University of Michigan - Michigan - USA

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


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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: 7.2 out of 10 Reviews: 5
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Daniel Kollros

Situated on a great location in downtown Ann Arbor, playing up and over a large ridge that splits the property, U of M golf course has a great collection of greens connected by an walk able routing making for a fun round to play. Fairly straightforward tee to green, a good example of how great greens, including wild greens at #6 and #14 can add a lot of interest to a hole. #6 is one of my favorite holes, a short and downhill par 4 with a diabolical two tier hourglass shaped green.

September 30, 2019
6 / 10
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Jeff Kissel

Having played this course 20 years ago, it’s almost hard to justify a review, but I remember the course well enough, so here goes! It’s a parkland-style course on a hill overlooking the campus and sports complex at U of M, designed by Alister Mackenzie whose influence can be seen in fewer places than one would hope. It seems like about half of the green complexes were reduced drastically in size from the original design, and half were kept relatively close. Bunkering is done in the classic Mackenzie style with forced carries only when necessary. Overall, I enjoyed the back nine more than the front nine, as it played a bit more open and had more interesting holes with the exception of #6.

Notable holes include: #6, a driveable par four with a multi-tiered peanut-shaped green surrounded by bunkers, #12, a very long par three with an open green front to allow for a bounced on shot, #14, a par three with a U-shaped green that supposedly inspired Pete Dye to design #15 at Crooked Stick, and #18, a beautiful downhill par four with a treacherous fairway bunker and pond making a difficult tee shot – not to mention staring straight down into the 100,000-seat “Big House”.

It’s a beautiful, pastoral location in the midst of the hustle-and-bustle of one of the largest college campuses in the United States, and a solid course that’s well worth playing if you are in the area. But perhaps being partial to the fact that I attended a rival school, I can’t say it’s even among the top two campus layouts in the Big Ten. Sorry, Michigan faithful, but Ohio State (Scarlet) and Purdue (Kampen) are better.

Played August 28, 1998

January 03, 2019
6 / 10
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Brent Carlson
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.
May 23, 2010
8 / 10
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Mike MacDonald
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.
September 23, 2009
10 / 10
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jud tigerman
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...
May 16, 2009
6 / 10
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