PIERCE LAKE GOLF CLUB (734-475-5858)
Michigan Golf Course Review
Located less than 1 mile (exit 159) off I-94 in Chelsea, Pierce Lake Golf Club is without question one of Southeastern Michigan's top golfing values. In fact
, with prime rates including carts topping out at $45 - this may be the best value the Two Guys Who Golf have encountered this year. This is one heck of a
golf course! Huge undulating greens, soft sand bunkers plus well sculpted tee areas and fairways create an upscale feel to the layout at Pierce Lake.
This Harry Bowers design features rolling terrain in a secluded, natural environment that encompasses considerable acreage of wetlands. Golfers will find
that on least half of the holes, a carry over wetlands either off the tee, in the middle of fairways or near the medium speed putting surfaces is in order.
Novices can take comfort in the fact that very few of the carries demand much length - and most are quite manageable.
This course layout has been well thought out - as scratch golfers will find considerable challenge from the tips, which play to 6914 yards with a 135 slope
rating. The Gold tees measure 6587 (131 slope), the blues 6152 (127 slope), the whites 5591 (122 slope) and the forward tees 4778 with a 109 slope
rating. These five sets provide ample choices - making the course suitable for all levels of play. Most golfers will choose the blues, which feature no par
fours over 386 yards in length. The key to scoring well here is to manage all the mid length par fours, take care of business on the 5 par threes (measure
between 137 and 191 yards) and score on the 5 par fives which average 492 yards in length.
Hole diagrams are included on each score card, providing a nice overview . There are distance markers at 100, 150 and 200 yards, and pin placements
are indicated by a color-coded flag system. The scorecards also provide green depth charts for each putting surface - and another feature often found
only at upscale facilities are the ball and club washers included on each golf cart. The clubhouse is unpretentious, with a pro shop, snack bar with hot/cold
sandwiches and beverages, and seating inside for about 40-50 people. Outdoors there is a picnic pavilion that can accommodate up to 100 people for
golf outings. Also adjacent are nature trails with boardwalks and observation decks.
The front side plays a bit easier than the back, and the opening hole is a fair starter. This 347 yard (from the blues) par four is tight and tree lined, with a
tee shot placed just past the 150 stake a good play. The uphill approach is a blind one, but you can trust the yardage...After a simple par three the third
hole demands some distance off the tee, with a tee shot landing just right of the 150 resulting in a good position from which to approach an elevated green
complex. There is a narrow natural area just in front of the green. The par five 4th doglegs right also, with the end of the fairway on the left near the 200
yard marker. A lay up over the 150 stake will leave a simple approach and a good opportunity for par or better. Play it safe and this is a good scoring hole.
Five bends in the opposite direction, with a water hazard far right of the cart path. A shot to the left center will set up well - anything left will be blocked by
tall trees. Go for it on six - there is not much trouble and long hitters will be left with just a wedge or short iron approach here. Aim over the 150 and keep
in mind that the green slopes from front to back. Seven is another simple par three, and is followed by the number two handicap - a wide open par five
inviting a grip it and rip it mentality. We found this hole to be very score-able. The closing hole turns a little to the left, and plays downhill on the tee shot
and uphill on the approach - with a marsh area just in front.
The back side opens with the longest hole on the course. The wide fairway narrows near the 150 marker, and a marsh cuts in front about 40 yards out.
Another short carry over wetlands off the tee is called for on eleven - which looks intimidating but is more bark then bite. There is more room than it
appears from the tee boxes, though at 336 from the tips a fairway wood or long iron is recommended here. Twelve must also carry some natural area, but
there is 10 yards of grass in front, and much more room to the right of a mildly undulating green. Carry the marsh on thirteen, land anywhere on the
fairway and a simple approach is your reward. The par three thirteenth is also part of the six-hole stretch of wetland carrying holes - this one has plenty of
room short and left. The carry on 15 is a bit more challenging, perhaps the longest on the course, and plays to a raised fairway. This is a very score-able
par five. There is no marsh area to worry about on 16, and those with a left to right shot shape will benefit from the design of this dogleg right par four.
The two finishing holes are amongst the most challenging of the layout. Seventeen is a tight par four, with a shot placed in the left center near the 150
yards stake the wisest play. The green is guarded by trees on both sides. The final hole is the longest of the par threes, and is tough from the tips with a
long carry over marsh. Like many of the holes at Pierce Lake that demand carries over trouble - there is plenty of bail out room - this time to the left of the
over-sized putting surface, that slopes back to front and left to right.
Pierce Lake is part of the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission. Their website (click on the link at the top of this page) provides multiple
ways to save on this course. If you have not had an opportunity to play Pierce Lake - which incidentally has received 4 stars from Golf Digest - we
recommend that you consider it - this is a great deal! Folks living in this area are fortunate indeed.
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.