Like painting a portrait or fixing a computer, completing a round of golf is always more impressive when it’s done in the pouring rain. Enjoy equally impressive fair-weathered fores with today's Groupon: for $35, you get one round of 18-hole golf for two and a cart rental at Pine View Golf Course in Ypsilanti (up to a $74 value).
The emerald-paved course design at Pine View Golf Course challenges club-wielders with strategically placed sand bunkers, various creeks and ponds, and long fairways nestled in the shadows of Michigan pines. Sprinkled throughout 6,600 yards of deeply wooded wilderness, affable golf carts traverse various heights of grasses and help golfers to avoid hordes of fruitcake-selling forest golems. The front nine promotes tricky greens and undulating difficulty, highlighted by hole 5's hungry bunker, which sits menacingly between hopeful marksmen and their dreams of sand-less putts. On the back nine, hole 16 evokes memories of high-school geometry class with a right-angled fairway and a swarm of Pythagorean trees.
After a day spent battling Pine View's manic evergreens, take repose in the clubhouse and grill or seek advice and putt-enhancing decorative bandanas at the pro shop. Proffering quick practice sessions, a short course hones golf skills without forcing lengthy commitments or tee-box cuddling.
Pine View Golf Course
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