Twin Lakes Golf and Swim Club

Taking advantage of the recent and proposed area courses being turned into housing developments, Twin Lakes Golf and Swim Club is adding a third, unique, nine holes to its already award-winning 18 this July.

The opening of the new “North” nine is quite a story in itself. Hall of Fame designer Jerry Matthews, who moved over a million cubic yards of soil in creating the open, links-style original 18 in the mid-1990’s, moved very little dirt and very few trees on the new North nine, taking advantage of the existing wetlands and natural terrain for a northern-Michigan feel without the 3-4-hour drive! Golf course builder Doug O’Rourke even climbed on the bulldozer himself to get the course carved, shaped and seeded in just 91 days. The result is picturesque views from every hole of the par-36 layout that features no parallel fairways. Surprisingly, there is no housing planned to spoil the natural habitat of the many deer, turkeys, coyotes and even red tail hawks that share the North course with golfers.

Five sets of tees will challenge golfers of all skill levels on the new nine measuring 2,363 yards from the forward tees to 3,439 yards from the tips. The landing areas and greens are similar to the original 18-hole layout, large and inviting, but the club’s boast of “big, fun and friendly” greens still depends on how close you get to the pins. The last three holes comprise a simply breathtaking finish. A mid-range par-4 with a drive over water at #7 precedes a great downhill par-3 eighth that forces you to carry all but 40-yards off the tee over wetlands. Finally, a dogleg left par-4 ninth with a carry over more wetlands off the tee to a generous landing area leaves a 140-yard shot from a pinched fairway only about 15 yards wide. The reward for executing both shots is the course’s most spectacular view, from an elevated green, of the clubhouse and West Twin Lake.

The rolling, wooded North nine is a complementary challenge to the more wide-open existing 18 (4-star rated by Golf Digest’s Places-to-Play). As a result, the new course opens up the Twin Lakes experience to more varied play. The Club’s success at hosting outings and leagues (winner of the 2004 National Assn. of Catering Executives Award for Best Team Event) limited the opportunities for public play. Now as a 27-hole facility, Twin Lakes can host even larger outings, while providing individuals and leagues the opportunity to playing nine or 18 holes. With the new North nine’s opening in July, Twin Lakes hopes to offer a late-summer, short-season league for those looking for competitive play later in the golf season. Twin Lakes is also opened a new Tennis Club in 2005 as an additional amenity to its thriving Swim Club, but make no mistake, golf is the most popular recreational activity at Twin Lakes. Head Professional Ken Niblock notes that course owner Sam Cottone has snuck out with a patch of artificial turf to set the course record for the new nine prior to its opening. You’re now invited to take your shots at his record on the public course with the unrivaled, private-amenity feel just four miles north of downtown Rochester.

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