A masterpiece not by its name alone – this is the Masterpiece Course at the Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan. It is not only easily remembered for its being an excellent golf vacation destination. This course is known to be the master designer Robert Trent Jones Sr’s last creation in Michigan. He did absolutely well – a perfect punctuation for his equally excellent creations in Michigan.
The Masterpiece Course is the first of the 4 championship courses in the resort facility and it set the bar high for the resort’s courses, as well as all of Michigan’s. This Jones Sr masterpiece measures 7,060 yards from the longest tees and plays for a par of 71. Its location, at the headwaters of the Pigeon River, gives the terrain a lot of variety. It is laden with a combination of natural valleys, plains and ravines and the legendary designer showed it that much respect that he didn’t so much intervene but instead worked on keeping it. The result is, obviously, one golf course with the most dramatic elevation changes possible. And the views overlooking the Pigeon River Valley are just as dramatic to make for anybody’s most memorable golf vacations ever.
It really should not be surprising that this golf trip favorite is a favorite of golf publications’ awards and recognitions as well. This, after all, is a pioneer in excellence of sorts in this part of the country. The Masterpiece Course may be Jones’ last in Michigan, but it ranked – AND STILL RANKS – among the first ones to have been built on excellence that made others follow suit.