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Target Golf in SE Michigan

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Pros: Well conditioned, Lower Cost, Challenging

Cons: Tends to be Wet, Challenging for Higher Handicaps

Huntmore Golf Club, formerly the Golf Club of Michigan, was designed by Pat Grelak and built in 2000. The course plays to 7,115 yards (74.8/143 rating) but there are three alternate sets of tees. Set in rolling woodlands, the course is both attractive and difficult. One can consider this a target golf course and features wetlands, dense woods and significant greenside bunkering.  Unless one has a legit single digit handicap and is accurate in driving and approaches, pick a shorter tee box than normal.

Uncrowded & User Friendly

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Pros: Almost never busy, consistently good conditions, friendly staff

Cons: Mostly flat, limited bunkering, uninspired design

Hudson Mills is part of the regional Huron Clinton Metropark Authority park system, a bit off the beaten path but worth a trip to Dexter. Built in 1990 and designed by Metropark staff, the course plays to a par of 71. At 6,560 yards from the tips (71.2/118) the course offers a challenge to the good golfer without being too penal for the recreational player. There are 3 other sets of tees for those looking for a bit less of a challenge. The holes are routed through flat terrain with a few wetlands and tree-lined holes to keep things from being too boring but the wide fairways, limited bunkering and relatively flat greens may not hold the interest of some golfers.

Not an Ordinary Walk in the Woods

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Pros: Wonderful design, Fine conditioning, Not crowded, Walking allowed at all times

Cons: No driving range, Weekend rates a bit high

This hidden gem winds its way over gentling rolling hills bordered by native grasslands, forest and wetlands.  Tipping out at 6,914 yards (72.5/135) one better have their "A" game ready or consider using one of the 4 alternate tees.  The front nine is a bit more open with varied hilly terrain consisting of grassland and forest.  One large pond and a stream bisecting two holes is the extent of the water on the first nine.  Once one makes the turn, the course routing is tighter as the holes hop scotch through wetlands and forest.  The back has forced carries on 7 of 9 holes so the importance of selecting the proper tees in the beginning becomes painfully...
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Leslie Park - More Than Your Average Muni

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Pros: Each hole is unique, Reasonable rates, Very good maintenance, Allows walking at all times

Cons: Hilly course that is tough to walk, No driving range

Leslie is a fine and entertaining layout located in NE Ann Arbor.  Tipping out at about 6,700 yards, the course will not strike fear in the heart of the +3 handicapper but the rest of us will have plenty to keep us busy.  The course is blessed with some interesting topography so get ready for some uphill and downhill holes.  The moderate size greens have plenty of slope so prepare yourself to have some exciting lag putts.  Look for rate specials online or use your GAM Gold Card as the full rack rate tends to be a bit high.

GPS - inexpensive and accurate

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Pros: No annual fees or update costs, Touch screen, Thousands of pre-loaded courses, Accurate, Uses AA Batteries (2)

Cons: Screen a bit hard to read in the shade, Yardages only given to greens and hazards

I have tested the yardages against laser sightings and course yardage markers and the GPS readout is within 0-3 yards of the alternate measurements.  The fact that it uses AA batteries makes it easy to take on the road since replacements are easily obtained.  I have 4 rechargeable batteries and use 2 in the unit and 2 as a spare.  One can get 2 full rounds out of a set of rechargeable batteries.  You do not have to remember to load a course prior to playing, just go to the course, turn it on and select the course from the menu of nearby courses.  Once you purchase the unit there are no additional fees and one may update the unit from the Garmin site at...
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