Northern Michigan’s Treetops Adds New Golf Simulation Technology


Treetops Resort in Gaylord is now offering a new golf simulator technology used in golf lessons that company officials say accurately measures player performance with a camera that captures up to 10,000 frames per second.

Joe Charles, the new director of Treetops Resort’s Golf Academy, says the Foresight Sports technology measures ball speed, total spin, and launch angle with a lens that emulates human eye spatial recognition.

“Though our entire staff will be well trained to diagnose swing flaws, the use of (the new) technology will help our students improve that much quicker,” Charles says.

Charles says included in the technology is the V1 Golf Academy, offering online lessons for students, along with the GC2 camera system, a portable technology providing measurements of ball characteristics at launch, and a head measurement technology, that offers data on club head speed, horizontal club path, smash factor, dynamic loft and lie, and impact location.

Treetops Resort is home to five golf courses and 81 holes, along with a golf academy for both adults and children. The resort recently added PGA Golf Professional Mark Hogan and Charles, certified by both the PGA and TPI.

“(Charles’s) enthusiasm and passion for teaching along with his experience at some of the most progressive private and resort facilities in the country are key and is something we are very excited about adding to our team,” says Barry Owens, general manager of Treetops. “The addition of these two golf professionals and Foresight Sports will create a year round golf environment at Treetops.”

Treetops also offers a 238-room hotel, condominiums, along with activities such as skiing and tubing. â€‹