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.
Since opening its emerald alleyways in 1956, Woodlawn Golf Club's semiprivate, 18-hole course has tested the skills of all golfers, from greenhorns to green jacket holders. Featuring undulated bentgrass fairways cleaved through rows of mature trees, the par 71 course spans 5,943 yards and culminates at small, contoured greens known for their speed. Numerous water hazards, strategically placed bunkers, and thickheaded squirrels entering hibernation work in unison to lure errant golf balls as they attempt to circumnavigate the course.
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The Polo Fields Golf and Country Clubs encompasses two locations—one in Ann Arbor and one in Ypsilanti—each with its own 18-hole course and refined clubhouse. Designed by renowned architect William Newcomb, the par 72 Ann Arbor course channels the blustery hillocks and grass-eating bagpipes of courses in the United Kingdom with a 6,828-yard layout featuring broad, links-inspired fairways and deviously slick greens. A community fixture for nearly a century, the Washtenaw course takes clubbers on a verdant voyage among native oaks and cedars, burbling streams, and tranquil ponds. Both sites house fully stocked pro shops, where guests can peruse the latest in on-course duds, clubs, hats, and remote-controlled golf balls from brands such as TaylorMade, Adidas, FootJoy, and Titleist.
Guests can bask in views of the splendid links while enjoying regionally inspired American fare and frothy drinks at the clubs’ two dining facilities, both of which feature settings for a variety of occasions. Swimmers can stroke through the outdoor lap pool at the Washtenaw location, and sunbathers can lounge by the colossal, resort-style pool in Ann Arbor. Within the Ann Arbor fitness center, hearts race on elliptical machines, muscles pump free weights, and calories melt during group fitness classes, before muscles soak in the warm, golf-ball-free waters of the hot tub.
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Indian Trail Golf Center acts as a peaceful practice oasis for players to perfect swings and hone their skills. Upon arrival, golfers insert tokens into the ball dispenser to receive their allotted balls, which cascade into the bucket and jostle to be the first off the tee. The driving range is home to synthetic mats and natural-grass stations. In inclement weather, 10 covered hitting stations keep players dry as they blast balls into lower orbit and try to dislodge hail from rain clouds. After buckets have been depleted and swings satisfied, players can head to the practice green and squeeze in as many tap-ins as daylight allows. Indian Trail Golf Center stays open from 9 a.m. to dusk every day of the week except Tuesday, when it opens at noon.
Designed in 1991 by golf-course architect Arthur Hills, Stonebridge Golf Club's par-72, 18-hole course entwines strategically placed groves, placid ponds, and pastoral vistas. Subtle elevation changes and winding fairways reward skillful shot makers with a reverent silence, and several tee options at each hole challenge players of all ability levels. With the motorized cart, pairs can save their walking energy for more thrilling pursuits, such as panning for gold in a water obstacle or sand trap. Players aiming to hone their swing technique can opt for five super-sized ball buckets, to be used on the course's practice driving range, putting green, or golf-ball pit. Parched putters can seek refreshment at the club's on-course beverage carts or persevere until the end of their round to retrieve sustenance from Stonebridge's full-service bar and restaurant.
A rolling labyrinth of fairways and small greens, Huron Hills Golf Course challenges golfers across the handicap spectrum with a par-67 layout. The front nine unfurls a more conventional, par-35 track complete with the course's two par-fives. Four par-threes and five par-fours await on the course's second act, where golfers must be precise with their irons to avoid dropping shots in hazards or the beaks of albatross lurking in the shadows. Water hazards come into play on five holes, and the course offers three tee options for players to drive from. To prepare golfers for their birdie-hunting quests, Huron Hills offers golf instruction for juniors and adults of all abilities. Guests can also check out their pro shop to find apparel and accessories from Nike, Titleist, and Footjoy.