Hickory Creek's championship-style course challenges golf aficionados and soothes senses with manicured greens and a verdant landscape rife with vegetation. Among the rolling 18 holes is the island green of hole 17, which dares players to conquer its watery defenses before demonstrating their victory-break-dancing skills. Gently rolling hills dotted with trees, traps, and the course’s namesake creek abound throughout the scenery, honing the skills of golf novices and expert club tamers alike. Clinics from fairway veteran Tami Bealert enhance the developing techniques of aspiring PGA winners, customizing curriculum to match each individual's goals, expectations, and collection of argyle socks.
Carved through the rolling parkland of Ypsilanti, the 18-hole Green Oaks Golf Course challenges golfers with 6,787 yards of weaving fairways and greens flanked by water hazards, sand traps, and trees. The course offers five tee options to cater to players of all abilities, and the pro shop provides rental clubs for golfers who sold their golf clubs for ice cream sundaes. A practice green helps players warm up their putting stroke before rounds, and a hitting cage also caters to full-swing practice sessions.
Putterz wraps three 18-hole miniature golf courses, four batting cages, and game room packed with arcade cabinets into a single fun center for all ages to play together. Players putt golf balls around colorful obstacles, such as bathing elephants, spinning windmills, and tumbling waterfalls, in hopes of hearing the unmistakable sound of the ball rattling in the cup and a whispered approval from the ghost of their Scottish nanny. Each of the batting cages can be adjusted for fast pitch baseball or slow pitch softball, and a large game room challenges visitors and birthday partiers to compete for tickets and high scores.
The Polo Fields Golf and Country Clubs encompasses two locations—one in Ann Arbor and one in Ypsilanti—each with its own 18-hole course and refined clubhouse. Designed by renowned architect William Newcomb, the par 72 Ann Arbor course channels the blustery hillocks and grass-eating bagpipes of courses in the United Kingdom with a 6,828-yard layout featuring broad, links-inspired fairways and deviously slick greens. A community fixture for nearly a century, the Washtenaw course takes clubbers on a verdant voyage among native oaks and cedars, burbling streams, and tranquil ponds. Both sites house fully stocked pro shops, where guests can peruse the latest in on-course duds, clubs, hats, and remote-controlled golf balls from brands such as TaylorMade, Adidas, FootJoy, and Titleist.
Guests can bask in views of the splendid links while enjoying regionally inspired American fare and frothy drinks at the clubs’ two dining facilities, both of which feature settings for a variety of occasions. Swimmers can stroke through the outdoor lap pool at the Washtenaw location, and sunbathers can lounge by the colossal, resort-style pool in Ann Arbor. Within the Ann Arbor fitness center, hearts race on elliptical machines, muscles pump free weights, and calories melt during group fitness classes, before muscles soak in the warm, golf-ball-free waters of the hot tub.
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Designed in 1989 by architect Harley Hodges, Pine View Golf Course sends golfers weaving through forests of towering Michigan pines, attempting a variety of shots using most of the clubs in their bags. Players choose from five sets of tees, varying the Championship course from as short as 4,101 yards from the green tees up to 6,490 from the blues. Golfers first traverse wide fairways that forgive slight errors in the front nine, then take on the back nine—known as "Rolling Pines" because of the large tree trunks that regularly roll across the course at incredible speed. Difficulty intensifies noticeably after the turn, as players must flex their par 5 prowess on the 10th and 18th holes.
Though only one body of water rests on the front nine of the Championship course, Pine View's third nine, known as "Little Pines," features water much more prominently. This relatively short par 30 test makes for a great introduction to the game, as players lob shots over ponds and streams or fit golf balls with goggles and send them to explore the depths.
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Indian Trail Golf Center acts as a peaceful practice oasis for players to perfect swings and hone their skills. Upon arrival, golfers insert tokens into the ball dispenser to receive their allotted balls, which cascade into the bucket and jostle to be the first off the tee. The driving range is home to synthetic mats and natural-grass stations. In inclement weather, 10 covered hitting stations keep players dry as they blast balls into lower orbit and try to dislodge hail from rain clouds. After buckets have been depleted and swings satisfied, players can head to the practice green and squeeze in as many tap-ins as daylight allows. Indian Trail Golf Center stays open from 9 a.m. to dusk every day of the week except Tuesday, when it opens at noon.