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Fieldstone golf course

By Randy Prichard

When you combine the reputation and wizardry of golf course architect Arthur Hills with Furness Golf Course Construction, “Small Builder of the Year,” you get what you would expect … an outstanding, player-friendly course that gets rave reviews by players of all abilities.

What you don’t expect is that Fieldstone Golf Club of Auburn Hills is a municipal golf course that the owners sought to downplay with it’s early marketing.

Fact is, if there’s a rating out there for Top Municipal Courses, Fieldstone could make the Top Ten.

“This is a very good golf course,” said General Manager and PGA Golf Professional Gordon Marmion, “made all the better by the service we are able to provide and the attention we pay to keeping the course in top condition.”

Fieldstone opened in 1998. “We keep increasing our number of rounds, but I bet 80% of the Detroit market hasn’t even heard of us,” said Marmion. That’s a shame, for the rate and level of play, they’re missing one of the great facilities of southeast Michigan.

If you’re familiar with Arthur Hills work—Shepherd’s Hollow, Bay Harbor, Red Hawk, Thoroughbred, The Legacy—you get an idea of what awaits at Fieldstone. Hills’ reputation is why he was chosen to design Fieldstone.

“We wanted a signature name; a reputable designer to build a distinctive, championship style facility,” said Marmion. Fieldstone is all that, encompassing everything from wind-swept meadows, to hearty carries over wetlands, to challenging corridors through mature wooded areas.

“Most golfers play the gold tees here,” said Marmion. The length, 6,386 yards, makes the course enjoyable. If you wish, however, Fieldstone can give you all you want to tackle from the black championship tees: 7,002 yards.

Manage your game and shot selection and Fieldstone will have you grabbing every club in your bag.

“I’ve learned to hit a three-iron off the tee at the par 4 No. 3 hole,” said Marmion. You can pound driver off most of the par four and five tees, but No. 11 and No. 16 are not two of those holes, measuring 377 and 326 yards, respectively. And that’s from the tips.

“Fieldstone is a shot-makers course. Not target golf, per se, but you need to be accurate. The greens are medium to small, mounded and well protected,” said Marmion.

It’s easy to find Fieldstone Golf Club. It lies just west of I-75, east of Giddings, south of Taylor.

   
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