HAWK HOLLOW GOLF CLUB (517-641-4295) (888-411-HAWK)
Michigan Golf Course Review
Love golf? Spend a day at Hawk Hollow and you will feel as though you are in golfer's paradise! This beautiful and finely manicured facility is one
gorgeous piece of golf property. The original 18-hole layout generously absorbed an additional 9 holes - with the new 27-hole facility earning Golf Digest's
4-1/2 star rating , plus mention as one of the Top 200 In America You Can Play. It does not end here. The Falcon - a 9-hole executive layout similar in
conditioning and quality to the current championship course, is located just a couple miles down the road, as serves as a great practice course, and also
can facilitate those looking for a quick round. This links style walking course also provides carts for those who need them, and features back tee areas to
challenge experienced golfers, plus forward tees to make the experience un-intimidating for beginners (at very reasonable rates). Another unique feature
at Hawk Hollow is the 18-hole Little Hawk Putting Course ($7.00). In about 1-1/4 hours golfers can play this par 54 layout between the hours of 7AM and
10 PM in season (weather permitting), with generous lighting making evening play possible. Throw in remarkable practice facilities that include two
complete, full service driving ranges with target greens, an 8,000 square foot putting green, and a short game area with practice bunker - and you have
perhaps the most complete golf facility in Mid-Michigan.
Folks attending banquets, golf outings and special events will be thrilled with the excellent views from the spacious clubhouse, and outdoor veranda. The
facility overlooks the golf course with spectacular views of the 17th and 18th holes. There is ample seating for up to 350 people, and a private Board
Room can facilitate meetings for 14. Menus can be tailored to fit any occasion, and golfers can relax and enjoy drinks and sandwiches along with a great
atmosphere in the clubhouse lounge. Beverage/snack carts also tour the course, providing the same top quality service one receives at Hawk Hollow, from
the time you arrive until the time you leave.
The golf course is wonderfully marked, with 150 yard stakes serving as great targets, plus yardage plates at 100/150/200 yards. Sprinkler heads are also
measured to the center of the greens, with daily pin placement sheets indicating which of the six hole locations are being used each day. Four sets of tees
allow nearly every level of golfer to find their comfort zone. The blues are very playable on the original 18 holes, as they measure 6306 yards, with no par
fours exceeding 388 yards. The tips are a challenge from 6974, with a 136 slope. Beginners and mid-handicappers can enjoy the white tees at 5789, and
forward players receive a considerable break off the tee with the yardage and slope at 5078/120. There is a nice balance to this layout, with doglegs
demanding an equal number of shot shapes left to right and right to left. Water comes into play on 13 of the original 18 holes, but there are few forced
carries. Conditioning from tee to green is excellent, with finely manicured fairways and with mildly undulating putting surfaces that are quick but receptive.
A good tip - keep it on the fairway - as the rough, while not overly long, is quite hearty and very penal.
The front nine presents generous fairways with the yardage spread out nicely - no overly long or short holes here. The first plays to a wide fairway and
features an approach to a well bunkered green complex. Mounds but no bunkers are present near the green on two, though a trap about 40 yards out
may come into play for long hitters. The par three 3rd features water left, with ample bail out room right, and is followed by back to back par fives. Both
have ample fairways, but narrow on the approach. Long hitters should know that a pond creeps out towards the fairway along the right about 260 out. The
6th is a classic dogleg right, with plenty of room. Again, be aware of a pond past the tree line here. Another pond must be carried on the par 3 seventh,
which is a challenge from the tips at 198 yards. The eighth is wide open except for a water hazard along the right side about 130 yards from the green. A
challenging closing hole is next, as the 422 yard par four ninth plays as the number one handicap on the front side. The carry over a lake is longer than it
may seem - take enough club and let er rip...
Numbers ten and eleven are playable doglegs, with each bending mildly left. Water on the left 100 yards out presents the challenge on 10, while anything
long right on 11 will find the bush. The fairway narrows here about 130 out, so an accurate tee shot is mandatory. The par three 12th plays over a water
hazard to a huge putting surface with multiple ridges. There is some bail out room short left. A pair of fairly long par fives (536 and 548 from the tips)
sandwich an easy par four in holes 13-15. A creek runs across the fairway about 200 yards out on 13, while the 15th plays tightly off the tee, with another
water hazard coming into play along the right about 140 out. In between, a two-tiered putting surface provides the challenge on 14. The par four 16th is a
pretty hole, and features an interesting tee shot over water and an island. Golfers with a natural left to right shot shape could do well. A lake on the right
and mounds and bunkers left make the tee shot on number 17 quite a challenge. Error left, if you must - as a left to right shot aimed towards the center of
the green will almost surely be punished here, with the prevailing wind leading the ball towards water. The finishing hole is a beauty. The water along the
right creeps towards the fairway about 130 out, making an accurate tee shot along the left center a desirable play. The approach will have to carry the
hazard, and avoid the numerous bunkers on the left side. Like the initial nine - the closing hole is the number one handicap on the back side.
If you have the time - do not stop at 18. The additional nine holes are quite unique, as numbers 12-15 play alongside a former quarry. Most players can
play from the black tees, as they measure 3103 yards, while the blues fess up at 2875. Length is obviously not the name of the game here. This is more of
a target type of layout - with some roller coaster fairways and elevation changes. We found it to be quite interesting, and extremely fun to play. The layout
is unique - and aesthetically beautiful. You can play this nine by itself or in conjunction with one of the other nines, depending on the day's schedule of tee
times. A better idea is to play all 27 - at a great rate of $73 weekdays and $82 weekends with cart in 2003.
As if this outstanding 27-hole layout, together with the nine-hole Falcon executive course, the 18-hole putting course, and the tremendous practice
facilities are not enough - Hawk Hollow will open a spectacular new 18-hole championship course in August 2003. The EAGLE EYE Golf Club at Hawk
Hollow promises to add another quality dimension to the complex, while featuring a 17th hole island green. Pete Dye and Chris Lutzke collaborated on this
effort which, when complete - will help to build Hawk Hollow's reputation as one of Michigan's top golf destinations! Our advice - visit Hawk Hollow - for an
18-hole round or for an entire day. The Lansing area is gaining recognition for top quality golfing experiences - and Hawk Hollow is a major reason. Highly recommended!
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