Short game and putting skills will likely determine golfers' fate at Braeside Golf Club, an 18-hole golf course that bounds over mounds and through 6,638 yards of West Michigan countryside. The pro shop touts the course's par-threes as some of the most difficult in the area, and it's easy to tell why: from the tips, the shortest of the four holes stands at 164 yards, with the other three measure in at 196, 186, and 217 yards. At those distances, even the most accurate golfers can fail to hold the green, leaving a tricky chip and putt in order to get up-and-down for par. Easier scoring opportunities await at the course's par-fives, which long hitters and players with gravity-resistant golf balls can reach in two. With four tee options, the course presents approachable challenges for golfers across the handicap spectrum.
The course at Brookside Golf and Grill guides golf balls past babbling brooks and over rolling terrain as players traverse the 6,100-yard course. A stream treacherously intercepts the golfer's path on three holes, and a large pond lies in wait to the right of the green on the 13th hole, waiting furtively for wayward bounces and impulsive swan dives. After a round, players can head inside at the newly redesigned clubhouse, where a full grill restores lost calories with burgers and burritos and assuages lost chances at birdies with beer and wine.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Total length of 6,100 yards from the back tees
Isolated tree-lined fairways, elevated tees, and Scottish-style roughs and bunkers comprise Cedar Chase Golf Club, one of the most challenging, yet beautiful courses in Western Michigan. The 7,100-yard layout boasts five sets of tees, too, meaning golfers of any skill level can tee off and pepper the large greens. After rounds, groups can gather for food and drinks at the the clubhouse, whose panoramic views of the course and surrounding area provide the perfect backdrop for rehashing every shot and swapping ideas for finally achieving Kennedy's dream of building a course on the moon.
Players send their golf balls around severe dogleg turns, past six water hazards, and between waylaying fairway bunkers as they test their skills on North Kent Golf Course?s 18-hole, par 70 course. The course shares acreage with an all-grass driving range, giving a close approximation of course conditions for lessons and an area to test out experimental irons made out of oversize soup ladles.