IN THE D: Prepare to Hit the Links with Golf Lessons

By: Scott Davis | March 3, 2015

As spring begins to surface, more and more people are going to venture out to hit the links at one of Metro Detroit’s many golf courses. Playing golf can lead to great opportunities and fun memories—games with friends, fundraising events or even business meetings can all take place on the golf course. If you don’t quite have a grasp on the game, the good news is there are always people willing to teach you. Southeast Michigan is absolutely packed with driving ranges, courses, country clubs and other establishments offering lessons and instruction.

Royal Oak Golf Center, 350 Edgar Ave., Royal Oak, offers lessons, as well as clinics, classes and camps. The staff of instructors are knowledgeable, experienced and several are “Class A” members of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA). Needless to say, a student will learn a lot here. The center offers a driving range, bunker, rough area, short game area and fairway, so all skills can be improved upon. There are both 30-minute long and 60-minute long sessions available. Classes are generally four one-hour long sessions.

Copper Hills Golf and Country Club, 2125 Lakeville Rd., Oxford, has been voted in the past as “Best Place to Play,” as well as one of the “Top 10 Public Golf Courses” by Golf Digest. The unique, 27-hole layout was also tagged as “Best New Design” by the Detroit News. But for this story, it is lessons we are interested in, not accolades. Copper Hills offers lessons from Bob Pohl, whose teaching experience stretches 15 years. He was a graduate of Ferris State University’s Professional Golf Management program and tailors instruction to each student’s skill level. Since it is an outdoor facility, lessons begin in late March/early April, depending on the weather.

On the Dunes, 2055 Haggerty Rd., Commerce, has been catering to golfers all winter long with its eight beautiful virtual golf simulators. PGA professional member Doug White teaches you everything you need to know. Individual lessons, group lessons and junior lessons are all available. Custom packages are another choice. If you are yet to venture to On the Dunes, it is highly recommended you check it out. To contact Doug White for more information on lessons, email him at dwhite@onthedunes.com or call (248)-313-9713.

The Orchards Golf Club, 62900 Campground Rd., Washington, provides many instructional programs, including private lessons, junior golf camps (offered in June, July and August), The Orchards Golf School and The Orchards Golf Day. Each program focuses on different areas of the game, such as your swing, short game, rules of the game and even golf etiquette. Lessons are offered seven days a week during the season and hours are flexible and based on your schedule.

Oasis Golf Center, 39500 Five Mile Rd., Plymouth, is the only indoor practice facility in Wayne County and boasts a double-decker dome. Lessons for both beginners and accomplished players are provided here. Personalized instruction catering to each individual’s capabilities allows for improvement for each participant. Not to be outdone by any of the others on the list, Oasis also staffs professional instructors from the PGA and LPGA. It also hosts opens clinics every Tuesday and Thursday during dome season from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Lessons are flexible and scheduled at your convenience.

Just a few options to mull over, but this may be the perfect time to learn, right before peak golf season. Some places may be waiting until spring officially starts to open, but there are many choices to get back into the game, or start fresh. Time to hit the links, y’all.