TREETOPS RESORT - Premier Course (855) 437-2189
Michigan Golf Course Review
Treetops late founder, Harry Melling, commissioned Rick Smith to find the best designer in the industry to build a second championship course on
property. Once Tom Fazio visited the area, he could not resist. His "Premier"course opened in 1992 (shortly before 'Threetops" inception) to tremendous
accolades. Golf Digest has given the Fazio Course a 4-1/2 star rating. Mr. Fazio considers it one of his best pieces of work, and players consider it "user
friendly", with vast, rolling fairways - many of them bowl shaped to corral errant shots. We agree with that assessment, though it would be a stretch to call
any of the Treetops designs easy. The slope ratings on the Premier range from 125 from the front tees, to 136 from the tips, which plays at 6832 yards.
Water comes into play on only one hole - the par three 11th. You will hardly notice this omission.
A panoramic tee shot greets you on the opening hole. This mid range par four plays entirely downhill and favors a tee shot down the right center of the
fairway. Stay left and the hole plays long, with rolling, uneven lies and mounding. The rough is very penal. The uphill second is also picturesque, with
bunkers on the right and trees guarding both sides of the fairway. You will encounter the toughest hole of the layout on the par 4 third. It plays uphill and
about 50 - 75 yards longer than the yardage indicates. Holes four through six give you a reprieve and an opportunity to score well. A 40 foot vertical drop
on the par three 4th will shorten the hole considerably. Bunkers guard the front of this two-tiered green, but there is room long. Another double tiered
green awaits you a short par four, which plays slightly uphill. Stay to the right side for the best approach. The sixth is a short par five, and a good birdie
opportunity. The seventh looks easy on the scorecard - a very short par four. It features an extremely narrow, rolling fairway however, and your approach
to the elevated green will require 2 clubs more than usual. After an extremely downhill par three, ala Threetops, you will finish the front with a beautiful,
challenging and most interesting dogleg left par four. Play to the right center off the tee, as there is little reward for cutting the corner. The uphill
approach, which requires an extra club, is best played to the left side of this undulating green.
Drive to the left center on number 10, to avoid the four fairway bunkers on the right side. It plays uphill all the way, with sand also protecting the green.
The eleventh is one of my favorite holes. It is the only Fazio hole with a water hazard - and it is a beauty. Nearly all carry, this par three plays extremely
tough in windy conditions, but is easy par/possible birdie otherwise. This particular area is gorgeous -and the condominiums you see to the right are
available for rent, on a daily, weekly and monthly basis - definitely a room with a view. A gentle but tricky double dogleg awaits you on the twelfth. The
putting surface is one of the few that slope from front to back, so be careful on your approach, which will easily roll off the green. The next two par fours
are a challenging duo - a dipping dogleg left followed by the uphill number two handicap. The fairway on 14 is pretty wide open, but slopes considerably
from right to left, against the grain of the dogleg.
Fifteen is an extreme dogleg right, and is considered one of the best short par fours in the world. You will have some interesting choices on your approach
to one of the craziest, most undulating greens you will ever encounter. Pin placement info is important here. If the flag is up, play it short. If it is in back,
you may be able to play a bump and run. Play the approach smartly and you have a good opportunity for par or birdie. Have fun and good luck! Sixteen
presents a downhill tee shot, but plays uphill the rest of the way, to a plateaud green with an intimidating grass bunker long right. Fazio's largest green
awaits you on the next par three, which plays more uphill than is apparent. The closing hole, a long par four, features the widest driving area with ample
room for error off the tee. Approach the green on the right, as considerable trouble lurks left.
The back nine plays quite long, and is especially tough from the blue or back tees. Pay attention to the advice provided for each hole on the score card,
and you may have better luck finding the even lies which will enable you to score well, while you are enjoying the aesthetics and natural beauty of this special course.
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