After several years of attending the famed Par 3 Event hosted by Augusta National prior to The Masters, Rick Smith returned to Treetops with a bright idea. “Let’s build a Par 3 Course, Smith said, the TOUR players love it.” Funny thing is, Smith had the 9 hole loop built in his head already. When Harry Melling gave him the green light to build it, Rick was out scouting the land and clearing brush the very next day. Less than a year later, Threetops opened along with the Fazio Premier bringing the Treetops arsenal from 18 holes to 45 holes just like that. Immediately, the cleverly named Threetops began to garner national attention and has been ranked the #1 Par 3 Course in America in multiple publications concurrently from its opening to present day. The course became even more of a national landmark in 1999 when it hosted the 1st ever Par 3 Shootout televised nationally by ESPN in a format that was created specifically for this spectacular layout. The first participants in the event were multiple major championship winners Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd, Phil Mickelson and Lee Janzen.