Of all the Donald Ross courses in the area, the Bev definitely stands out as the best. The course has seen thousands of trees taken out throughout multiple restorations over recent years thanks to Ron Prichard and Tyler Rae.
The front nine sits on the edge of the glacial ridge that became Lake Michigan after the Ice Age. This 20+ foot tall ridge is fantastically utilized in the routing, creating the green site for the uphill par 4 fifth, the tee for the par 3 sixth, and a blind tee shot on the par 5 seventh. The eighth also features a 50+ yard long semi-punchbowl green.
The back features a more rolling piece of property, and some of the best holes on the course. Tyler Rae did a fantastic job restoring the par-3 12th into a nasty short hole. The 16th hole shows how well Ross uses the land, as it plays to a green site built into a hillside featuring a small plateau. The 17th is probably one of the hardest par 3's in the world, featuring a severely sloped green that requires a perfect strike from 230 out.
Date: December 27, 2019