Since 1995, children and adults have stayed active at Oakland Yard Athletics with a variety of league sports, lessons, and tournaments spread across sprawling, state-of-the art indoor and outdoor facilities. Boys play T-ball and baseball and girls play softball beneath a brightly lit dome with three professional-grade batting cages adjacent to 72,000 square feet of synthetic turf. Golfers explore the indoor driving range, and young and old soccer enthusiasts demonstrate just how useful a peg leg can be. Kids romp across a 10-acre fenced-in playground during more than 100 types of themed summer camps, including sports sessions, cooking lessons, and improv comedy classes. The caring staff has also been involved with numerous charitable organizations within the community.
Designed in 1929 by Michigan Golf Hall of Famer Wilfred Reid—a British immigrant who studied golf-equipment design under Tommy Armour's father, outdueled Gene Sarazen to win the 1924 Augusta Open, and crafted a multitude of courses on both sides of the Atlantic—Bald Mountain's championship golf course spans 6,624 yards of undulating, timber-lined fairways. Though sand traps are sparse throughout the round, the layout counters with obstacles including greenside swales, grassy thickets, and deranged windmills invading from the nearest mini-golf course. Well-manicured greens sit at the end of each hole, providing a fair, true roll for par-seeking putters.
Novice players may prefer Bald Mountain's nine-hole executive course, where seven par-3s ease beginners into the game or allow aces to boost the probability of netting an elusive hole-in-one. Bald Mountain also encompasses a grass-tee driving range, a practice green, and a banquet area that can host up to 250 people for bridal showers, graduation parties, or group therapy meetings for short-irons that feel like drivers on the inside.
Championship Course at a Glance: * Designed by Wilfred Reid * 18-hole, par-71 course * Length of 6,624 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 71.5 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 121 from the farthest tees * Three tee options * Link to scorecard
When he designed Fieldstone Golf Club, renowned architect Arthur Hills managed to hem the course's rolling fairways into Southeast Michigan's wetlands and through its towering hardwoods. The resulting layout is one of great diversity, and one that has tested some of the world's top players during numerous well-known tournaments.
Golfers understand the challenge that awaits from the outset, since the first hole is Fieldstone's No. 1 handicap. Like an octopus who has taken up boxing, the initial hole can attack from all angles; it features trees to the left, heather to the right, and a bunker straight away. Once players find their way past that, they can attempt to tackle the rest of the par 72 course, which stretches a little more than 7,000 yards from the back tees.
Mark McCucumber’s keen architectural mind gave birth to the 18 championship holes that nestle amid Devil’s Ridge Golf Club’s 400 acres of woods, wetlands, and hills. Trees line the emerald fairways, which challenge golfers with rolling terrain that reaches elevation changes of up to 80 feet, inspiring some players to conscript mountain goats as caddies. Four sets of tees invite golfers of all stripes to aim their orbs away from the rippling surface of water hazards and more than a dozen mischievously placed sand bunkers. Sixty tee stations await golfers at the driving range to help them warm up before hitting the course. Then, after working up an appetite sawing down aim-blocking trees, they can relax with a bite to eat at The Devil’s Grille.