April 28th, 2016 04:26PM
Gaylord, MI – Stuck inside for most of the winter? Did cabin fever turn into an unimaginable golf fever? Spring has arrived!
It is time to plan a golf vacation and the destination that offers the best and most complete pricing options is the Gaylord Golf Mecca.
The quality of courses, featuring top designers like Robert Trent Jones Sr., Tom Fazio, Rees Jones, Rick Smith, and NBC commentator Gary Koch, is unmatched. The quantity of courses – 15 in the area – is unmatched as well.
The Gaylord Golf Mecca can match any golfer or groups’ desire with a fabulous, fun-filled golf vacation package.
To start, the area offers several golf experiences involving some of the best courses in the Midwest and country.
Visitors can combine world-class golf with premium lodging at the Hilltop Lodge at Otsego Club. This high-end retreat is perfect for small golf groups or corporate retreats. Eight executive suites can be converted into one and three-bedroom lockout suites that sleep from eight to 28 guests. The high-end condominium units at Treetops can also provide a luxury option.
Those looking to create a “home away from home” stay can consider Pine-Cone Accommodations, which specializes in home and condominium rentals for all budgets. Luxury lake homes can also be found.
Combine any of the lodging options with playing Michigan’s only Tom Fazio course at Treetops Resort, or the Smith Signature course, or the original layout at Treetops designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Those three award winners and the highly touted Tribute course, located just outside the Hilltop Lodge with some dramatic elevation changes, feature arguably the Midwest’s best collection of spectacular views (some up to 40-miles).
Unique and special golf experiences are all around the golfer in the Mecca. The Par 3 Threetops course at Treetops is a must-play-and-see no matter the budget. Often referred to as the top par 3 course in America, this nine-hole gem offers incomparable views that render competitors unworthy. The course gained national notoriety in the late 1990s to mid-2000s by playing host to the ESPN Par 3 Shootout. Legends of the game like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples, showcased their talents. Trevino, of course, did it best when he hit the “shot heard around the world.” He aced the par 3 No. 7 hole for a cool $1 million prize.
Golfers can also find spacious lodging at Treetops Resort or the Otsego Club and build a variety of affordable golf package options at those respective resorts in many ways.
Lodging at the Loon Golf Resort features the most convenient location to the first tee of its Loon course. The idea of waking up and being able to walk to the first tee has some great appeal. These town homes offer spacious four bedrooms, four bathrooms and all modern amenities.
With the recent acquisition of the former Marsh Ridge, now called the Ridge, the Loon has added more lodging, another affordable golf course and one of the best restaurants in town. The Loon Golf Resort now features 54-holes with the Loon, the Lakes and the Ridge courses.
There’s still more great golf, of course, like Michawyé, located right down the street from the Loon. A four-course 72-hole golfapalooza can easily be created for the visiting golfer.
Options on the south-end of Gaylord near Otsego Lake include the Natural golf course, one of Michigan-based Jerry Matthews’ top designs. It features beautiful holes winding through the hardwoods of northern Michigan. The cabins at the Beavercreek Resort next door offer a unique lodging option for those looking for the quiet, peaceful and rustic experience.
Don’t forget the other great courses to add on to packages, like Gaylord Country Club, the parkland design with the best greens in town. Also, Black Bear, just north of town, adds to the list of great, unique and varied golf experiences.
One of the best kept secrets in the region is the Black Lake Golf Club next to the UAW Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center. Take a step back in time and experience one of the great settings in Michigan. The center, which is still owned and operated by the UAW, is set along the shores of beautiful Black Lake. Offering rustic rooms, hilltop chalets and the timeless old lodge on the lake, it is a unique getaway unlike anything in northern Michigan. Combine that with the great Rees Jones-designed Black Lake golf course, or nearby Elk Ridge, one of Jerry Matthews’ top-ranked courses, or even the Little Course, a fun par 3, and it is a classic golf vacation experience.
All tastes, combinations, whims and budgets can be met because the Gaylord Golf Mecca offers something for every kind of golfer. Plan to experience this leading golf destination. Visit www.gaylordgolfmecca.com for more golf package information.