The Premier


3962 Wilkinson Rd., Gaylord, MI 49735

course overview

The late Harry Melling had a dream to build one golf course for each day of the week. After 5 successful years of full tee sheets on the Jones “Masterpiece” course, it was time to get closer to this dream and build another course. Melling turned to his famed golf professional, Rick Smith, and asked, “who’s the best?” Thus, began an intense recruitment of the most sought after architect in the 90’s, Mr. Tom Fazio. Several calls from Rick Smith to Tom Fazio finally paid off as Fazio (who had never  ventured north to Michigan for a project) finally decided to come to Treetops to walk the potential site. He stepped onto the land, fell in love and began construction on what is still today the only Tom Fazio design in Michigan. The “Premier” provides a more user friendly complement to the difficult Jones “Masterpiece”. Just what the doctor ordered for legendary golf instructor, Rick Smith, who had spent years watching amateur golfers hit the ball sideways. You’ll be happy to know that the Fazio “Premier” rescues many of those shots with its well placed slopes.

TeeYardageSlopeCourse RatingPar
Year Built: 1992Architect: Tom Fazio
Black683213473.672
Blue628712870.972
White585712568.872
Red503912269.872

services offered

  • Bag Attendant
  • Ranger
  • Golf Lessons
  • Professional Services – Tournament and Event Administration, Score Board, Cart Placards & Rules
  • On Course F & B Services
  • Gas Carts
  • Golf Shop Hours and Merchandise offered
  • North Driving Range – about 60 stations
  • Dress Code: Men – collared shirts with sleeves and slacks; Ladies – golf apparel, no halter tops or bathing suits