Summer Golf Review, continued
Huron Meadows golf course is south of Brighton, Michigan, east of US-23 and north of Silver Lake Rd.
It is in very good condition and is an excellent HCMP golf course. Practice facilities are also excellent and include a driving range, a bunker practice area, a chipping and pitching practice green, and a large putting green.
Although it appears fairly open, there are many elements in addition to length that present challenge.
Strategically located trees, doglegs, bunkers, and large greens with significant roll and tough pin placements present adequate challenge for most golfers. Wildlife such as deer, foxes, coyotes, sandhill cranes, bluebirds, and geese abound.
One of the very attractive and challenging holes at Huron Meadows is No. 9.
This 467 yard par 4 (white tees are 456 yd) requires a tee shot that must travel over a pond and avoid the large tree on the right that protrudes partially over the fairway. Go too far left, however, and you are in pine trees, or worse, out of bounds.
Most golfers cannot reach the green in two. Be sure to choose the tee box that is within your capability level. The forward tees reduce the angle and the distance over the pond.
The green for No. 9 is very large with a lower and upper tier and sand traps on the right side and over the back.
There are good clubhouse facilities, including a meeting room, but the grill has a very limited menu. There are a number of good restaurants a few of miles north of the course on Whitmore Lake Rd, paralleling US-23.
Green fees are similar to other MetroParks, $39 weekends / holidays ($26 walking) and $35 M - F ($22 walking). Weekday Senior (over 62) rates are $15 walking and $25 with cart. A MetroPark sticker or a $4 park entry fees is also required. Phone 1-800-234-6534.
Golf Vacation Summary
The variety of golf course experiences in southeast Michigan can offer you challenge and a great day of golf that will meet your expectations and your budget requirements. What I find is that playing a course for the first time often makes you want to play it at least one more time. You know that you would play certain holes differently if you knew the course a little better, hence, a second chance.
For each of the courses mentioned above your putting ability and your short game skills are important if you plan to score well. Tee shot accuracy is especially important at Moose Ridge, Hunters Ridge, and Timber Trace.
Contact me if you or your friends or family members need some help in these shot-making areas, or consider one of our online training courses that address the area where you need help the most.
Until next time. Hit 'em straight!