3962 Wilkinson Rd., Gaylord, MI 49735

resort overview

When the late Harry Melling decided that Sylvan Resort needed to jump into the golf business, he didn’t tiptoe into the industry, he hired none other than Robert Trent Jones, Sr. One of the most influential names in golf course architecture

Jones had designed about 500 golf courses worldwide. When Jones stepped foot onto this property in the mid 1980’s and happened upon the perch overlooking the Pigeon River Valley on what today is hole #6, he quipped to Melling and Rick Smith, “all I can see are the tops of trees, you should call this place Treetops.” At once, Sylvan Resort became the world class four-season resort, Treetops.

When the “Masterpiece” opened in 1986, it debuted with the highest slope rating of any course in all of Michigan and remains today as one of the state’s most challenging courses. Of all of the masterful Jones designs across the globe, RTJ referred to his Treetops’ design as his “Masterpiece”.

restaurants

  • Legends on the Hill
  • Join us at Legends on the Hill for a casual meal in a relaxed atmosphere for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We take pride in our friendly and efficient service. Ask for our signature Michigan Bloody Mary, house Bloody Mary mix combined with Michigan spirits.
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  • Hunter's Grille
  • In the evening every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in season we are proud to showcase Hunter’s Grille Late Night. We offer a Michigan Menu featuring local ingredients as well as fabulous martinis, outstanding beer and wine features and live music.
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  • The Sports Bar Menu
  • Come experience a relaxed and upbeat setting while watching the big game on one of our flat screen TVs. Our menu offers generous appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, entrees, and our signature pizza.

amenities

  • Lodging: 238 Rooms including: Hotel Rooms, Chalets, 2, 3 and 4 Bedroom Condominiums, Town Homes
  • Treetops Golf Academy
  • Ski School
  • Tubing
  • Skiing & Snowboarding (23 runs)
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Ice Skating
  • Spa
  • Fitness Center
  • Meetings and Conferences
  • Weddings and Receptions
  • Child Care
  • 5 Restaurants
  • 3 Swimming Pools
  • Culinary Adventure Series

awards

  • CONDE NAST - “Top 50 International Resorts” (June 2000)
  • Golf Design (1 of 6 Criteria) Treetops Resort ranked 3rd behind Pinehurst and Pebble Beach
  • GOLF DIGEST - “Places to Play” (since April 2008)
  • Robert Trent Jones, Sr. “Masterpiece” 4 ½ Stars
  • Tom Fazio “Premier” 4 ½ Stars
  • Rick Smith “Signature” 4 ½ Stars
  • Rick Smith “Tradition” 4 ½ Stars
  • GOLF FOR WOMEN - “Top 50 Courses for Women” (August 2007)
  • Rick Smith “Signature” Ranked #29
  • GOLF MAGAZINE - “Resort Profiler” (March 2000)
  • "Quality of Main Golf Course" Treetops Resort #7 - Tom Fazio Premier
  • "Value"  Treetops Resort #4
  • "Quality of Additional Golf Courses" Treetops Resort #7 – Robert Trent Jones, Sr.,
  • Masterpiece Rick Smith Signature & Tradition
  • "Pace of Play” - Treetops Resort #6
  • "Top 100 You Can Play" (September  2000) Tom Fazio "Premier" ranked #71
  • "The Midwest: 25 More You Can Play” (2000)
  • Rick Smith "Signature" ranked #2 for the best of the Midwest
  • ”Silver Medal Resort" Eight-Time Recipient (March 2008)
  • GOLF & TRAVEL - ”Top 40 Resort Courses in America" (2001) Rick Smith "Signature" #18
  • “Number One Par 3 Course in America” Threetops (December 2002)
  • GULFWEED MAGAZINE - “America's Top 40 Resort Courses” 
  • Rick Smith “Signature” Ranked #28 (November 2002)
  • “America's Best Par 3 Course” Threetops Ranked #1
  • “America's Top 100 Modern Courses"  (March 2000) Modern Courses, Rick Smith “Signature” #83
  • Modern Courses, Tom Fazio "Premier" #71
  • GOLF RANGE MAGAZINE - “America's Top Par 3 Courses” Threetops (May/June2010)
  • GREAT LAKES GOLF MAGAZINE - “Best Par 3”  “Masterpiece #6” Ranked #4 (2007)
  • “For the Good of the Game”  “Treetops” Ranked #1 (2007)
  • “Person of the Year”  “Rick Smith, Treetops” Ranked #1 (2007)
  • “Best Golf Trip”   “Treetops” Ranked #1 (2005)
  • “Best Pro Shop” –“Treetops” Ranked #3 (2005)
  • “Best Golf Resort in the Midwest” “Treetops” Ranked #1 (2002)
  • “Best Family Golf Resort in the Midwest” Treetops Ranked #3 (2007)
  • LUXURY GOLF & TRAVEL - Luxury Golf & Travel's “Top 50 Resorts in North America” (March 2006)
  • MICHIGAN GOLF COURSE OWNERS ASSOCIATION - “Golf Course of the Year” Treetops (2006)
  • “Dul Family Player Development Leadership Award” Treetops (2009)
  • MICHIGAN MEETINGS & EVENTS - “Best Golf Resort” (May 2006)
  • OAKLAND PRESS READERS CHOICE - “Best Michigan Golf Resort” (April 2006)
  • MORNING STAR PUBLISHING COMPANY - People's Choice Awards (September 2008)
  • “#1 Golf Course”
  • “#1 Place to Get a Massage”
  • #1 Resort”?#1 Day Care Center – Treetops Adventure Center”
  • PGA PROFESSIONALS’ GUIDE TO TRAVEL - “Favorite Guys Getaways” – Four Featured Destinations (Premier Issue 2007 Edition Survey from PGA Professionals)
  • Treetops Resort-Bandon Dunes Golf Resort-Pebble Beach Resorts-Las Vegas, Nevada
  • USA TODAY - “Top 10 Places to take Dad on Father's Day” 
  • GOLF DESTINATION REVIEW - Best Conditioned Courses Northern Michigan” (2008-2009)
  • LINKS MAGAZINE - Exclusive Readers Travel Poll (November/December 2006 Issue)
  • “Which of the following Midwest resorts would you most like to visit?”
  • 1) The American Club  68% 2) Treetops Resort 46% 3) Inn at Bay Harbor 37% 4) Grand Geneva 23%
  • TRAVEL & LEISURE GOLF - “Best Golf Resort in the Midwest” 2008
  • “Best Resort for Buddy Trips” 2008
  • “Most Underrated Resorts” 2008
  • MICHIGAN PGA - “Merchandiser of the Year” Michael Rey (2013) Gene Bone II (2008) Rick Smith (1993)
  • "Patriot Award" Kevin McKinley (2013)
  • “Merchandiser of the Year, NMPGA” Michael Rey (2012, 2013) Gene Bone II (2008)
  • “Bill Strausbaugh Award, NMPGA” Kevin McKinley (2007, 2008)
  • “Golf Professional of the Year”, NMPGA Kevin McKinley (2009, 2013)
  • "Patriot Award", NMPGA Kevin McKinley (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • “Pro-am of the Year”, NMPGA Treetops Resort (2003 – 2006, 2008 and 2009)
  • “Acushnet Scholarship” Kevin McKinley (2001)