Perfect for ringing in autumn with the calming clack of lobster shells, the Back East Feast offers a taste of Atlantic seafare in the heart of Michigan. The feast itself starts at 5:30 p.m., so before getting in line to load up on corn on the cob, guests can stretch their hunger muscles while listening to the live tunes of Hidden Agenda Band and drinking one of the house wines or a Miller Lite.
The Links at Whitmore Lake challenges seasoned swingers and golf greenhorns alike with 18 diverse holes spanning meticulously manicured fairways. The picturesque course, designed by William Newcomb, boasts arbor-lined greens, five boardwalks, and scenic water hazards along 254 acres, nearly one-half of which is protected wetlands. Golfers can hone their skills while chipping out of pesky sand traps and tremor holes, and masterfully avoid stepping on cracks that break mothers' backs by rolling over them in the included golf cart.
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.
Hickory Creek's championship-style course challenges golf aficionados and soothes senses with manicured greens and a verdant landscape rife with vegetation. Among the rolling 18 holes is the island green of hole 17, which dares players to conquer its watery defenses before demonstrating their victory-break-dancing skills. Gently rolling hills dotted with trees, traps, and the course’s namesake creek abound throughout the scenery, honing the skills of golf novices and expert club tamers alike. Clinics enhance the developing techniques of aspiring PGA winners, customizing the curriculum to match each individual's goals, expectations, and collection of argyle socks.
At Hartland Glen Golf Course, players delight in the myriad challenges presented by two 18-hole championship courses. The older North Course wastes no time in showcasing its difficult design, as the second hole is guarded by four sand bunkers and a mischievous water hazard that has been an outspoken advocate for swimming floaties for four decades. The South Course has a slightly shorter layout that demands precise shots with tight, tree-lined fairways.
Players can work on their form at the practice chipping area and two putting greens or at the all-grass driving range. Professional instructors can improve swing mechanics during private and group lessons, and the staff at the club's pro shop stands ready to arm players with the latest gear from top brands such as Nike, Titleist, and Wilson. After rounds of golf or flagstick javelin, golfers can refuel with casual grill food and libations at the clubhouse restaurant.
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Carved through the rolling parkland of Ypsilanti, the 18-hole Green Oaks Golf Course challenges golfers with 6,787 yards of weaving fairways and greens flanked by water hazards, sand traps, and trees. The course offers five tee options to cater to players of all abilities, and the pro shop provides rental clubs for golfers who sold their golf clubs for ice cream sundaes. A practice green helps players warm up their putting stroke before rounds, and a hitting cage also caters to full-swing practice sessions.