Bonnie View Golf Course?s first tee box?outfitted with natural stone seating and a vibrant spread of roses and perennials?serves as a fitting gate to a nine-hole course. The scenic, player-friendly course encompasses three waterfalls and a pond, which often draw visits from whitetail deer, wild turkeys, and sandhill cranes looking for work as forecaddies. Though many of the course?s scenic features stem from recent renovations, it still maintains the same arboreal diversity?the layout boasts more than 100 varieties of trees?common to its early days in the 1940?s. As beautiful as it is bountiful in its resources, the grounds also encompass a patio-flanked club house, where golfers can unwind with a celebratory beer, glass of wine, or soft drink.
From the first drive on the 457-yard par-5 1st hole to the final putt on the 570-yard par 5 18th hole, golfers are constantly challenged with an array of obstacles that form two distinct layouts on the front and back nine. The front nine resembles a traditional links-style course, with open expanses, deep pot bunkers, and ponds that come into play. Golfers must pivot their strategies at the turn, as forested terrain surrounds the back nine and presents tighter lies that demand more conservative shots. Greens average 5,000 square feet across, presenting large targets for iron approaches as well as dance floors for celebratory soul trains.
Course at a Glance:
The central hub of The First Tee of Mid-Michigan, Sycamore Driving Range & Learning Center gives players the resources they need to build all elements of the golf game. At the driving range, range balls take flight from hitting bays before collecting around targets stationed throughout the landing zone. A putting green and short-game area invite golfers to work on finesse techniques, such as chipping or cleaning their balls with a feather duster.