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By Michigan Golf Staff

Word is getting around about the master design of Ray Hearn that debuted in Augusta last year. Not that Augusta, the one between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

“ We trusted Ray Hearn to make a great course on this site without altering the unique natural beauty that existed...and he did just that,” owner Bill Pulte said. Hearn suggests that the acreage afforded him was the most spectacular inland setting for a golf course that he’s had the pleasure to work with in his 16-years of course design and development.

“ With the large number of courses to choose from, we set out to create a unique golfing experience at Yarrow,” Hearn said.

Yarrow opens with a very manageable par 5 of 588 yards. Your drive from the clubhouse delivers you to a tee box that gives you a grand view of the course as you are perched 60-feet above the fairway. Follow this hole with a gentle 145-yard par 3.

Hole No. 3 is a stout par 4 on the front nine, measuring 426 yards uphill with a three tier, stair step green that measures 50 yards in length front to back.

A classic risk-reward hole awaits you at number five. From the back tees, a 250-yard drive left of a fairway mound puts you in the garden spot of this left dogleg that requires you to twice manage the lake it hugs. If you opt to take the water out of play from the tee, you’ll need a mid or long iron to reach the green that slopes from right to left, toward the water.

Take caution on hole No. 8. It’s 440 yards in length with a two-tiered green that slopes away. It plays shorter than it appears, as does number 9, a left dogleg that runs downhill about midway in the fairway.

The back nine is punctuated by two successive risk-reward holes, numbers 13 and 14, measuring 390 and 396 yards, respectively. But the real sucker hole is the par 5 sixteenth. Many players will charge at this 473-yard hole in two but a wiser choice is to play a couple of 200-yard shots and take a wedge into a green that requires a soft, high arching landing.

Learn more about The Golf Club at Yarrow on the Internet at www.yarrowgolf.com.

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