Clarkston Creek Golf Club: An Older Course That Favors The Golfer

By Ray Brewer, Contributor

CLARKSTON, Mich.- This is an era of golf that features the new.

New-age golfers like Tiger Woods and Justin Leanord are revamping the sport with a newer and even trendier approach to the game.

Using the same line of thinking, modern designed golf courses - like the ones designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Jr. - have become a favorite of many golfers.

These courses are tree-lined layouts accompanied by water hazards and unbelievable sites.

While this may be nice for some, others still cherish and appreciate the courses that have been in business seemingly forever.

Officials for the Clarkston Creek Golf Club properly describe their course as historic rather than old.

"We are pretty much the oldest course in the area," the club's head professional Eric Hiner said. "You can walk it, but there are some good hills in the front. It's a fun course to play on and you can score well on it."

Unlike most of the newer courses, Clarkston Creek is short - just 6,500 yards. This means a lot of par-4s and an easier day of golf for the patrons of the club.

"It's about 30 years-old now," Hiner said. "Back when it was designed, it was a nice layout."

Just a few years ago, Clarkston Creek had some renovation work done to give the course more attracting features.

"We put in some trees and new tee boxes," Hiner said. "We re-did the front side bunkers and changed the layout of the last four holes to add a driving range."

These changes have helped the area's junior programs. Clarkston Creek is the proud host of several junior events each year and is the home of the 1994 state champion Clarkston High School Wolves' boys team.

"We do a lot for the community," Hiner said. "We are the only course in the area that offers a junior league for kids to play on the junior circuit."

Clarkston Creek has one of the best deals in the area, offering 18 holes of golf with a cart for $24 on weekday before 11 a.m.

Ray Brewer, Contributor

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