The Tradition at Treetops Sylvan Resort

4.2889000000 4.3 stars from 5 (45)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6357 yards
  • Slope: 130
  • Rating: 70.0

Address Course Location

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

Key Info

Year built: 1997
Architect(s): Rick Smith
Type: Resort
Style: Links
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 6357 yards 70.0 130
Blue 70 5834 yards 67.8 118
White 70 5530 yards 66.4 115
Red (W) 70 4907 yards 67.4 116

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.3 stars from 5
Overall Condition: No ratings so far
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: No ratings so far
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 45 Reviews
5 stars:
22
4 stars:
16
3 stars:
5
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

42 out of 44 reviews


Reviews


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Recommended
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Type of Golfer
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"ThreeTops in Gaylord, Mi."


u000001653448's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/13/2013
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Reviewed on

ThreeTops is probably the best Par 3 course ever. The weather could have been better.


Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Played the Tradition 10/10/13 and Threetops 10/11/13(par 3)-enjoyable except"


uXVNH9095XV's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2013
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The Tradition fairways and greens were just fine.
To drive or ride the golf cart one mile to tee #1 and to
ride or drive over the roughs was very rough, ruts all over ,
They should smooth out the course, they have the bucks....

Threetops was an awesome 9 holes to play, one of the
best anywhere. However, it was October and the guy
blowing the leafs was in my way or following and it
sounds like a fire warning. Not good.


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"This is not a must play course, just okay."


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Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/9/2013
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This course is what I would call plain. Nothing special.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Fall golf!"


chp421's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/4/2013
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Reviewed on

Given that it was October 4 and raining, the course was in great shape. Good variety of holes and the views can't be beat. Don't miss A chance to play here.


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Friendly and forgiving"


indyron's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/1/2013
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Great course for average golfer, very wide fairways, well maintained, yet a bit challenging at times.


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Threetops course is fun and challenging."


None's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/19/2013
First time playing

Reviewed on

I love this par three course. Setting is spectacular, and course is a real challenge. Fun, fun, fun!


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very challenging par 3 course."


jgolicic's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 9/05/2013
First time playing

Reviewed on

This is the same par 3 that the pros played for 3 years. Had a great time trying to guess the correct club to use. Holes from 210 yards to 105 yards with mostly downhill drops.


Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely 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.


18 Hole Pace of Play: >5 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


"A little expensive for 9 holes but worth it."


kmcelmeel's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/31/2013
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Reviewed on

Every hole was breathtaking. Very challenging but very helpful tips on the score card.


Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Treetops"


u000007662494's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/17/2013
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I can not say enough good things about Treetops. I have played all 5 courses. Tradition is fairly easy. Signature and Premier are hard. Masterpiece is super challenging. Great staff, courses are in great shape!


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"8/14 recent aeration"


u000007662494's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/14/2013
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While this is the first Treetops course it IS the most challenging. The greens, faiways and tee boxes had been just aerated and actually in a lot of cases helped. This course is NOT for the average player. The fairways are all sloped and there is not a level lie virtually anywhere. I can't imaging playing this course when the faiways are running fast.. I have to admit the scenery and the course itself is gorgeous. If you are ready for a challenge, this is your course. If you are a 15+ handicap, be ready to be frustrated .... even on good shots.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Very nice!"


pingdingrl's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/09/2013
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The Tradition course at Treetops is supposed to be their walking course. It does not have paved cart paths. But very few people walk it, and it is a very nice venue. Not perfection at Treetops, like the Premier. But it is a great course and a great value.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 3/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"This probably is the most picturesque course we have ever played."


mudraygolf's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/02/2013
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With it's panoramic views of rolling hills and woodlands,
it's easy to understand why this course is highly recommended.
The fairways are well maintained and the tee's are easy to locate.
While the staff was very polite and imformitive, we were a little
disappointed in the greens keeping. The harsh winter we had here in Nortrhern Michigan may have had something to do with it.
The stagering drop from tee to green on hole number six is
one like you will seldom see, play it carefully. The entire course
is challanging and a pleasure to play, we will be back again.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Pace of Play problems"


mjpollak300's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/2/2013
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Great course, not is as great of shape as I would have expected, the greens were kind of beaten up by the traffic, but we quit after 17 holes as there was no marshall on the course and the group in front of us had no one within 3 holes of them. We had to wait at least 5 minutes between each shot before we could play. Not enjoyable at all.


18 Hole Pace of Play: >5 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Pace of Play not maintained"


mjpollak300's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/1/2013
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Reviewed on

Great course, not is as great of shape as I would have expected, the greens were kind of beaten up by the traffic, but we quit after 17 holes as there was no marshall on the course and the group in front of us had no one within 3 holes of them. We had to wait at least 5 minutes between each shot before we could play. Not enjoyable at all.


18 Hole Pace of Play: >5 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"a real value"


dhdrew1's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/30/2013
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From the bag drop crew to the pro shop and onto the course we were treated royally...great value for the package


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"greens and elevation changes were outstanding!"


tedhammerandnails's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/29/2013
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The greens were FAST but fair as long as you were on the correct tier.The excellent use of the terrain with elevated tees and greens made this a very memorable round of golf.


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"best course iv ever played"


turbojeffy's avatar
Age: Under 25
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/28/2013
First time playing

Reviewed on

took my wife out for a round and found a great deal on the one when we got there we were both wowed loved the experience i got to share with my wife want to come back and do one of the other four courses


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"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
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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.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

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
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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.


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course