Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Resort

4.0902285714 4.1 stars from 5 (20)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 7028 yards
  • Slope: 147
  • Rating: 74.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Rick Smith Golf Academy"

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 7028 yards 74.8 147
Black/Blue 71 6568 yards N/A N/A
Blue 71 6398 yards 71.7 137
Blue/White 71 6063 yards N/A N/A
White 71 5888 yards 69.4 132
White/Gold 71 5627 yards N/A N/A
Gold (W) 71 5426 yards 72.3 133
Gold 71 5426 yards 67.1 127
Gold/Red (W) 71 5027 yards N/A N/A
Red (W) 71 4839 yards 68.7 123

Formerly known as Jones Masterpiece at Treetops Sylvan Resort.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 20 Reviews
5 stars:
8
4 stars:
10
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

19 out of 20 reviews


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"It had been too long..."


ChadinIndiana's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2017

Reviewed on

I hadn't played the Jones course since the late 90's. I will not wait that long again. This track was not only the first at Treetops, it was the pretty much the one that put northern MI on the golf map. I've played just about every course in and around Gaylord and this course and the Fazio Premier are still the two finest ones in the area. Unlike some other strong designs in the area (Otsego Club Tribute, Black Forest) this resort continues to maintain the course - conditions on Sunday afternoon of Labor Day weekend were outstanding. It is still very demanding, maybe the toughest course in the area, but the views tend ease the harshness of the layout. I had my best ball striking stretch of the season on the back nine and still posted a score that's higher than normal for me. Pace of play was ok - 4hrs 35 minutes on Labor Day Sunday, and they were booked solid. We paid retail - $80, but I still don't think that's a bad value considering the experience.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Toughest yet most gorgeous course I've played"


ukiguy's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Played from the whites and shot in the 120s. Played in afternoon after overnight and morning rains soaked everything in the area. Elevation changes and rolling hills make this a very tough course but the scenery and beauty is amazing. Expected way worse from a state where Detroit is located. The staff and facilities are very good for a public golf resort. Ended up re-playing the front 9 as a scramble (2 vs 2) and added some team competition into it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"after tournament and rain conditions"


Beausoleil's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/01/2014
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played couple days after a week end tournament of 500 players and its shows. Too bad we had to pay $110 for this. Course underaeration condition made the same day. Many workers on the course. I would think than usually the course would worth the price but not yesterday! For my husband and I, the most chalenging was the putting. Really something to figure out. Misread couple time. Would playit again when dryer when visitinhg nexttime in Michigan. We far more enjoyed the Quarry and Links at Bay harbor.....those two nine are master piece and must play in that state.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"Treetops Resort - Masterpiece"


btweed1683's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Chicago Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The Good: One of the final RTJ Sr. tracks and the course that really jump-started the Northern Michigan golf boom, the Masterpiece has arguably the best collection of Par 3's in the Midwest. Many doglegs that include supreme elevation changes and long, uphill Par 5's are a signature of this bear of a layout. Nice greens that put true and very difficult. Great on-and-off course amenities includes full clubhouse and restaurant nearby in the resort, full practice facility, and halfway house. The best service of any of the Treetops courses. Arguably the most eye-appealing of all the layouts at the resort. Just awesome!

The Bad: Lack of GPS is a glaring omission. Course conditions are good but not great. Sand consistencies are sub-par compared to the other courses. Extremely difficult in the wind - high handicappers beware!

The Verdict: The most fun you can have playing northern Michigan golf. The appropriately named course is one of RTJ's defining tracks and the stamp of the Treetops resort.

Best Hole(s): The downhill Par 3 6th is where everyone brings their camera out, but the best hole is actually the dog leg Par 4 8th. A blind tee shot around the corner to a small peninsula green. Very tough!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"8/14 recent aeration"


u000007662494's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/14/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

While this is the first Treetops course it IS the most challenging. The greens, faiways and tee boxes had been just aerated and actually in a lot of cases helped. This course is NOT for the average player. The fairways are all sloped and there is not a level lie virtually anywhere. I can't imaging playing this course when the faiways are running fast.. I have to admit the scenery and the course itself is gorgeous. If you are ready for a challenge, this is your course. If you are a 15+ handicap, be ready to be frustrated .... even on good shots.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"This probably is the most picturesque course we have ever played."


mudraygolf's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/02/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

With it's panoramic views of rolling hills and woodlands,
it's easy to understand why this course is highly recommended.
The fairways are well maintained and the tee's are easy to locate.
While the staff was very polite and imformitive, we were a little
disappointed in the greens keeping. The harsh winter we had here in Nortrhern Michigan may have had something to do with it.
The stagering drop from tee to green on hole number six is
one like you will seldom see, play it carefully. The entire course
is challanging and a pleasure to play, we will be back again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Pace of Play problems"


mjpollak300's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/2/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course, not is as great of shape as I would have expected, the greens were kind of beaten up by the traffic, but we quit after 17 holes as there was no marshall on the course and the group in front of us had no one within 3 holes of them. We had to wait at least 5 minutes between each shot before we could play. Not enjoyable at all.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Pace of Play not maintained"


mjpollak300's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 8/1/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course, not is as great of shape as I would have expected, the greens were kind of beaten up by the traffic, but we quit after 17 holes as there was no marshall on the course and the group in front of us had no one within 3 holes of them. We had to wait at least 5 minutes between each shot before we could play. Not enjoyable at all.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"a real value"


dhdrew1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/30/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

From the bag drop crew to the pro shop and onto the course we were treated royally...great value for the package


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"greens and elevation changes were outstanding!"


tedhammerandnails's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/29/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens were FAST but fair as long as you were on the correct tier.The excellent use of the terrain with elevated tees and greens made this a very memorable round of golf.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Truly a Masterpiece as the name implies!"


nicksgoodstuff's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/22/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My wife and I absolutely loved it. Breathtaking views, challenging & awesome layout, friendly & courteous staff. Plan on using every club in your golf bag, and hitting every conceivable type of golf shot


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"great course"


shadygrady's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/20/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

this is a excellent up north course - greens are very fast


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice scenic Course"


cmrehab's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/19/2013
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great course with nice scenic view on every hole. But pace of play was very slow took over 5.5 hours. The group in front were playing back tees which they had no business playing. Despite complaints the pace never got better.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable!"


drugman453's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/18/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in good condition. Plays short from the white tees, some tight greens, requires accurate chip shots.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Challenging Golf!"


Josephauty's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/7/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Outstanding course. Not for the high handicapper. Requires skill. Saw frustrated hackers!! Loved it. Pace of play very good. Greens very hard to read. Great challenge


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Lush fairways, excellent condition"


u000004763154's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 7/5/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was very busy as it was 4th of July weekend, but everything went smoothly. Course was in immaculate condition. Fairways and greens were perfect.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"beautiful and beastly"


jjstone20's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played the Masterpiece. Be sure to play the proper tee for your hadicap. Coming up a few yards short on yourt drive will cost you dearly. With a 147 slope rating and well protected elevated greens, accuracy is key. Need to have a single digit handicap to score here. High handicappers can enjoy the scenery and expect many blowup quintupple bogies.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"playable"


wildejam's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/15/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Masterpiece was very scenic. Some really beautiful holes. Condition was very nice. Greens were rolling great, but not overly fast and the course is very fair and reasonably open.

We paid $55 and it was a steal. Not sure if its fair at the $100 regular price.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Excellent place to play"


wcsands's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 6/8/2013
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Second time we played here in 2 weeks. Love the course, very friendly staff, we will be bac


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good Condition, Good Value"


JimDriver's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 4/18/2013
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had a beautiful day and the course was in great condition, even though it gets a lot of play. Played the front in 2 hours but the back was 2 1/2. It was a super value with GOLFNOW.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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