Tucked away in the shadows of pines and hardwoods that were planted in the late 1940s, Timber Ridge Golf Club's 6,585-yard course roams through dense tree lines, rolling hills, and native marshland to form a scenic, challenging layout. The Club's new golf carts come equipped with internal GPS systems, which tell players the distance they must hit the ball to clear water hazards, the yardage at which a dog-leg fairway begins to curve around the trees, and the whereabouts of every squirrel that has a golf-ball burglary on its record. The 18th hole brings rounds to a dramatic end, as golfers must dial in their approach shot to a green guarded by water on the left side and bunkers to the right.
Golfers can improve their skills with lessons from Class A instructor Greg Beavers, who became the club's head golf pro after a stint at Walt Disney World Golf. In addition, players can fine-tune their swings at the grass-tee driving range or master short-game strokes at the chipping and putting greens. After rounds, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and cold drinks from a full-service bar await at Rubey's Grill.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-72 course
Length of 6,585 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 73.0 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 144 from the farthest tees
Four tee options
A 63-hole golf complex carved through rolling, water-kissed terrain, Hawk Hollow features several sprawling venues for golfers of all stripes to hunt for birdies. The club's signature course, Eagle Eye, showcases 7,323 yards of fairways and greens sculpted with consultation from course architecture guru Pete Dye. Water comes into play on 14 holes, including the par-three 17th, which features an island green that—like peace between two feuding couples—can only be reached by bridge.
With 27 championship-length holes, the Hawk Hollow course itself lets players select which sets of nines to combine for a full 18-hole round, and two more executive courses—the par-36 Woodside and the links-style Falcon—round out the club's diverse range of courses. The emerald grounds also encompass the Little Hawk Putting Course, a circuit of bent-grass greens carved through sand traps and mounds shrouded in thick rough.
After planting their tees in the carpet-like grass of the first tee box, players at Walnut Hills should align their aim down the left side of the fairway, where they stand to earn the most roll after carry. With that, they're off on an 18-hole course that winds across 210 parkland acres filled with ponds, greenside bunkers, and plenty of walnut trees. While much of the layout is the result of architect Joseph Roseman Sr.'s vision for the course in 1929, its distinctly modern feel is a result of an overhaul in 2004.
In addition to its championship golf course, Walnut Hills gives players the opportunity to improve strokes on a pair of 10,000-square-foot practice greens and practice bunkers. After finishing a round or practice session, players may find themselves going to Copper restaurant to refuel on modern, American cuisine.
Jump from one hole to another at Eagle Eye Golf Club in East Lansing as you hone in your golfing skills.
When you're out and about in the area, you'll love that this course has a restaurant to take care of any last minute hunger.
Drivers can make use of the parking lots near Eagle Eye Golf Club.