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Golf Week Magazine Honors Gaylord Area Courses

Four area courses named to Michigan’s top 20

GAYLORD, MI — The Gaylord Golf Mecca, known as America’s Summer Golf Mecca, has four of its golf courses listed among the best in Michigan by Golfweek magazine. Golfweek, one of the country’s leading industry golf publications, annually puts together a ranking of the Top 100 Modern and Classic courses in America, as well as the best courses in each state. 

In Michigan, Golfweek ranked the following Gaylord area courses among the Top 20 in Michigan – Otsego Club’s Black Forest at No. 7, Treetops Smith Signature at No. 8, Black Lake Golf Club at No. 9, and Treetops Fazio Premier at No. 13.

Tom Doak, who created the modern classic Pacific Dunes in Bandon, Ore. (ranked No. 2 on Golfweek’s "Top 100 Modern Courses" list), designed Black Forest. Black Forest meanders over 400 acres of northern hardwoods, meadows, and valleys. The large undulating greens, British-style rugged bunkers, and fescue lined sweeping fairways are classic works of art. Doak’s golf course design firm is also based in Michigan.

The Treetops Signature course, designed by Rick Smith, is an 18-hole modern classic that combines the rustic northern Michigan landscape with the unique design features of Irish courses overseas. The Premier course is also the state’s only Tom Fazio design. Fazio created a scenic user-friendly course with fairways and greens designed to bring errant shots back into play. Treetops resort is already one of the leading golf resort destinations in the country. Its inventory of four championship courses and a par-3 course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., Tom Fazio, and Rick Smith, is one of the best collections of golf holes on one property anywhere in the country.

Black Lake Golf Club is an 18-hole gem cut into a 1,000-acre forest retreat owned by the United Auto Workers (UAW). Nationally acclaimed architect Rees Jones designed the Black Lake course, which meanders in and out of forest areas and wetland areas featuring immaculate greens and strategic bunkers. Jones has become known as the "U.S. Open doctor" for his restoration of classic layouts selected by the USGA as U.S. Open tournament sites.

The Gaylord Golf  Mecca offers something for everyone including opulent resort destinations such as the nationally acclaimed Treetops Resort, Otsego Club, and Garland Resort. Complimenting the resorts are high-quality public courses such as Black Forest, Black Lake, Michaywe, Mountain Lake, The Loon, Marsh Ridge, The Natural, Black Bear, Elk Ridge, and Gaylord Country Club, as well as fine and casual dining, and quaint inns. It’s an experience golfers of all skills and tastes can enjoy.

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