You don’t have to travel far from the city of Detroit to find some great golfing experiences, with a number of historic courses and clubs offering a challenge to players of all levels. Here is just a selection of Metro Detroit’s best courses and ranges.
Belle Isle Golf Range
One of few options to hit some balls without leaving the city, Belle Isle’s seasonal golf range is a great place to refine your game. The nine-acre facility includes a six-hole mini golf course, a driving range with 30 stations, and practice areas for chipping and putting. It’s open from April until October.
Belle Isle Golf Range, 175 Lakeside Dr, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313 926 6008
Chandler Park Golf Course
The closest option to Detroit for a full round is Chandler Park Golf Course, located off the I-94 just east of the city. This 18-hole public golf course promises a challenge for both beginners and more experienced players, as well as a fully stocked pro shop.
Chandler Park Golf Course, 12801 Chandler Park Dr, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313 331 7755
Not much farther but in the opposite direction, Dearborn’s TPC Michigan golf club features an 18-hole championship golf course designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus. Since its founding in 1990, it has hosted PGA and Senior PGA tour events 16 times and been named one of the top 10 golf courses in Michigan.
TPC Michigan, 1 Nicklaus Dr, Dearborn, MI, USA, +1 313 436 3000
Rouge Park Golf Course
With an 18-hole public course and a driving range, Rouge Park is an excellent spot just 30 minutes out of the city. The golf course, which dates all the way back to 1923, has long been a favorite of Detroiters, with wide fairways and water hazards from the Rouge River, which winds through six holes. Its famous Hole 11 is considered one of the trickiest holes in Metro Detroit.
Rouge Park Golf Course, 11701 Burt Rd, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313 837 5900
Detroit Golf Club
Detroit Golf Club is one of the most historic private clubs in the area, being founded in 1899 and featuring a clubhouse designed by the “architect of Detroit” Albert Kahn in 1916. Its two challenging courses feature 36 holes designed by legendary Scottish golf architect Donald Ross. Membership is by invitation only, unless you’re the Mayor of Detroit.
Detroit Golf Club, 17911 Hamilton Rd, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313 345 4400
Rackham Golf Course
If you’re looking for a Donald Ross golfing experience but are not a member at Detroit Golf Club, then head north to Huntington Woods’s Rackham Golf Course. Ross designed it in 1925, and it’s considered one of his best public golf courses. It was also a favorite of Detroit legend and keen golfer Joe Louis.
Rackham Golf Course, 10100 W 10 Mile Rd, Huntington Woods, MI, USA, +1 248 543 4040
Warren Valley Golf Course
That man again, Donald Ross, was responsible for creating Warren Valley’s 36-hole course in Dearborn Heights in 1922. Split into the par-71 West course and the par-72 East, like at nearby Rouge Park, the Rouge River comes into play on seven of the holes of the West course and four on the East course.