At Hartland Glen Golf Course, players delight in the myriad challenges presented by two 18-hole championship courses. The older North Course wastes no time in showcasing its difficult design, as the second hole is guarded by four sand bunkers and a mischievous water hazard that has been an outspoken advocate for swimming floaties for four decades. The South Course has a slightly shorter layout that demands precise shots with tight, tree-lined fairways.
Players can work on their form at the practice chipping area and two putting greens or at the all-grass driving range. Professional instructors can improve swing mechanics during private and group lessons, and the staff at the club's pro shop stands ready to arm players with the latest gear from top brands such as Nike, Titleist, and Wilson. After rounds of golf or flagstick javelin, golfers can refuel with casual grill food and libations at the clubhouse restaurant.
North Course at a Glance:
South Course at a Glance:
When course architect Jerry Matthews unveiled the design for Hunter's Ridge Golf Course, he earned a 4.5-star rating from Golf Digest for his ability to seamlessly blend nature into the layout, which is sculpted across 160 acres of the Miesle family farm. His verdant brainchild whisks golfers past the 30 acres of natural wetlands and six different ponds that provide plenty of water to foster the growth of deep scottish-heather rough, which grows abundantly beyond the fairways. Though 68 bunkers strewn about the course and jarringly beautiful vistas may attempt to disrupt a stellar round, the course plays true, with no hidden landing areas or golf-cart potholes. A log-cabin-style clubhouse awaits golfers after rounds, complete with a spacious back deck where players can watch fellow golfers finish and try to discreetly bury their scorecards.
Course at a Glance:
At Ironwood Golf Club, water comes into play on nearly half the holes. In fact, on the 9th and 18th holes, players must either launch their shots over expansive water hazards or place their balls in paper airplanes and hope for the best. Plunking a drive in the drink isn't the only threat to scores, though, since Ironwood also boasts multiple holes that stretch more than 500 yards. Despite its challenges, the 40-year-old club offers a peaceful getaway in Howell. It punctuates visits with refreshing drinks in the clubhouse and offers play-and-eat packages, with lunches ranging from hot dogs and chips to a full-blown pig-roast buffet.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total of 6,063 yards from the back tees * Course slope of 120 * Course rating of 67.9 * Two sets of tees per hole * Click here to view the scorecard
Hawk Meadows & Willow Brook Golf Club invites golfers to sample the variety of hole layouts afforded by its pair of 18-hole courses, which are characterized by sparse tree-lines and open fairways. Checking in at 6,377 yards and 6,101 yards, respectively, neither is an overwhelming test of distance with the driver, instead incorporating forced carries with short irons and hard-to-read greens with the putter. They also share a central two-story clubhouse, where a bar-and-grill and a covered patio provide a breezy spot to recount tales of putting disputes that turned into bouts of flagstick jousting.