Tree Tops Golf Resort – Threetops Course Photos

In August of 2022 we spent a weekend at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan. We played the Signature Course on Saturday and the infamous 9-hole, par-3 Threetops Course.

Threetops has gained recognition and has been consistently ranked as one of the top par-3 courses in the United States. It has been featured in various golf publications and has hosted prestigious events, including the ESPN Par-3 Shootout, which brought together top professional golfers to compete on the course.

Hole 7 is the said to be the biggest winning hole in the history of golf and happened during ESPN Par-3 Shootout.  Lee Trevino’s hole-in-one in 2001 gave him a cool million, plus another $10k for being closest to the pin. 

Threetops Golf Course is unique in that it is a par-3 course designed by legendary golf course architect Rick Smith. Despite being a par-3 course, Threetops offers a challenging and exciting experience for golfers of all skill levels. The course is known for its elevated tee boxes, dramatic views, and strategic bunkering

We played the Threetops at Treetops in August 2022. Read about our round and the fun we had and the challenges we faced in our September 2022 newsletter.  Make sure you don’t miss an issue by clicking on Golf Up North Newsletter and subscribing to our monthly newsletter.

Par 3 shootout wall at Treetops Clubhouse

ESPN Par-3 Shootout Memorabilia Wall

Treetops North Clubhouse – Gaylord Michigan

ESPN Par 3 Shootout at Threetops Course 1999 – 2006

Weekend accommodations at Treetop Resort – Gaylord, Michigan

Treetops North Clubhouse – Gaylord, Michigan

Threetops Hole 1

Try to keep tee shot below the hole. Green slopes from back to front.

Threetops Hole 2
Double Cross

This hole has a left and right green. Safest shot is right of the front bunker.


Threetops Hole 3
Devil’s Drop

As many as 4 clubs less than yardage. The largest elevation change at 150 foot drop.

Threetops Hole 4

Shots that miss short or right may get favorable bounce. Left of the green is trouble.

Threetops Hole 5
Valley Lo

The hole plays uphill. Hit the middle of the green and it will come back towards the front.

Threetops Hole 6
Harry’s Way

Green is divided into 2 sections. If you come up short you may find the water or bunker

Threetops Hole 7
High Five

Lee Trevino’s Million Dollar Hole-In-One. Take 3 clubs less for this hole.

Threetops Hole 8
Hang Time

This hole plays downhill. Avoid hitting short and right.

Threetops Hole 9
Upward Home

Add at least 1/2 a club for this hole. Come up short and you will likely be in the bunkers.


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