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Devil's Golf Course

By Randy Prichard

You don’t need the devil to make you load the clubs and travel to this 18-hole championship track.

Devil’s Ridge Golf Club, built in 1995, prides itself on bringing even the most discerning golfer a layout to challenge but not torture, although with holes aptly named “Demon Drop” and “Lack of Faith,” you may disagree.

Devil’s Ridge rewards good shot making and planning but will offer obstacles to poor decisions.

With five sets of tees and measuring from 6,722 to 4,130 yards, Devil’s Ridge plays to all abilities.

Director of Golf Rick Fleming proclaims a “great northern feeling in southern Michigan” and he is right. The spectacular views and elevation changes do give that “up-north” feeling.

Devil’s Ridge has garnered its fair share of accolades. Golf Digest gives Devil’s Ridge 3.5 stars. Crain’s Detroit says the course ranks among the Top 3 Places to Play for Women. Michigan Golfer gives Devil’s Ridge kudos for being among the best at facilitating large outings. At $58.00 for 18 holes with cart on weekends, we regard Devil’s Ridge a metro Detroit “Best Value.”

Holes 15-18 are relatively gentle closing holes, ranking 15, 17, 13 and 11 on the handicap index, respectively. The par four 18th hole is called “Redemption.” At 353 yards it allows you to reclaim some dignity, should your score be higher than desirable. It does however require accuracy off the tee leaving you between a nine-iron and a wedge to the green.

The longest par 5 (No. 13) measures 562 yards. The others you can conceivably get home in two, especially the 489-yard hole No. 3. Strategic bunkering places each of these holes in the risk/reward category.

Devil’s Ridge is a delightful, remarkably well conditioned course where every hole is a temptation that tests your shot making skill. On cart Parview GPS acts as your personal caddie, giving you pinpoint distances to the flag and alerting you to various hazards to avoid. The system also acts as your personal waitress in case the beverage cart got by without taking your order.

Just paces from the 18th green is the Devil’s Grille, offering redemption of another sort: a full complement of food and beverages. Devil’s Ridge also welcomes outings, banquets and special occasions. They can accommodate up to 210 persons inside and 600 for outdoor events.

The Oakwood Room has become known for its culinary excellence. Oakwood Room Chef John DiCecco gained his renown at The Golden Mushroom in Southfield. His same exquisite recipes are now satisfying palettes at Devil’s Ridge.

To set a tee time or make reservations at the award winning Oakwood Room, call 248.969.0100. Visit Devil’s Ridge Golf Club on line at www.devilsridge.com.

   
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