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GOLF Magazine Recognizes Two Treetops Courses Among the Best In Michigan

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Gaylord, MI – Treetops Resort, the nationally acclaimed golf resort destination in northern Michigan, has had two of its golf courses recognized by GOLF Magazine in its listing of
“The Best Courses Near You.”

The Smith Signature, designed by leading swing guru and course architect Rick Smith, was ranked No. 8 on the state list, while the Fazio Premier, the only Tom Fazio design in the state of Michigan, was listed at No. 18.

The publication’s biennial review of the top public courses is featured in the September 2014 issue. The “Best in State” was determined through a unique rating system utilizing top golf writers, industry insiders and golf course raters.

The Smith Signature, which opened in 1993, is one of the most unique and beautiful golf courses in the country. Smith’s design incorporates the look and feel of an overseas Irish course with the rugged hardwoods and views of northern Michigan. The course, which is routed in and around a large ridge providing views for up to 40-miles, plays firm and fast with challenging green complexes and fescue lined bunkers that look like they belong more in Ireland than northern Michigan.

Following the opening of the Jones Masterpiece in 1987, Treetops brought in legendary course designer Tom Fazio in 1992 to create a more player friendly design that resort guests could enjoy. The result was a fun and playable course with friendly fairways and large undulating green complexes.

About Treetops Resort

Treetops, located on the 45th Parallel in the alpine village of Gaylord, Mich., is a four-season resort destination spread over 3,000 acres. The famed par 3 No. 6 hole on the Masterpiece course has a 40-mile view of tree tops, and was the inspiration for the resort’s name. In addition to five golf courses and 23 ski runs, the resort features 238 hotel rooms and condominiums, a nationally-ranked golf school, a variety of dining options, the Wellness Spa and over 10,000 square feet of meeting space. For more information, visit

Media Contacts:

Treetops Resort, Kevin McKinley, PGA Director of Golf, (989) 350-0245,

Fusion Media Strategies, Kevin Frisch, (989) 614-0241