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During the golf boom days of the 1980’s

auto workers from Detroit and vacationers to

northern Michigan were seeking the perfect

place to enjoy Michigan’s outdoor activities

and also get in a little golf. Located on I-75

the main corridor to Mackinaw City, the Bridge

and the Upper Peninsula, Gaylord became

the perfect location for creating a unique golf


Harry Melling, the late owner of a ski resort

in Gaylord, was aware of other Michigan ski

resorts adding golf courses to stretch their

season and increase lodging revenues. This was

the beginning of Treetops Resort and started

what would become the Gaylord Golf Mecca.

As the golf industry grew in Gaylord, Otsego

Club’s Keith Gornick led a group of local

golf course owners to hire Paul Beachnau

and oversee the local Tourism Bureau. They

modeled their marketing collaboration

after Myrtle Beach, which had become the

destination of choice for golfers from all over

the country.

Stay & Play packages were originally offered at

seven locations around the Gaylord area and

today that number has grown to four resorts, plus

five golf courses with a total of 15 golf courses to

satisfy even the most discerning golf palate.

Some of the country’s best designers have used

the sand dunes and majestic pines to create

masterful works of golfing art. Robert Trent

Jones Sr. was the first to be enticed to Gaylord,

when Melling engaged him to build the first

course at Treetops.

Gaylord GolfMeccaHas Something for EveryGolfer

Next year the Gaylord Golf Mecca will celebrate its 30th anniversary

offering the best golf values and venues to northernMichigan visitors.

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