GAYLORD — People plan trips to Gaylord for a myriad of reasons.
The city has its fair share of amenities that makes it a desirable vacation destination for a variety of different people; the historic downtown with its shops and restaurants, the natural landscape and, in the wintertime, all your favorite snow sports, especially skiing and snowboarding.
But make no mistake; in the summertime, Gaylord is known as a golfing paradise.
Just recently, the Treetops Resort played host to Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne, a lover of golf who had nothing but praise for the beauty of one of Gaylord's top resorts.
"I played the Signature this morning, that was awesome," said Thorne, recapping his weekend at Treetops. "Then we grabbed lunch and headed over to the Tradition, which I guess they are turning into a links-style course, which again, another awesome course."
If you share Thorne's love of golf and are looking for a chance to experience the top courses in Michigan in a competitive nature, you are in luck; starting on Saturday, July 23, Gaylord's pristine courses, including three of Treetops top courses, will host two separate tournaments open to the public for registration.
First, the Lakes of the North Golf Course is hosting the 2022 Second Annual 45th Parallel Open Golf Tournament starting on Saturday, July 23 through Sunday, July 24.
The tournament will span two days, with participants playing 36 holes over the weekend to determine the winner.
Then, July 24th marks the beginning of the second annual Border War Cup at Treetops, an opportunity to represent your side in one of greatest rivalries in sports on the golf course.
Participants in the Border War Cup choose to represent either Michigan or Ohio State in three separate rounds; on Monday, players will play foursomes matches on the Signature in the morning before fourball matches take place in the afternoon on the Premier.
The tournament wraps with singles matches on the Tradition, with the winner to be crowned following the conclusion of the final round.
Last year in the inaugural matchup, Michigan left victorious over the Ohio State squad, meaning they left with bragging rights in 2021, and they will be looking to defend their title come July 24.
This article originally appeared on The Petoskey News-Review: Treetops' Border War Tournament headlines big golf weekend in Gaylord