Detroit Golf Courses

It’s the middle of summer and the living is easy in southeast Michigan. The days are hot and dry–but not too hot. The fairways are manicured and the greens are a lush velvet. In short, it’s a perfect time to play golf in and around the “Motor City.” There are literally hundreds of courses, both private and public, in the Greater Detroit area. Below are a few of the highlights:

Belle Isle Park — This public, nine-hole course may not be the city’s most challenging, but it certainly has the best view. It’s located in the 985-acre Belle Isle Park, situated in the middle of the St. Clair River and boasts views of both the downtown Detroit and downtown Windsor (Ontario) skyline.

The Orchards Golf Club — This four-and-a-half star course is mentioned over and over again in golf magazines like Golf Digest and Golfweek. Located 30 minutes northeast of downtown Detroit in the town of Washington, The Orchards is a 525-acre community with an 18-hole, 7036-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.

The Rouge Park Golf Club — This urban course first opened in 1923. A recent facelift has updated the course while keeping its unique aspects and tough greens. The 6262-yard, par 72 course is located in northwest Detroit.

Lakes of Taylor Golf Club — This city course is located just outside of Detroit in Taylor, Michigan. Opened in 1989, it’s received four stars from several of the major golf publications.

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