Our course, built in 1999, was designed by Algie Pulley, a noted architect who has laid out courses at Chardonnay Golf Club in Napa, Calif. Apple Mountain Golf Club in Camino, Calif., and the Royal Virginia Golf Club in Hadensville, Va.
Our opening hole at Auburn Hills will give you a taste for what is to come, says Jeff Gandee, PGA Director of Golf. This straightaway hole, a 369-yard par-4, playing at 293 yards from the forward tees, has a generous fairway, but you'll find a green that is surrounded by bunkers on three sides.
You're going to find that the first 3 holes are fairly open here; you then travel though tree-lined fairways for the next several holes, making for a great chance to test your shot making. The 8th through the 12th holes are fairly open as well.
The 8th, for example, a par-4 that plays at 367 yards from the tips and 237 from the far forward tees, is a slight dogleg right. After hitting from the elevated tee box to the fairway 80 feet below, you travel uphill slightly to an elevated, heart-shaped green, protected by bunkers on each side and in the back.