Savor the views playing The Jackal Golf Club at Mt. Brighton
BRIGHTON, Mich. -- The views from the top of the ski hill make the day on The Jackal Golf Club at Mt. Brighton.
Michigan-based architect Jerry Matthews designed the 6,702-yard course in 2001, capitalizing on the wild changes in elevation.
The first tee shot is a harrowing plunge to a fairway below. It's a grand introduction -- if you can get over the astro-turf tee and safety net -- to a tough golf course filled with dramatic moments.
The par 3s at nos. 9 and 11 fall off elevated perches to huge greens. The tee box at no. 8, cut into the side of the hill, is another thriller. Big-bombers can attempt to blast one around the corner to reach the green, although it's a risky proposition.
Most of the golf course lies in lowlands behind the ski hill. There are two kinds of holes back there: Narrow ones cut through a thicket of trees and marsh (nos. 2, 3, 4, 13, 14, 15) and others that flirt with ponds (nos. 5, 6, 10, 12, 16 and 18). Those who attempt too many dare-devil shots will rack up penalty strokes and lost balls. The Jackal can be a ball-hungry predator.
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