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Review: Treetops Par-3 “3Tops” Course In Gaylord, Michigan

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 27th, 2012
Categories: Course ReviewsGolf CoursesHOG World TourTravel

How many dog-track par-3 courses are in your neck of the woods? When considering par-3 courses, one doesn’t think of a top resort or golf travel destination. I used to think of “Paul’s Par-3,” a very low budget track which fetches $2.00 on weekdays and $5.00 on weekends, payable through a donation envelope deposited into a slit in a steel pole by the first tee. There’s no pro shop.

Treetops 3Tops Par-3 Course

Treetops Par-3 Course, “3Tops” – Click for more…

Following my thorough examination of Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan, my view of par-3s has completely changed. I had so much fun playing the par-3 course at Treetops, called “3Tops,” that I’d rather play that course over countless 18 hole par-72 tracks.

3Tops Overview

3Tops has 9 par-3 holes ranging from 90 yards to as long as 220+ yards. The elevation changes are absolutely stunning. Bring your camera. Many holes have elevation drops which can call for as many as 4 clubs worth of distance. The 220+ yard 3rd hole for instance, had a drop which I estimate to be over 100 feet. For that tee shot 7-irons were hitting pin high, after being airborne for somewhere around 22 minutes.

The course design is wonderful and fun, winding up and down large hills. Add plush green grass, white sand bunkers, and dense forest framing up the holes, and the result is a complete winner. In fact the track is widely known as the best par-3 course in America. I’ve toured the par-3 at Augusta National Golf Club and 3Tops is every bit as beautiful and surely more challenging with the massive elevation changes.

Treetops Par-3 Course - click for more

Treetops Par-3 Course – click for more

I tried my hardest to reproduce the $1,000,000+ hole-in-one Lee Trevino carded on the 140 yard 7th hole. Trevino aced it during the Par-3 Shootout on ESPN back in 2007. My gap wedge hit about 3-4 feet from the back pin. Unfortunately the ball spun back an incredible 24 yards. I was happy to make a par. No million dollar prize for me, but I did enter the Michigan lottery. You never know.  Check out the video below documenting the shot:

Conclusion – 3Tops at Treetops IS Tops!

A round of golf on 3Tops runs $50. Not cheap for a par value of 27. But in that nine holes is enough fun to cover 18 regular holes or more, plus rounds clock in at around a hour. As a bonus, the chance of making one’s own ace, whether for a million bucks or $2 worth of 50 cent skins, is increased by more than double over a standard 18 hole track.

Related Links

Treetops Website

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HOG World Tour Visits Otsego Club Tribute Course, Gaylord, Michigan – Image Gallery Uploaded

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, August 25th, 2012
Categories: Golf CoursesHOG World TourTravel

I’ve just uploaded a batch of photos to the Hooked On Golf Blog Photo Gallery of the most recent HOG World Tour stop.   This batch is of the very cool and fun to play Otsego Tribute Course in Gaylord (northern), Michigan.

Otsego Golf Michigan

Otsego Tribute Course – click for more

The Tribute was a super fun track to play, with plush green fairways and super large elevation changes, not to mention the dense trees lining the holes.

Otsego Golf Tribute Course

Otsego Golf Tribute Course – click to zoom

HOG World Tour visits Black Lake Golf Club in northern Michigan

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
Categories: Golf CoursesHOG World Tour

I’ve just finished uploading a batch of photos from Black Lake Golf Club in Onaway, (northern) Michigan.  Black Lake is owned by the UAW and was designed by Rees Jones.  I must say this is possibly the most well maintained course I’ve played ALL year.  And that is saying a lot.

Black Lake Golf Club

Black Lake Golf Club – Click to see more…

Black Lake is a fantastic track, very beautiful, challenging and yet playable. There are five sets of tees, the tips measuring out at 7,046 yards with a rating of 74.4 and slope of 138.

Black Lake Golf Club

Black Lake has some fantastic par-3 holes! Click to zoom.

Thanks to Black Lake for hosting me. Can’t wait to get back there. For more photos click the images in this post or this link to the Hooked On Golf Blog Black Lake image gallery.

HOG World Tour Visits 3Tops and Treetops Fazio Course

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
Categories: Golf CoursesHOG World Tour

This week’s posts are mostly going to be a few photo highlights as my writing schedule while on the road is very limited (as is the internet connection).

Today I experienced two courses at Treetops here in Gaylord, Michigan.  Early this morning was “3Tops,” which is the par-3 track at Treetops.  I could play this course every day and never get bored.  The elevation changes are insane. Here’s one photo from this morning, and I’ll be posting the rest toward the end of the week.


Beautiful course, and this is “just” the par-3 track! Click to zoom.

After the 3Tops round was 18 on the Tom Fazio designed course at Treetops here in northern Michigan, the “Fazio” course. Once again, more photos to be posted later this week.

Treetops Fazio Course

The Fazio course at Treetops. Click to zoom.

Black Forest & Treetops Signature Photos Coming Soon

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, August 20th, 2012
Categories: Golf CoursesHOG World Tour

It is very late and I’m mega-tired.  So I can’t spend the time it is going to take to process the billions of photos I took today during my 36 hole marathon day of golf at Black Forest and Treetops Signature course here in Gaylord, Michigan.  For now here are a couple of highlights.

Black Forest Golf Club

Black Forest Golf Club – Tom Doak Design

Treetops Signature Course

Treetops Signature Course

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