University of Michigan - Michigan - USA

University of Michigan Golf Course,
500 East Stadium Boulevard,
Ann Arbor,
MI 48104,

  • +1 (0) 734 615 4653

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  • Alister MacKenzie

  • Chris Whitten

Sean originally nominated the University of Michigan Golf Course as a Gem and we added it to the Top 100 website in April 2008. In 2012 we launched our US Best In State rankings and the University of Michigan Golf Course debuted in the Top 15. We liked Sean’s original article so much we’ve left it intact:

“The University of Michigan Golf Course would be considered the purest example which best exemplifies the unique blend of Maxwell and MacKenzie if not for the famed Crystal Downs Golf Club some 240 miles north of Ann Arbor. Soon after the completion of Crystal Downs, Maxwell submitted plans for the Michigan design. MacKenzie subsequently made alterations to the plans, which included an additional 350 yards, the quirky par five 3rd and the horseshoe-shaped 6th green. Maxwell then stayed at Ann Arbor to oversee the construction of the course which opened in the spring of 1931.

The course, often referred to as the Blue, is set in an enviable location on the University of Michigan campus and offers wonderful views of the city centre. How the architects took advantage of this hilly property by creating green sites in devilish locations more than makes up for the relatively short length of 6,700 yards. However, like many classic English heathland courses such as Swinley Forest, the Blue plays longer than its listed yardage due to several of the approaches being uphill.

Despite a controversial renovation in the early 1990s, the variety of holes and the rhythm of the routing, which are testaments to Golden Age principles of design, have been preserved very well. The Blue is reserved for students, staff, alumni and guests, but a well-placed letter stands every chance of earning one a game. It is an effort worth making as after nearly 80 years Michigan is still considered one of the best university courses in the country.”
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Description: The University of Michigan Golf Course is home to the Wolverine men's and women's golf teams. Designed by Alister MacKenzie, the course opened in 1931 and underwent a $3.3 million restoration in 1992. Rating: 5 out of 6 Reviews: 3

MacKenzie courses are the best around and this is no exception. The UM course is very strategic using the terrain well with phenomenal greens. Having played some of the best courses in the world UM is still one of my favorite rounds.
5 / 6
University of Michigan
May 23, 2010

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I played this course in July 2009 and as a +1 handicapper it was a great experience. The greens were excellent, the course layout was exceptional and standing over the shots it took a lot of thinking as to where to position the ball on the greens a lot of the time as you could be left with an even more difficult shot the next time.I played with Senator Mickey Switalkski and John Boedecker and throughoully enjoyed it. We were treated very well and I managed to get round in level par. The second shot into the last hole is magnificent and you are never quite sure until you are safely on the green that you can make a par or better.
6 / 6
University of Michigan
September 23, 2009

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Very interesting track with some wild green complexes. Course tends to get a lot of play, as you would expect. Certainly one of the best college courses in the country. Definitely worth playing if you're in the area and particularly if your interested in Mackenzie...
4 / 6
University of Michigan
May 16, 2009

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