Prior to 1963, the entire Gun Lake area did not have a golf course. Local enthusiasts had to travel out of town to get their weekend morning fix, and younger residents had nowhere to become acquainted with the game. It would take a man who had never played a round of golf in his life to give the community a welcoming locale to practice the game and unveil heat seeking three-woods. This visionary, Frank Tichvon, turned his greenhorn status into green-thumbed activism, building a modest yet challenging nine-hole course that thrilled locals with tee shots down beautiful tree-lined fairways and breaking putts across manicured greens. The course's popularity brought about the construction of a second nine-hole layout, and by 1987, the course had grown into a 27-hole destination sprawled across more than 200 acres of verdant Michigan terrain. Eighteen-hole combinations range in length from 5,200 yards up to 6,373, challenging golfers with tight fairways framed by mature arbors that kidnap gullible golf balls.
Course at a Glance:
27-hole course, par of 36 on each 9-hole side
18-hole length of up to 6,373 yards from back tees
18-hole rating of 67.2–69.1 from back tees
18-hole slope of 105–110 from back tees
Two sets of tees
As the sun rises each morning, the smell of dew summons golfers to Orchard Hills Golf Course, a scenic, 27-hole complex with one 18-hole course and a separate, 9-hole track. Cleaved through 6,026 yards of tree-lined terrain, the 18-hole monolith requires precise play and whispered Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes to conquer its topographical challenges. The par 72 layout showcases multiple memorable shots, including forced carries onto water-protected greens on both the second and fourth holes.
Slightly shorter than the other two nines, the East course blankets the countryside with a straightforward layout that begins with a tricky, 425-yard right dogleg. A staff of golf pros presides over Orchard Hills’ pro shop, where guests can upgrade their equipment, schedule a lesson to hone swings, or learn to read greens written in their doctor’s handwriting.
18-Hole Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,026 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 68.0 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 116 from the farthest tees
Three tee options
As Tri State Self Defense's chief instructor, Joseph Merignac draws upon more than 20 years experience as a firearms instructor, NRA Training Councilor, Utah Concealed Carry instructor, Michigan MCOLES firearms instructor, six years in the United States Marine Corps, as well as more than 11 years in law enforcement, including a stint as Chief of Police. His team of NRA-certified instructors all share similar law-enforcement and military backgrounds. In concealed pistol classes the crew teaches students the rules of the range, safe pistol-handling fundamentals, and how to shoot from various positions such as atop an asteroid. Instructors build upon pupils' basic pistol knowledge in Concealed Pistol courses by demonstrating defensive shooting skills that the students then practice on the range. Along with their teaching sites in Michigan and several nearby states, the Tri State Self Defense team takes classes on the road for groups of 25 or more.
Instructors teach at ranges including Barry County Conservation Club in Hastings and Hamilton Rod & Gun Club in Dorr.
Pistol rentals and ammunition are available.
At a Glance
Midwest Tactical Training's owner, Skip Coryell, certainly keeps a busy schedule. When not training people in the use of firearms, Skip works as a public speaker for various groups, and he has authored nine books on firearms and personal defense. He has also found time to assemble a team of experienced instructors, including Sheriff Dar Leaf of Barry County and Larry Jackson, an NRA-certified instructor with more than 35 years of handgun experience.
Located in the heart of Dorr, Dairy Ranch offers well-maintained and challenging golf courses.
It's certainly time you stopped reading about this course with its amazing restaurant and finally came in for a bite.
At this course, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Don't spend time searching for parking — guests are welcome to use the adjoining lot.
If you're looking for a great place to disconnect from your daily tasks and get your vacation on, Hidden Valley Golf Course in Shelbyville is a prime choice.
Forget circling the block, Hidden Valley Golf Course has plenty of nearby parking options.