Since 1968, Woodside Meadows Golf Course has tucked away plenty of opportunities for low scores among the lush bluegrass that covers it from first tee box to 18th green. A relatively short undertaking at 6,068 yards from the furthest of two tees, the layout pulls players into confrontations with four large ponds and two small ones during their round, allowing ample opportunity for a refreshing midround cannonball. Before teeing off, players can warm up on the driving range, and an onsite eatery offers snacks such as hot dogs to help players refuel.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,068 yards from the back tees * Two sets of tees per hole
Bearers of a Taylor golf VIP pass can groom their golf game with a regimen of golf lessons and six rounds of golf at two scenic courses designed by prolific course architect Arthur Hills. Players can bolster their technique before hitting the links with a set of 10 one-hour small-group clinics, where classes no larger than 10 pupils learn how to control their ball flight and bend 9 irons into coat hangers from one of the courses’ resident aces.
Tucked into a curve of the Huron River, Wesburn Golf & Country Club traces its roots back to 1910 and its layout to course architect Wesson Seyburn. Extensive renovations have launched the bluegrass fairways into the modern age, enabling contemporary golfers to putt on sculpted greens that have existed for over a century. Before teeing off, players can warm up at one of the driving range’s 20 hitting stations, and after penciling in their final score, they can head toward the stately brick clubhouse. Here, plaid carpeting and a fireplace paint a comforting atmosphere, and the dining room’s overhead beams provide a place for athletes to do pull-ups until they can bend their clubs into pretzels.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Length of 6.220 yards * Course rating of 68.8 * Slope rating of 129
Designed in 1989 by architect Harley Hodges, Pine View Golf Course sends golfers weaving through forests of towering Michigan pines, attempting a variety of shots using most of the clubs in their bags. Players choose from five sets of tees, varying the Championship course from as short as 4,101 yards from the green tees up to 6,490 from the blues. Golfers first traverse wide fairways that forgive slight errors in the front nine, then take on the back nine?known as "Rolling Pines" because of the large tree trunks that regularly roll across the course at incredible speed. Difficulty intensifies noticeably after the turn, as players must flex their par 5 prowess on the 10th and 18th holes.
Though only one body of water rests on the front nine of the Championship course, Pine View's third nine, known as "Little Pines," features water much more prominently. This relatively short par 30 test makes for a great introduction to the game, as players lob shots over ponds and streams or fit golf balls with goggles and send them to explore the depths.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,490 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.6 from the back tees * Course slope of 126 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Hickory Creek Golf Course features a number of high-risk, high reward golf shots along a vibrant path of water, trees, and sand; but none so daring as the tee shot on hole 17. Noted as the signature hole at the club, the tee box positions players in front of an island green and an expanse of water that makes dry land seem farther away than the 161 yards indicated on the scorecard. If players block out the watery danger and execute on a smooth swing, solid contact, and complete follow-through, they give themselves a good chance that their next shot will be with the putter as opposed to a ball-retrieval harpoon. With this hole out of the way, only the long, dogleg-right No.18 lies between them and drinks on The Greenside Tavern's outdoor patio.
Four-time winners of the Mid-American Conference's Reese Trophy, awarded annually to the men's all-sports champions, the Eastern Michigan University Eagles excel in a variety of athletic disciplines. Since the men's swimming and diving team began its 16-year streak of consecutive conference championships in 1980, the men's basketball squad has appeared in four NCAA tournaments, energized by bottles filled with fresh Gatorade from the Huron River.