The Tradition


3962 Wilkinson Rd., Gaylord, MI 49735

course overview

Three Spectacular 18 hole golf courses and the number 1 Par 3 course in North America, what else could Treetops possibly need? How about an 18 hole course that is walkable and takes the game back to its roots, the Rick Smith Tradition. In 1997, as golfer’s continued to flood the 45th  Parallel in the summer, Rick Smith strayed from the northern Michigan norm and built a classic parkland style golf course complete with pennant flags, rocks for tee markers and wooden flagsticks and tee signs much like you’ll find at many of the world’s oldest golf courses. The result was the perfect complement to an already impressive stable of courses and a layout conducive to growing the game with families and juniors. Soon after it’s opening, the Tradition played host to the nation’s best junior golfers as the site for the Western Junior Amateur. Some of the competitors were none other than today’s TOUR stars Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker. Today, the Tradition can be walked and/or  traversed with a golf car.  Just like most other things at Treetops, we leave that up to you!

TeeYardageSlopeCourse RatingPar
Year Built: 1997Architect: Rick Smith
Black63571307070
Blue583411867.870
White553011566.470
Red490711667.470

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