Thunderstruck which is the fun and exciting run that has put smiles on peoples faces for years and the all new Sidewinder which is our new run that we'll unveil this December complete with banked turns. In addition, the old paddle tow lift is gone and we've enhanced this activity with a brand new conveyor lift safely bringing tubers back to the top for more fun. Although we've doubled the capacity, we strongly suggest you do not wait to book your session as many already are beginning to sell out.
We've added a new trail system to our beautiful Cross Country Trails as Pine Needle, Transition and Natural Springs adds about 2.2 KM to the mix. We'll also be grooming about 1.5 KM of dedicated Fat Tire Bike Trails this year. In addition, we've added an activity that will take flight most Saturday Evenings called the Guided Headlamp Snowshoe Hike and we've enhanced the Sleigh Ride route as well. This along with our other spectacular activities such as Skiable Feast and Spudtacular Snowshoe Lunch will make this winter a great one.
Nope, not done yet. We've also invested over $40,000 in new rental skis, snowboards, helmets and boots. This will allow us to outfit more people as well as give those renting skis a much better experience on the snow. Don't wait until you arrive to rent skis, buy lift tickets or book your activities as we expect to be at capacity much of the winter.
What a great winter it will be. You Can't Top That!
The date was July 30, 2001. It was a Monday and George W. Bush was our President. Americans were listening to Bootylicious by Destiny’s Child and American Pie 2 was being watched by millions in theaters across the country.
In Gaylord Michigan, Golf Legends Paul Azinger, Raymond Floyd, Phil Mickelson and Lee Trevino descended upon Treetops Resort to take part in the 3rd Annual Par 3 Shootout Event which aired in primetime on ESPN. Threetops, a 9 hole par 3 course, was in its 10th year in operation and as per the usual was in tip top condition. Thousands of golfers from all around the world came to play this gem (consistently ranked the #1 Par 3 Course in America), but on this day, play was limited to these 4 greats of the game who have combined to win an impressive 17 major championships.
The competition was a friendly skins game with some twists which was to be played over the course of 2 days. Not only was each hole worth $20,000 for the skin (as long as the player winning the skin tied or won the next hole) but also $10,000 for the golfer who was closest to the pin. All told a purse of $540,000 was up for grabs….but wait there’s more. In addition, each and every hole was insured for $1,000,000 if any of these talented players knocked one in for an ace. In the first two years of the event, there were some close calls but nobody had made a hole in one.
That would change on this day. The event got off to a quick start with Mickelson, Floyd and Azinger cashing in on proxies on holes 1, 2 and 4 respectively with Floyd knocking it stiff to 3 feet on hole 2. Lee Trevino, affectionately known as the “Merry Mex”, got heated up on hole #5 knocking it to 7 feet and making the birdie for the win, then following it up with another CTP on hole 6 to just over 10 feet. However, that was nothing compared to what would follow on the appropriately named 7th hole…”High Five”.
Trevino was 3rd to hit as Azinger and Floyd had both just birdied the 6th. He stepped up to the shot in front of the respectfully hushed crowd surveying his 138 yard shot with a 90 foot tee to green descent. Immediately after striking the shot, he exclaimed, “it’s gotta get down” and he was right. The ball pitched about 3 yards over the green and into the rough but the well struck shot was spinning. After a bounce backwards the ball hit another time in the rough but quickly got back onto the putting surface at which point Lee did a little whistling like you might do when you want your puppy to come back to you. The ball listened to Lee and rolled some 30 feet right back into the hole with a pretty good head of steam left on it. The first and only ace in the history of the Par 3 Shootout at Treetops was just accomplished by one of the greatest ball strikers to ever play the game. For this feat, he earned $10,000 for the obvious closest to the pin, another $80,000 for the skin (he actually followed this shot with a birdie and shot a cool 4 under par 23 on the day) and capped that off with the $1,000,000 for the ace. Showing his true character as a human being, it didn’t take him long to make the call to donate half of those winnings to St. Judes Children’s Hospital.
Fast forward to 20 years later in 2021. Treetops is thrilled to celebrate this amazing accomplishment by celebrating Mr. Trevino and our beautiful golf course, which is still ranked #1 in North America by several publications. On July 29th, 2021, Mr. Trevino will be back to celebrate the 20th Anniversary almost to the exact day of the shot heard round the world. Our boutique event will allow 80 lucky golfers to spend the day with Lee Trevino with the schedule consisting of the following:
- 11am – Sponsor’s Lunch
- 12pm – Golf Clinic conducted by Lee Trevino and fellow World Golf Hall of Famer, Dennis Walters
- 1pm – Shotgun start for 9 holes on Threetops. Trevino will be stationed on the 7th hole hitting a shot with each group that comes through
- 4pm – Fireside Chat with Lee Trevino moderated by the voice of the Spartans and the Pistons, George Blaha
Playing spots have been sold out for quite some time. Currently, there is limited availability for sponsorships which would allow the final 4 to 8 players into the field. In addition, Treetops recently added the opportunity to be a spectator on hole #7 during the golf event. However, this is limited to the first 150 people to sign-up and spots are going fast. Can he do it again? With over 20 shots to this green and the same exact pin location as it was when he knocked it in 20 years ago, it is likely that he might. Go to Treetops.com right away so you don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity or better yet, book your tee time to play the #1 Par 3 Course in North America and walk in the steps of these legends of the game.
Reinvestment continues at Treetops with over a half million dollars in upgrades to be completed in 2021
As the PACE project at Treetops roars on, additional reinvestment is taking place around the property to improve the look, feel and efficiency of the resort and improve our overall guest experience.
Projects already completed or in the works include a new stand up freezer for the Tavern on the Hill at Treetops North, additional ice machines in both hotels doubling the amount that are currently there and a fresh coat of paint for the Jones Clubhouse and Top of the Hill restaurants. In the very near future, we will repave the entrance road and complete work from the past 2 summers to create a smooth surface from the front entrance to the back entrance of the main resort. We will also repair the sidewalks outside of the Inn.
Later this summer, Treetops plans to install all new directional signage resort wide to create a uniform look throughout the resort but more importantly help guests find their way. Treetops will also continue to upgrade its vehicle fleet throughout the year. We also have big plans for an Extreme Tubing Expansion this summer and will expound on those details in a later entry.
Additional Capital is expected to be available in late summer/early fall and we’re excited to inform our guests about more spectacular upgrades as we move through what will prove to be one of the most active years in Treetops history.
Treetops investing millions to help you enjoy your stay at Michigan’s Most Spectacular Resort
Treetops has broken ground on several projects that will result in a noticeable difference to guests visiting the resort this year. By securing a PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Loan Treetops has embarked on several projects that will improve energy efficiency, disaster resilience and/or water conservation.
Treetops plans to complete the entire $2.7 Million process over the course of 2021 allowing current and not so distant future guests to experience the upgrades right away. Current and completed projects include a comprehensive upgrade of all lighting to LED, upgrading nearly all HVAC systems to 90+ efficiencies, installing room controls to regulate heating and cooling when not in use, an insulation renovation of our 3 most frequently used buildings and replacement of many entrance doors around the property. Many of these upgrades are not flashy to the eye but Treetops guests will feel the difference while allowing our resort to be environmentally conscious.
PACE work is being carefully managed by Director of Maintenance, Doug Hoeh to stay on schedule and make an impact quickly while being meticulous to not adversely affect or displace the thousands of guests that will be visiting in the next few months. Projects on the horizon include a new roof on the Convention Center, HVAC units in the restaurants and meeting rooms and a lighting upgrade complete with easy dimming switches in meeting rooms as well. Just in time to welcome meeting groups back to Treetops as COVID restrictions continue to ease as we beat this pandemic.
We’re thrilled to welcome our guests to Treetops in 2021 to show them how their business has allowed us to reinvest millions back into our property.