The Treetops Resort has five golf courses available to travelers, and the Premier Course typically lives up to its name in being the highest-rated among them. Granted, it is Tom Fazio’s only design in the golf-heavy state, so it needs to represent him well.
This is far from Fazio’s most severe championship route, tipping out just above 6,800 yards and featuring only one water hazard, a relatively relaxing round is in store for vacationers. “Relatively” being the key word...although players may not lose many balls, the rolling terrain will also ensure they don’t score many birdies.
No. 15 will be one of the most exciting holes, with the front edge of the green just reachable for big hitters. That said, if the flag is in the back of this vertical Road-esque green, landing on the front of the green from the tee is a quick way to earn a three-putt par.
Tom Fazio is rarely compared to Donald Ross, but the closing hole — a 470-yard par four, with a cross bunker imposing upon the second shot — deserves a nod from the Scot’s fans.
The Fazio Premier is the easiest and least inspiring offering of the 3 championship courses at Treetops (Signature & Masterpiece) but is still overall a good course that would be a top 20 public option in many states. There is no lack of Elevation and views of the Treetops at any of the courses here so get used to uphill approaches and picturesque downhill par 3’s. Treetops may not be what it once was with Rick Smith but is still one of the best value buddies locations in America with 5 total courses one of which is the famous Par 3 from the skins games Threetops. I would recommend anyone serious about golf get here at-least once.
The Premier Course at Treetops is a Fazio design. The first hole is a long downhill par 4. Fairway and greenside bunker right. Favor the right off the tee, don’t be surprised at a downhill, sidehill lie. Not the easiest starting hole. The 2nd hole is a very reachable par 5. Favor the right off the tee. There is a greenside bunker front right. The 3rd is the number one handicap hole, a long uphill par 4. Favor the right off the tee as there is a trio of fairway bunkers right. On the approach, there is a false front and the bunkers are not greenside. Take an extra club. The 4th is a downhill par 3, take one less club. Another hole with some random bunkers that do not come into play. The 5th is considered a driveable par 4 even though it is slightly uphill. For the rest of us I think the left side provides the best approach, however, that will vary depending upon the pin location on this demanding two tiered green. Fun hole. The 6th is a short par five that is also reachable. Ideal tee shot just left of the two right bunkers. The green is protected by bunkers left and moguls short right and a false front. The 7th plays tough, tight fairway with an elevated green that is at least one club perhaps two more. Additionally, the front half of the green is sloped to reject approaches, do not be surprised when the ball comes back off the front. The 8th is mid-length par 3 that is short. It is extremely downhill, I would guess about 150 foot drop and may play 3 clubs less. There are two front right pot bunkers, one sand and one grass. The front part of this green also has a tendency to reject shots. The 9th was my favorite hole on the front and no, I did not birdie it. A sweeping downhill, uphill dogleg left with a bunker on the inside elbow. Favor the right off the tee and take an extra club on the approach. This undulating green is guarded by some penurious deep front bunkers.
The 10th is an uphill slight dogleg right. Favor the left off the tee to avoid the fairway bunkers on the right. The 11th is the only hole with a water hazard and it is all carry. This is a very long green pin location may vary club selection between 3 clubs. The short uphill par 5 12th is a dogleg left and is reachable if your drive is right of center. Your target line is right of the flag as everything will go left. This green is also tilted front to back and has a nasty bunker left. The 13th is a dogleg left, but you must stay right on both the drive and the approach. Everything will runout left. The 14th is the number two handicap hole, dogleg right, long and uphill. Everything slopes right, to have a chance you have stay as close to the right treeline as possible or hit a high fade. The 15th is a fun dogleg right, reachable par 4. If you do not cut enough corner you will be through the fairway and in the wood s or a bunker, too much and you are cornponed. This 3 tiered green can be a lot of fun or misery. I made a 3 putt par by sinking a 6 footer. Despite that a real fun hole. The 16th is a non-reachable par 5. The tee shot is downhill and through a chute. Favor the right side. The rest of the hole is uphill with the green sitting on a ledge with a BAB front left. The 17th has a huge green, but play it as if it is uphill. The finishing hole is a tough one. Along slight dogleg left with the everything sloping left. The landing area is quite large and keep your approach right as there are plenty of bunkers left.
My favorite of the Treetop courses.