Bucks Run - Gorgeous & Special

Buck’s RunBuck’s Run enters its second decade serving those who find themselves seeking a wonderful golf experience in Mount Pleasant, the heart of Michigan. The neighbor of Central Michigan University and Soaring Eagle Casino is a glorious 290-acre living testament to the rolling, dramatic land the glaciers carved so long ago.

Michigan’s internationally renown Jerry Matthews, the state’s most prolific course architect and designer, considers his natural golf creation an example of his award-winning firm’s best work.

Others feel that way, too. Golf Digest has Buck’s Run ranked with 4 1/2 stars out of a possible 5, and in 2010 the course was ranked No. 30 in the United States among Golf World’s 2010 “Public Places to Play.” Want a sneak peek? Check out the retooled website www.bucksrun.com, which this year features increased accessibility, more golfer-friendly functions and a guide to discounts. Stay and play packages are available, as well.

The course, 6,756 yards of fun and challenge, was created on the site of a former stone quarry. It surrounds stunning Fisher Lake with five golf holes and incorporates the views and challenges created by two ponds and the Chippewa River. Dramatic elevation changes and rock outcroppings add to the visual elegance, as well as to the challenge on the manicured bentgrass-dressed course. Golfers should bring 14 clubs, a camera and a willingness to escape into a glorious golf experience.

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All golfers are welcome, too. Four sets of tees await to help visitors discern the length and level of challenge they hope to take on. Water is everywhere, but is a beautiful backdrop as often as it is a hazard. Stunning stands of trees are frequent and natural grass areas frame and seemingly guide the golfer from tee to green.

From the front tee positions the designer was careful not to force impossible shots, while from the back tee positions Mr. Matthews created a strong challenge.

Fairways and greens are generous in size in some spots, and yet natural to the terrain and make the set-up of the course flexible and ever-changing.

The finishing holes of each nine are especially memorable. The ninth and 18th are gradual dogleg holes that embrace the combination of water, green expanse and design.

Buck’s RunGolfers walk off the final hole of the course wanting more, and things can get settled on the par-54, 18-hole island putting course. This is the rare real putting course, too, not of the putt-putt variety. It’s a true test of putting, and truly fun.

It’s simply special at Buck’s Run. The stylish clubhouse that measures 18,000 square feet sets the tone with a professionally-designed and equipped pro shop, the Quarry Grill and Banquet Hall, which seats 250 people, and a private gathering room upstairs with the latest amenities.

Jon Conklin, head golf professional, promises a proactive approach to making sure the visitor has a great visit and experience.

The staff takes pride in its service. “Every customer is just as important as the next,” he says, “and all are welcome. We want golfers of all types, people of all types, to enjoy all that we offer. We don’t mind if you just come once, or come many times, we promise the same great service and experience each time.”

This year Buck’s Run is rewarding the experienced golfer with a special day. Mondays each week will welcome senior golfers over the age of 60 for a special price. Those golfers can play 18 holes with a cart for $50 on Mondays, or $25 off the regular rate. It’s bang for the buck at Buck’s Run in all aspects.

Jeff Sweet, the superintendent and general manager, offers an impeccable course condition.

Par 54, 18-Hole Putting Course Where things get settled after your round.“Jeff takes great pride in the condition of the course, and we always hear great feedback,” Conklin says. “The entire facility here is really impeccable.” Pete Lieber is the executive chef, and the dining is part of the reason many golfers seemingly stay from sunrise to sunset. The veranda that overlooks the golf course captures it all.

“Everything comes together here for an enjoyable golf experience,” Conklin says.

Bucks Run Golf Club is just 90 minutes from Grand Rapids and 60 minutes from Lansing. It’s a must-stop, a must-play, flexible in price with various specials and truly an upscale public venue with an everybody-is-welcome feel.

Call (989) 773-6830 or visit www.bucksrun.com for information and reservations.

 

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