Treetops Resort - Rick Smith and Jason Guss Golf Academy
Rick Smith and Jason Guss Golf Academy — One of Golf Magazine’s ‘Top 25 Golf Schools in America’ Michigan’s Most Spectacular Learning Environment! Better golf begins with better instruction. Search, but you won’t find more experienced, highly-skilled instructors than those at Treetops. In fact, the Rick Smith and Jason Guss Golf Academy is [...]
Treetops Ladies Golf Academy 2013
The reinvigorated Treetops Ladies Golf School is open to all ladies, from beginners to seasoned players and is now part of the Rick Smith & Jason Guss Golf Academy. Instruction will focus on the short game and full swing while improving each student’s overall knowledge of the game of golf. Our on course instruction is second [...]
Wings Over Gaylord! - June 15 & 16, 2013
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Gaylord Alpenfest - July 16 - 20, 2013
[ July 16, 2013 to July 20, 2013. ] The Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce presents Alpenfest ®. Expect five days of festivities including a parade, carnival, kid's games and contests, pancake breakfast, ethnic food, stages with live entertainment and the World's Largest Coffee Break. This is a true community celebration! Gaylord, a vacation destination in central northern Michigan, [...]
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Rick Smith and Jason Guss Golf Academy — One of Golf Magazine’s ‘Top 25 Golf Schools in America’
Michigan’s Most Spectacular Learning Environment!
Better golf begins with better instruction. Search, but you won’t find more experienced, highly-skilled instructors than those at Treetops. In fact, the Rick Smith and Jason Guss Golf Academy is Michigan’s only three-time, Top 25 golf school.
There are 3 variables that lead to playing better golf. Great Instruction - we have it as evidenced by the litany of awards garnered by our intructors (click here to see); Cutting Edge Technology - No different than what ALL of the World’s top players from every TOUR use; World Class Golf Experience - Not only do we provide a world class practice facility (for all seasons), but we provide 81 Spectacular holes to perfect your game.
Whether you’re looking to enhance your full swing, hone your short game or get a set of clubs fit perfectly to you, our instructors will help you maximize your skills, increase your confidence and lower your score.
Lessons and programs are booked through The Rick Smith and Jason Guss Golf Academy.
Treetops Resort offers elegant accommodations, fine dining and spectacular golf on all five courses and can include these in any Academy program.
Continuity, Longevity, Reliability, Quality, Innovation
These traits define the Rick Smith and Jason Guss Golf Academy, one of America’s best. The Rick Smith and Jason Guss Golf Academy is the oldest, continuously operated and most highly acclaimed golf school in Michigan. Founded by Rick Smith and Henry Young, the Academy was established at Treetops in 1990 and has been under the expert guidance of Henry Young, Director of Instruction ever since.
From its inception, the over-riding philosophy of the Academy has been clear communication, quality instruction and individualized attention. Regarding the latter, the Rick Smith Golf Academy is the only school in the nation to have a 2:1 student/teacher ratio in Golf Magazine’s first “Top 25″ ranking.
Continuity - Under the guidance of Henry Young since its inception.
Longevity - Established in 1990
Reliability - As new swing methods come and go, the same guiding principle of sound fundamentals tailored to each student, define the Academy’s approach now as in its first year of operation in 1990.
Quality - In Golf Magazine’s bi-annual “Top 25 Golf Schools in America”, the Rick Smith Golf Academy is one of few in America and the ONLY school in Michigan to receive the accolade 3 times. In one issue when the rankings were placed in order, the Rick Smith Golf Academy placed 7th ahead of notable schools lead by David Leadbetter, Hank Haney, Jim McLean and Butch Harmon. There are multiple factors in determining this award, but the major contributing factor is student feedback. We’re proud that our past students are our best marketing tool.
Innovation - This academy has long been revered in the golf industry as THE place to learn from the best. However, the world class instructors do not rest on their laurels. The academy continually reinvents itself with the game’s latest technology including TrackMan, V1 Software, TOMI Putting Systems and all of the games latest training aids.
For more information or to reserve your golf instruction through The Rick Smith and Jason Guss Golf Academy, click here now or please call 866-348-5249 prompt 7, or dial the Rick Smith and Jason Guss Golf Academy at 989-731-8485.
The reinvigorated Treetops Ladies Golf School is open to all ladies, from beginners to seasoned players and is now part of the Rick Smith & Jason Guss Golf Academy.
Instruction will focus on the short game and full swing while improving each student’s overall knowledge of the game of golf. Our on course instruction is second to none as we cover common challenges that many face when they take their games from the range to the course. In 2013, we’ve structured the Ladies Golf School to give you the tools to make the greatest amount of improvement in the shortest amount of time.
Additionally, to better utilize your time while you’re here, the schedule has been adjusted to incorporate the on course portion during one continuous 2 1/2 hour block on the final day.
2013 LADIES GOLF SCHOOL DATES
Space is filling fast!
May 19 - 22
May 28 - 31
June 2 - 5 (currently sold out)
June 9 - 12 (Alumni)
June 16 - 19
June 25 - 28
July 9 - 12 (Alumni)
July 21 - 24
July 28 - 31 (currently sold out)
ALUMNI SCHOOLS - First timers are also welcome at Alumni Schools.
A special gift will be given to Alumni who bring at least one
newcomer with them this year.
For more information or to reserve your golf instruction, click here now
or please call 866-348-5249 prompt 7.
Gaylord Regional Airport Presents “Wings Over Gaylord - 2013” @ the Gaylord Regional Airport, June 15th and 16th, 2013, with Air and Ground performances!
Our 2013 event promises to be Bigger Better and Faster. It will be the Best Ever with something to do for everyone in the family! Enjoy the wide variety of vintage warbirds, modern military aircraft, high speed passes, aerobatics, civilian general aviation aircraft, and military and emergency ground vehicles. Lots to see, do and eat!
The Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce presents Alpenfest ®. Expect five days of festivities including a parade, carnival, kid’s games and contests, pancake breakfast, ethnic food, stages with live entertainment and the World’s Largest Coffee Break. This is a true community celebration! Gaylord, a vacation destination in central northern Michigan, will be hosting its’ 49th Annual Alpenfest ® on July 16-20, 2013. Alpenfest ® attracts not only local residents but also frequent vacationers enjoying the beautiful Michigan summer days. Additionally, it is Gaylord’s unofficial annual homecoming weekend, with former residents returning to enjoy the festivities.
Join us for Opening Ceremonies at 6:05 pm
on Tuesday for an Alpenfest style Willkommen!
You will want to be here for all four nights of free entertainment on the Alpenstage. Starting off with:
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2013 - 8:00P.M.
A double header!
Playing the first half: Lauren Duski
Playing the second half: Jared Mahone
THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013 - 8:00P.M.
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013 - 8:00P.M.
SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2012 - 7:00P.M.
Join us for the 2nd Annual Michigan Craft Beer and Wine Festival at Treetops
February 9, 2013, 6-10pm at the Convention Center.
Book Your 2012-2013 Ski Package. Starting at $79 per person!*
Book any of our ski packages before October 31, 2012 and receive:
- 2 free pizzas from the Sportsbar (per room)
- Free 1 hour Adult Ski Clinic (13 and older, max 2 adults per room)
- All day Rental for the 4 hour price (for everyone on the ski package)
- Free Express Rental (forms must be filled out in advance of trip to receive Express Rental for everyone on the ski package)
The items above are available only during the package stay dates. There are several great ski packages to choose from this winter that will surely put smiles on your families faces! Check it out here!
Call us at 888-329-0624 to book your ski package today!
By Jim Barnes
When The Tribute opened in 2002, it turned Otsego Club & Resort from one of northern Michigan’s oldest golf resorts into one of its most exciting. The thousand-acre property the course is built on is the same rugged Sturgeon River Valley terrain that flows away from the resort, beginning with downhill ski slopes, and continuing north through what has to be some of the most dramatic golfing ground this side of Arcadia Bluffs or Whistling Straits. In a word, The Tribute is stunning.
With terrain like this, you get big elevation changes, ravine crossings, blind shots – to use another word: excitement. Dramatic, but fair, also comes to mind. As with many great courses, the holes can sometimes look more intimidating than they really are, and this extreme terrain feeds that effect greatly. Breathe deep, think about each shot (the course guidebook comes in very handy), relax and enjoy yourself.
The dramatic No. 3, a 430 yard par-4 that drops over 100 feet from tee to green, is a prime example. It’s easy to get psyched out, but use all that downhill momentum to your advantage. Pick your spot…nice and easy…keep it in play…Challenging, yes, but never unfair. Fairways are generally wide and spacious, and greens are large and accepting, forgiving from at least one angle, so that short hitters can make their way around without frustration. Like the Otsego Resort itself, this course is designed for maximum enjoyment. You are out there to have a good time, reveling in nature, on a truly special golf course.
The course took eight years to build, and during that time Otsego’s owner Keith Gornick and course designer Gary Koch (of NBC-TV golf announcing fame) both lost their fathers. At that point, the course was christened “The Tribute” in honor of both men, and a plaque on the first tee describes how the course is a tribute to the fathers and to “the love of the land and the game of golf that they imparted to their sons.”
How cool is that? Reading the plaque gave me shivers, and it set the tone for revelatory day on the links, remembering how my own father started me out in golf, and about what a great sport it is, especially when played in a dramatic natural setting like this.
Looking for a challenge? There are four sets of tees to choose from, stretching to 7,347-yards at the tips. The par-3 ninth plays 240 yards from the back tees, and the carry over a big marshland makes it feel even longer. At this point you’re so far out in the wilderness that you feel eyes peering at you from the forest as you make the turn back towards civilization.
This is one of those courses you just have to see to believe. The Otsego ski hill is for club members only, so being able to golf the property gives you a sense of entitlement. It’s a place you really feel privileged to set foot on the first tee. 18 beautiful holes and seven miles of cart paths later, you may just have rediscovered your own love of the land, and how well it can be utilized to bring challenge and excitement to the game of golf.
The Tribute - Otsego Club Photos
(Click photos for slideshow view)
• An Afternoon at the Jason Guss Golf Academy - A Revelatory Golf Experience
Fill a Triple Ski Pass!
Get your winter 2012-13 ski pass now!
Fill a Triple for $155 when you buy at least 3.
2012 - 13 Season Pass Rates
(18 - 64)
(13 - 17)
(9 - 12)
(8 & under
(65 & older)
|Fill a Triple through
November 30, 2012
|Fill a Triple through
December 1-24, 2012
|GPA Promotion - 3.5 & above
thur November 30, 2012
|GPA Promotion - 3.0 - 3.49
thru November 30, 2012
|GPA Promotion - 3.5 & above
thur December 1-24, 2012
|GPA Promotion - 3.0 - 3.49
thru December 1-24, 2012
|Fill A Triple - Must purchase at least 3 passes in order to get this rate (GPA passes qualify as a pass)
GPA Promotion - Show us 2012-13 school year report card to get their discounted pass
GPA Passes can be purchased in advance of arrival to Treetops via online, in person or by phone. Price is pending report card verification at time of pickup, if report card is not in compliance, customer can pay the difference or have their fees refunded with no pass issued. Dec. 24th is a hard and fast deadline.
Back Again This Year! Extreme Tubing!
Extreme tubing at its finest is what you will find at Treetops Resort. Adjacent to our ski slopes, this fun filled activity is perfect for children and adults alike. Take an exhilarating ride down the slope on a tube where you will end up at the base of the hill right next to the tow rope where you will be towed back to the top to do it again! After your one hour session, we guarantee you will be hooked on extreme tubing.
For more information click here now or please call 866-348-5249. Reservations are required in order to tube.
- $15 per person per Session
- $19 per person per Holiday Session
- Holiday Sessions: December 26-Jan 1; Jan 19-21;Feb 16-18
- Please see special notes at bottom of page
- Must be at least 42 inches tall to enjoy Tubing
- No Ski or Snowboard boots allowed on Tubing Hill
For more information click here now or please call 866-348-5249. Reservations are required in order to tube.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Start Time: 8 Mile Run & Walk - 9:30 AM
Join us for the 42nd running of this exciting, summer-ending event. You will experience Mackinac Island in one of the oldest and most scenic races in Michigan.
The Island is a unique destination that can only be reached by ferry. Step back in time to a bygone era where travel is done by foot, bicycle, carriage or horse. With over 2,000 runners and walkers, this is definitely a race you and your family will never forget!
8 Mile Run and Walk
The Start Line is located in front of Mission Point Resort, and the course will follow the perimeter of Mackinac Island in a clock-wise direction. The first mile of the race will travel past Victorian homes, the boat harbor and a myriad of shops and hotels in downtown Mackinac Island. Once through town, the route follows the shoreline of the Straits of Mackinac featuring breathtaking views of the Mackinac Bridge, neighboring islands and historic rock formations, finishing at waters edge on the lawn of Mission Point. This course is fast and flat but the scenery is so beautiful, you may just decide to relax and enjoy! The Finish Line is located along the shores in the park out front of Mission Point Resort.
Click here to view the 8-mile map.
Need Plans for Spring Break?
Head on up to Treetops!
Who would have thought we’d still be in winter mode when spring break rolled around? Make plans to come up to Treetops and take advantage of some spectacular deals!
Weekend Hours of Operation
Adult Lift tickets are only $19 for the day and season passholders from ANY Michigan Ski Area can show us your pass and we’ll give you a free lift ticket.
Michigan Ski Area Season Passholders (yes, this means you too Treetops Passholders)
Get a room in the LODGE for only $79 + taxes and resort fees. Couple that with your lift tickets and you’ve got yourself a SPECTACULAR SPRING SKI PACKAGE! Call us today at 855-309-1477 and book your room.
Not a Season Ski Passholder at Treetops or any other ski area in Michigan?
Is your winter Ski Package Certificate Expired?
Nearly every slope reopens on Friday and the Terrain Park is still in the best shape of the season. Temps look to be mild so this will be Spring Skiing at its best!Sports fans!
Enjoy a beer, a meal and the game in the Sportsbar this weekend. We’ll be ready and waiting!
While you’re here, get your 2013-14 season ski pass for the best price of the year. AND, if you buy a pass by April 19th, you’ll be entered to win tickets to see the Red Wings on April 22nd. Click here for more information.
Spend your Spring Break with Treetops.
Call 855-309-1477 to book your stay!
Farmfest is a four-day traditional music festival. Mooosical Magic happens at Farmfest…it’s a musician’s playground. Gates open on Thursday. Main stage music begins on Friday. Drum Kiva, Fire Circle Jams, Dance Pavilion Events, Parkin’ Lot Pickin’, Candle Light Labryinth Walk, 2nd Stage Open Mic, Blow-Your-Face-Off Harmonica Contest, Kids-Kids-Kids Stuff!, Workshops, Great Food, Sacred Land.
Farmfest 2012 is bound to be another record breaking year. SO many Michigan musicians are finding sponsors. Get your tickets before June 1st via snail mail. We are still the best bang for your buck when it comes to Michigan festivals. $50 for your weekend pass. This includes camping. $65 if you get them at the gate.
Volunteers get in for free. If you come to the gate and want to volunteer, you are required to pay the full amount, work your two 4-hour shifts sometime throughout the weekend…THEN get refunded. Volunteers are welcome to come set up camp on Wednesday.
DID WE MENTION PETS? PLEASE NO NO NO PETS ! PLEASE !
Till the cows come home! …(and there ain’t no cows folks)
Admission to Farmfest 2012 - $65 per person suggested for full event but not required. Daily fee which is $25.00 (Ages 12 and under admission free.) This is the best deal for Michigan Festivals 2012 BY FAR!
P.O. Box 456
Johannesburg, MI 49751
Alpenfrost celebrates the heart of the Winter season in the Alpine Village.
For several years, Gaylord celebrated a Winterfest event, spearheaded by local business-men Jim Lappan and Dave Baragrey, that included an ice fishing derby, ice and snow sculpture events, kids games, contests and more.
Alpenfrost, a term coined by committee member Cindy Akans, is a rebirth and evolution of this exciting winter celebration in downtown Gaylord, combining anchor events such as The Polar Plunge and a Craft Beer and Wine Festival at Treetops Resort, with a flurry of downtown activities, games and merchant sales. Worthy of vintage Norman Rock-well painting, the Alpine Village will unveil an open-air ice skating rink on the Courthouse lawn during Alpenfrost.
As with Alpenfest, a unique annual Alpenfrost pin will be available that will offer pin wearers special discounts throughout the event. It’s about Winter, adventure, and having fun in the Alpine Village.
Visit Gaylord Alpenfrost Website >>>>
Benefiting the Special Olympics and in conjunction with Alpenfrost
We have lots of snow and more in the forecast, so with fantastic ski conditions coupled with the festivities, this weekend is sure to be a great one! Call us now to book your package and take part in all of the fun that Treetops has to offer and add to that fun with games, activities and food events in downtown Gaylord too as we celebrate the 1st Annual Alpenfrost Winter Festival!
Check out the spectacular beer, wine, food and entertainment offerings we have lined up for your this weekend…