University of Michigan course in Ann Arbor showcases classic Alister MacKenzie golf
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Built in 1931 and designed by none other than Alister MacKenzie, the University of Michigan Golf Course is one of the best college courses in the country.
Though it's only 6,700 yards from the tips, it plays much longer, plus the fun begins once you get to the greens. Also adding to the challenge are narrow fairways in many spots, sharp doglegs, tall fescue around the edges and a hazard or two.
Renovated in 1994 by U-M alum Arthur Hills, the golf course is also in outstanding condition. It's open to university students, staff and faculty, but the public can play this limited daily-fee course by making a $500 annual donation to the athletic department (this does not include the green fee) or playing as a guest of an eligible player.
In addition to renovations on the course, the clubhouse also underwent a facelift. Team rooms, coaching offices and varsity locker facilities for both Wolverine women's and men's teams were added. The pro shop, lobby and refreshment areas were also reconfigured and decorated.
The University of Michigan Golf Course has also hosted postseason tournaments, most recently hosting the NCAA Men's Golf Regional in 2012. Overall, U-M has hosted three NCAA Regionals and one NCAA Final (1947) as well as 12 Big Ten Championships -- nine men and three women. There's also a cross-country trail that follows the golf course's rolling terrain.
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