Threetops is the wondrous par three course at Gaylord, Michigan’s Treetops golf resort. Designed by Rick Smith, it has been rated as the best par three course in America by a number of national publications. I can think of no reason why that would not be so.
The course was the site of several televised ESPN Par 3 shootouts, bringing the courses massive elevation changes and imaginative design into the homes of millions. In the 2001 Shootout, Lee Trevino made a hole-in-one on the seventh hole (shown above) and walked away with a million dollars. Trevino donated half his take to St. Jude’s.
Below is the plaque that marks the spot.
I recently visited Treetops and will have a full review shortly.