The Watershed Tavern & Grill's menu teems with house-made ground-beef-patty burgers, tender meaty sandwiches, and other grill favorites. Loaded with either chicken or beef, the cooked-to-order Bangin' burrito lounges upon a bed of beans and revels in cascading homemade sauce, melted cheese, and garnishments such as tomato and tortilla chips ($8.99). Potato-gun soldiers call truces in the name of the Shed Chips, which see russet potatoes sliced, fried, seasoned, and distributed with chunky blue cheese ($5.49). Parmesan-encased chicken breast saunters atop angel-hair pasta steeped in pesto cream sauce ($14.99). Five Michigan-made microbrews round out the sudsy trove of a full-service bar, which wields wines, 15 tap beers, and hand grips for mid-meal pull-ups.
Draped over the tree-spotted hillocks of the Michigan countryside, Meridian Sun Golf Club's 6,090-yard course welcomes golfers to hit through its rolling fairways and enjoy its natural splendor. The course eases players into the round with a wide-open, straightaway front nine before challenging swings and waggling sand wedges with a shorter back nine populated by multiple water-lined holes. Risk-reward shot opportunities await throughout the round, including the tee shot on the par-3 13th, where balls must clear 100 to 190 yards of water on their way to the green. Club owner and PGA professional Bill Mory—whose golf career spans multiple decades and includes playing in the PGA Tour's Buick Open, where players ride in 1950s Buick Skylarks in place of golf carts—presides over the grounds, conducting lessons at practice facilities that include a 4,000-square-foot practice green and a driving range with 15 hitting stalls. After rounds, golfers can bask in the sunset at the patio of Khakis Restaurant, the club's onsite grill.
Course at a Glance:
They're local business owners. They're community and family members. They're moms and dads, nature lovers, and beauty appreciators. They're the Friends of Ingham County Parks, and they want to preserve and enhance the beauty and recreation found throughout local parks. The nonprofit corporation arranges fishing trips for kids, organizes fundraising festivals, and arranges a concert series in the Lake Lansing Band Shell. Its projects over the years have included building playgrounds, installing drinking fountains throughout the Ingham County landscape. They welcome guests to visit any of the parks or events, donate a little money, or apply for full membership to lend a hand.
Tucked into a bend in the Red Cedar River, the 18-hole course at Brookshire Inn & Golf Club can be found on undulant terrain filled with tricky obstacles that take several forms. Players navigate around the river and ponds, grass swales, and mounded bunkers to cover up to 6,300 yards by the time their round is through. When they sink their putts on the 18th green and spike their visors for the last time, they can retire to the clubhouse restaurant for eats such as flatbread pizzas, salads, and sandwiches.
Oak Lane Golf Course challenges par pursuers with 6,052 yards of verdant, rolling fairways that have wound through the heart of Webberville for more than 40 years. Neatly trimmed fairways taunt golfers with a litany of shimmering water hazards, subtle elevation changes, and bunkers populated by Tusken Raiders. The tireless work of the course's grounds crew makes the course well known regionally for its manicured grasses and smooth greens. Duos direct their cart through pine trees and along the Red Cedar River that neatly frame the course with majestic landscapes and wildlife such as indigenous deer and hopelessly lost tourists. The courteous staff strives to create a friendly, hometown experience, and multiple tee boxes serve as launch points for divot diggers of all ability levels.
With more than 20 years in business, head coach Lisa Luton-Hodges has seen her share of regional and national equestrian champions. As recently as 2011, she led the Williamston High School equestrian team all the way to a reserve state championship. Luton Training Center is the place where such journeys begin. Riders of all skill levels learn the basics of western, hunt-seat, and saddle-seat techniques amid the splendor of Michigan's rolling hills, or in the 150'x70' indoor arena for when skies are full of rain or the kind of clouds that terrify horses. The facility also offers boarding and training services.