In 1917, famed golf-course architect Donald Ross carved New Rogell Golf Course out of an urban plot along Grand River Avenue, adding yet another gem to a portfolio of courses that also includes Pinehurst No. 2 and Oakland Hills. Today, players enjoy the fruits of Mr. Ross’s labor as they cruise over a bentgrass path that stretches to 6,075 yards from the farthest tees. Two additional tee boxes start off each hole as well, allowing golfers to tailor rounds to their skill level or forsake tees completely and start in a bunker.
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Perfect for ringing in autumn with the calming clack of lobster shells, the Back East Feast offers a taste of Atlantic seafare in the heart of Michigan. The feast itself starts at 5:30 p.m., so before getting in line to load up on corn on the cob, guests can stretch their hunger muscles while listening to the live tunes of Hidden Agenda Band and drinking one of the house wines or a Miller Lite.
The helpful staff of professionals at The Tennis & Golf Company line their 19,000-square-foot store with top-brand sports gear and apparel, harnessing their expertise and customer-minded service skills to pair club and racket wielders with the perfect athletic accouterments. Stock up on Noodle + Long & Soft or Noodle + Easy golf balls ($25/24) to disperse on driving ranges or use as space fillers in half-eaten cornucopias. Slingers of spheroids can volley in style with sleek threads, such as Brooks Podium wicking performance tees ($13–$15), women's EP Pro performance polos ($20), or Men's Gear For Sports long-sleeve wind shirts ($29). This sizable depot for recreational goods also serves up additional accessories, including sunglasses and gym bags, as well as the necessary tools for running, training, racquetball, squash, pickleball, and the always delicious pickled squashball.
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 enhance the developing techniques of aspiring PGA winners, customizing the curriculum to match each individual's goals, expectations, and collection of argyle socks.
Since 1995, children and adults have stayed active at Oakland Yard Athletics with a variety of league sports, lessons, and tournaments spread across sprawling, state-of-the art indoor and outdoor facilities. Boys play T-ball and baseball and girls play softball beneath a brightly lit dome with three professional-grade batting cages adjacent to 72,000 square feet of synthetic turf. Golfers explore the indoor driving range, and young and old soccer enthusiasts demonstrate just how useful a peg leg can be.Kids romp across a 10-acre fenced-in playground during more than 100 types of themed summer camps, including sports sessions, cooking lessons, and improv comedy classes. The caring staff has also been involved with numerous charitable organizations within the community.
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.
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.