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This course is 6-7 miles off I-94 near Grass Lake, Michigan, in the Big Portage Lake Unit of the Waterloo Recreation Area. The front nine went in, with dirt pads, in late 2008. The back nine is going in, with concrete pads, in August 2009. The front nine may or may not get concrete in August but eventually will. The first tournament there is the state parks Park Your Drive #2 on Saturday, August 29. It is expected to fill.

Sheila and I drove out there this afternoon to meet with the state staffer who is constructing the course. It is nearly done. The clearing needs only minimal tweaks to be done. I expect the baskets to be in on the back nine this week, and perhaps the concrete. The park is also making entirely new signage for all 18 holes, which will be in before the tournament at the end of the month.

As intended, the back nine makes up for the relatively right-handedness of the front nine, with four right-turning holes in a row: 13, 14, 15, and 16. Although the back nine is only about 2,420, a couple hundred feet shorter than the front nine, it has the longest hole, Hole 11 at 510', we're calling it a Par 4.

The Back Nine: All the holes are relatively tight woods fairways except for 11, which is wide but with woods on both sides.

Hole 10 is a 250' hyzer or straight throw, with an inside and an outside route, slightly uphill.
Hole 11 is a 510' straight hole, with a wide, maybe 100' wide, fairway and a pin location, at the end, to the right.
Hole 12 is relatively straight-ahead 210' hole, but several very large trees in the fairway provide left, middle, and right routes.
Hole 13 is another 210' hole which has a sharp right turn and a low ceiling at the pin.
Hole 14 is also 210' and is a right-turning fairway with a little bit of downhill to it.
Hole 15 is a 230' right turner with a relatively wide fairway for this course.
Hole 16 is a sharp right turn to a pin only 190' from the tee which provides a risky straighter shot that, if the hole is missed, drops into schule.
Hole 17 is a 250' uphill, rather straight fairway which requires several large trees to be negotiated.
Hole 18 is a beautiful, slightly downhill 360' throw that is relatively straight and offers a couple of routes, using several large trees as obstacles.

Tags: ann arbor, calhoun, grass lake, michigan, portage lake, waterloo

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