Anchored by a golf course on the shores of Lake Michigan, Macatawa Legends Golf & Country Club offers warm-weather relaxation on the course and professional instruction off the course. Golfers can practice at the Club’s driving range or putting green, or seek out expert advice during a lesson with PGA Class A Pro Bruce Saip. The Club’s pro shop showcases a variety of golf gear from top brands for golfers in need of new equipment. After a day at the links, guests can unwind with a drink at the Club’s Bar & Grille.
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:
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.
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.
Maple Hill Golf encompasses an 18-hole golf course, a 300-yard driving range, and a 15,000-square-foot pro shop into one place so that golfers need not travel far to put their brand-new irons, drivers, and duds into practice. The pro shop's inventory spans the entire spectrum of golf equipment, with Nike and TaylorMade drivers, golf balls by Titleist and Callaway, and footwear from Adidas and FootJoy. The shop is also a factory-authorized fitting center for iron manufacturers such as Titleist, Mizuno, and Wilson, ensuring that each club matches the player's swing style and internal polarity. With shiny new gear in hand, golfers can head over to the executive golf course next door, where they’ll grapple with 18 holes designed by George Woolfred, or cross the street to crush tee shots from the driving range's spacious, all-grass hitting stations.
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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.