Huntmore Golf Club: More Player-Friendly than Ever

You’ve been there before. The course had everything you wanted, immaculate grooming, a wonderful routing with no parallel fairways, large greens with soft undulations, plenty of wildlife (from deer and coyotes to sand hill cranes and hawks), just 20 minutes north of Ann Arbor and halfway between Detroit and Lansing off I-96. But it might have been, okay just say it, “too hard?”

The folks who recently bought the Huntmore Golf Club in Brighton know how you feel, and invite you to come see how much more playable, and more importantly, player-friendly Huntmore is now that they’ve made the beast a little tamer. Oh, Huntmore is still plenty challenging- its four par-5’s are among the 6 toughest holes on the course, starting you off at #1 with a 598-yarder from the tips. What Huntmore’s new management is doing is smoothing out some of the rough edges, creating a delightful mix of woods, water and wetlands, what Marketing Director Ron Cortese calls, “a Northern Michigan look in Southern Michigan.”

Huntmore will have a fifth set of tees to bring senior yardage down to a more manageable 5,000 yards. The fairways have been made a little more generous, though the infamous heather and woods will still capture any balls sprayed a little too wildly. Curiously, Cortese thinks the shortest par-4 on the course, the 343-yards-from-the-tips #7, might be the hole you’ll tell your friends about, especially if you conquer the dogleg-left around a lake with four strategically-placed bunkers on the right-hand side. Oh yeah, and make sure you stay below the pin on one of their most sharply-contoured greens.

The new management has also made the entire Huntmore experience more pleasurable. The course has always had one of the best practice facilities in all of Michigan with a huge range, generous chipping and bunker-practice areas and they’re opening an enormous new putting green in ’05. The new entrance off old U.S. 23 leads you to the new clubhouse location that features a unique bonfire pit for post-round activities. What better way for you and your group to experience all of Huntmore–the course that offers “private” club conditions at public course rates!


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