The 18-hole layout of Briar Ridge Golf Course incorporates six large lakes along a serpentine path that's at times becomes surrounded by dense woods and open fields. While many of the fairways are slender, there's typically plenty of open space where tee shots can settle without getting wet or luring golfers into a psychedelic rabbit hole. During rounds, golfers confront green-side bunkers and large, undulant greens, not to mention those water hazards that can spell trouble throughout the course.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,695 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.1 from the back tees * Course slope of 125 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard
The Dance Studio's instructors start by building a foundation. Teaching ballet and tap to students as young as 3, they instill solid techniques into students' muscle memories, setting them up to build on these skills throughout their lives. Teachers nurture a welcoming, noncompetitive environment, and are selected both for their dance prowess and their ability to serve as role models to their young charges. Locations in both Grand Blanc and Clio ensure that dancers have two places to practice their tour jet?s or accidentally forget their tutus.
The Dive Shop’s trained staff instructs aspiring divers during hands-on classes in the heated, indoor pool. The Discover Scuba class offers students 10 and older a three-hour submerged frolic session under the supervision of a diving instructor, allowing them to acquaint themselves with new equipment and submarine perspectives. New divers need no more than a bathing suit and a towel to experience the joys of safe submersion, learn about typical open-water dive equipment, and engage in aqueous recreations of classical Greek tragedies.
The PGA-certified instructors at Boyne Golf Academy use advanced technological tools such as radar and form-analysis software to improve the strokes of students of all levels. Pupils receive one-on-one attention during the hands-on practice session, which focuses on identifying the strengths and weaknesses of each golfer’s swing mechanics. The V1 Pro swing-analysis software provides club kids with visual feedback on their slicing or hooking tendencies, and the Sam PuttLab employs ultrasound to determine the gender of each golfer’s putter. As the ball's postswing sojourn commences, the Doppler-based TrackMan radar system relays a 3-D real-time view and provides data on the dimpled orb’s trajectory. Although this Groupon is only valid for lessons, King Par Superstore is jam-packed with golf equipment and apparel and performs professional club fittings to ensure that wrists and 9-irons get along instead of attacking each other with golf clubs.
Loch Lomond Golf Course, one of the finest public golf courses in Genesee County, is a beautiful Par 34 course enhanced by lush fairways, trees and bunkers. A GAM rated course which some consider to have the best driving range in the area with all grass tees, target signs and a practice chipping and green areas.
The front nine and the back nine at Copper Ridge Golf Club begin and end in strikingly similar fashion. On the first hole, players start their round with a drive into an opening fairway that, like a birthday card without cash, only appears generous: the wide visible portion narrows considerably into a slender piste that sends players up to an elevated green. The tenth hole repeats the sleight-of-hand, only with an even more pronounced difference between the open expanse and slim landing zone before a two-tiered green.
The 9th and 18th holes, meanwhile, are essentially mirror images of one another, incorporating the largest lake on the course. If players hit too far left on their tee shots on the 9th hole?or, conversely, too far right on the 18th?they'll end up in the drink, potentially spoiling an otherwise pristine round as they cover the home stretch of the 6,916-yard course.