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A Great Stop: The Grande in Jackson Lives Up To Its Name with Inspired Design Features
When he first developed The Grande he brought in a Michigan architect he had worked with often, Raymond Hearn, and the concentration was on the development of a special public golf course and facility.
Hearn, who said he was inspired at the time by the plateaus of the greens he had studied at North Berwick in Scotland, created an expansive award-winning gem that has been awarded 4.5 stars from the Golf Digest Places to Play listings. A local vote held in 2013 tabbed the course as Jackson’s Best.
The Grande is grand from start to finish with 18 unique holes. Hearn’s influence from the cradle of golf in Scotland is obvious in sweeping risk-reward holes like Nos. 9, 11 and 18, as well as the natural fingers created with the stunning bunkers.
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