Eagle Crest's No. 16 rated one of the 18 toughest public course golf holes in Michigan

Signature hole at EMU's golf course is demanding but fair and offers intriguing options

by Geoff Larcom, Published September 16, 2013

YPSILANTI – The 16th hole at Eastern Michigan University’s Eagle Crest Golf Course (“Eagle Crest”) has been rated one of the 18 toughest public course holes in Michigan by the viewers and listeners of Michigan Golf Live, a TV and radio program that spotlights great golf experiences around the state of Michigan.

 Hole No. 16, a par-5 that plays to a peninsula green that juts spectacularly into Ford Lake, has been regarded as Eagle Crest’s signature hole since the course was first opened in 1990.


The peninsular green of the par 5 16th hole at Eagle Crest, shown at far left, juts into Ford Lake. The big decision is whether to lay up or go for the green in two.

 The hole measures 520 yards from the back tees and 400 from the front tees. Golfers tee off over a marsh area and then face the exciting decision of laying up short of the water and hitting the green in regulation or going for the green in two. It’s the ultimate risk-reward hole, which can yield a birdie and bragging rights for the day, or, well, let’s not dwell on what can happen if you hit into the water.

 The hole will be featured this winter and next spring on a special 30-minute Michigan Golf Live show hosted by Fox Sports Detroit, in which all 18 holes will be featured. The Michigan Golf Live TV crew filmed No. 16 earlier this month with staff members playing the hole, no mulligans allowed.

 Along with footage of playing the hole, Wes Blevins, Director of Golf at Eagle Crest, will describe the hole and highlight some of the features of the golf course itself.

 “No. 16 has long been regarded as one of the area’s toughest holes and now it’s ranked among the state’s best,” Blevins said. “It’s tough to find great par 5 holes where a par is an excellent score. No 16 is truly memorable.”

 Eagle Crest Golf Course is a par-72 championship course that overlooks picturesque Ford Lake in Ypsilanti Township. It was designed by Karl Litten of Boca Raton, Fla., and offers four sets of tees that provide a variety of choices for golfers. The course stretches to a length of 6,803 yards from the championship markers.

 The course is owned by Eastern Michigan University and is open to guests of the adjoining Ann Arbor Marriott Hotel At Eagle Crest Resort and the University community, as well as the general public.

 The golf clubhouse at Eagle Crest, which sits atop a bluff offering a striking and expansive view of Ford Lake, includes a full pro shop, a practice range, short game and putting practice areas, a restaurant, locker rooms and private dining rooms for meetings, banquets and social functions.

 This past spring the course completed over $250,000 in improvements and renovations to a variety of holes, including the tees on Holes #1, #5, #6 and #7 and to the greens on Holes #6 and #13.  The second round of improvements and renovations, scheduled to begin in the fall of 2014, will focus on the back nine.

 “This course just keeps getting better,” Blevins said.

For more on Eagle Crest Golf Course, please visit http://www.eaglecrestresort.com/


Geoff Larcom



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