Ryan “Big Wood”finds the hole

M.G.A at Glen Oaks Country Club

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Glen Oaks Country Club Review

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Farmington Hills, Michigan – This week M.G.A visited Glen Oaks Country Club.  http://www.destinationoakland.com/parksandtrails/golf/glenoaks/Pages/default.aspx
Located on 13 mile road this course is easy to access being so close to 96 freeway.  It can be misleading though with google maps, it sends you to the other side of the course.
Rates are 18 holes for $29 M-F and weekends are $33 including cart .  We felt it was a touch over priced but we must be paying for the greens upkeep because they were amazing!  The staff is cordial and the starter was quite relaxed and helpful to get us off to the tee box even with the mad rush in the morning.  Approaching the first hole which is across a quaint country bridge we could see it was a simple par 4, straight and wide open which is perfect for our game early in the morning.  It also helps because… unfortunately there is no driving range available at this course.  The course is spacious and open so you probably wont lose any golf balls which is a bonus but sometimes we like the visuals of lots of foliage and trees.  The greens were gorgeous and pristine which we were all in awe of.  The speed of the greens seemed to be on the quicker side.  A group favorite is the 6th hole par 3 where the green is on a serious incline which is a playful challenge to putt on or across from our experience.  Just don’t get frustrated if the putt just keeps rolling… we warned you.  At the turn we stopped at the clubhouse where we grabbed some food and drinks.  Ingrid was pleasant and bubbly when engaged in conversation.  The clubhouse seemed satisfactory and looked like a basic clubhouse.  On the back 9 it was much of the same flavor as the front, open and spacious.  Overall we felt the course was pleasant and simple but didn’t move you emotionally with beauty.  What does move you though is the quality of the greens!  Very impressive!  We recommend this course to all skill level of golfers especially beginners.  The openness allows you to recover from mishits and the spaciousness dissipates any pressure from groups playing behind you.

Fun at the course

M.G.A at The Links of Crystal Lake

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Our attempt at capturing the beauty of the course.  Hope you enjoy.

The Links at Crystal Lake Review

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Pontiac, Michigan – This week M.G.A visited The Links at Crystal lake. A place we like to call “ Home Base ”.  Located in the suburbs of Pontiac, we found it to be quite a hidden gem.  Rates are reasonable 18 holes for $27 M-F and weekends at $34 with a $12 cart fee. The staff is graciously friendly and go out of their way to satisfy all your golfing needs.  They were on point with getting us out for our tee time and left us confident that the round would be nothing short of delightful.  Kyle the starter was organized and timely which was awesome!  Pulling up to the first hole which is a drivable par 4 you recognize well-kept fairways and plush tee boxes and quickly become eager to fire off your first shot.  With a decent approach shot you get your first glimpse of the carpet like greens.  Full lush and consistent we all loved putting on them.  The speed of the greens left you feeling solidly in control of your putt.  If only the birdies would have fallen!  A group favorite is the 5th hole par 3 where the shot just requires an easy PW but is strategically positioned between water and bunkers so it tests your club finesse.  The course is relatively open but has a number of dog-legs and elevation changes that keeps you quite engaged and interested.  At the turn we stopped at the clubhouse.  We were pleasantly refueled by the charismatic and happy
bartender Jill.  They don’t have a beverage cart which is disappointing but Jill more than makes up for it with her friendliness and ability to pour the perfect drink.   On the back 9 we were just as impressed.  Many of the holes have water which makes it more fun and dramatic on mishits. Everyone loved the 13th hole par 5 where we could just unleash our drives.   Just stay right of the water.   After 13 is a charming drive across a wooden bridge that delivers you to the island par 3.  This hole is a small peninsula and seems to always give us problems, but we look forward to its challenge every time!  We finished the round in great time playing at a fun pace and when returning the carts wanted nothing more to keep playing…  so… we did!   We highly recommend this course to all skill level of golfers.  Its beautiful, serene and challenging.  You could quite possibly find yourself calling it “ Home Base ” like we do!

Tony “Escopeta”comes out to play

Tony “Escopeta” shows us how he has mastered the technique of quenching his thirst.

 

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