Arbor Hills Golf Club's greens are tricky. They may look unimposing, but upon closer inspection—or after a winding lag putt that behaves bizarrely—they reveal their true nature. This is to be expected from Mr. Arthur Hamm, a disciple of the famed Donald Ross, who pioneered the "turtleback" green, named for the infuriating way golf balls seem to roll off in every direction. While golfers won't find any true turtlebacks on the course, the greens are no cake walk. They demand a sound strategy—and occasionally creative problem solving—to get the ball to stop at the right spot.
This is all, of course, assuming that golfers able to drive their golf balls through the fairway alleys delineated by lindens, birch, oaks, walnuts, and tall scotch and white pines. On approaches, the ability to keep the golf ball below the hole proves important, as mishits have the tendency to skip over the back fringe, much like a very disobedient little boy who will get a timeout later. These omnipresent challenges, coupled with the leafy scenery, have kept novices and skilled golfers coming back since the course's opening in 1925.
Course at a Glance:
The sound of pure drives rings out over Country Town Golf's 9-hole layout, where golfers take aim at fairways and greens tucked in the shadows of trees. The gently rolling course offers a fun-and-fair challenge for golfers of all abilities. The course captures the natural beauty of Springport, and the indoor golf simulator whisks golfers away to more far-flung destinations. Using vivid 3D graphics and ball-flight projection technology, the simulator lets golfers test their mettle in rounds at world-famous courses such as Augusta National Golf Club and TPC Sawgrass.