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Northville Hills Golf Club – Arnold Palmer Signature Course

by   |   June 26, 2007

Northville Hills Golf Club
Northville, Michigan

An Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course…

King Arnold is quickly garnering my respect for his course layouts and designs. Northville Hills Golf Club is the third Arnold Palmer Golf course I have played in the past three weeks (TPC River’s Bend and the Oasis CC were the other two) and more importantly, the BEST one yet!

Northville Hills Golf Club offers a steal of a special if you play before 9AM on Mondays-Thursdays, only $39 with GPS cart. This rate is top notch considering the conditions here. I would be happy paying the weekend rate of $75 here. I considered this course to be far superior to the Oasis Country Club I had just played a few days earlier. The variety of holes at Northville Hills is nicely varied and ‘ol Arnie affords you several choices when deciding what to do standing on the tee box.

Remnants of an old farm silo still lines the first fairway at Northville Hills.

Lots of room off the tee.

Don’t get greedy on this short, downhill par 4.

The King made sure that most of the greens were well bunkered.

More risk reward. Save yourself 70-80 yards with a 205 yard carry over the marsh.

You’ll need a power fade or high cut to stay off the lower fairway shelf. Too far right, and you’ll have no shot at this green (next picture).

The pin can be tucked back right (and it was), thus disallowing a shot right at the pin here.

One thing I was perplexed by was the lack of a fifth set of tee boxes. We were forced to choose between a long 7003 yards and a little too short 6193. Since we are no Bubba Watsons off the tee, we selected the 6193 blue tees as the gold is just a little bit too much for the average golfer to bite off. An 800 yard difference between the two seemed a bit large. One can’t help but wonder, why not add some 6500-6600 yard tees here?

Another great risk/reward par 4 hole. Hit it real straight here.

This hole is designed for a nice draw but can easily accept all shots off the tee.

Feel like ripping it off the tee? Go ahead, you can grip it and rip it all day with the wide fairways. Just like the other Palmer courses I played recently, there is a good helping of tall native grasses that can easily steal your ball should you stray too far right or left.

Much of this course is played through protected wetland areas. The course is the centerpiece of an upscale housing development that has no place near this beautiful golf sanctuary!

With a little roll off your drive’s landing you might be able to give #18 a go in two shots. If you are short, your ball is gone.

I wish golf could always be experienced without houses ruining the aesthetics! Houses aside, the conditions here are near perfect. Fast greens that are receptive and hold incoming shots. Their rough must be watered well because I didn’t notice drought conditions like I did  at Lakes of Taylor a few days earlier. The sand was a little thick, but if you steer clear of all the sand traps it won’t be an issue!

If you have a chance, be sure and play a round at Northville Hills Golf Club, you will NOT leave disappointed!

GOLD       72.2/132  7003
BLUE        69.7/124  6193
WHITE      67.3/122  5627
RED          69.5/122  4956
        
          

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