HAWK HOLLOW GOLF CLUB (517-641-4295) (888-411-HAWK)
Michigan Golf Course Review
A YouTube video can be found at the end of this 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 27-hole facility earning Golf Digest's 4-1/2 star rating, plus mention as one of the "Top 200 In
American 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 - it 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 non-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 7 a
.m. 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, and 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.
New in 2013: the nine hole Woodside course - with separate clubhouse situated just 3 miles down the road from Eagle Eye.
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.
As if this outstanding 27-hole layout, together with the nine-hole Falcon executive course and the 9-hole Woodside Course, the 18-hole putting course, and the tremendous
practice facilities are not enough - The Eagle Eye Golf Club at Hawk Hollow - situated just down the road (with separate and outstanding clubhouse), and featuring a 17th hole
island green, is a Pete Dye and Chris Lutzke links-style collaboration that has been acclaimed as one of the top courses in Michigan. Our advise? Visit Hawk Hollow - for and 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. Check
out the Two Guys Who Golf detailed information page on this course (which includes a link to the course's website if available) - click here.