Hawk Hollow Golf Club in Bath plays second fiddle to nobody in mid-Michigan
BATH, Mich. -- Think of Hawk Hollow Golf Club this way: Typically, when a new baby arrives, he or she gets all the attention and becomes the darling of the family. Hawk Hollow is that overlooked older sibling.
Eagle Eye Golf Club across the street, which opened in 2003, certainly deserves all its rankings and high praise. Even so, there's no reason that Hawk Hollow -- which opened its original 18 holes in 1996 and another nine several years later -- takes a back seat.
The only thing Hawk Hollow doesn't have is a famous replica hole (an island green at Eagle Eye mimics the 17th hole of the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Florida). Otherwise, Hawk Hollow, a water-logged Jerry Matthews design, lines up one fun challenge after another.
All four par 3s are an aquaphobe's worst nightmare. The finishing par 4s on the first and second nines tests both nerves and skill. Only big hitters should try to carry the pond on the ninth hole. The 18th fairway pinches tight with a bunker left and Hawk Lake all along the right side. Don't attempt any hero shot from the thick, juicy rough.
Golf Advisor user "cstiff" is one of many players who rate Hawk Hollow Golf Club five stars. He wrote: "(I) love the view, the area, gorgeous course! Absolutely the best maintained course around the area. I can't say enough good things about the course."
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