Over the past century, Detroit golf courses sprouted up in lockstep with the rapidly expanding automotive industry. Though they originally served as a venue where car-company execs could smoke cigars and sign deals, today the very diverse range of golf courses welcomes a much broader swath of golf enthusiasts. At courses such as Moose Ridge, Coyote Preserve, and the municipal St. Clair Shores Golf Club, players enjoy country-club-like conditions while paying public rates. Alternatively, the members-only Detroit Golf Club lets players practice their swing against a tricky Donald Ross–designed layout.

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