At the 6,532-yard Pigeon Creek Golf Course, few trees border the fairways and 11 lakes dominate the wide-open layout. The water-laden design forces players to demonstrate deft control off the tee or convert underperforming wedges into fishing poles with divot-tool lures. If players can stay on dry land and efficiently roll their golf balls into the welcoming confines of the cup, they can make a play for the course par of 71.
Course at a Glance:
Wallinwood Springs Golf Club is home to a challenging, semiprivate 18-hole golf course that requires distance drives and surgical precision to save par and dissect birdies. The front nine plays to sprawling fairways, allowing the elements to affect the ball's trajectory and requiring accuracy to ensure the ball misses the flotilla of more than 30 quicksand traps. The back nine hosts a 26-acre lake that comes into play on five holes, and the Grand River tickles the edge of out of bounds on holes 10,11, 37, and 12. Test mental confidence and survivor skills on the 15th hole, a 185-yard par 3 that boasts a strategically placed island green. Golfers can cruise around in the comfort of provided carts while munching on the included lunch of a hot dog, chips, and a beer or soft drink.
Summergreen Golf Course’s idyllic, sweeping greens entwine with emerald fairways to create enjoyable course play for golfers to strategically shellac their way through arboreal landscapes. The nine-hole, par 31 course accommodates players of all skill levels, challenging seasoned swingers with multiple hazards and boosting the self-esteem of novice golfers with bowling-lane-inspired giant bumper walls to save errant shots from the rough. Golfers can take advantage of Summergreen’s free club rental rather than hastily whittle makeshift pitching wedges from endangered tree limbs.
As the sun rises each morning, the smell of dew summons golfers to Orchard Hills Golf Course, a scenic, 27-hole complex with one 18-hole course and a separate, 9-hole track. Cleaved through 6,026 yards of tree-lined terrain, the 18-hole monolith requires precise play and whispered Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes to conquer its topographical challenges. The par 72 layout showcases multiple memorable shots, including forced carries onto water-protected greens on both the second and fourth holes.
Slightly shorter than the other two nines, the East course blankets the countryside with a straightforward layout that begins with a tricky, 425-yard right dogleg. A staff of golf pros presides over Orchard Hills’ pro shop, where guests can upgrade their equipment, schedule a lesson to hone swings, or learn to read greens written in their doctor’s handwriting.
18-Hole Course at a Glance:
Within the serene confines of the Railside Golf Club, the Railside Bar & Grille's eclectic menu fills gaping hunger holes with tantalizing dinner fare, including Michigan-grown products. Savory garlic-and-sesame-glazed chicken pieces, wrapped in warm wonton blankets with green onions, cream cheese, and bacon ($7.95), are great for warming up appetites and the pockets of your caddie's trousers. Sunny, panoramic vistas can be savored in the earthen-toned dining room while mouths ruminate on the baby spinach greens and tangy crumbled goat cheese playing host to granola, dried cranberries, pepadew peppers, and bacon dressing ($8.95; $10.90 with chicken). For classic dining, apply knife and fork tenderly to a new york strip steak with house-made peppercorn sauce, served with crispy onion straws ($23.95) and paired well with sips from Railside’s well-traveled wine list.