Rustic Glen Golf Club beckons to clubbers of all handicaps with an 18-hole, par-72 layout that bobs and weaves across 6,469 yards of well-maintained greenery. The course’s fairways arch over rolling hills that add topographical variety, and water comes into play on five holes, striking fear in the synthetic hearts of all golf balls that never dreamed of one day befriending a catfish. The longest hole on the course—the 557-yard sixth—also happens to be the most difficult, and those who over-swing may push or pull their drives or second shots into a dense grove of trees perched ominously on the fairway’s left side. A 350-yard driving range with multiple target greens amply prepares players for upcoming rounds or tests that demand them to identify the color green.
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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Washtenaw Course at a Glance:
Designed by Tom Bendenlow and opened in 1925, Charlotte Country Club's 9-hole emerald circuit bobs and weaves over gently rolling, tree-lined terrain. The course shares its bucolic landscape with a pro shop and a lounge with a full bar, where guests can unwind after a day scuba diving for lost golf balls.
The course at Lake Forest Golf Club keeps golfers of all abilities on their toes with two unique nines that wind through 176 acres of natural terrain, which helped earn it a spot as host of LPGA Futures Tour events for five years in a row. The links-style front nine lets big hitters pummel their drives without fear of getting permanently stuck in dense forestation or hearing the unsettling scream of a falling tree. Bookended by par 5s on holes one and nine, the front nine rewards long drives but requires that golfers remain nimble, as the second and eighth holes are both treacherous par 3s that punish improper club selection. Between the 9th and 10th tees, golfers see a rapid transformation from links-style to a back nine more reminiscent of northern Michigan, with tree-lined fairways, wetlands, and areas dotted with wildflowers. Here, course-management capabilities become starkly apparent, as golfers must repeatedly make the choice whether to lay up short of water, muscle shots over water onto the green, or wait for the next drought.
In addition to plenty of opportunities to take strokes that count, Lake Forest Golf Club encourages game improvement through risk-free practice strokes at its 5-acre practice facility. Players work on their entire games from long bombs off the tee on a three-tier driving range to short-game dexterity on two large putting greens, two sand bunkers, and a chipping area. Headed up by LPGA teaching professional Debbie Williams-Hoak, the facility also teaches the game through individual and group lessons with male and female instructors.
Course at a Glance:
Brookshire Inn and Golf Club nourishes treks across its 6,300-yard golf course with plates of steak, seafood, and pasta served in a casual dining area that overlooks the lush landscape. Twosomes or foursomes nestle into golf carts and whip around the contrasting 18-hole course, comprised of a short front nine that sidesteps the Red Cedar River and an Scottish links-style back nine speckled with mounded bunkers and forgiving greens, unlike the quick-to-judge grass swales that reside along the course. With a pair of holes that stretch more than 500 yards, the championship course demands strategic club choice and precise shots, especially on the water-heavy 18th hole.
Oak Lane Golf Course challenges par pursuers with 6,052 yards of verdant, rolling fairways that have wound through the heart of Webberville for more than 40 years. Neatly trimmed fairways taunt golfers with a litany of shimmering water hazards, subtle elevation changes, and bunkers populated by Tusken Raiders. The tireless work of the course's grounds crew makes the course well known regionally for its manicured grasses and smooth greens. Duos direct their cart through pine trees and along the Red Cedar River that neatly frame the course with majestic landscapes and wildlife such as indigenous deer and hopelessly lost tourists. The courteous staff strives to create a friendly, hometown experience, and multiple tee boxes serve as launch points for divot diggers of all ability levels.
Player's Choice Golf couples a deep inventory of golf clubs, accessories, and apparel with training opportunities such as lessons and ball flight monitoring. Players in the market for a new driver can peruse the lineup of shiny new sticks from major names such as Titleist, TaylorMade, and Nike. A center representative assists with the fitting, making the process far more reliable than just buying any old club and casting a spell on it. And to ensure that the club matches height and swing style, players are encouraged to test drive their selection with the FlightScope X2 technology, which takes key measurements such as ball speed, spin, and flight angle.