There are numerous universities in the United States that have one or even multiple courses of architectural note, but it’s doubtful any can match the University of Michigan for combined notability and variety in the architects responsible for its two courses. The University of Michigan's original route was designed by Alister MacKenzie, and the second layout — Radrick Farms — is a Pete Dye creation.
Although MacKenzie was at his peak when the former emerged, Dye was very young in the field. The university president had happened to play one of his few routes, however, and the rest is history. The “farm” was actually a former gravel mining project, which had been restored and donated to the university by an alum. Its former purpose is evident in the more than 100 feet of elevation change across the property.
The result, although far from the elaborate nonconformities Dye would create across the next 50 years, features several amorphous greens. Players may see Munch’s “The Scream” in the No. 14 green, and they may sympathize if it results in a three-putt.
Radrick Farms is a really unique place. A throwback Pete Dye design from what I can find his second full 18 hole course. Too see early Dye is very unique after living in Indiana for a few years and having played dozens of Pete Dye courses including some of his best Blackwolf, Sawgrass, French Lick, whistling Straights and many more. To see his early work is to see the influence the Golden Age had on him. I can’t help but envision a young Dye going to the U of M course and examining Mackenzie & Maxwells work. This dye design is much more playable than his later works ripping out under 7,000 yards and a slope of 135, well before he set out to Torture the best in the world. The university is very lucky to have two such well designed courses but much like the Mackenzie Radrick could use a little TLC and some Reno work. For what the School charges to play its courses I would expect them to have country club like conditions and they do not but overall both are worth playing as they are both extremely unique courses with awesome history.