FOX HILLS GOLF & BANQUET CENTER (734-453-7272) Fox Classic
Michigan Golf Course Review
Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center in Plymouth is a top notch 63-hole facility that offers players of every demographic, gender, age and skill level, an
opportunity to enjoy a rewarding golf experience. Sisters Kathy Aznavorian and Sandy Mily had the vision to create 3 different types of golf courses, each
satisfying the needs of a variety of skill levels. This is the only facility in Southeastern Michigan that can boast this type of quality and variety!
The Fox Classic is the original design, and after renovations provides a reasonably priced, 27-hole layout with 4 sets of tee boxes. This course is ideally
suited for walking, is a favorite for outings and leagues, and has slope ratings that present a fair yet challenging round for the average golfer. The
Golden Fox is high-end premium layout designed by Arthur Hills, and is built to challenge avid players with its links style holes that feature undulating
greens , high grasses, mounding and abundant natural areas. The Strategic Fox is the latest course to be added to the mix, and is a beautiful par three
18-hole layout that is fun to play for all levels of golfers, yet unintimidating for novices and juniors - and affords a great introduction to the game!
The Strategic Fox has its own clubhouse and offers a variety of seasonal "family fun" outings and social events to designed to warm families to the
concept of viewing golf as something to share. Fox Classic and Golden Fox also maintain their own clubhouses - with pro shops and dining areas.
Practice facilities include a double ended range with mat and grass stations, short game area with sand bunker, plus putting greens located near each course.
At 32,000 square feet, the Golden Fox clubhouse facility can host groups of up to 500 people, with a quaint gazebo and outdoor garden area that provide
perfect settings for weddings, banquets and special events. Sundays are special at Fox Hills, as a wonderful Sunday Brunch is offered in the beautiful
Golden Fox clubhouse, with a great variety of cuisine available.
The Fox Classic features three separate nines that are designed along a varying topography in a serene setting - with no residential buildings on
property. The Hills Course plays to 3028, 2815, 2653 and 2361 yards. The Woodlands measures 2941, 2576, 2365 and 2177 yards, while the Lakes is
the longest of the three at 3179, 2948, 2746 and 2472 yards. The slope ratings on the Fox Classic vary from 134 to 111, with the Woodlands/Lakes
comprising the most challenging combination. From the forward tees, the Woodlands course is especially forgiving.
In total, over 40 soft sand bunkers line the fairways or are situated greenside, and water comes into play on nine holes, with six of the nine on the on the
Lakes Course. Most of these hazards are on the perimeters, with just a few forced carries. On course yardage markings are posted on cart paths on par
fours and fives from 100, 150, 200, and 250 yards(as well a 150 yard stake) to the center of the green. Sprinkler heads on the fairways also provide
measurements. Markers which are set at the top, middle or bottom of the flag sticks indicate back, middle or front pin positions.
Golfers may notice subtle differences in terrain on each nine hole course of this 27 hole layout. The Hills nine - as the name indicates, presents a very
rolling, undulating terrain along with an interesting collection of doglegs. There are several elevated tees, with three of the four doglegs favorite right
handed golfers who are adept at hitting fades off the tee. The green complexes usually have open fronts that invite a variety of approaches, with sand
bunkers often situated on both sides. Land in regulation on the medium size, mildly sloped putting surfaces, and good scores can be had. The greens on
the Woodlands are a bit more undulating with some ridges and subtle breaks that golfers will find challenging. With the exception of the par five 6th and
the par four 7th (which are very level), the terrain here is similar to the Hills, though the trees and brush lining the fairways are much more dense. There
is ample room off the tee on all three nines, with the Woodlands playing the tightest in the group. The Lakes course has more water in play (on six holes)
and less bunkering. The closing hole is particularly challenging...with a sloping fairway that slants left to right towards a water hazard that will affect both
the tee shot and approach.
The secluded setting, fine conditioning and interesting hole designs on the Classic Fox make for an interesting and challenging round for all levels of
players. The images in the review are of the Hills and Woodlands courses. For more info, visit our page for the course, with direct link to their web site by clicking here.