Golf Travel & Adventure— Lions, Tigers & Golf

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Golf Travel & Adventure— Lions, Tigers & Golf

Golf  Travel & Adventure

Lions, Tigers and Golf

Detroit’s Awesome Golf Courses    

by Dan Poppers

 

Detroit is known for its auto production but it’s also a sports city with the Lions, Tigers, Red Wings… and a whole lot of golf. In the Detroit Metro area alone, there are over 175 courses to choose from, included in those are three that I played. All three were lush, aesthetically pleasing, and excellent tests of golf.

Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club offers 27 holes of championship golf. From the tips (black), any combination of the nines measure over 7,000 yards. From the closest tees (Green), you need to chew off only 5,000 yards. Between the five sets of tees, there is every opportunity to “play it forward” based on your skill.

Shepherd’s Hollow is in a lush, majestic setting; no homes surround the course. A picturesque course with clear openings in front of the greens. Shots requiring vertical trajectory are virtually nonexistent. For those attracted to traditional golf, this is the course for you. Located in Clarkston (Southeastern Michigan), Shepherd’s Hollow is open to the public. Rates are very affordable.

Pine Trace Golf Club in Rochester Hills is an Arthur Hills-design measuring 6,610 yards from the back tees and 4,974 yards from the front tees. The par-72 layout is in a natural setting and, as with its sister course Shepherd’s Hollow, has no homes on or surrounding it. The greens were excellent when I played Pine Trace. If you enjoy a player-friendly course and a “what you see is what you get” equitable layout, then Pine Trace is for you. This is traditional golf at its finest. I like the course very much. Pine Trace is a tremendous bargain, open to the public, with affordable rates.

TPC Michigan, a Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed course located in Dearborn, opened in 1999. The world-class public layout is not for the weak-hearted. As with most TPC courses, it is designed for Tour play and offers the amateur the opportunity to take on Tour-play conditions. High-handicappers beware!

TPC Michigan is the first golf course ever to receive the Audubon Environmental Steward Award for ecological restoration. The course has hosted 16 PGA and Senior PGA Tour events. As part of its challenging links-style layout, the course features rolling fairways, tiered greens and natural wetlands.

Photo: Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club

 

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