Framed by dense wooded tracts and thickets of knee-high grass, Deer Haven’s 18-hole executive course spans 3,473 yards on a par 60 track comprised entirely of par-3s and par-4s. Though the course favors precision off of the tee over power, the 15th hole—the longest on the course at 363 yards—invites players to unsheathe their driver or conveniently holstered war hammer to drive the ball deep into the fairway.
At the driving range, golfers can prepare swings for wrapping high fades or power draws around the course’s multiple curving fairways and occasional water hazards. Inside the rustic, wood-paneled exterior of Deer Haven’s clubhouse, golfers can raise a glass from the full-service bar to toast the retirement of their 3-wood’s loyal head cover, which will be replaced by the sweaty embrace of a fresh-off-the-foot tube sock.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 60 course
Length of 3,473 yards from the farthest tees
Two tee options
The Preserve at Deer Creek invites golfers to swing through nine bucolic fairways from a choice of three tees. The course?s creeks sneak across no fewer than seven of the nine fairways, demanding precision from each swing. Before whipping out their scorecards and pencils, players can practice aim without numerical reprimand at the practice putting green or practice-chipping area. After games, they can stroll over to the clubhouse and tell lovelorn tales of the golf ball that got away in between sips of beer.
Course at a Glance: * Nine-hole, par-36 course * Length of 3,210 yards * Slope rating of 128 * Three tee options * See the scorecard
Broadlands Golf Club's 18-hole course spans 6,884 yards of open terrain organized in a majestic, links-style layout. Glassy waters, mounded terrain, and tall native grasses flank fairways and greens throughout the course, letting golfers experience the charms of golf's old Scotch-Irish courses without having to swap their golf ball out for a potato. Throughout the course, dimpled orbs speed across bentgrass fairways and greens, which provide a smooth and fast surface for flush drives and testy breaking putts. The course punishes slow starters and jet-lagged drivers with the par 5 second hole, a relatively straight, 534-yard tract that demands precision to avoid a green heavily fortified by six sand traps. To prepare golfers for their rounds, Broadlands offers lessons, an onsite driving range, and a satellite tour of their course.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,884 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 72.1 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 125 from the farthest tees * Four tee options * Download scorecard
Willow Run Golf Club delights golfers of all skill levels with 18 holes of well-manicured greenery and sylvan surroundings. Before hitting the links, argyle-clad shoulders test their oscillating aptitude in the practice range, sending dimpled orbs on expertly arched trajectories. Dynamic teeing twosomes tour the verdant course, clapping daintily for excellent shots and providing whispered commentary about one another’s outfits. Gallop across the greens in a horseless buggy that dutifully bears the burden of heavy bags loaded with woods, irons, and marble busts of Arnold Palmer. As an après-clubbing treat, famished wedge wielders nosh on a toothsome brat or hot dog from the clubhouse menu, while toasting swinging successes with goblets of fountain soda.
Morningstar Golfers Club challenges golfers of all experience levels with a dynamic championship course built around the rolling terrain of a former rock quarry. Four lakes come into play on six holes, doubling as watering troughs for thirsty golf carts. Changing elevations test players' accuracy and adaptability, and stately trees stand guard over the fairways and wildflowers accent the greens. Shots are constantly challenged by strategically placed bunkers, depressions, mounds, and lofty transition areas. Guests can also visit The Golf Shop at Morningstar, an on-site retail shop specializing in instruction and club fitting.
There's a time, right at dusk, when the expansive greens of Brookfield Hills Golf Course look more like velvet than grass. These greens are the most forgiving aspect on a course riddled with water hazards and precisely placed bunkers.
On the par-32 front nine, the wooded framework of towering deciduous and pine trees makes it easy to forget the course is located in a busy suburb. The eighth hole works those trees into its design, challenging players to shoot their balls or launch them with slingshots over the treetops en route to the green. At par 30, the back nine puts more of an emphasis on the short game, and six of the holes feature imposing water hazards.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-62 course * Total length of 4,926 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 61.5 from the back tees * Course slope of 100 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard