Pete Dye created only a few designs in Michigan during his career, and the one that seems most in line with his signature style is that at Eagle Eye, a public-access option near to Lansing, the state capital. Ironically, although Dye certainly consulted in the design, Eagle Eye is credited to his longtime associate Chris Lutzke.
That architect understood that his mentor knew how to sell a golf course, and thus you’ll find many Dye family favorites across the route, including railroad ties and even an island par three at No. 17. This is more than a tribute course, of course. Although the bold style is very evocative of Dye, Lutzke creates his own risk-reward concepts.
One notable example is No. 3: Dye made clear across his career that he wasn’t much of a fan of one-shot par fours, but Lutzke temporarily begs to differ. Playing 350 yards from the long tees and a more manageable 285 from the middle tees, players will be tempted to cross the pocket of bunkers that jut in from the right to reach the green. Eagle Eye is fraught with such temptations.
Eagle Eye and the entire Hawk Hallow golf Facility do many things right and give people in this area some great options. Eagle eye is the pinnacle course the complex which consists of 18 hole Eagle Eye, 27 Hole Hawk Hollow, 18 hole Timberidge, 13 hole Woodside, 9 hole Falcon and the 18 hole Little Hawk (natural putting) courses. Eagle eye is a vision of Pete Dye told through one of his apprentices, I tend to enjoy these types of courses as you get some of the best of Dye in a usually more playable design. That being said the course has some teeth, tips out at 7,300 with a slope of 145 and a 76 rating. The claim to fame for Eagle Eye is the par 3 17th which is a replica of the 17th @ TPC Sawgrass, many golf purists hate Eagle Eye for this aspect but this hole is very well done since they were able to use the actual blueprints. Playing this hole is a ton of fun for about $500 less, overall Eagle eye is a very solid golf course a corner top 100 public in several publications and is a challenge and a joy to play no matter what you think of 17.