Vanderveen / Photography by Moose Ridge
looks like someone, somehow, took a chunk
of prime Northern Michigan golf property
and transplanted it in Southeast Michigan.
Okay, so it’s not quite Northern
not spot many moose, either.
But they will
get a Northern Michigan
feel and very well-groomed golf conditions.
believe that a lot of courses have great, catchy
slogans saying they have that ‘Up North’ feel,
but that’s what customers come off the
course telling us every day,” director
of golf Jason Myers said. “Raymond Hearn
had a wonderful piece of property to work with,
and it looks like 230 acres of Gaylord.
“We love our friends up
north, but sometimes it’s nice to play
on courses that are just as nice without having
to drive so far.”
Rolling hills surrounded by trees, wetlands,
marshes and marshland creates scenery similar
to that several hours north.
Moose Ridge is set on a site that was a former
raspberry farm, and players of all abilities
have their pick of challenges from different
points and tee boxes on the course. The par-71
course features five sets of tees, playing from
4,919 yards in the front and 6,892 yards from
“It’s not an Arnold
Palmer-type course with a bunker in front of
every green or water on
every hole, but it can definitely be a tough
track,” Myers said.
The unique circular layout at Moose Ridge has
the back nine playing around the perimeter
of the collection of holes creating the front.
course sets up over 7,000 yards from the tips.
The bunkers are well placed, and soft and plush
to the extent that it is almost a pleasure
to play out of them.
A couple of ponds and marshy wetlands accent
the well-groomed bent grass conditions. Some
holes have up to 75-feet in vertical separation.
The par-3 No. 16 hole is one that showcases
the elevation change. The elevated tee looks
a green with a pond on one side. There are
some areas that are undulated when it comes
Moose Ridge features rolling terrain and a
couple of elevated tee areas, including one
at No. 16
that can be seen on the drive to the clubhouse.
“You’re not hitting
straight up a hill blindly or straight off a
cliff,” Myers said. “It’s
nice because you can actually see where you’re
hitting the ball.”
The No. 4 hole at Moose Ridge plays long
and strong, a definite 3-shot par 5, stretching
630 yards from the tips of the tees to the
It features a large waste bunker to the right
off the tee and wetlands along the left on
the second shot with a peninsula-like green
“It’s target golf
in some spots,” Myers
said. “There are definitely places
you want to hit it and don’t want
to hit it.
No. 16, a 179-yard par-3 that can be seen
on the way to the parking lot, features
elevation drop downhill to the green,
with water to the right.
The finishing hole is a risk-and-reward
reachable par-5 playing 515 yards from
the tips. The
dogleg right has a tree standing in
the center of the
fairway splitting it and offering options.
Located in Green Oak Township near
South Lyon, Moose Ridge is accessible
The clubhouse facility and grill area
features a banquet facility that can
over 100 people.