Smith Signature at Treetops Sylvan Resort

4.0000000000 4.0 stars from 5 (10)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6653 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 72.6

  • 3962 Wilkinson Rd, Gaylord, Michigan 49735, Otsego County
  • (888) 873-3867, (517) 732-6711
  • (989) 732-9858
  • www.treetops.com

Year built: 1993
Architect(s): Rick Smith
Type: Resort
Greens: Bent
Fairways: Bent
Golf Season: Open: 4/30 Closed: 10/31

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Rick Smith Golf Academy

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attired required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 70 6653 yards 72.6 136
Blue 70 6285 yards 71.1 133
White 70 5863 yards 68.9 129
Gold (W) 70 5413 yards 72.2 137
Red (W) 70 4604 yards 66.9 125

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.0 stars from 5
Overall Condition: 4.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 10 Reviews
5 stars:
4
4 stars:
4
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

8 out of 9 reviews


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"Great course with fantastic views"


ukiguy's avatar
Age: 35-44
Gender: Female
Skill: Beginner
Plays: Once a month
Handicap: 25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Not quite as challenging as Masterpiece at same resort but a really good course. The weather was perfect and pace of play was just under the expected 5 hours. As other courses at Treetops: rolling hills, sand traps, and elevation changes are the name of the game. Fantastic place, great conditions, and makes me wish I lived closer.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Treetops Resort - Signature"


btweed1683's avatar
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Age: 25-34
Gender: Female
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The Good: Extremely unique, interesting layout from longtime instructor Rick Smith is the perhaps the most complete golfing experience at Treetops. Great course conditions from tee through the green. A layout with very limited water but significant elevation changes, winding through woodlands and rolling hills of northern Michigan. Very open off the tee but terrifying around the greens. Some of the most undulating greens you will find. Many strong, difficult Par 4's and risk-reward Par 5's. Very good on-course amenities that include restroom areas and half-way houses. One of the best resort practice areas in the Midwest includes a cool putting course. Strong service and good clubhouse with mini-restaurant. Great value for upstate Michigan resort golf at $100 with cart and range balls.

The Bad: Difficult to nit-pick, but the lack of GPS is a negative. Not as much variation in the Par 4's compared to the Fazio and Masterpiece courses.

The Verdict: The Smith course is arguably the most visually threatening yet enjoyable course at the Treetops resort. Best conditioned of the four 18-hole courses and perhaps the best course in the Gaylord area.

Best Hole: The long, downhill Par 4 3rd is the epitome of the Treetops Resort and Signature course: Huge elevation change from the tee to a large landing area that requires a long-iron/hybrid approach to a demonic two-tiered green.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Slow Play"


SapientCritic's avatar
Age: 45-54
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/31/2013
Previously played

Reviewed on

I love this course (Smith). But the experience was ruined by the slow play. There are zero rangers on the course and the staff seemingly doesn't care about you once you tee off. Of course, I expected slower play during Labor Day weekend. However we were headed for a 6 hour round (and darkness) when we finally walked off the course after skipping around to find open holes and playing a makeshift 15 hole course playing multiple holes of over and over again.

I suggest you play any of the other fine golf courses in Gaylord during peak golfing dates.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


"UNBELIEVABLE"


deboeraa21's avatar
Age: 25-34
Gender: Male
Skill: Beginner
Plays: Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played this course on a cool July evening. The scenery is unbelievable and the holes challenging but fair. They give the impression of being tight but fairways are generous. Greens are difficult with a lot of slopes and were super fast even after a day of rain. It was the end of July but the temp was in the upper 50's to low 60's. We played evening and did not get all the holes in but the ranger took us to the last two so we could finish by the clubhouse.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Treetops Signature"


u000001645947's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/26/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played Fazio Premier, Jones Masterpiece and Smith Signature on a recent trip to Treetops. Smith Signature doesn't have the same elevation changes, but I felt it was more player friendly than the other courses. Real nice layout and highly recommended.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"An AMAZING DEAL in the afternoon"


None's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/22/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We played a later afternoon round for 80 percent off. If was an unbelievable course for the cost. Fairways and greens in great shape. The views are amazing. The pace of play in the afternoon was very fast.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"beautiful course unbeatable deal on golf now"


mjwdelivers's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

While camping in northern Michigan we were trying to find a fun golf course to play even though treetops was almost an hour from our campsite the deal we got on golf now was irresistible I did not even think I would be able to play such a nice course but the hot deal was better than the local 9 holers the signature course was visually stunning with mountain views stretching for miles most of the resort traffic was done for the day and the course was still in fabulous shape definitely a do over


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"very challenging greens"


wildejam's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a month
Handicap: 5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/16/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Signature: Greens were absolutely blazing fast and have some of the most severe slopes i have ever played. Our 3-some had more than a couple putts end up off of greens.

The rest of the course is reasonably open and it great shape. Its a challenging but fair course that higher handicaps can enjoy too.

$55 on golf now was a bargain for a course of this caliber..


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Tree top views, municipal maintenance."


theredmission's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/2/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was my first time visiting Treetops, and maybe my expectations coming in to the course was too high, but even with may deeply-discounted round through golfnow I was left extremely disappointed. I played the "Signature" course, which does offer a number of scenic vistas throughout the track which winds through the woods and hills of norther Michigan. However, the major let down was the extreme failure of proper course maintenance. If a course prices itself at $100+ a round I believe it is fair to expect a high-level of overall course conditions. Instead, this is what I found:
-Unevenly mowed tee boxes littered with divots so numerous it was impossible to not be force to stand in one and broken tees everywhere.
-Bunkers that have not seen fresh sand in some time and are not raked daily by staff.
-Fairways with numerous soggy spots due to poor drainage
-Cart paths that were 25% paved, the rest being dirt/gravel or just grass
-Healthy, long rough that presented a challenge but filled with piles of clippings and no clean first cut.
-Greens (the worst part) with dead spots, signs of mold damage, ball marks more plentiful than dimples on a golf ball, and even entire baseball-sized chunks of turf missing from the green.
-Golf carts are gas-powered and showing their age. No sand, tees, or ball washer was provided on them.

To sum things up, the course had the maintenance of a regular municipal course at very best, which significantly devalues the Treetop experience. I've played just about every other resort course in the state, all of which are similarly priced. In the future I will probably stick to those other options like Crystal Mtn, Boyne, and Tullymore which seems to get all the aspects of running a course including the small details beyond just mowing the grass everyday right.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/20/2013

I believe this review is overly critical. I played the course on 16 June, only 11 days later and the greens were in great shape so I guess it's a tip of the cap to the grounds crew for turning this apparent "cow pasture" into a beautiful northern Michigan golf course in only 11 days. In fairness, there are places around the course where the cart path is not paved, but is that really a reason to discourage people from playing this gem of a course? I guess Golf Digest must have it all wrong by ranking this course as one of the top courses in Michigan. The tee boxes on a few holes were a bit "organic" but no where near as unplayable as this reviewer suggests. I hear what is being said about a course costing $100+ and expecting better conditions, but you will miss out on a great golf course if you decide to skip this course based on what I think is over exaggerated information.


"awesome stay-n-play golf resort"


u000007593045's avatar
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2013
Previously played

Reviewed on

Played all 4 courses. I've always thought the "signature" was their best course, and now that a $10 surcharge has been added to play this beauty, it was correct. LOTS of elevated tees, with gorgeous views of N.Michigan.
The "premier" would rank 2nd at the resort. Hilly, challenging, and a lot of fun to play.
The "masterpiece" would be 3rd on my list. This course has some of the most spectacular holes you'll ever see #especially holes1-11# , but it is VERY difficult. It's hard to score on.
"Tradition" would be 4th. an easy, flatter course then the others, but it's an oppurtunity to go low scoring wise, which may be needed after the other 3 brutes have beaten you up.
Threetops is a fun Par 3, but expensive


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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