Just north of East Lansing
in Bath is one of the state’s premiere golf destinations, Hawk Hollow Golf
Built in 1996, Hawk Hollow
was originally an 18-hole course. However, in 1997 the course opened up holes
number 19-27, thus creating a wonderful 27-hole championship golf course that
has something to offer everyone.
Hawk Hollow is a classic
Jerry Matthews designed course that has been rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by Golf
Digest and is listed among the “Top 200 In American You Can Play.”
This 500-acre course provides you the opportunity to use every club in your
The course has five
different tee boxes, ranging from 6,974 yards from the Championship tees to
5,078 from the forward tees.
The front nine presents
generous fairways with the yardage spread out nicely and no extremely long or
short holes. Water plays a big role across the entire front nine. Numbers 10
and 11 are playable doglegs, with each bending mildly left. Again, water comes
into play throughout the back nine of the course. Being accurate off the tee
box is a big key to scoring well on the course.
The par four No. 18 is a
favorite among regulars at Hawk Hollow, and is one of the best finishing holes
in the state of Michigan. It is a dog-leg right that offers a generous landing
area guarded by two bunkers on the left, but with a slope that feeds to the
water on the right. The second shot is over Hawk Lake to an enormous,
two-tiered green and requires steely determination.
Hawk Hollow also offers
complete practice facilities on the grounds of the course. The facilities feature
two full size practice ranges, a large undulating practice putting green, and a
special short game practice area which includes a large sand bunker and room
for 40-yard approach shot practice to a challenging green complex. Hawk Hollow
Golf Academy is also part of the practice offering.
Hawk Hollow features a
full-service Pro Shop that stocks apparel from Nike, Adidas, Ashworth, Antigua,
Callaway, Greg Norman, Gear, Foot-Joy, and Under Armour. If you can’t find what
you are looking for, the club has accounts with all major vendors and their
experienced staff can assist you with your special order.
Hawk Hollow also
specializes in club fittings and they offer a full range of selections. Their
policy is to match the prices you would get at the local discounters, while
allowing you the full service you expect at Hawk Hollow. They offer Callaway,
Cleveland, Bridgestone, Nike, TaylorMade, and Titleist. As with apparel, you
have the flexibility to order clubs from any major manufacturer and Hawk Hollow
will special order your clubs and provide follow-up service to ensure your
The grill at Hawk Hollow
serves fresh food made to order. A complete beverage selection awaits golfers
before, during, and after their round. Relax and watch the game on one of their
big screen televisions with comfortable seating inside. Or you can enjoy the
view on the veranda overlooking the lake and the eighteenth hole.
Hawk Hollow also plays host
to events throughout the golf season to golfers of all ages and skill sets.
Coming up on Sept. 24 is the Toys for Tots Charity Golf Outing. The purpose of
this event is to help raise money for the children of Eaton and Ingham County
for the 2017 Toys for Tots season. The event includes a four man 18-hole
scramble with range balls, food, gift cards, and much more.
To book your next tee time
at Hawk Hollow Golf Course or to find out more about some of the events they
host, visit http://www.hawkhollow.com/hawk-hollow-golf-course/ or call the Pro
Shop at 517-641-5944.
-Sal LaFata, Member