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The Best Place I’ve Ever Golfed… Part 3 of a Budget Golf Community Series

The Best Place I've Ever GolfedWe pose the same question to our community from time to time—”Where’s the best place you’ve ever golfed?”. The answers typically vary so wildly, but this month was like a who’s who of Michigan golf courses. We chose a couple outside of those to mix it up a bit… but one thing is clear, we need to be golfing in Michigan more often!

We hope you enjoy dreaming with us, and perhaps you’ll find a new best place of your own!

Mountain Falls in Pahrump, NV

Mountain Falls Golf Club

Mountain Falls Golf Club

Managed by Par-4, the Mountain Falls Golf Club boasts a par-74, 18 hole course located 45 minutes from Las Vegas. This superior course is surrounded by picturesque mountain ranges, wide open spaces and lush rolling hills. They offer golf outings, golf packages, special events, and tournaments.

The practice facilities at Mountain Falls Golf Club are perfectly appointed for players to work on all aspects of their game. A variety of lesson packages and formats are available from the PGA professionals in the Golf Shop.


St. Ives at Tullymore Golf Club Stanwood, MI

St. Ives Golf Course

St. Ives Golf Course

Discover a course that has been crafted from the dramatic glacier-carved landscape of Michigan. Flawlessly combining mystic woodlands, sprawling wetlands, and rugged highlands, spectacular distractions are just par for the course at St. Ives.

Designed by the legendary Michigan golf course architect Jerry Matthews, many consider St. Ives to be his best work. Since opening in 1995, St. Ives has received many awards and accolades including being named among the Top 10 courses in America for women by Golf for Women magazine. Golf Digest has also awarded St. Ives with a prestigious 5-star rating.

The most exciting hole of this par-72 course is arguably the par 4, 14th hole. A straight and accurate tee shot is essential to hit the narrow landing pad. Then to get to the green, a lengthy carry over wetlands is the key to even coming close to par.

The dynamic nature of this course ensures you’ll discover something new each and every time you play it.

Treetops Golf Course Gaylord, MI

Treetops Golf Resort

Treetops Golf Resort

Choose from one of Treetops Resort’s five expert-designed courses:
Robert Trent Jones, Sr.’s final design in Michigan is truly a masterpiece. In his own words, Jones claimed it as his crowning glory. The course is located at the headwaters of the Pigeon River and takes full advantage of natural valleys, ravines and broad plains. The signature sixth hole features a 120′ vertical drop and a panoramic view of the Pigeon River Valley.

Premier is the only course in Michigan designed by famed architect, Tom Fazio. The course makes the most of the rolling terrain, striking the perfect balance between challenge and forgiveness. When asked to name a signature hole, Fazio replied, “all of them.” Play a round on the Premier and we think you’ll agree.

The bar was certainly set high with Signature; the course unfolds into a high upland area and features undulating greens and wide, forgiving fairways. Undisturbed natural areas are prominent on holes four and eleven. Signature has been rated a Top 50 Course for Women.

Tradition is their walking course which pays homage to golf’s origin. The course is well named as it features “traditional” wooden pins and pennant flags. The links-style layout takes advantage of high ridges and hilltops, providing some sloping while still being walkable. Holes one through nine wrap back around to the starter house, allowing for nine-hole play.

This par three-designed course, has been receiving national recognition since it opened in 1992. It consistently ranks as the #1 par three course in America by Golf Magazine, Golfweek, Golf & Travel and several others and is perhaps the most recognized par three course in America. For a number of years, Threetops hosted the ESPN Par 3 Shootout. Lee Trevino recorded an ace on #7 during the Shootout in 2001. The course itself features elevated greens and tees with noticeable slopes.

Shepherds Hollow Clarkston, MI

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Course

Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Course

Spend a day at Shepherd’s Hollow and you’ll swear you’re in Northern Michigan, surrounded by mile after mile of forest and field, untouched by man. The course features 27 holes, built on a piece of property with acreage that easily could provide twice the number of holes. A minimalist design was utilized to maintain and take advantage of what many consider a perfect piece of property for a golf course.

Shepherd’s Hollow is a challenging golf course that requires a variety of shots from the player. It is often commented that when playing Shepherd’s Hollow the first demand of a player is an imagination.

Wide natural fairways and large flowing greens require a variety of shots most golfers don’t often experience. The golfer that embraces this challenge will often experience golf as it was originally played.

Butler National Golf Course Oak Brook, IL

Butler National Golf Course

Butler National Golf Course

Butler National Golf Club is an exclusive private golf club, located in the Western suburb of Oak Brook, Ill. The club has a traditional 18 hole golf course, previously hosting the Western Open tournament. Butler National is a private, members only club with membership by invitation only.

The club hosted the Western Open from 1974 to 1990. The tournament featured some of the games best, including Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson (Champion in 1974, 1977, and 1984), Hale Irwin (Champion in 1975) and Tom Kite (Champion in 1986). In 1985, an amateur named Scott Verplank was able to hold off the field and claim victory. He is the 2nd amateur to win the Western Open, with the 1st being Chick Evans in 1910.

Golf Digest consistently ranks Butler National among the “Top 100” golf courses in America. In 2012, Golf Digest rated Butler National the nation’s 11th-toughest course and No. 1 in Illinois. The member’s course rating is 73.9 with a slope of 144, measured at 6,720 yards. The back tees stretch the course to 7,523 yards with a course rating of 78.1 and a slope of 152.

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