The first hole, is right off the back patio which is a great area to relax
unwind and watch other groups tee off when your round finishes. It’s a
par 4 with some tight tree lines to your left and right. Overall though
the course is spacious and open. The greens looked in great shaped
and had a wonderful texture to putt on.
This little guy wanted to be a part of the golf outing…
The drama contained in one swing is amazing
Brighton, Michigan – This week M.G.A visited The Golf Club at Mt Brighton.
Located on Bauer road this course was simple to reach being less than 2 miles off 96 freeway. Rates are M-F 18 holes for $30 before 7:30 am and $39 dollars after. Weekends are $40 before 7:30 am and $49 after. The real deal though is going after 2:00 pm… only $29! The course also has a driving range to hit some warm up shots before you tee off. See how far you can hit it up the mountain! The fun starts as soon as you begin your approach to the first hole. Talk about drama, it’s about a 1100ft ascent that sets the tone for what is about to come. We were thankful that all the golf carts are equipped with auto lock braking system… so your cart will never go rolling off if you forget to lock the brake. The first hole is elevated I mean its up there! It has a stunning view so make sure to take it all in before you go crushing your first shot. I have to say that hole #1 was a definite highlight of the course! The course looked nicely maintained. Not immaculate but for being on a mountain I think the staff is doing a great job keeping it easy to play on. The course is rolling but can get tight in quite a few places. All the more challenging though so bring it on. There is also a lot of water. Hole #5 with a green as a peninsula seriously tests your accuracy. The greens were well-groomed and a joy to putt on. At the turn we ordered some food and beverage. The bartender D was fun to joke with and great with sarcasm.
Also the beverage cart girl Miranda was another highlight of the course hard-working and extremely fast. If she didn’t have the drink you wanted she made sure she would have it the next time she passed. Someone give her a raise! Thank you! Overall we felt the course was fun, memorable as well as challenging. The elevation changes generate an abundance of excitement as well as reward when you land a great shot. The cart paths were a mini adventure going up and down the mountain and at one point through it. Anyone that enjoys golf should play this course at least once. The elevation changes are memorable and amazing!
Clarkston, Michigan – This week M.G.A visited Shepherd’s Hollow. http://www.shepherdshollow.com/
Located at 9085 Big Lake road this course is located between 75 and Dixie Highway. Rates are 18 holes for $70 M-F but before 9:00 am its only $49. On weekends rates are $80 but after 11:00 am its $65 all rates include a cart. So plan accordingly because timing can really make a difference. The course is 27 holes so its a toss up which sets on 9 you will be facing. Which I think improves the replay value. You could potentially have a different experience every round. They also have a driving range next to the parking lot nicely sectioned off by pines. We played after 11:00am so we paid $65. We all felt it was pricey but we heard so much about the course that we had to pay it to see for ourselves. Let me tell you that we all would have been happy to pay the full $80. The course is stunning and the clubhouse is spectacular. Extremely well maintained and properly manicured. The staff was organized and courteous and the starter was fun to chat with telling us about his favorite par 4 and obstacles to watch out for. We started on 19 the hole is tucked in between a group of tall pines which sets the tone and makes you feel like you’re on a vacation in northern Michigan. It was a par 4 with a slight dogleg right with bunkers placed along the right edge. The course is rolling and wide ranging but if you mishit to a tree line plan on taking a drop. There are numerous trees I honestly can not wait to play this course in the fall with all the color changes! The greens were immaculate a touch on the faster side but well kept and consistent. Honestly a real treat to putt on. The group favorite of this course was hole #2 a par 3 where the green is about 170 yards out below your feet and across a subtle ravine. It has a couple strategically placed front bunkers to the left and a tight tree line to the right which puts pressure on you to make a precise shot. At the turn we stopped at the clubhouse where we of course ordered a bite to eat and cold beverage. The bartender Jill was quite enjoyable and engaging. Her smile and diligent pace left us with food and drink in hand as fast as we could have hoped. Definitely a people pleaser which makes the atmosphere in the clubhouse pleasant and relaxing. Overall we felt the course was simply amazing as well as challenging. It will move you emotionally… visually as well as strategically as you work your way through each magnificent hole. We strongly recommend this course… it’s a must place play course. Your bar of expectations from a golf course will be forever raised.