Based on the number of courses in the area, it sure seems like Metro Detroiters love to play golf. Personally, my entire golf game is rather embarrassing, but this isn’t about me. Michigan is filled with beautiful, large and scenic 18-hole courses, but did you know that par-3 courses are plentiful as well?
Hitting a 300-yard drive is a great feeling, but a par-3 course has its perks too. For instance; a faster pace, a chance to hone your short game skills, not to mention any skill level can comfortably play (good for me). On another note, as uncooperative as the weather has been thus far in 2014 I think we are finally hitting that point where we can realistically expect consistent warmth. So let’s hit the courses!
Rammler Golf Club, located at 38180 Utica Rd. in Sterling Heights, offers a par-3 golf course in addition to its gorgeous 18-hole, 6,305-yard course. The par-3 course is quite impressive as well. The nine-hole course measures 1,208 yards. Holes range from 75 yards to 170 yards. It can be found in the front section of the property. Rammler Golf Club is a great place to go for some par-3 action.
Strategic Fox at Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center, 8768 North Territorial Rd. in Plymouth, is a beautiful specimen with three different golf courses. I recently attended a wedding reception here and I was impressed with the property. The Strategic Fox is Fox Hills’ 18-hole par-3 course. Three different tees are offered to accommodate your skill level: red tees (1,738 total yards), white tees (2,240 total yards) and blue tees (2,524 total yards). This allows for beginners and avid golfers to both enjoy the course. The course also poses several challenges for the more experienced golfers looking to work on their short game.
Little Myth, located at 852 Stoney Creek Rd., in Oakland, is another solid option for some par-3 fun. Junior golf classes, tournaments, outings and wedding receptions often take place here. The par-3 course offers challenges with water hazards and rolling hills and has breathtaking scenery. The rates are incredibly low at $12 per person for both weekends and weekdays with a cart and a mere $8 without a cart. You can even book your tee time online.
Glenlore Golf Course, 2000 Sleeth Rd., in Commerce, is an excellent course for beginners (and/or people of my skill level—I wonder how many jokes about my golf game I can sneak in here) and also provides tight fairways and small greens for the golfing connoisseur. Play either nine holes or a full 18 holes if you choose. Glenore also offers lessons from professionals, leagues and junior golf programs. Several special promotions and discounts are also a frequent occurrence here.
Bushwood Golf Course, located at 39430 Dun Rovin Dr. in Northville, is another scenic course that won’t empty your wallet. Rates are very low, as it is only $10 for nine holes plus $7 for a cart rental on weekdays. It is inside of the Country Club Village Condominium, so I would suggest being weary of windows and small children. Four different tee boxes challenge both beginners and experienced golfers. Join a league or just play for fun on this well-maintained, picturesque course.
Next time you’re itching to try out your new putter or 9-iron, consider going to a par-3 course. You get to play nine to 18 holes and have fun while still having time to get other things done the rest of the day.