STONY CREEK METROPARK GOLF COURSE (586-781-9166)
Michigan Golf Course Review
If you have not played Stony Creek Metropark Golf Course in the past couple of years - it may be worth your while to check it out! This property has undergone considerable
renovation, including the sculpting of bunkers and tee boxes and in the general landscaping throughout the property. On my early June visit, the course was in great shape from tee to green.
The opening holes on both nines begin from slightly elevated tees and dogleg to the left. There are a considerable amount of doglegs in this design, which also features a
surprising degree of elevation changes. The terrain is quite rolling, and there are no residential properties anywhere to be found, which gives this course a very secluded feel.
Strategic bunkering, tightly tree lined fairways, plus beautiful ponds and lakes that add to the allure and challenge.
There are four sets of tees that play to distances and slopes measuring 6928 yards/118 slope, 6485 yards/113 slope, 5595 yards (unrated) and 5015 yards with a slope of 108
from the red tees. I do not completely understand the slope rating system - but this layout does not seem particularly easy from the blue or white tee boxes. Length is required off
the tee on many holes - including 7 par fours that play to 400 plus yards. The par five 13th reaches 597 yards from the tips, while the par four 15th plays to 444 yards. More
importantly, there are few straight forward holes so accuracy in placement in also required.
Water comes into play on six holes on the front and three on the backside, while approximately 30 sand bunkers are positioned near the landing zones or greenside. The four par
threes are all score-able golf holes, as they range from 196 to 163 yards from the blues (and as short as 98 yards from the reds). Of this group, only the 163 yard 17th, with a pond
resting precariously in front, presents a daunting challenge.
On course there are 100, 150 and 200 yard stakes on the fairways and the cart paths also provide these measurements. Color coded flags indicate front, middle or back hole
locations on these small to medium, mildly sloping putting surfaces. Number 14 has one of the smallest putting surfaces I have ever seen - it is easy to airmail this "postage
stamp"! On property there is a pro shop plus snack area serving breakfast sandwiches and hot & cold lunch items. A grass driving range is adjacent, as well as a putting/chipping green.
The Stony Creek course is one of the gems of the Metropark system. It is situated in a peaceful golf environment, and the superintendent is obviously working hard to keep this
layout in pristine condition. The design is interesting and contrary to the advertised slope ratings, will provide a challenging and enjoyable experience for most levels of players.
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